My Ssec Capstone Project The transitions of the opening shots of Contagion are used to educate the audience about the mode of virus transmission

The transitions of the opening shots of Contagion are used to educate the audience about the mode of virus transmission

The transitions of the opening shots of Contagion are used to educate the audience about the mode of virus transmission. In the opening scene we see a woman named Beth, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, sitting alone and talking on her phone. She appears pale, sweaty, and has a mild cough. The man she is speaking to on her phone notices that she sounds unwell. From their conversation we know that they have recently had sex. The background sound which is diegetic in nature is indistinct sounds of a public place, then a voice is heard that comes from off screen announcing a flight, now we know that Beth is in an airport. As a transition the camera pans down to show that the she has taken out her credit card to pay her tab. Cutting away, the next image we see is an establishing shot showing Beth in relation the people and objects around her. If you’ve been paying attention you will now be thinking about all of the things she has

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