A Single Man – Post-Production

Thurs. 3/23/2017 11AM

The thing I believe made this film so great (and so tragic at the same time) is the effectiveness of the post-production methods. After watching this film, the stylistic visuals is what stuck with me the most. What I first noticed was all of the jump cuts in the beginning of the film (that carried throughout), during the flashback to when George sees Jim lying, dead, underneath the car. The cold color scheme paired with the quick jump cuts from a wide shot of the scenery all the way to the close-up of his glazed-over eye proved to be extremely useful in depicting both the horror and tragedy of the incident.

Talking about color, this is the main aspect of the film I believe contributed to the success of the storytelling and development of memorable scenes. Because the film deals with non-linear narrative (the shots play with time/skipping through time), it could be easy for the spectator to get lost. However, one thing that remained pretty constant between the different times was the color. The present had a cold, faded look (reflecting the emotions of our character George) and the past was warm and vivid with color. This made getting accustomed to the switches between time much more smooth, in addition to the fact that the transitions were unbelievably fluid, for example when George was looking at the black and white photo of Jim and the scene transitioned to the black and white-edited scene of them sitting in the same setting from the past.

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