When I turn on the television to watch a movie, I notice that I have a tendency to focus on the words of the characters, sometimes on the music in the background and how it relates to the overall scene, but as I watch what is in front of me I rarely tend to focus my attention to the colors, lines, textures or balance of the surroundings. Everything seems to be part of the big picture of the scene rather than visuals that stand out. Every day we are surrounded by visual elements, which are just as important as actual spoken words; sometimes even more important, as they force us as viewers to make beyond conscious predictions. Whether it is the flow of lines in a painting, the choice of costume texture in a live production or the silent dull
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In a black and white scene, certain colors may be distant or vague, but are noticeable enough to give an effect. In fields of black and white, especially in film and live performance, we depend on lighting to create a mood. There may be an extremely dark shade of color buried within a scene, such as the very unnoticeable deep red color of the boxing gloves in the Million Dollar Baby clip. Likely, this will not be an eye-catcher to most in the audience, but along with balance, rhythm, and space just the right amount of color can peek-a-boo through to subliminally capture the viewer’s attention.
In this clip, the lack of color creates an intense feeling for me. Rather than focusing on various colors (because there aren’t many) my focus is on the lighting, shadows, balance and space. For me, there is constant need for balance due to the grey scale factor is this clip. In the beginning, when the male character flips off the lights, there is a visual asymmetrical balance. As the camera pans across the screen a balance is created, drawing my attention to a new focal point—the character at the punching bag in the back of the scene. Toward the end of the clip, in the close up of the female character at the punching bag and the male character in the background, there is a symmetrical balance. The punching bag lies almost directly in the center of the scene. Although the bag is at a slight angle, the spacing of the female on the