Time & Motion

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For this post I want to show a clip from the dance movie Stomp the Yard. This particular clip is actually as you will see the first scene of the movie, showing two crews battling for prize money. The reason I chose this scene is because it uses multiple time and motion techniques. The first example that shows up can be found in the first few shots actually. From 0:20 to 0:45 there is a series of shots that utilize high frame density and more frames per second than the standard amount due to the fact that they are in slow motion. An even more specific example is at 0:40 when one of the slow motion shots shows a face, or in this cases faces, clearly for the first time, signifying that they two talents are important (and actually a few minutes later we find out that they are indeed two main characters of the film). Then, for the rest of the scene that includes the talent dancing, you will notice that the shots drastically change. The density of the frame is lowered and there are less frames per second to show accelerated motion and increase emphasis on the intensity of the dancing that is happening throughout the scene. (my apologies if its harder to see because the quality isn't as good as a dvd, etc.) Not only do the shots show accelerated motion, but after the slow motion portion of the opening scene passes each of the following shots becomes shorter and there are more of them. This also adds emphasis to the speed, power, and the intensity of the dancing that the director obviously wanted to capture.

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