Post by outlawfotijones on Nov 15, 2012 2:10:48 GMT -5
Wow, let me start by saying that this was quite the episode. The look of the documentary style was a very nice touch. I didn't think that I would like it at first, not a fan of the shaky cam style, but I could dig it. It felt like I was watching the funniest episode of cops.
Every shot in the episode is through a documentary style, shaky cam, so any reference to the shot is in those terms.
So our episode starts with a set of drums. Our camera begins to pan around as we see a band getting ready for a show. The musicians are practicing, roadies are setting up, and we get a look for the first time at some of the characters in the episode. A young man walks across the stage and hands a guitar to a member, the member almost drops it, but our roadie apologizes, just as he walks away another member runs in. Excited, tablet in hand. He shouts out how their review is just in. The other members of the band start to read it as the excitement builds. Members are jumping around, the camera switching between various shots of the documentary. One of the members, Mr. Hat, comments that we should go tell the last member. The camera switches to a shot outside, fans cheering in the background as we approach the trailer. The band member, excited by the review and pulls the camera into the trailer, calling to his band mate. His excitement subsides as he sees the horror, and he calls out for help. We have the shot of our victim, a poor man, laying on the ground, blood stained guitar next to him.
We cut to Mr. Hat sitting, distraught, staring forward. The death weighs hard on him. Two members of crime scene unit stand working in the background, this way we know the cops are on the scene. We a get a shot of each of the band mates, each looking more down than the last. The shot is pulled back, the band in different places, CSU walking around, as two cars pull up. The team is here. First to exit are Ryan and Kate, the cameras right on them, they look to each other at first not noticing them, till it slams right into Kate's face. Her first order, get these cameras out of here, and Ryan is on it. We know follow Ryan as he approaches an officer, reminding him that the cameras shouldn't be there, no press allowed. We are instructed by our officer that these arent press, but a film crew.
The entire time this is going on, the camera is jumping around all on different sides of Ryan. The shot is actually quite interesting, we are usually used to the actors looking directly or partially directly at our camera. This time though we are given an interesting look at multiple sides of every scene, this being the first.
This leads to the roadie, standing right next to the officer, to begin answering questions, which Ryan is interested in talking to. Cut to the crime scene, Lanie laying down markers. Kate and Esposito enter, Kate upset to see more cameras. Espo is more than ready to take care of the camera, in a very physical fashion, Kate stops him and asks to deal with it with the director. Just as Espo walks out, Castle walks in, coffee in hand. Handing one to its rightful owner. Castle finally notices our cameras, but is not taken aback, he is happy to see them. He begins talking directly to it, in a almost posing for the shot kind of way. The camera looks at Kate, who's eyes are already rolling at Castle milking the camera. The shot moves to Castle, still talking it up, as he pulls the shot to look at Kate, mentioning how she was the inspiration for his new books, in a make her famous too kind of way, she covers her face with the cup, she obviously doesn't want to be watch. The camera now looks at Lanie, who looks pretty uncomfortable being filmed. Though as she starts to spill facts about the death, we see she starts to get warmer to the lens. Castle slides back into view, as we get a look at our weapon, Castle drops some knowledge, if hes not mistaken, which he rarely is. *Sip* Though is seems the coffee is still quite hot, as he gasps to cool his mouth down. His smooth shot has been ruined.
The shot is back on Ryan as he is interviewing our roadie, the camera following them at a short distance, switching back and forth. Ryan seems pretty uncomfortable with the cameras himself, shaking as he is trying to take notes. This is quickly brushed aside when we start to get some real info about the case, a white van was seen driving around. Ryan is done with questions as he walks away, the camera cutting to a man frantically talking on the phone. Espo shows up to talk to him, which means he must be our director. He doesn't seem to care about Espo and stays on his call. Espo finally gets him to hang up and explains his concerns for the cameras. Our director begins to plea with him, that they need these shots or they'll have nothing. He continues to plea until he gets a call that he must take. He hand the phone to Espo, who quite reluctantly takes it. He shoots his eyes at the camera, like "what the hell is going on". We wont get to know as we cut back to the crime scene.
Castle standing over Lanie and Kate, theorizing what may have happened. Kate examining the vics wallet, and Lanie making a face at the camera, a face that says "please, will you listen to this". We learn that our vic was 27, which Castle makes an interesting note too, that he is part of the club of musicians to die at this age. This is a reoccurring theme in this episode, Castle dropping obscure rock and roll knowledge, always making sure the camera is watching when he does. Kate not amused says that they need to find who was last in the trailer. They get a hint to who that might be as a loud knock is heard. Kate begins to move down the trailer to the source of the noise, pushing our camera man out of the way, we can tell they are really getting in her way already. We approach a closet that Kate opens, revealing a scantly clad woman inside. Kate looking at Castle, Castle looking at the camera.
We are back near the stage, interviewing the woman. Kate shooting glances back between Castle, our witness and our cameras, she really does not like them there. We learn that our witness, butterfly, heard the sound of a horse outside. Something Kate is having trouble believing, an effect enhanced by the camera zooming in. Castle doesn't seem to by it either, slightly shaking his head into the camera. Our witness begins to spill more before she starts crying. Castle and Beckett talk the evidence, and how butterfly wouldn't be strong enough to swing the guitar. This all being shot from a camera hidden among the stage, trying to remain unseen, the shot switches to a closer one of the DD, Kate catches them, finally snapping that they have no right to be there. Till the director approaches paper in hand. Kate grabs the paper, not happy while she reads.
We cut to our precinct. Kate discussing with the captain. The camera showing various members of the 12th. Landing with Ryan and Espo, as Gates walks out of the office, finishing getting ready. She is ready to talk to the cameras. Gates explains that the cameras will be allowed to follow the case to help with police PR. The entire time she is talking the camera looking at confused Ryan, a nervous Espo and a very upset Kate. Gates finishes by saying that they will all be accommodating. I love when she the camera looks at some of the other unknowns in the floor. They all look like deadpan, no nonsense, don't mess with me kind of guys. Probably the furthest from what you would call accommodating. Gates heads back to her office, Kate shows a last piece of disdain for the camera before marching off. We are left with Ryan and Espo, with Espo giving a "welcome".
I love that entire scene. The awkwardness of the detectives, the camera darting around looking at everyone. Just feel hilarious. I really can't stress how much the camera style adds to a lot of the shots.
We cut again hearing C&B discussing the cameras. The shot begins to pan around, looking for where the sound is coming from. It keeps looking till it finds them, in the break room, talking. Kate upset, Castle reassuring that he wants them to see what he sees. That he wants the cameras to record the amazing that is Kate Beckett. Kate doesn't seem to agree though, her face more aggravated then anything else. Certainly not the happy Kate we want to see.
We are now in the interview room, with the rest of the band, asking for alibis. The band is quite upset at the thought, that they were all close and had been through quite a lot. We start to learn more about our victim, and some paranoia he may have had. Kate once again looks at the camera wishing it wasn't there. A running theme in the episode, Kate does not like cameras it seems. She has never seemed one for the attention, never wanted it, never drew it to herself. Castle has changed that a little, making her shine a little more, but the cameras seem much for her. Our interview is cut short as Espo walks in with more evidence.
Now to our video room, Espo starts to play us a video, looking right at our camera as he starts. We watch the video and get our first lead, a strange man in the shot, who Espo has seen before. He pulls a file of photos to share, not before moving Castle out the way, so that the camera can still see him. Castle, giving a look, like "ok, I suppose so". Espo goes a little far, saying they have him now, "Son of a bitch", looking up quite a dramatic way. Both Kate and Castle look at the camera a bit shocked, not sure what to do or how to react to Espo, Kates eyes nice and wide, Castle unblinking. Espo realizing what he just said starts to ask "Can I say.." before being cut off by the intro. Quite hilarious in its own right. It really adds the whole, documentary aspect, the shot doesn't cut as if we were there, or it was real, it just cuts when someone chooses it too, when he stopped recording.
Woooooo quite the scene, a bit of a long one. Part one down, and part two to follow.
Post by outlawfotijones on Nov 16, 2012 1:29:34 GMT -5
On to part two of our documentary. Speaking of, in this episode specifically, I feel like the camera is it's own character, taking on a persona. As such I will be referring to it as simply Cam, as its own character, where appropriate.
We come back to the scene driving with the Espo and Ryan. They explain how we have found our stalker, revealed before the break and are on route to pick up. This is a scene where the show really starts to feel like an episode of cops. Cam in the back seat as the two officers (detectives in our case) go over what has been going on in the case. Its not so subtle in this scene but we start to see who is loving the camera, and who is putting up with it. It is very classic with the boys here, Espo is milking the camera for all its worth, staring right into it, talking to it, to the people watching. Where as Ryan is, as always by the book, only looking at Cam when he needs to, talking more about the case and a lot let about him self. I love the little dispute the boys get into about the directions. It is so much the classic for them, they both try to play it cool like adults, but both behave like little children. Ryan explains that despite this bickering they work quite well together, as they each have their own strengths. Espo uses the opportunity to make so more love to the camera, talking about his military training and how in shape he is. Ryan not to be counted out comments on his more, intelligent side of the team, the nerve center. Espo agrees, only because it affirms how "in sick shape" he is. The best part of this though is how Ryan points out that Espo's shirt is tighter, asking if he had changed. Espo caught in front of the camera, mutters how he had spilled something earlier. Though you can tell how called out he is, muttering this out of the camera's way so that it doesn't catch him trying to show off. Ryan giving a very strange, what the hell, kind of look to the camera.
We are cut off, as we approach the white van. The boys exit the car, the slow approach. They walk up the house, before our suspect notices their presence. He tries to escape the boys, and damn does Espo shine in this moment. Of course pointing it out to Cam, how amazing he is about to be. He vaults, slides, jumps, runs and tackles the shit out of our suspect, you could hear it, and it sounded like it hurt. Espo standing over him, the wolf over his kill, and shows that he is the physical one in the group. Ryan, our analytic one, investigates the truck, showing off our evidence to cam, with a nice cheesy one liner about a blood splatter on some clothing. It's funny as they say these kind of things all the time, in other episodes, with out any kind of down side to them, but now, with the addition of Cam, it just really feels cheesy, but in a great way.
We come back to the precient, the boys and our stalker. Espo playing up how they have brought him in, that the streets are now safe. Kate seems a bit confused by what he is doing, going with questions of why him, information that he would have normally shared, but is too busy playing it up at the moment. Ryan gives the info Kate is looking for, how they are testing the blood, but Espo is sure of it, that we are all safer now, your welcome America. He makes his way to interrogation, but runs into Ryan, who hasn't moved and is instead giving him quite the strange look, a look that Kate is very similarly giving. I'm not sure if these looks are because they don't know what he is doing, or they do and they just can't believe he is doing it.
The scene quickly switches to interrogation, Cam is on the observers side, with Kate. Castle walks into the room heading Kate a cup of coffee. The camera oh so sweetly, takes great note of this, the view squarely on the exchange of the cup, there hands sweetly passing it. Castle takes his seat in the room, saying hi to Cam of course. We have a nice view of Ryan and Espo talking to out suspect. This is a view we never really get, we have been in the room, and behind the glass, but always as one of the characters, not as a viewer ourselves. I know it sounds strange, but for the first time in the series, it has the feeling that we the audience are there, viewing things first hand, instead of omnipotently. I really like the effect for the entire episode, and will probably mention how much I like it again. It is more interesting to watch as Castle, so kind to Cam, commentates on the technique used by Espo. Castle trails off as he tangents to complimenting the skills of another very talented interrogator, our own Kate. Castle is talking her up, Kate occasionally glancing over her shoulder, but turning away every time she sees Cam. Kate is quite the shy gal, not wanting much to do with it. Castle tries to bring her in, asking a question about a past criminal, Kate giving the smallest possible response, the least amount that will appease Castle and Cam, with out having to actually knowledge the Cam. We move our view back to our interrogation. Espo is laying it on heavy, and quite aggressively, screaming, pounding the table, very intense. The rest of the team look a little uneasy as they watch, especially Ryan in the room with him. Ryan looks back at C&K, Kate glancing at Cam, and Castle reassuring Cam that this is all part of the plan. The interview is getting more and more escalated, till our suspect reveals that he was going to kidnap the victim, only to get his daughter back.
This news takes the interest of the whole team, as they all looked shocked to hear it. Castle and Kate move towards the glass to get a better listen, Ryan takes lead on the questions. As we learn more, Espo starts to look more and more upset, a bit defeated that he just grilled the wrong guy. Not so much disappointed as aggravated, he was so sure, but now he was wrong, and he looked like as ass doing so. This is more so by the quick look he gives the Cam, as Ryan confirms the daughters name. This is a very common thing in this episode. There are way more looks and expressions in this episode than some of the others. Maybe not more, but they are easier to notice since they are all aimed directly at our view, well Cams view.
We back out to the pen, Ryan giving the confirmation on the blood that it is in fact not our victims but our stalkers. Ryan pointing out with a sorry that Espo was wrong. Not to be shown up he claims, eyes on the camera of course, that is not a bust, Ryan assuring Cam that it is the definition of a bust, but Espo is right. Our stalker knew his last whereabouts, something that catches Kates attention. Castle starts his usual theory spin, creating a nice story. It's nice to be from Cam's view this time, as we can finally really see their reactions to this, usually the spinning has the camera right on Castle or Beckett, this time, it just looks around, eyeing everyone. I also love the spinal tap reference Castle makes, with the amplifier going to 12, keeping with the rock theme. Castle finishes his story, conveniently in a posing position. Espo says he'll follow some leads, making sure to announce this with a nice look at the camera, assuring America, that he is once again on it. Kate, getting a message, saying that Lanie has something for them. Castle still in his pose asks who Lanie is, in a very talk show manner, trying to prompt Kate to answer to the camera. Kate finally notices, and very awkwardly and dead panned, like the kid who only has one line in the play, and doesn't even want to be in it, delivers who Lanie is. Saying only what she needs and walking away. Ryan commenting that she is still a bit stiff, Castle though has hope, assuring Cam that she is getting better. We move down to the morgue.
Speaking of busts....sorry it was too easy....Lanie is certainly on display for the camera this time. Where before see seemed a little apprehensive of it, she is sure enjoy it's attention this time around. Castle is sure of drugs in the blood of our victim, but there are none, our rock star had a clean life. He also was missing antibodies for all standard immunizations, Lanie making sure to look sexy into the camera to let us know. And thats all the info she has, Kate makes note that this type of info is usually just a phone call, not a visit. Lanie assures that she thinks this was well worth a visit, making sure to look into the camera, the entire time. Practically calling it over. Kate and Castle move back to the pen, Kate eyeing Cam every moment or so, trying not to. We get some more facts about where our Vic was and what he was doing. Ryan offers to go, Espo stopping him, on the count that he should stay and research, being the nerve center and all. A little asinine of him to do if you ask me, just showing off for Cam.
And seriously how often am I going to have to type that they are "looking into the camera", probably a lot.
He calls to Castle to come along, who in turn asks Kate. She decides to stay, not wanting to go. This is not that she wants to, I think that she just wants to have peace, knowing that the cameras will follow the action she decides to stay out. The scene moves to a dark building, Castle and Espo moving through. Castle is trying to convince Cam that Kate is very likable, I love the way he does it. She has walls, well layers, layers and layers of......walls. Once past those it's so worth it, as we all can attest to. Espo cuts him off, trying to take back the attention. Saying how he can be like the nerve center, but leads us to a dead end. Castle finds this quite hysterical, laughing into the camera, as he should, I found it quite hilarious myself. This is cut off but the sound of gunshots and shit gets real. They run to the source of the sound, kicking in the door, breaching and clearing like they do. We run in only finding a very scared composer, and gunshot on a screen. They all start talking, going over the facts of the case, and how our composer looks like a suspect. We learn instead that him and our Vic worked out a deal, where he would write for him, handing Espo a sheet of music. Espo comments on the quality of the music, Castle shocked that he could read it. Espo a little offended asking just since he is a cop doesn't mean he can't sing, Castle firing back that he thinks he can't because he has heard him. Espo on the defense calls out that karaoke machine that did him wrong, promising the camera that will sing for us later (foreshadowing). Castle and Espo take this info and start to spin their theory, for the camera of course. Our composer even gets a few looks into the shot, ending with Castle giving a assuring pose as he puts the griping end to his theory. The composer hilariously jumps at the chance and give a background sound. The two of them looking back at him, his only reason being its what he does. They seem pleased hilariously commenting how well it works.
I really enjoyed this little scene there have been very few times that it is just Castle and Espo, they mostly have the buffer of their partners between. It is nice to see just these two guys, who always play so hilariously off each other, each of their characters being a little stubborn, and quick to comment on the actions of each other.
So that is part two down. Hope to get part three up quick.
Post by Queen Of The Castle on Nov 19, 2012 14:48:56 GMT -5
I love your SxS, Outlaw! I'm hoping to read the rest of it whenever you can find the time to write it as I know they can be very time-consuming. But you've done a great job here with the first two parts, so I hope you'll continue with the rest!