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English essay: Short film analysis

Updated on January 12, 2012

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Invention of Love film analysis

It is amazing how much can be conveyed through a movie that has no words and is done through silhouettes. Invention of Love is an animated short film that came out in 2010. It was written & directed by Andrey Shushkov and is a love story “from the world of gears and bolts.” The film is centered around two main characters that fall in love and move to a city that is entirely made of gears, bolts, and machines made of metal. In the end, it is inferred that it is the coldness and lack of life in the city that kills the mans wife. Through the use of sound, film angles, and composition, the death of his wife signifies that life, love, and happiness are cannot be substituted by lifeless machines. After the woman dies, she is replaced with the harshness of the cold metal that she so whole heartedly hated. But because metal is not alive, it is illustrated that a machine cannot completely replace human involvement with nature and there will always be something not right and missing, actual love.

In the short film Invention of Love the music serves as a sort of narrator, and tells the story of the couples journey through the scoring. The opening scene pans to the right over the wrecked workshop in silence as it focuses on the man, one of the main characters. A Piano piece picks up to signify a flash back and the piano piece is soft, heartfelt and melancholy. The arrangement is specific to pick up with a violin as the man comes into the frame on his mechanical horse to convey that something new is being introduced into the girls’ world, something wonderful and promising. The same piece is played throughout the beginning of their relationship and up until they leave on his flying invention as a newly married couple. The music abruptly changes when the camera focuses on the balloons that is carrying the flying invention to signify that it is carrying them to a new life, something unknown to them but the music is upbeat and exciting, conveying that they are eager to start a life together. Once again the arrangement changes when the city comes into view, it conveys a sense of wonder as they look down on the city full of inventions and remarkable machines. A hint of the original piece is placed into the new arrangement when the couple kisses to illustrate that they are here in this new place because of their love for one another. The music has a short stop to introduce the new home that they will be living in together and then picks up, playing softly in the background, to show remind the viewer that although a completely new life has been started, their original love is still there. The main focus is on the actions of the couple when she leaves and the man stays behind. The music gives way to the distinct sounds of the mechanical city, like the harsh clicking of gears ticking and the scraping of metal, to convey that life and their natural surroundings are replaced by inhuman things and machines. A sense of coldness comes over the viewer with the loss of the lighthearted music. The focus on the heavy breathing of the woman illustrates the anxiety that she is feeling which is caused by the lifelessness of the machines and the feeling of being trapped that comes over her because of it. The music picks back up when she runs down the stairs to find the flower that the man has discarded out the window to a tune that is frantic. This particular music change displays the utter hysteria that she is feeling due to the loss of the rose, last living thing that she had. The music comes to a halt when she reaches the bottom of the stairs to push all of the focus of the viewer to the woman on her knees desperately looking for the flower. The music then goes back to the original piece as she picks up the flower to pull the viewers memory back to the beginning when she first received the rose, when everything was full of life and she was happy and content. Instead of a violin entering into the original piano arrangement, a cello does to give a sense of heaviness to the film as the man picks up the rose off of the ground after his wife dies. This subtle but noticeable change in the scoring of the music signifies to the viewer that nothing will be the same. The ever present piano piece has changed just like his life now that his wife has passed. Again the music disappears to give focus to the harsh, mechanical ticking noises of the mans workshop. There is no return of music as the film comes to a close to signify that life, love, and happiness is no longer a part of the mans life and is replaced with the harshness of the cold metal that he has made to replicate his late wife. But because there is no music when the viewer is introduced to the mechanical girl that he has created as a replacement, it is illustrated that she cannot completely replace the human woman and there will always be something not right and missing, actual love.

Throughout the film, the use of perspective and camera angles illustrates the meaning that technology can cause harm. Through perspective the viewer is watching the film from mainly a third person point of view. This gives the viewer the opportunity to see both sides of the story and get insight to things the characters don’t have access to, such as how the other is feeling while they are apart. However, the viewer does rarely see things from the point of view from the girl that is one of the main characters. One of the key points that this happens is when the girl is frantically looking for life in the mechanical city and finally comes across a butterfly. The camera focuses on the butterfly, looking down, on the it and the viewer is shown the realization that even this tiny insect is made of gears. The fact that the angle of the camera is shifter downward on the technological butterfly conveys that the female main character in no way approves or is comfortable with the surrounding technology, which seems to be suffocating her. Another time in which technology is being looked down upon is when the couple is first introduced to the mechanical city while in the flying contraption. Although the music is upbeat and exciting, the contrast between that and the angle of the camera is evident. It illustrates foreshadowing because they are unmistakably looking down on the city from a high vantage point and shows that this tiny hint is indicating that harm will come.

The composition of the short film such as the coloring of the background and foreground aids the viewer in understanding what the characters are thinking and what the mood of the scene is due to the fact that this animated film has no speaking in it. When the viewer is introduced to the first main character, the girl, the background is in a kind of dark haze and mist. When the girl first makes contact with mans horse, the backing clouds become white and brighter conveying the clarity that they find in each other’s love. Further into the film the viewer is introduced to a burst of color from the sky in the upper right as the couple drifts in the air over the mechanical city. Illustrating that with the new color comes a new life and beginning. Throughout the remainder of the film a contrast of colors in the scenes are evident. The soft melon tint of the home when the couple first settles in gives off content and at ease vibe. This purpose is to completely and utterly contrast with the yellowish and sickly green tint of outside their house that is seen as the woman ventures through the mechanical city. The hue of outside yet again changes as the man throws the dying rose from the window to the ground. The coloring is specifically dark blue and black signifying that the act of throwing her flower away is devastating and is a turning point that will shift the storyline. The green tone of the hospital reinforce the tragic news of his wife’s death and as we return to his wrecked workshop, the viewer is overcome with overwhelming feeling of despair due to the muted tones of the room.

Through the use of sound, film angles, and composition, the director is able to signify that life, love, and happiness cannot be substituted by lifeless machines. In irony, after his beloved dies, she is replaced by the man with the bleakness of the cold metal that she so whole heartedly hated. But because metal is not alive, it is conveyed that machines cannot take the place of human connection with nature and one another. Without love, living things, and with an overbearing presence of the machines, true and real love will be missing from the world.

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    • VirginiaLynne profile image

      Virginia Kearney 5 years ago from United States

      You've written an interesting analysis. I haven't seen the film but you've made me feel like I have. I like your descriptive detail as well as the way you break it down using sound, camera angles and composition. Welcome to Hubpages! I look forward to following you.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Welcome to Hubpages. Try to break up your paragraphs into smaller ones, they are easier to read and follow

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