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Cinematography in 9.16 
22nd-Mar-2014 08:57 pm
Dean & vid camera
There were some fabulous shots in this episode, which is not surprising as Serge Ladouceur directed it.

Here's a little appreciation pic spam. :)


I have to start with this one because look at all those lights on in the bunker! Ceiling lights, wall lights and lamps. I suppose it makes sense considering they are underground (that little window wouldn't provide much light). I wonder if they get an electricity bill?


Nice shot of the lamp between them. It feels like a return to the warmth we saw earlier in the bunker. Having the brothers work so closely together is visual evidence that they have been able to put their differences aside at the moment.


Gorgeous sunset shot. It's probably a filter, but it sure looks pretty.


The lights on this building are fabulous. I have to figure that Serge isn't responsible for that but making the choice to have an exterior shot like this is. The blue and red of the building matching the blue and red on the flag. This also makes me think of heaven and hell.


This is my favourite. This whole scene is beautifully shot. That light through the trees is stunning.


It's curious that they chose to have Sam perched on the bench in this scene. A person being higher than another is usually about status (well, it is on the stage). Sam is tall anyway but to have him in a position that makes him even taller suggests he holds a certain level of power over Dean. I'm not sure if there's any message in that, or just that it looked interesting. It probably just looked awkward having them both sit on the bench - far too comfortable considering the state of their relationship.



Some atmosphere pools of light. These round lights are often used (the panic room, the "stone number one" warehouse and in Castiel's entrance in 4.01 come to mind). I also love Sam and Dean's looming shadows.


The Impala is so clean she can create reflections. Either there's lots of washing going on (please!) or that magical garage offers a free spit and polish service.



Facial lighting. *guh*


SO much love for this picture placement. It's so threatening. It's hard to tell if it's foreshadowing Sam's (potential) future or it was giving us an indication that someone was about to lose their head. I also love that it's Medusa - famous for her snake hair. Maybe it was just a way of poking a little fun at Jared. Whatever it means, it sure is cool.


So much love for this little moment. Isn't it curious how grounded the Impala makes Dean? They also share something - Dean's "marked" and so is his baby. It looks like Dean cares more about her than he does about himself. A lovely connection.

And how cool is this?!



This is freakin' awesome! I was curious why there was that "crown" outside of the apartment.
I knew I had seen that sign somewhere before and lo and behold it's from the "King's Lair Motel" (2.15 Tall Tales).

Ha! This is why I love this show!! :D
22nd-Mar-2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
Woah, that is so cool, I never noticed the crown at all.

Edited at 2014-03-22 01:13 pm (UTC)
22nd-Mar-2014 01:26 pm (UTC)
The crown is so cool! That HAD to be deliberate. :))
22nd-Mar-2014 01:17 pm (UTC)
You are awesome ash, and i love you!!

I also noticed the framing and position of people in the shots was EXCELLENT!!!Well done Serge!!
22nd-Mar-2014 01:27 pm (UTC)

He did such a great job! :DD
22nd-Mar-2014 01:26 pm (UTC)
Dean and his baby are both marked!!! Great catch. And you already know how I feel about the Samedusa painting...
22nd-Mar-2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
The marking connection just occurred to me. I wondered what the significance might have been. I wonder if it was deliberate. I'd LOVE LOVE it if it was.

Hee! Samedusa. I actually think it does look a lot like Sam. And I think there might well be some foreshadowing. We'll see!
22nd-Mar-2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
I thought of you as soon as I saw that crown out the window. Such a gorgeous episode.
22nd-Mar-2014 01:58 pm (UTC)
As soon as I saw the crown I was like "I've seen that before!". I went searching and was delighted that it was from a motel called King's Lair (though I could have sworn I'd seen it somewhere else also...)
22nd-Mar-2014 02:11 pm (UTC)
Great set of stills, it was one of those really pretty episodes.

We have discussed the Dean moment - I love the symmetry of them both being marked and for once it wasn't played for laughs, there was a depth there of something so much more that really caught my eye and breath.

Is it just me or have there been a few moments just lately that have emphasized Sam's stature? I'd have to look to check but I'm sure there have been more 'look how much taller Sam is' moments, one I think with Crowley and one I'm sure I noticed with Dean. Now you're making me think if those were deliberate too. The Crowley one, most likely, but usually with Dean next to him they pull back on the height difference. But hey, maybe I'm just brain lagged...

The building lighting really looked like dying angels...

Edited at 2014-03-22 02:14 pm (UTC)
22nd-Mar-2014 02:23 pm (UTC)
for once it wasn't played for laughs,

I think that's why it stood out. There was something incredibly sad about it.

I've wondered about Sam's height also. I never really notice it in episodes (I think they do try to even them up) but I've noticed it more and more. Certainly when he was gadreel, but to have him so much higher than Dean in this moment is curious. I wondered by they didn't put Dean on the top - but some how it just seems right with Sam there. It might just be there to diminish his status because later on, when his will is sapped, he looks so vulnerable. It's like he's being stripped back (not literally unfortunately...;D) so he can be used as a weapon (man, I over think things.../o\).

The building lighting really looked like dying angels...

Oooh yeah. It's such a gorgeous shot.

22nd-Mar-2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
I wonder if there's any hint of Swan Song parallels where Dean's bond with the car could be important. I'm probably overthinking it, but he's stripped down his room at the bunker -- he seems to be withdrawing from that home attachment -- but the Impala is an older, deeper association. Maybe it both echoes what happens to him and helps keep him connected to his history and emotions.
22nd-Mar-2014 02:28 pm (UTC)
ooh,ohh, I just wrote my reply to El1ie and said a similar thing. It's like he's being stripped back. There's a sense of being emptied (or something) so he can be used. It's what I got from the bench sitting positions (hee..yep, I'm probably over thinking it too...;D). There's a vulnerability that's going to allow the Mark to take more of a hold.

It's also pretty sad - it's like he's hanging on to the one thing that's still tangible. Something he understands.

(overthinking be damned!)
22nd-Mar-2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
I love having these things pointed out!
23rd-Mar-2014 01:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad! It's fun finding the stuff they give us...
22nd-Mar-2014 03:07 pm (UTC)
Love your observations! I hadn't noticed the picture of Medusa behind Sam at all - or the King's Lair. Wonderful touches.
23rd-Mar-2014 01:05 pm (UTC)
I love the way they plant little nuggets like those...:)
22nd-Mar-2014 03:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, I never even noticed the crown. Leave it to your sharp eyes . . . :)

Dean's "marked" and so is his baby.

GREAT catch!
24th-Mar-2014 10:00 am (UTC)
Hey. I think I spend us much time looking at everything else in a shot as I do looking at the people. :)

(Yay Calvin and Hobbes!)
22nd-Mar-2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
More Serge-directed episodes pretty pleeeeeease!
24th-Mar-2014 10:00 am (UTC)
22nd-Mar-2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
It's curious that they chose to have Sam perched on the bench in this scene. A person being higher than another is usually about status (well, it is on the stage). Sam is tall anyway but to have him in a position that makes him even taller suggests he holds a certain level of power over Dean. I'm not sure if there's any message in that, or just that it looked interesting.

I think the other thing is that perching is precarious? You have to be conscientious about keeping your balance, and you have to be pretty confident in the structure of the bench even if you're not, you know, a massive tank of a man. I thought it represented Sam's mental state quite nicely, actually.

Dean's "marked" and so is his baby.

! I like this.
24th-Mar-2014 10:04 am (UTC)
I thought it represented Sam's mental state quite nicely, actually.

Oh yes! Great thought. I like the idea of balance. And that Sam seems so confident even though his position is precarious. I actually think even if Serge didn't have specific reasons for the placement, there's all those elements in play (probably subconscious on his part).
24th-Mar-2014 12:23 am (UTC)
Awesome!! Serge is a Master of Light; great screen-caps!
24th-Mar-2014 10:05 am (UTC)
He is! Thanks. :))
24th-Mar-2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
I love that you've pointed out that Dean is marked, and so is Baby. Also, the painting of Medusa (Magnus losing his head), and Crowley + the crown. So interesting to find this kind of stuff in an ep. :)
28th-Mar-2014 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks hun. I love it when they give us stuff like this. :))
27th-Mar-2014 04:51 am (UTC)
Hellooooo ;)

That shot of Sam you chose, reckon that was about the time I decided - and this will come as news to you, as you probably haven't noticed - he is one hellishly gorgeous MAN! So glad he had grown up. mmmm, mmm, yummy.

Edited at 2014-03-27 04:52 am (UTC)
28th-Mar-2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
Hey hun!! How you doing?

he is one hellishly gorgeous MAN! So glad he had grown up. mmmm, mmm, yummy.

HA!! I KNOW!!!! I've known for YEEEAAARSSSS!!

You still watching the show?
27th-Mar-2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
I'm so hideously late in commenting. /o\ I'll take the shame, though, because this is a wonderful post about a gorgeous episode.

I'd like to say that the sunset isn't a filter. Or it is a really good filter because it looks just right for a sunset. The cloud and rocks are just the right shade of gray-pink.

I noticed the crown, too. And to have it in the background when the King of Hell realizes what a sorry picture he makes is just delicious. :D

BTW, this would be a great thing to post to spnematography. *pimps*
28th-Mar-2014 03:44 pm (UTC)
Hee., well, I'm behind in replying.../o\

I'd love to think that sunset isn't a filter (I just asked my hubby, who is a little bit of an expect, and says it isn't a filter). I agree, it just looks too good (and the foreground is right also.

And I did think about posting it to your lovely comm. Wasn't sure if I should just provide a link or post the whole thing there (then my brain explodes and I do nothing../o\).
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