Measure Analysis- Grace Gallagher

"Measure" by Dayna Hanson

I found "Measure" to be a very interesting film, mainly because of its simplicity. I liked how there were no scenery changes, and yet it still kept me engaged because of the the various angles and cuts and use of shadowing. I liked that Hanson played around with depth; one shot she would be very close up on one subject, then in the next she would have the camera much farther away so she could capture both subjects full bodies. Toying with the depth also affected the shadowing on the subjects. Some clips the sun would be shining bright on the subjects, but then in others hardly any light would be shining in. It made for a nice contrast. I also think Hanson did a great job capturing facial expression. Although I was never sure exactly what the two subjects were trying to express, it was very clear there was some kind of expression happening. It was also very intriguing how Hanson kept returning to close ups on the feet; those shots reminded me that dancing was happening in the film. (I kept going back and forth deciding if it was more a dance film or a more pedestrian film) Another aspect of the film I found to be unique, that I actually didn't even realize until the last time viewing it, was that the title didn't appear until the end of the film. In all movies and most short films, the title always comes first, except for this film, and I actually liked that it was different. Overall I really enjoyed the film. I liked it more and more with each time I viewed it; I kept finding details I had missed the time before.

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