PAPERMAN-DIRECTED BY JOHN KAHRS(2012)
“Every morning on my way to work I would go through Grand Central Station and sometimes you’d meet eye to eye with people, just strangers, like a pretty girl or something, and you’d think is there a connection? You feel that connection for a split second and wonder who that person was. That’s the core idea of it – what if two people were really perfect for each other, and they had that chance meeting? And what if they were separated – how would those two people get back together again? And how could a little bit of magic and fate intervene to bring them back together?”
The short follows the story of a lonely young man in New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office, and sets out to get her attention.
This short film has noticeable features. Firstly, the Black and White are main colour except the red kiss mark on the piece of paper. when the man and woman meet together bright lighting which is based on natural light of the sunshine. It can be call ‘High Key’. In contrast, there has several shade, small amount of light scene when they are apart or inside the building. That scenes show dull and dreary tone-‘Low Key’ lighting that has deep shadows. Secondly, sound. There is no dialogue in the short film what their voices may like or their names are. Instead of dialogue, the character’s action tell the story to audience. This kind of actions work more than dialogue to understand.
The last one is camera technique. In the film, a neutral view is only used at the beginning and ending scene. Except these scenes, there are many different angles shown to represent character’s hard journey for reach to her. The very long shot shows the distance between him and her. Also in between this distance the paper plane play important role to connect man and woman. That is the material to catch her attention and also connecting link. Representing this plane effectively, the camera is following from Worm’s eye view to Bird’s Eye view. End by reuniting the camera angle is back in neutral view. This film has simple story, colour and no dialogue. However this kinds of elements are giving great story telling by contributing as a cinematic codes.
Reference list :
Fxguide (2013) The inside story behind Disney’s Paperman Available at: https://www.fxguide.com/featured/the-inside-story-behind-disneys-paperman/ (Accessed: 04 February 2016).
Jessica Mallinson A2 Media Blog, (2013) Textual Analysis: Paperman. Available at: https://jessicamallinsona2.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/textual-analysis-paperman/ (Accessed: 04 February 2016)