Writing Spotlight 2 - Amanda Hall Writing Spotlight 2 The opening scene of The Red Balloon directed by Albert Lamorisse is a shot that consists of a

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Amanda Hall Writing Spotlight 2 The opening scene of “The Red Balloon”, directed by Albert Lamorisse is a shot that consists of a little boy with a very big city behind him, followed by the next shot of this little boy climbing a lamp post in order to untangle a red balloon almost as big as him. The deep focus of both of these scenes gives the viewer a better sense of the diegetic world Lamorisse is creating, with the help of the non-diegetic elements like the score. This scene and its diegetic elements are what introduces s more meaning to this adventure that the viewer is about to go on with this little boy and his balloon. A little boy, in a very big city next to a big balloon would have a much different context if it were in a different setting, or the viewer was not able to see how big this city is. The closing shot of “The Red Balloon” is much different than the opening, but still ends with a view of the city, just in a different aspect. In the opening you had a view of the boy in front of the city, with the closing it begins with the boy covered by many balloons, almost swallowing him whole, until actually lifting him up and carrying him over the city creating an aerial view for the closing. The first shot with him being surrounded by balloons almost creates a shallow focus, drawing the eye of the viewer to the boy’s face and his happiness, then cuts to the next shot almost seamlessly and continuing on with the shallow focus of the boy in the sky with him and the balloons mainly in focus and the city behind/ below them. The non-diegetic score of the scene adds to the shots immensely and helps enhance the happiness of the boy to the viewer.

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