Prompt 5- A scene analysis

The three minutes scene in ‘Taxi driver’ shows that Travis as a taxi driver wants to ask a  beautiful woman Betsy date out. Through the first long shot, we can see a confident man dress up himself and walking into the office without hesitate. After Travis passing the door, the camera follows him to present surrounding as his vision and then moving to Betsy’s desk. In this shot, Travis tells Betsy he wants to volunteer and straight rejects Tom’s interference, Tom walks out of the camera and the shot turn opposite into Betsy. During their conversation, audiences can observe that there are maybe two or three camera track each character and close-up their facial expression when two main characters are talking.

After Betsy asking further questions, the shot backs to medium frame to shows background. Tom still roaming nearby to observe them, and the shot is not moved but both Betsy and Travis are talking with gestures to present a vivid frame. Their conversation keep going until Travis eventually tells his main purpose, ‘Would you like to come to have coffee and pie with me?’ the shot backs to close-up to these two characters, bring audience’s attention to them. When Travis explains why he asking her out, the focus takes us from the man to the whole desk around four seconds, I think this shot is a particular zoom to match his talking and prepare to zoom out to office background, then present the third character, Tom, once again.

Tom walks by them to hides behind a pillar, Betsy still consider the date, the scene back and forth on Travis and Betsy presenting the man’s insistence (convincing words with fun gesture) and the woman spins the pen, glance at her watch showing she is hesitant. Within the screen stops on smiling Betsy and her talking, the frame can be seen that she decides dating with him and they make the appointment outside the building at 4 pm.  Meanwhile, Tom is still secretly listening, but Travis is excited and proactively take handshake with his dream female. Obviously, the contrast is clear to see between protagonist and the supporting role.

In the final part, the shot is stop there, through Travis leaving and Tom closing to demonstrate this whole scene is almost done. Music rising, the short shot tracks Travis presenting his action of waiting, and inform audiences next scene is coming.



Author: AthenaChueh

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