How does a Camera Show us a Relationship?

In this video, we take a look at how the Social Network shows us a relationship, the nuances of each person and the way that the relationship changes purely through editing and closeups. How does film uniquely show a story through camera angles and cuts? How does David Fincher show us a story through his lens?

Perhaps in the case of the social network, the better question would be, how does a camera show us a relationship?

– Nicholas Dobbie
Story through Camera
Rooney Mara, left, and Jesse Eisenberg in Columbia Pictures’ “The Social Network.”

Editing and Cutting Your way to the Story

The opening scene of any film dictates not only the major plot points but it’s themes and characters. David Fincher opens The Social Network with our characters sat opposite each at a bar, why? The cinematography in this scene is specifically chosen to show us that this is the most important relationship in the film, and of course, shot in a social environment.

This scene starts with Jesse Eisenberg’s character questioning how anyone can stand out in the world they live in. The setting reinforces this, loud and threatening. The editing is fast and the camera is wide until we see a close up of the characters, instantly creating a point of interest in the scene.

Source: Nicholas Dobbie