HYSTERIA


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HYSTERIA

It is Victorian England and doctors are administering pelvic massage on women to treat ‘hysteria’. The Jolly Molly, an electric feather duster is invented by the doctor’s friend. It is discovered that, slightly altered, it is an efficient way to administer the massage giving the doctor’s hand and wrist a rest to relieve his RSI.

This shot relates to the whole film. It shows Molly the maid holding the machine that was named after her because it was first tried out on her.

COMPOSITION AND FRAMING OF THIS SHOT

Rule of thirds– she is standing at a third line, her face and the machine in her hand are in sweet spots. At the top the dark curtain is drawn 2/3rds of the way across with the sheer curtains letting light through on the left.

Depth cues- overlapping objectsblurred chair back in front of the feather duster handle which is in focus in front of a blurred bookshelf and curtain behind her.

The background and foreground are out of focus and the girl and what she holds are in focus, drawing our attention.

Focal points– the naughty look on her face and the thing in her hand, her face is angled down towards the thing and her eyes look up to the left of us as if smirking at someone

Medium shot- from her waist up, so we can see what she holds and see her expression.

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