Shot-by-Shot breakdown of Charles giving a political speech.
Close up of Charles very illuminated giant picture. Camera moves down to center Charles in the frame of the picture. As Charles gives a speech to the crowd, the camera gives us a view of Charles in control of the crowd and the politicians looking attentively from below, behind him.
CUT-Extreme long shot from the very back of the theater centering Charles giant picture behind him above eye level. The light illuminates Charles and his mural picture giving total importance to him.
Camera still in a LONG SHOT and starts moving towards Charles. There is another picture of Charles mural over imposed in this frame as the camera moves from a very long shot rapidly into a MEDIUM SHOT this is to accentuate the effect of Charles being the repetitive center and the power figure in this frame. As this happens, Charlie’s s white shirt brings him out even more as he is surrounded with dark dressed politicians. Charles extends his arms presenting with his person in a symbolic figure of a cross. The palms of his hands are openly facing to the crowd symbolically giving the idea that he is an honest man with nothing to hide.
CUT. Camera has a medium shot of Charles framing him from below to accentuate a powerful image of this aspiring politician. At all times Charles image is presented very illuminated while everyone else is in darkness or shadows.
CUT. A frame of a Medium Shot appears showing Charles’ son getting excited at his father’ speech while the mother attentively calms her son down while Charles voice is in the background.
CUT. Medium shot. Charles keeps talking.
CUT. Medium shot. Charles keeps talking while being focused from another angle.
CUT. Medium shot. Charles’ son waves to him.
CUT. Medium shot from above eye level and Charles’ left side. Charles waves back to his son and keeps talking to the crowd.
CUT. Medium shot. Charles close friend, Jed Leland, is attentively listening to Charles. Leland is framed in light while people and things around him are dark. Leland blinks only at the last 10th second.
CUT. Medium shot. Charles moves to the left side of the podium and with his fist against his lower back in a defiant gesture keeps promising to help the underprivileged.
Cut. Medium shot of people applauding.
CUT. Charles son and wife are presented in Medium shot. Figures of mother and son totally illuminated. Son proudly asks to his beautiful mother if his father is Governor already and the mother responds” Not yet Junior.”
CUT. Charles keeps delivering his speech. The camera is filming from above and starts closing for a Medium Shot of Charles, as he is once again promising to get rid of Jim Gettys. This is medium shot from a long shot is to accentuate his promise.
CUT, now Leland is framed in a Medium Shot and centered in the light. He is happy of the successful performance and oratory by Charles. Leland’s destiny is being played in Charles winning his bid for the governorship.
Cut. Frame appears as a Medium shot of Jim Gettys looking at Charles from a very high balcony but keeping a deep focus, dramatically showing how Jim Gettys is above Charles and Charles appearing very small in the deep focus of the frame. This frame is a dark sign of things to come.