Rear Window Analysis

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Postproduction Shot List with brief analysis
Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rear Window' (1954). The story of a photojournalist with a broken leg, who begins to spy on his neighbours and becomes utterly convinced that one of them has
committed a murder. I chose this movie because Hitchcock is an amazing and unique director who uses camera angles and sound to tell the story. There is no music in this movie
(only the opening scene), but it's replaced by diegetic music which acts as a character builder and dialogue.
TIMECODE VISUALS MUSIC SOUND EFFECTS
VOICE COMMENTS
0:01:38.20
Shot 1, 9 frames. Zooming, close up shot through the window, which views the courtyard outside. It eventually becomes a wide-angled shot of the courtyard. You can see a man sleeping on the third floor balcony.
Lively music, which starts to get fade into the background.
0:01:43.09
Shot 2, 36 frames. Angled shot from the window. The scene cuts to the camera tracking a cat walking along the stairway while the view gives us an establishing shot of the set.
The music is still lively and intensifies when it reaches the ladder.
Cat meowing twice.
The scene is similar to the ending where we see a similar establishing scene with key differences (the ending shows the character development).
0:01:48.17
Shot 2. The camera continues panning, stops and slowly tilts upwards as we are following the ladder up to the upper apartment balcony.
The music is constant.

0:01:47.04
0:02:02.22
Shot 2. Tracking (panning) shot. Three shot. The camera reaches the top of the upper apartment balcony where you see a father, mother and daughter getting ready for the day. It starts to pan left where you can see the open windows of the character's we'll be seeing, a flash of light in the upper apartment, we see an arm move in the middle apartment and a woman brushing her hair from a small window.
The music gets less intense and sort of curious-like.
Sound of two bird's wings fluttering past. The sound of a lawn mower being used. Sound of a vehicle being started up.
0:02:22.02
Shot 2. The panning finishes at a close up of Jeffery's forehead with a bead of sweat running down his face.
The music is repetitive and still lively.
Sound of a vehicle driving away.
0:02:22.20
Shot 3. Extreme close up of the thermometer, which reads 92 degrees.
The music fades out.
0:02:27.23
Shot 3. A wide shot of the music composer's window (you can see a black, grand piano and sheet music). He is shaving and listening to the radio. There is a large alcohol bottle near the window. He stops shaving, walks over to the window and
Sound of alarm bell ringing at the end.
"Men, are you over 40? When you wake up in the morning, do you feel tired and rundown? Do you

changes the radio's channel.
have that listless feeling?
0:02:36.05
Shot 3. Two Shot. Medium long shot. A couple sleeping on their balcony, wake up to the sound of their alarm.
Music of the composer's radio.
Husband's voice muttering tiredly. Words unintelligi ble.
0:02:54.22
Shot 3....

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