I’m very excited to announce that I will be interviewed LIVE by Peter Palmiotti on the Independent Road Podcast this Tuesday at 4 PM EST! Please come by to hang out in the chat, and bring your questions! It’s going to be a great time! The link to the show is here!
Last night Cory & I re-watched “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and we marveled at the incredible setting-work they did. There is so much story in the sets alone, all of it so subtle that most of it goes completely unseen consciously, but hits home on an unconscious level. Just the work done in the last scene alone: Menacing shadows neatly framed by almost every shot, the villain treading on fake eye-balls, the villain descending on the side elevator past row upon row of masks…all hinting at the big twist, all telling you the truth the entire time, but never outright revealing anything until the last moment. It’s exceptionally well done (and I’m leaving it vague, on the rare chance that some of you haven’t seen it…highly recommend it if you haven’t!)
The props and surroundings are constantly telling us things about the characters so we don’t have to be told. The dust-coated, but reverently laid out desk of Eddie’s brother, speaking eloquently of the hole that his death left. Dolores’ bar that nearly rattles itself to pieces when a train goes by, just like Dolores and Eddie are nearly rattling apart now. As for Toon Town itself…if you’d want a more terrifying underworld, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a place more ruled by nightmarish madness than that! This is the place where Eddie’s brother died, and although it doesn’t have the flames of hell, it is most certainly a decent into a place of danger and death for mortals. (I think it is also no coincidence when the toons are first introduced, a mob of tiny demons, only their horns, pitchforks, and clubs visible, push past Eddie in the street.) The power of setting is used expertly in this film.
What film (or other visual media) do you remember using the power of setting? What did it say without words, only surroundings?