Scene Analysis Paper

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Felicia Jolly Scene Analysis Paper English 282 October 19, 2006 Whale Rider Niki Caro’s  Whale Rider  delves into the world of the deteriorating Maori  tribe in New Zealand.  This film shows the struggle of a man, Koro, trying to save  his tribe and keeping the traditions alive while trying to keep anything modern  away.  Unfortunately this battle goes on between him and his granddaughter,  Pai.  Pai feels like she is the one that has been sent to bring the tribe back  together but Koro will have no part in letting a woman, much less a young girl,  have a powerful roll in the tribe.  Caro employed two distinct ways to emphasize  the struggle between Koro and Pai.  Camera placement is a major tool used to  show importance, power, and affection throughout the film.  Another tool used  was lighting.  Chiaroscuro became very important to show the clash of dark and  light.  This scene comes at Koro’s breaking point of dealing with Pai.  Koro has  always loved her but always resented her slightly for her brother and mother’s 
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Jolly 2 deaths.  Their feud began when she started to show interest in learning the ways  that only young boys should learn.  Because of this Pai has to be sent away to  her uncle’s. The scene begins with a medium long shot of Koro entering the house.  Nana has her back turned to him.  As soon as Koro enters the room he is put into  the center of the shot to show his importance while Nana is on the far left side.  The camera pan & tilts to follow Koro and give a brief close shot of his face.  The  camera pans back to Nana as she walks thru the kitchen to follow Koro.  In this  scene natural lighting was used.  The windows of the kitchen made it very bright  along with vibrate objects in the kitchen.  When Koro arrives though, he walks 
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