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The setting in this scene is the living room of Codex’s house, which in reality was the directors home. The living room is middle-class and simple, roughly showing Code’x personality in decoration and denotes her class rank. In the living room we see a small couch, this could possibly indicate that Codex is single and lives alone. The living room is in stark contrast to the bedroom, as the bedroom is quite messy in most of the shots we see, but the living room is tidy and put together. The living conditions here could also indicate that Codex spends the majority of her time in her bedroom, so the living room doesn’t actually have too much living involved.

Lighting

Those filming really utilized a lot of natural lighting in the living room shots; as you can see in this screenshot, the lack of curtains allows for as much natural lighting as possible. Artificial lighting is expensive and this show was extremely low budget, so filming with prime natural lighting during the day was a necessity. You can very plainly see that three point lighting was not used here; the actors are not well lit at all angles, there is shadow on Zaboos face, and it’s just in general very minimal lighting. High-key and low-key lighting was not a very common occurrence throughout this show, and it is definitely not represented here.

Space

Deep space is not used in this shot, and is not a common occurrence throughout the series either. This shot is in close proximity to the actors, but far enough away that the scene still shows. This specific scene is not an example of frontality, because the actor’s are not facing the camera straight on, but frontality is a very common occurrence throughout the series, especially when referring to the scenes where Codex is filming herself. This shot more specifically, is an example of shallow space, because there is very little depth and the actors are on closely positioned planes. There is some off-screen space as well, parts of the living room are cut out of the shot and all we see is a very small portion of the whole living room.

Costume

It is frequently restated in the annotations about the actors wearing their own clothing for costumes, this is because of the low budget nature of the work. There were some costume pieces purchased for season one of the series, but none of those pieces are shown in this screenshot. In this shot we see that Codex could potentially be wearing her pajamas, though we can’t exactly tell if she is/would wear this clothing as everyday clothes. Of course, later on in the season we see Codex go to a restaurant in what was very obviously a pair of pajamas. Here it is not as obvious as to whether or not her clothing is pajamas, so Codex could go out in this and it would not be as surprising as her pajamas she wears out later on. Zaboo’s clothing indicates his very casual nature, and also makes the viewers think of him as a little nerdy because of his clothing choices, especially the socks in the sandals.

Acting

The acting styles are extremely casual in this series, aiming to depict a very natural every-day lifestyle. The series is based on Felicia Day’s life so I think it was probably a lot easier for her to tap into a casual acting style, especially in portraying herself. This scene is an interesting moment in the series, as Codex awkwardly invites Zaboo in, trying to drop subtle hints that he is not welcome. The actor playing Zaboo tapped into his inner annoying stalker for this scene, casually mentioning his stalking Codex, inviting himself in, assuming a relationship between the two, all while staying his casual, unsuspecting self.

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The setting here was transformed from a bar into a tropical themed pirate restaurant called Cheesybeards. This again, was extremely low budget; fabric was re-purposed for a tropical theme, cheap t-shirts and bandannas for the waitstaff, a borrowed plant, etc. It is mentioned earlier in the series that The Guild wanted to go to a cheap restaurant, the decor here very obviously helps to denote a restaurant that is very cheap and kind of a cheasy place (pun intended).

Lighting

Though we obviously cannot see the artificial lighting, I’m going to assume that it is used, because based off of the setting I would imagine that the restaurant was not the best place for natural lighting. But, this scene really shows the audience how low-budget this show really was. As you can see from the screen shot, all of the actors faces aren’t very visible and there is a lot of dark shadow. To get good lighting to be able to see an actors whole face they need to do a close up, wide shots of all of them together at the table aren’t great. Three point lighting is not shown in this scene.

Space

Again, deep shot is not shown in this scene. As stated before, deep shot is not something that is really widely used in this series. Frontality is kind of used here, as the camera is facing the table directly, but because the table is rounded we cannot see all of the actors facing the camera dead on. It is important to notice that they did choose a rounded table so that they would not have to film the actors on each side of a square table; if it was filmed with the actors at a square table they would have needed more cameras set up and artificial lighting all around, which they did not have the money for. There is, again, a lot of off screen space that the audience does not see. They are in a restaurant, but we do not see all of the restaurant all at once, just the table they are sitting at, or the areas of the restaurant they have walked through. We also saw in the beginning of the scene that there is other people in the restaurant, and we do not see them throughout the scene while they are at the table.

Costume

As stated before, all of the actors wear their own clothing for the costumes. It was stated in the annotations in the video, however, that Vork’s suit was one of the few costume items that was purchased for the show. The suit on Vork is really interesting and helps establish character; Vork is jobless, but likes to think of himself very highly, hence the suit. The rest of The Guild is dressed very casually, jeans and a shirt, which reflects normal people, even though most of their lifestyles aren’t normal. All of the characters clothing, no matter how casual, help establish characteristics and develop personality.

Acting

Again, the acting in this series is very casual, helping depict a everyday life. This scene is an important scene in the shows development and it’s also really great to see all of the characters together and how they interact. We see each of the characters personality through not only the writing, but the character choices and acting choices. I think that it is interesting that the annotations noted that this scene was the first time all of the actors had been together and met to film a scene, they had all previously been filming alone. So, it is interesting to note how meeting everyone and not being in their own scene changed some of the choices that were made for the actors.

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