28th August 2017

Charles Herman

Significant details about Charles Herman

Young, confident, easy going, drunk, outgoing, acts like he doesn’t care about anything, dominant person, skeletal (in appearance), english major at Princeton, intrusive, over the top, charismatic, insightful into John, messy, free spirit, hung over, inquisitive into John’s life, honest, sarcastic, causal, understanding, prodigal   

Scene: John meets Charles for the first time

What is John doing/what is going on around John when Charles appears?

Watching people being social and interact outside, doesn’t look happy, facial expressions look envious, unhappy, concerned, confused, uneasy, about people being nice to each other, interacting and being social. Deals with problems by creating solutions- creates Charles

Other students outside playing cricket- he is inside listening to classical music- he has an acquired taste

 

What film techniques are used in specific scenes to introduce Charles?

Film techniques- operatic choir music (diegetic-record player) chosen to put it on, traditional side to John, stimulates brain, represents his ‘brand’ more acquired

Film tech- long shot of moving desk towards light which represent revelation (mathematical)

Close up shot of John looking out window

Point of view high angle shot through window looking at people socialising, interacting

Schizophrenia delusions are often heard before seen (hear Charles as he enters the room before we see him- coughs)

Next shot point of view long shot from John’s perspective introduces Charles- only ever see him through a point of view shot from John’s eyes- shows that Charles is seen through John’s eyes and isn’t real

Panning shot- John turning around

 

What film techniques are used to show Charles’ behaviour?

Becoming more and more part of John’s life

Dialogue- conversation “You’re not easily distracted.” “I’m here to work.” conflict going on in John’s own mind- play football/be social, be best mathematician

Allows Charles to get in his face and ask “Is my roommate a dick?” but it’s John asking himself  

What does Charles represent in John’s life?

Scene: in the library/bar
What is John doing/what is going on around John when Charles appears?

John is unsuccessful, rude and abrupt, gets slapped

 

What film techniques are used in specific scenes to introduce Charles?

Hear Charles first after John gets slapped

Medium shot when someone opens the door and Charles exits into the bathroom, doesn’t open it himself

Charles represents moral support

Point of view shot as Hansen walks in

“Who’s winning? You or you?

What film techniques are used to show Charles’ behaviour?

 

What does Charles represent in John’s life?

Scene: John hits the wall

What is John doing/what is going on around John when Charles appears?

See through the window of John’s mathematical problems and his problems in general

Close up of John looking through problems on window

Searching for and trying to come up with an original idea

Starting to twitch and have weird mannerisms

What film techniques are used in specific scenes to introduce Charles?

Close up shows John smashing head against glass

Hear Charles “Jesus Christ, John.”

See medium shot of Charles pleading John to let it go and go outside “Come on lets go out.”

What film techniques are used to show Charles’ behaviour?

 

What does Charles represent in John’s life?

 

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