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The timing is reflected in the scene where the professors assistant and Will are alone and the assistant tells Will how lucky he is to have someone believe in him as much as the professor does As if on cue the professor walks in just as his assistant finishes talking and gets up to leave The cinematography in the movie is good The viewer is immediately given some insight into Wills social status The viewer is shown that he obviously lives in one of the poorer sections of Boston you see that his front yard is overrun with trash and junk and that the overall look of the neighborhood is anything but colorful What you see is drabness personified the colors muted to the point that they look a lackluster grey This becomes even more apparent when you compare the scene setting of a Harvard class where the students appear to be attentive clean cut well dressed and very enthusiastic to learn In the scenes depicting the community college atmosphere the setting is of a classroom full of students who are barely awake shabbily dressed compared to their Harvard counterparts and seemingly not gripped with enthusiasm with what their teacher is talking about The camera angles are as effective as are the appearances of the set When Will is trying to solve a mathematical formula he is seen writing his work on his mirror with a dry erase marker The camera blurs out Will and focuses on the math work and then reversing back out again showing Will While he is writing the formula out the shots fade to the same shot but at a different angle creating a feeling that some time has just passed To reinforce this feeling in the viewer with each changing shot when the formula is shown there is more writing added with each shot to give the illusion that a large amount of time has elapsed The additional benefit
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