Of all the things to get stuck on this episode, I got stuck on this. STUCK, I TELL YOU. Now, as for the why (I’ll try to be brief ‘cuz I can’t use the [[more]] tag in a photo post).
Back when movie direction was one of my actual curriculars, I attended one wonderful lesson that I always remembered vividly: one about subtle direction choices, and what they mean/convey/tell to the audience’s subconscious.
The main part was about this: when you’re filming about a character being in danger, it doesn’t matter how many other people are present, you must always, ALWAYS show first the reaction of the one that’s most emotionally involved. The reaction of the one character who’s got the deepest connection with/interest for the one in danger. We dissected a movie by Sergio Leone, we analyzed a particular scene, and my professor said something along the lines of: “Yes, sure, showing the sidekick/best friend’s reaction first, you could construct something interesting, even fun, or suspensful. But you always show the girlfriend’s reaction first. Because she LOVES the hero. And that’s what matters the most. The love.”
They showed us Derek’s reaction first here. So.
I GOT TOTALLY STUCK.