TO: High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Study of Camera Shots)

This post doesn’t really go with my blog but it’s a homework assignment soooo yeahhhh.

The film I chose for my study of camera shots and angles project was “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”. The segment of the movie I watched was from 1:19:23 to 1:24:23

Establishing Shot // Close Up:

This shot was chosen to establish the change in setting from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Stanford, California. It also lets you know that Gabriella, a character that had moved from Albuquerque to Stanford, was going to be in this scene because the shot follows her.

Wide Angle Shot:

This shot shows you were Gabriella is.

Close Up:

This shot was chosen to show the confusion in Gabriella’s face. This shot would not be the same if it were from a different angle or further away because you wouldn’t be able to see her emotion.

POV:

For a split second the camera shot changes to show what Gabriella is seeing that makes her so confused. It is her boyfriend, Troy’s, car. He lives in Albuquerque.

Close Up:

This shot shows the joy Gabriella feels because she then hears an off camera voice, which is Troy’s.

Close Up:

The shot switches to Troy standing in a tree to clarify that he was, in fact, the voice heard off screen.

Close Up:

The shot switches to Gabriella to show her reply to him.

Close Up:

The shot switches to Troy to show her reply to her.

Close Up:

The shot switches to Gabriella to show her reply to him.

Wide Angle Shot:

This shot was used to show how Troy and Gabriella are talking to each other. Troy is standing in a tree and Gabriella is looking up to him. Gabriella keeps talking from the previous shot.

Close Up:

The shot switches to Troy to show her reply to her.

Close Up:

The shot switches to Gabriella to show her reply to him.

Close Up:

The shot switches to Troy about to jump out of a tree.

Wide Angle:

The shot switches to Troy jumping out of the tree, now standing next to Gabriella.

Over The Shoulder:

Now, we see over Gabriella’s shoulder looking at a Troy. This is most likely to show the sincerity of what he’s saying to Gabriella.

Over The Shoulder:

The camera angle changes back to Gabriella to show her reaction to what Troy said. She smiles.

Over The Shoulder:

The shot switches back to Troy. It shows him taking a corsage out of the pocket of his blazer to give to Gabriella.

Over The Shoulder:

The next shot shows Gabriella putting her hand through the corsage. Then holding Troy’s hand.

Over The Shoulder:

The next shot is over Gabriella’s shoulder focusing on Troy. It shows him putting his hand out to ask Gabriella to dance with him. This shot would not be the same if it was from a different angle because the hand wouldn’t be so direct to the audience. If the angle was different, the audience would only see it as Troy putting his handout for Gabriella. By using the over the shoulder shot, it makes the audience feel more included in the scene.

Over The Shoulder:

The shot switches back to over Troy’s shoulder to showGabriella taking his hand and smiling. This angle most likely wants you to focus on Gabriella’s expression. She is happy and touched that Troy went so far to see her.

Wide Angle // Over The Shoulder:

The angle shows Troy and Gabriella dancing together. This shot makes the audience warm and in in awe because it shows that the two know each other so well that they’re able to dance with each other on the spot. It also sets somewhat unrealistic expectations for high school relationships.

Wide Angle:

This shot keeps showing the two dancing.

Close Up:

Troy and Gabriella are still dancing but these shot shows how they are looking at each other.

Wide Angle:

This shot goes into the sky then comes back down to a new setting.

Establishing Close Up:

This shot “fast forward’s” or enters Prom which isn’t actually happening. It’s not an actual event that will happen. It’s a really stupid scene change.

Wide Angle:

Shows everyone dancing at prom. Everyone is dancing the same way Troy and Gabriella were dancing.

Close Up:

More dancing.

Close Up:

More dancing.

Wide Angle:

Even more dancing.

Close Up:

Dancinggggg.

Wide Angle:

Shows everyone dancing. Honestly, I feel all these shots are unnecessary.

Establishing Shot // Close Up:

Shows that Troy and Gabriella are back in the present moment.

Wide Angle:

Still dancing…

Close Up // Over The Shoulder:

Dancing. OOH THERE WAS A SPIN THIS TIME. Oh and they kiss? Wow. Great. Okay, can the angle switch now? (That is how I was feeling as an audience member/someone who has to write down all these identical camera shots that Disney decided to include)

Wide Angle:

Shows the two holding hands and walking. I guess this is supposed to be a cute moment but, it’s not getting me.

Over The Shoulder:

Shows over Troy’s shoulder and the SAME LOOK ON GABRIELLA’S FACE. CAN THESE SHOTS PLEASE CHANGE I CAN LITERALLY JUST COPY AND PASTE EVERYTHING FROM PREVIOUS SHOTS.

Over The Shoulder:

OHHH NOW THE AUDIENCE IS LOOKING INTO TROY’S EYES OVER GABRIELLA’S SHOULDER SAYING SOMETHING SWEET YET CHEESY. THERE IS AN AUDIBLE “AWEEE” IN THE AUDIENCE OF PRETEEN GIRLS AND YAWNS AMONGST THEIR PARENTS.

Over The Shoulder:

The shot switches just to show Troy “move a piece of hair out of Gabriella’s face” THAT WASN’T EVEN IN HER FACE.

Establishing Shot:

The scene changes to the theatre of East High, which is the school that both Troy and Gabriella had attended before Gabriella left for college early admissions at Stanford University. We see the audience is packed.

Wide Angle:

We travel backstage to see Sharpay, a diva, warming up. She is also talking to her parents on the phone. You can tell she is spoiled. This most likely to show how much of a diva she is and cause the audience to despise her.

Wide Angle:

Now we see a boy staring at Sharpay. He seems to have an attraction towards her. You can still hear her speaking off screen.

Close Up:

Back to Sharpay. She’s doing the same exact thing as before.

Close Up:

Back on the guy, he begins to walk towards Sharpay.

Wide Angle:

This angle shows how uncomfortably close this guy is to Sharpay, despite the fact that they don’t really know each other. The shot shows Sharpay’s discomfort.

Over The Shoulder:

This shot more clearly show’s Sharpay’s discomfort. It is over the shoulder of the guy. Sharpay is still warming up.

Over The Shoulder:

This shot shows the confidence of the guy. Honestly this shot, the one before, and the next few made me uncomfortable.

Over The Shoulder:

We’re looking at Sharpay again. She laughs at him after he tells her his name. This probably makes the audience hate her character more.

Over The Shoulder:

The shot switches back to the guy to show his face when Sharpay notices a disgusting smell that turns out to be his cologne.

Over The Shoulder:

Sharpay is fanning a smell away from herself. She asks if what she’s smelling is “his cologne or a toxic spill”. This, again, adds on to the reasons why the audience should hate Sharpay.

Over The Shoulder:

Again showing how confident this guy is. Oh geez…

Close Up // Wide Angle:

This shot shows Sharpay being a diva and rushing away asking for Troy to be sent to her dressing room because she needs to rehearse before going on stage.

Wide Angle:

The guy gets a text from Troy. This shot looks over his friend’s shoulder.

Wide Angle:

The guy throws his phone to his friend to read the message for him. This shot is looking over the guy’s shoulder. He listens to his friend read the text. Troy tells him to “break a leg”.

Over The Shoulder:

The guy asks what “break a leg” means. Stupid.

Over The Shoulder:

The friend explains to him that he will be going on for Troy. This shot also shows the director reading the text and getting panic-y.

Over The Shoulder // Wide Shot:

Shows the slight panic backstage at the absence of Troy.

Wide Angle:

Shows more panic of Troy not being there. The guy going on for Troy stops breathing. Honestly, my reaction was “Stupid.” but I think the intended audience for this movie would have laughed.

 

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