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FILM TECHNIQUE ANALYSIS OF THE MOVIE SMOKE SIGNALS In this essay I would like to go into a bit more detail about the first questions in both the first viewing questions and the study questions since they are very similar in nature The scene in question is the opening scene of the motion picture Smoke Signals when after a fade-in we see a radio station broadcasting out of a trailermobile home-like structure In this scene the trailer cum radio station is filmed in a rather deep field most likely intended to show the mountainous background which helps to give the viewer a sense of place One could view only the first ten seconds of the movie and even without the text across the screen stating Coeur dAlene Indian Reservation Idaho 1976 immediately get an idea that that this film takes place in either the Rocky Mountain West or the Appalachian region somewhere Sense of time is far more difficult to pinpoint The radio stationtrailer that DJ Randy Peone sits in appears to be in fairly decent condition save for the various junk car and truck parts old furniture and various pieces of trash strewn about the outside of the trailer The KREZ traffic van also appears to be a Ford Econoline manufactured anywhere between 1974 through 1981 and the semi truck that drives by Lester Fallsapart doesnt look terribly antiquated save for the lack of aerodynamics found on todays big rigs Nor do the houses at least the ones in the opening scene look like they were built in the early 20th century On the contrary they actually look fairly modern in architectural design It could just as easily be 1997 in this setting as 1976 The abrupt cut from the KREZ broadcasting trailer to the traffic van then takes us to a scene with an extremely deep field coupled with an extreme long shot from
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