Love Actually.pngThe character in this scene is Karen. In this shot, the camera is at a high angle, to convey to the us that she’s talking to a child, who is significantly shorter than Karen. It also acts as though we are the child that she’s speaking to, making her come across as more powerful. She’s centered in the shot, showing to us that she’s the focus of the scene. The child’s head can be seen in this shot as well, which emphasises the high angle shot and physically shows us who she’s talking to. The lighting it quite low-key as everything is similarly lit and there’s no dark areas that stand out. The lighting acts as a natural light, coming in from the window that we can see in the background. This helps us to see that this scene is set inside a room. The character’s face is lit up very slightly so that we as viewers can see her facial expressions as she acts, in order to get the messages from her character across. The camera is at a medium close up to enable us to see her face better. It allows us to see the finer detail in her face without going too close that it covers up the scene itself. The shot uses shallow focus, to show to us that the background isn’t as important as the character. It tells us where to look, as the child’s head is also out of focus, meaning that we are drawn to the character Karen’s face and body motion.

Love Actually (2003) [Film] Director. RICHARD CURTIS

MILLER, H.K. (2016) Film studies before film studies: Derek Jarman at the Slade, Screen. Vol 57, no 3.

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