Meshes in the Afternoon by Maya Deren

Meshes of the Afternoon

When watching this film we discovered a common theme among filming techniques. The filmmaker, Maya Deren, used a lot of close-ups and jump-cuts to create suspense and curiosity.

From the start of the film Deren made it clear that she was creating a dreamlike sequence by using close-ups. Thee close-ups shots allowed the audience to see thing from a different, unnatural perspective. This enhanced the idea of a dream. Furthermore, Deren focused more on shadows again adding to the idea of a dream sequence. The close-ups gave the audience a specific focus allowing the filmmaker the opportunity to manipulate the storyline. This leaves little room for the audience to interpret for themselves because they were forced to view the filmmakers intention.

Deren chose to use a series of broken up jump shots that were not continuous. Throughout the film the audience was forced to jump from shot to shot. There were continuous themes throughout the film, however there was no continuity in the jump-cuts used. By doing this, Deren has captured the randomness of a dream. It would show her falling through a window facing outside and then jump to her on a staircase. It would also randomly jump from the house to the beach. To maintain continuity Deren would reference objects such as keys, a knife, a flower, and a phone.

In conclusion, Deren created a horror-like film that wasn't scary due to the randomness of the shots.

By: Scott Brazelton, Grace Gallagher, Danielle Angieri, Paige Mayes, Casey Thompson, Alyssa Brown

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