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He Got Game is a film about the relationship between a father and his son In this film the father Jake Shuttlesworth Denzel Washington is serving time in prison for murdering his wife His son Jesus Shuttlesworth Ray Allen is the nations top high school basketball recruit The governor being an avid basketball fan has made a deal with Jake that will curtail his sentence if he can convince his son to go to the governors alma mater Big State University Jake agrees but much difficulty lies in dealing with a son who still hasnt forgiven him for taking his mothers life It is around this difficulty that the plot is built In this film Spike Lee uses the techniques of cinematography mise en scene editing and sound to enhance the feud between father and son He gives us insight into their feelings and motivations he compares their personalities and attitudes and he illustrates the dissonance between the two men through the use of these techniques Cinematography In Jesus and Jakes first meeting on the ball court Lee makes use distance and space to increase the sense of separation between them Empty space here is exaggerated through the use of a wide-angle lens Jake is seen here in the foreground with Jesus and Booger in the background All three men keep a healthy distance apart When Jake approaches Booger to give him love Booger backs away reacting to the violation of the space that the director has created between these characters This distance between Jake and Jesus is kept throughout the scene as they walk parallel paths across the court to the fence As the film progresses and as Jesus begins to accept his father more and more the distance between the actors decreases For example when they are walking along the beach later in the film they are walking side by side and even making contact at times A telephoto lens is used here
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