Through The Looking Glass

Reflection: Look, Listen, Analyze

When I watch a movie I never take into account the audio or the camera work involved. This assignment was a little trickier for me because I would zone out and begin watching the movie instead of doing the assignment. So I decided to keep myself engaged I had to pick an action packed film. The film I chose to analyze was The Matrix Revolutions. In this particular scene the protagonist, Neo is fighting the antagonist, Mr. Smith.

Camera Work

So first off let’s discuss the first scene, the epic walk-in. When Neo walks in he is shot from below, bringing the attention to the puddle of rain and his feet. The camera then changes of a shot of his back. In this particular shot you can see the center-left Rule of Thirds (watch until 0:24). From 0:39 until 0:57 you have a mixture of center shots and below angles. The perfect example of Rule of Thirds shifted to the right is when Mr. Smith makes his entrance and begins his dialogue. The middle and the end of the clip also includes all of these different techniques. The new thing they included was the camera angle of looking up from below.

Audio Work

Something that The Matrix does really well is the background music. I listened to the clip without watching and I could tell from the music that the scene was building up. The would always increase it or it would get faster when the climax of the scene was approaching. Here are two good examples, one occurred in the beginning (listen until 0:52) and the other at the end (listen until 6:15). Dialogue was very spaced out in this clip because it is an action scene. The first words weren’t spoken until 0:50.


Together, the audio and footage compliment each other relatively well. Some may say that this clip doesn’t have enough dialogue, but for this particular scene a lot of dialogue would almost be unnecessary. Something I noticed that the audio and footage both worked together in, was the climax. When the scene would be building up, the camera would start to move around a lot to get all these crazy angles and the music would start to intensify.

2 thoughts on “Through The Looking Glass

  1. I like your technique of using an action movie to stay focused. I was worried about getting caught up and just watching the movie as well, but I’ll try this trick!

    • Mila Garcia says:

      Yeah, that was my concern as well! Picking an action movie definitely made me stay focused and kept me on track. To focus on the movie’s sound I would suggest not watching the movie. To focus on the camera work I would suggest muting the sound!

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