Film Scene Analysis: the rowing scene from Ben-Hur.
Analysis of a Film Scene
Director: William Wyler
About 30 minutest in the film, the protagonist, Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) is taken as a prisoner. He soon finds himself on the lower level of a battleship rowing with the rest of the prisoners.
The establishing shot consists of an objective point of view of battleships on the sea. The dozens of ores moving the boat are clearly seen. This sets up the place and situation for the scene.
Next, Wyler cuts to a high angle shot of the doorway leading to the lower room of the ship where the prisoners are rowing. A commanding officer…
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