Quarantine is a 2008 remake of the Spanish film [REC]. It’s directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by him and his brother Drew Dowdle. The plot of the movie is extremely simple. A reporter (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris) are spending a shift shadowing the LA Fire Department. They go after them following a medical emergency call and quickly the situation spins out of control leading to them as well as the firemen, some police officers, and the buildings inhabitants all being quarantined. It’s shot in a first person point of view as if everything you see is what the cameraman caught, similar to a “Blair Witch Project” or “Cloverfield” and “Paranormal Activity”.
The movie doesn’t have beginning credits, and we just see the name of the producing company (Screen Gems) on the screen. The movie opens with “Angela Vidal” as reporter and we see fire department in her back ground, in these scenes the introducing of Angela is stopped due to car voices and horning of that and she starting to introduce her again , actually the director use this technique for emphasis on dialog and sound in the movie.
In the beginning of the movie when Angela introduces herself, the director use static camera, but he uses hand held camera for the most of the scenes.
We see this movie from Scott’s eyes as camera man, and the audience doesn’t see Scott, while his face is rarely seen, his voice lends gravity to the proceedings.
In the following scenes Angela starts to make a report from members of the fire department, in one of the scenes she is installing a microphone to a fire man and she turns back to the camera and says “are you filming this?”; in my opinion this shot means the audience see all of the scenes with all of the details and they don’t lose any scenes.
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In that shot, Angela tells the fire man “don’t worry about camera, pretend it’s not even there”, the director uses this dialog and technique for decreasing the distance between the audience and the movie, actually director says to the audience don’t worry about camera, and it makes it more real or more of an documentary.
During the first parts of the movie, while Angela is introducing the fire department, the movie starts off moving at a tremendously fast pace; For instance the scenes regarding the shower, Firemen preparing and wearing their uniforms or even playing basketball. The first 15 minutes of the movie is basically setting up the reporter character and the firemen is fun and feels like only maybe 5 minutes. In my point of view the director divided the movie to two different parts; the first 15 minutes has a funny theme and the other part has a horror theme and more realistic, actually the director is showing the difference between fun and fear use this style.
Before starting the main events of the story, Angela looks directly to the camera and says “just waiting on something to happen”, the director uses this dialog for changing the style of the movie and hinting the audience to wait for something happen as soon as possible.
The scenes which are shot inside the fire department have a fast rhythm with a lot of cut, and director uses more light, and colors are sharp. He uses static camera and hand held camera simultaneously, but the shots regarding the building director use just hand held camera for attracting the attention of audience and making connection with them, in these scenes the light is more darken and we can’t see all of the details of the scene obviously, this shooting style reminds me of the movie “Seven” which was made by David Fincher and the director of photography was Darush Khongi who is master of shooting dark scene.
In these scenes the camera is shakier than the previous shots and director suspends the use of close up shots more than the other shots.
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The movie doesn’t have soundtrack because the director wanted to emphasis that it is not a movie, and its real, but he uses the sound for creating more fear on audience.
The reason for filming a movie in this faux documentary style is to increase the sense of immediacy and bring the viewer into the action.
Ok, after my introducing of Quarantine movie I would like to discus about the movie in detail. The director used various techniques in this movie that I want to explain that.
At first I want to explain about color and light in this movie, I can say the light going from bright to darken, scene after scene, why?, director use this technique for show two different situation between fire department and building, in the first of the movie when the Angela was in fire department director used the bright color because the theme was fun, but for the building he used dark color and took shot with low light for making suspense and horror in the movie.
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About sound and music, the director just use diegetic sound in Quarantine movie, for showing realistic and logically existing and in opposite he didn’t use Non-diegetic sound elements such as (background music, voice-over) or something like that, because the director wants to focus on the realistic part of film so when we hear music in movie actually changes from realistic form to fiction form, so the director deliberately didn’t use music and especial sound in this movie.
Regard the mise en scène in the movie, inasmuch as the director use documentary style, explaining about that is a bit difficult. The director use the pov shaky camera , therefore the scene contains of close-up, medium close-up, and long- shot and these camera movement change together very fast to each other and indeed we see a lot of camera techniques in one shot. In this movie due the locations is limited (fire department and building), we can see long shot or extreme long shot seldom, so the director use more close shots because the close shots has more influence on audience .
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The director has been forced to use linear storyline for showing the theme of the movie as close to documentary style as possible, therefore movie starts in night and certainly ends in night.
The movie has more cut in first 10 minutes of movie than second part, in the beginning of the movie when the introducing of Angela was cut by sound of cars, director didn’t use cut and we see the movie without cut, although in fiction movie never happen something like that or in other scene when Angle was shocked, she turn back to camera and snatch the camera from cameraman and in this scene the audience see a black screen for 2 or 3 seconds, actually the director by using these technique say to audience you can see this movie just from the camera and the movie doesn’t have any director or storyline, just happen and happen.
What do you think about Quarantine movie? Is it based on the true story?
Actually the movie doesn’t say anything about it being a true story, but just the thought that it could happen is scary enough.
Documentary style is a non-fiction, narrative film with real people; and it is a broad category of visual expressions that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to “document” reality.
Discussion about this movie that is documentary or realistic is so difficult because we just watched 30 minutes of the movie and we don’t have any information about the event on the movie, so conclusion is complicated.
But in my opinion it’s a fiction movie with documentary style for influence on audience therefore this technique is quite old and audience experienced this kind of horror movie before, although the director try to making movie very close to realty and he did all of the elements for this movie.
The movie have some mistakes such as when (A) we are unable to focus on any single aspect of anything for periods of over 10 minutes at a time, (B) we begin to wonder why a professionally trained cameraman would not zoom out from his subjects in order to clarify the situation, and (C) we realize that nothing of importance is actually happening, but rather the shaking camera itself is supposed to be scaring us.
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In conclusion, this was fiction movie and all of the event set up to story and director tried with new style has more influence on audience and I believe this structure has effect on children or new audience of horror movie in theaters.