Tuesday, September 29, 2009
In William Friedkin's film called "Bug" has various ways of lighting through out the film. Lighting is a huge part of mise en scene. The lighting will help set the mood and location of the film. Not only will it reflect the mood of the film but also how the characters are feeling. In the very beginning of the film we see Ashley Judd's character living in a sleazy motel. There is a bright blue neon light that goes around the motel. The blue is similar to what is seen coming from a bug zapper. I think that gives the audience a clue as to what could happen considering the film is called "Bug" and this blue bug zapping light surrounding the main character's home. The blue light also hints to the viewer that she is very blue and sad. Inside the motel room that she lives in, is very dark with lots of shadows. She is living in the hotel room to escape her abusive ex-husband. The lighting gives us a hint that she is really emotionally hurt by her past. That is why her room is so dark and depressing. He keeps calling her and doesn't say anything. One time when the phone rings she decides not to answer but has a stare down with the phone. She is lit from only one side of her face. The phone is lit just like how she was. Only one side was lit, the other in shadow as if phone was like a real person. "Bug" uses lighting to set the mood of the film and to inform the viewer of how the character is feeling.