TOUCHING THE VOID 32:41-34:51 Filmic Analysis (Shot 1: NARRATING (Close…
TOUCHING THE VOID
Shot 1: NARRATING
Close-up shot: McDonald uses a close-up shot of Yates to show the audience of his recounting and narrating their experience.
Sound: McDonald puts a slight drumming sound in the background to increase tension in the scene and to emphasize that the protagonists were in deep trouble. The drumming sound is not loud because McDonald wants the audience to focus on what Yates is saying.
Bland background: McDonald selects a bland background to ensure that the focus of the audience is solely on Yates and not shifted to something else.
Shot 5: THE VOID
Close-up shot: McDonald uses close-up shots of Simpson to inform the audience of his physical state.
Voiceover: McDonald applies a voiceover of Simpson describing the situation in his perspective. Although Simpson's voice was clear and calm, it gave the audience the idea of fear and helplessness since Simpson was describing in detail the horrifying condition himself was in.
Sound: McDonald plays a faint drumming sound that sounds like a heart beating (for effect) in the background which increases tension in the scene and implies that something major is going to happen.
Shot 3: ALARM
Sound: McDonald applies a background music of strong harsh wind howling and blizzard sounds, implying to the audience that the weather conditions were harsh and also connecting to the protagonists' feelings through the sounds.
Voiceover: To make things clear, McDonald uses a voiceover to inform the audience of the summary of the incident the protagonists were experiencing.
Close-up shot: McDonald uses close-up shots of Yates and Simpson to let the audience know their conditions were and what did they do in this situation using visuals. This shot allows the audience to look at what emotions and expressions are made by Yates and Simpson with their face (screaming, in denial) and their body language (hacking on ice frantically, limbs waving).
Shot 4: FRANTIC
Sound: McDonald uses sounds of Simpson screaming at Yates (unsuccessfully), frantically waving at him to stop lowering the rope, to imply that Simpson was in danger and to create tension throughout the scene and the audience.
Voiceover: McDonald plays a voiceover of Yates describing his situation in his own perspective to allow the audience to visualize what the experience might've been in and what Yates was processing and why he cut the rope.
Close-up shot: McDonald applies close-up shots of Simpson to let the audience know that Simpson's physical condition is in a tricky, perilious, and unstable state and that his life is on a string. This creates enormous tension in the scene.
Shot 2: TRYING TO HELP
Sound: McDonald plays a mountain wind blowing sound in the background to emphasize that the weather was not favorable in the sense that it is likely for accidents to happen in this condition and to show the audience that Yates and Simpson were in a tight spot.
Voiceover: McDonald applies a voiceover of Yates describing the conditions to show the audience what the protagonists (Yates) were thinking in that scene and what thoughts were crossing both protagonists' mind.
Close-up shot: McDonald uses close-up shots of Yates and Simpson to let the audience know their conditions were and what did they do in this situation using visuals.