For this week’s scene analysis I chose a scene from Mission Impossible. In particular this scene comes at the films climax as the character crawl along the top of a moving train. I used the critical thinking methods from Tony Zhou’s videos as the primary element I drew on for understanding this scene. From Roger Ebert’s article I tried to use his method of pausing the scene to try and understand what was happening in particular moments. I found when I paused the action scenes it was obvious how much movement was a part of understanding the scene because it often seemed to be lacking context in some of those moments.
This scene revolves around Ethan Hunt (the films protagonist) confronts the group that had betrayed him. As Hunt jumps to the train top he has to maneuver his way along the train letting go at the precise moments to hope to grab onto another portion of the train and not fall off. Meanwhile Phelps crawl’s along the train top aided by suction cups as Franz Krieger pilots a helicopter to allow Phelps to escape. There is a lot of movement and tension during this scene and the director’s choices make that clear. My analysis for the video clip specifically focused on the use of movement in the foreground and background during the scene. The scene alternates between cut sequences from the helicopter, and the two men crawling along the train.
In my analysis focuses on the different types of movement in the scene though train movement, character movement, and the helicopter. I also looked at the way the viewers attention is purposefully directed by using the helicopter as a guiding line of sight. I tried to take the way I analyzed it primary off the way’s we learned from the every scene a painting video series by Tony Zhou. I thought that those videos were very insightful for thinking critically about film and the way that certain scenes are set up and play out. From cut scenes, to types of movements, to staging of characters there was a lot of really helpful insights into better understanding scenes. (Most of which I had never really though about before when watching spy films.)