Blog Post 6: Cinema Language

The first thing I noticed was changed for the movie was the location of the plank, in the story the man would fall between two railroad ties as in the film he would fall off the side of the bridge. This was changed out of safety I believe because the actor falling in such close proximity would create more chance of the actor being harmed. It did not change anything about the story so it would not cause the film to lose any significance. The next part that was changed was what distracted him from his final thoughts of his family, in the film it was one of the military men yelling another name to take his watch, but in the story it was the sound of the ticking watch itself. I believe this was changed because it was easier to create and because it would be easier for all audiences to understand from the get go. The entire second section was also completely removed from the film because it was back story in the character as to how he was sentenced to hang, but it was not necessary in the film as the main plot of the story would remain. The mention of grey eyes in the marksmen, which meant he never missed a shot, was reminiscent of his own eyes mentioned at the beginning was also removed along with him being shot. Both of these scenes would have been hard to recreate in the film when it was made, and leaving them out did not change the story at all. However, the gunshot wound was done in the film in a way by showing that his hand was dark with blood. When it comes to translating the effects of the story into the film, the producers used a series of small scene shots. For example, there were many few second scenes of the nature around the stream to show what the man being hung was seeing (the spider, the leaves, etc.). There was also the use of different parts of the stream going down rapids to show how he was slowly moving at first and then his escape became faster and faster. The way this was shot and clipped together for the film was in smooth succession. The scene where the man was struggling in the water after being hung was one of the best parts of the film because of how they used imagery to express what was written in the story. The shots jumped between him sinking, the cut rope, his hands fighting to get free, then him struggling to swim, back to his face with wide eyes needing air, and then to his hands pulling his legs free. The way they took cut-scenes of this occurrence was very well done because it captured the struggle and surprise in the actor that not only was he cut free, but that he had a chance to get away if he fought. Then at the very end, instead of being able to hear that he felt the pains in his neck, right as the wife looked into his eyes they flashed to him finishing his fall and hanging still at the bridge. This gave the perfect imagery of how the story ends.

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