Director’s Training: Click

In a way, our film is very similar to the movie “Click” starring Adam Sandler. Released in June 22, 2006, the movie directed by Frank Coraci tells a story about a man who supposedly has it all, a caring family, a great job, and a genuinely happy life. However, he receives a magical remote control one day, which allows him to skip, rewind, and pause his life at moments, all at the click of a button.


Due to the similarity in our story line, I think that many of the shots that Coraci uses to demonstrate his story could be integrated into my own. Although the film is more of a comedic film, we can integrate many of the serious shots and camera angles into our story.


One of the most iconic shots in the story is when he clicks the button and a video-like fast-forwarding transition occurs where the whole scene is played but sped up three times faster (just like a screen on a DVD player). I thought this was cleverly used, and although our tool is a necklace, we can do a similar shot where the background seems to be blurred out (traveling out of the screen really fast, while he is in motion), to show the passage in time.


Consequently, the reaction shot to the surreal transformation that happens to the protagonist is very important as it demonstrates an emotion that connects the character with the audience. In the film, the camera often does a close shot to the face of Sandler as he has a wide-eye astonished expression. As this is quite an easy shot, I think we can easily integrate it into our film.


Another scene that everyone would agree to be pretty iconic in the movie is the scene where Sandler becomes old due to the remote control, and cries in the rain. I think this scene could easily be paralleled with our partying scene. After the protagonist in our story realizes that partying isn’t everything in life and all his friends have moved on, he becomes depressed at his loneliness and former stubbornness to acknowledge the importance of every part of life. In “Click,” Coraci uses a bird’s eye view camera angle to minimize Sandler, making it seem like he is very unimportant in the overall spectrum of the universe. I think we could apply this to our film. By filming our protagonist alone at night, in various locations we could possibly demonstrate the fact of his loneliness.



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