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BA1a Spies in Disguise

Clip 7 - Spies in Disguise

What principles were used?

  • Staging

  • Exaggeration

  • Appeal

  • Secondary Action


One of the first principles that pop into my mind when looking at this scene is the staging. At first we get a good look at Lance Sterling's terrified face with a zoomed in image. This is great since it focuses on Lance's reaction to being turned into a pigeon. Then as the camera rotates, it looks up from a low angle towards Walter Beckett, emphasizing how small Lance is and his current perspective.

Another principle that is visible in this GIF is exaggeration, which is seen in the way the beak is wide open showing the tongue moving frantically, making it obvious that the character is screaming in fear. However, it also adds some sort of comedic effect since if it were a horror movie, the focus would be elsewhere, such as the eyes or the villain. The result of this, is that the audience understands how Lance feels about the current situation, scared. This exaggeration also introduces another principle, secondary action. As the primary action is looking around but the tongue, raised eyebrows and wide eyes are secondary actions.

Finally, we can also see appeal in this clip, the big eyes and frantic look adds charisma since it makes the character look like a drama queen. This is great, especially since it is a kids movie and will help the target audience understand the type of character Lance is easily.

In conclusion, this short clip is able to combine 4 principles into a small clip to make a comedic scene with a charismatic character which is great for a kids movie.


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