Look Both Ways Essay

741 Words Feb 16th, 2013 3 Pages
The film “Look Both Ways” directed by Sarah Watt explores many ideas such as fear, religion/faith, and loneliness. These ideas are portrayed to the viewer using a variety of visual techniques such as animation, photomontage, transitions, close-ups, adjacent worlds, music, tracking, still shots, sound effects and cuts.

The idea of fear of various characters is portrayed in the film using a variety of techniques.
Watt uses animation when Meryl is walking and imagines someone coming up to her and attacking her. This shows how ridiculous some of Merylʼs fears are and gives the viewers some brief characteristics on her.

likewise, Watt explores fear through the use of photomontage in the scene where Nick reminisces on how he gets the
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A still shot is then taken on the image of Jesus from Andyʼs perspective. This gives time for Andy to reflect on his faith and attitude he has towards it. When his child clumsily falls down, it is symbolic of Andyʼs faith slipping away or getting weaker.

Sarah Watt also uses diegetic sound when Andy hears the choir singing when Andy is walking past the church. This juxtaposes between Andyʼs rage and the choirs joy making
Andy even more angry.

When Nick has a deep conversation with Andy asking him “Do you believe in God?”, Watt uses close-ups so the viewer can see the facial expressions and emotions both are feeling in regards to the topic and what each character has to say about it, particularly Andy.

Most characters in the film, especially Nick and Meryl experience extreme loneliness. For instance, when Meryl is reading the news paper, she reads nothing but death and misfortune. The use of adjacent world compares to her thoughts and emotions suggesting that maybe her surroundings are responsible for making her feel this way.

She then throws the paper away and imagines herself getting trapped under the ground all alone and isolated. This is displayed in the form of an animation to show how she is literally feeling.

The music used in the film registers rise and fall of thought on the character. The song
“Lonely wonʼt leave me alone” relates back to when Nickʼs

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