It Had to Be Murder

It Had to Be Murder
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  • Long tracking shot pans over the house, when it stops at Mr. Thorwald's position, showing him staring out the window. The end scene does a Dolly Zoom through the window giving an unclear photo of what lay beyond the window. Thorwald is a preexisting voyeur who was not so different from Jeffries.
  • Dolly Zoom from previous scene begins to open focus, transitioning from one window to the other, across the street. The beautiful yet somber tone of the violin begins to fade into complete silence. Jump cut to Jeffries sleeping next to his "telescope". There is a tilt shot presented at the angle of the telescope, to make it seem grander than it looks in its gold glisten.
  • Thorwald, completely aware of Jeffries tendencies to creep through his window, began finding pleasure in this. He would wait for Jeffries to awaken to commit a crime. It was almost as if these two are working together. There is now, an eye level shot provided, showing Thorwald walking into a nearby room, still visible to Jeffries sight. There is suddenly a thud. A body hits the floor, as Thorwald releases a sinister laugh.
  • A low angle shot is provided, showing Jeffries with an unknown woman, but clearly a victim of his obsessive behavior. This shot provides Thorwald with a sense of true power over an individual, making him appear grand. The woman character appears weaker, as the camera is looking down on her. Shot begins to pan away, creating another tracking shot all the way to Jeffries.
  • The tracking shot ends back at Jeffries room, to where we find him awake and watching through his telescope. He lets out a gasp, one of excitement yet full of fear to the horrors just witnessed. It was not the murder alone that surprised him. There is a back light that turns on from a distance, in the window across. The shadow is cast and noticed.
  • 3 point lighting executed to clearly show Thorwald's expression, as he is participating in voyeurism, as well as videotaping Jeffries reaction, acknowledging that he knows of Jeffries peeping tom tendencies. As he videotapes and Jeffries stares back in amusement, Thorwald cannot help but laugh, as the scene dissolves into black, while we continue to hear the sinister laugh till the fade-in of the credits.
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