BOYHOOD (1) (2014, USA)
directed by: Richard Linklater, measured with FACT

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Submitted by Koen Reijnen on 2014-10-29

Koen Reijnen's comment:
segment 1. timecue's


Name:
X
CU
NDM
MES
HvP
Number of shots:
41
1
10
1
16
Length(min):
3.27
0.38
1.13
0.07
0.97
ASL(sec):
4.8
23
6.8
4.2
3.6
MSL 2.6 23 5.1 4.2 2.2
MSL/ASL
0.54
1
0.75
1
0.6
StDev 5.6 0 5.7 0 3.4
Min 0.8 23 0 4.2 0.7
Max 29.6 23 19.6 4.2 13.6
CV 1.18 0 0.84 0 0.93
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Users' comments:

Author: Yuri Tsivian Date: 2015-03-02

Do you think you could find a minute to tell me briefly about your research in connection with this film? One of the reasons why I am eager to learn more is that I am in touch with the editor of the film, Sandra Adair, who is curious about cinemetrics studies, and naturally, about Cinemetrics vis-à-vis her own work. I myself am going to embark on measuring more of Boyhood, but I want to know first what has been done by you. I examined your statistics, it looks robust and reliable, but I am not always sure which segments you target and what categories choose to highlight, so any additional clarifications could be of help.



Author: Koen Reijnen Date: 2015-03-02

I analyzed Boyhood for a course about Hollywood films. While watching Boyhood i noticed that there are certain kinds of elements in the editing that refer to a specific time, like the music used in some scenes, but also close-ups of changing characters and object that refer to a specific year or date (like the release of a Harry Potter book). I tried to analyse how these hints were used in order to keep some temporal continuity and help the viewer to keep track of the passing of time, and thus how the story is being told across the years it took to film. I’m not sure if i succeeded in identifying the right segments and filming periods, but this was in short my aim. I hope you find it useful. Please ask me if there is anything else you’d like to know about my (short) research project.



Author: Yuri Tsivian Date: 2015-03-13

Yes. I find your project very promising, so it would be of help if you share with is the legends behing your symbols like X, HvP etc, and perhaps commented briefly why you chose these



Author: Koen Reijnen Date: 2015-03-13

 

I tried to identify hint that shows the viewer either in what year the story takes place or in which we see a change in main character's (Mason) appearance. Elements that are related to a specific year include the use of non-diegetic music that was released in the year of shooting (NDM), showing a item that was popular in a specific period in the mis-en-scene (for instance a videogame or a toy)(MES) or the actions of characters that refer to a specific period (e.g. singing a Britney spears song, or being dressed up as a character from Harry Potter) (HvP). These elements did not only help to keep temporal continuity, but also gave the film a nostalgic feel.

In the shots in which we see Mason's changing appearance I made a distinction between a close-up (CU) and a medium shot (MS) of Mason. When there were no explicit hint to be found I used the code (X). So I coded the shot as follows:

X - No Explicit hints

CU - Close-up of Mason's changed appearance

MS - Medium shot of Mason's changed appearance

NDM - Non-diegetic musical hint

MES - Close-up of hint in mis-en-scence

HvP - actions of a character that are related to a certain period

Unfortunately its not possible to label a shot with more than one code in cinemetrics. This means that sometimes NDM is a little inaccurate, because it might be simultaneous with for instance a close-up shot (e.g. the first shots of the film). Still I found music to be an essential tool for keeping track of the temporal continuity.




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