The story begins with a crash, a traffic accident, which turns out to be the final collision in the film.
This role is essential to the main idea of the film, which is a reflection of us and our natural feelings that at times may be described as racist. In the film there are several different lighting techniques that are used for each situation being portrayed.
Low level lighting is used for scenes where the characters plot their crimes, scenes of sadness and despair.
An important part of editing in the film Crash comes from the ensemble cast that seems to understand the material perfectly. They act on their own, and they react to one another.
After Don Cheadle’s monologue in the beginning of the film, it is clear that this film is going to be a deep seated story.
In scenes where crimes are plotted the lighting is low, characters are semi obscured but they are sharp.
In cases of melancholy, sadness and despair the cinematographer uses fading to enhance the atmosphere as well as out-of- zoom parts of the screen to demonstrate the fuzziness of the future (for the character).In some scenes a bright source of lighting is used to add to the surrealistic telling of the unfolding events.As mentioned above lighting is very important to the mood setting in the film.Films create movement out of images, time out of movement, and story from the action.The writer/director Paul Haggis has a background in television, and television has multiple stories all interweaving together.The Academy Award winning movie Crash is a story about society’s controversial subjects projected in an “in your face” depiction of lives that in some way or another, cross.Depth Analysis of the Movie “Crash” The over-all theme of the film is racism, which is dealt with honestly, brutally, and without justification.According to Jean-Luc Goddard, “A story should have a beginning, middle, and an end…but not necessarily in that order.” Several life stories intertwine in the following 36 hours involving a collection of seemingly random characters consisting of; a black police detective with a drug rehabbed mother and a thieving younger brother, two car thieves who are constantly theorizing on society and race comparisons, the distracted district attorney and his angry, society wife, a racist veteran cop caring for a sick father at home and his young, idealistic patrol partner, a successful black Hollywood director and his wife who must deal with the racist cop, a Persian-immigrant father who thinks everyone is out to cheat him, and lastly a Hispanic locksmith and his young daughter who is rightfully afraid of bullets.Action shifts between the various characters, whose lives collide with each other in unpredictable ways as each faces his or her own moral dilemma, and tries to cope with the consequences of the decisions made or actions taken against them.He compressed some scenes because if too long, the audience would lose interest in the other stories.The cinematography in the movie adds a tremendous amount of experience to the film.