Here’s the next installment of my weekly analysis of Lost from a filmmaking perspective. For those of not familiar with this segment on the film visual, editorial, and directorial aspects of Lost, check out my first article going over what I cover and talk about.
As we all prepare for the finale, let’s look at the visual and editorial clues in “Follow The Leader”. It was an excellently directed episode in terms of preparing us for the finale. All pre-finale Lost episodes have tons of moving shots when going into a new scene. A lot of Dolly-Ins that really feel like the story is moving somewhere and heading in a specific direction.
However, I’d like to start of by apologizing that I did not end up writing an article for “The Variable” nor did I finish the rest of “Some Like it Hoth”. Much like Juliet reminiscing about the ‘real world’, the real world caught up with me and I got swamped with films that required my attention. After the finale, I plan to go back to the beginning and analyze the Pilot. I want to work out a schedule where I make it through the entire series leading up to the premiere of Season 6. Since there’s roughly 102 episodes prior to Season 6, I hope to do two episodes per week.
Now, on to “Follow The Leader”.
The first scene is the normal Lost handheld style for Island happenings.
A high-angle POV from our character’s perspective.
High-angle on Widmore showing that he has power. A lens flare is peaking through (usually a cinematographer’s worst nightmare but sometimes used for empahsis).
The shot where Widmore enters is a moving shot, in tone with all Pre-Season Finale episode styles. Moving shots indicate change, indicate that there’s something going on.