Denne study guide giver dig hjælp til at analysere kortfilmen “Viral” (2019) af Donald Broida. Kortfilmen indgik i den skriftlige eksamen i Engelsk B på HF den 18. august 2021. Ud over hjælp til analysen finder du også et summary samt input til at fortolke og diskutere kortfilmen.
The film uses diegetic sounds, which belong naturally to the scenes. For example, diegetic sounds can be heard when May slams the door on her car (05:24-05:26). When social media clips are introduced, viewers can hear diegetic sounds like mouse clicks and keyboard taps which make it seem more real (04:41-04:47).
When May visits her son Hayden in his foster home, a melancholic song plays on the car radio (04:56-05:18). This choice mirrors May’s sadness of being separated from her son.
Non-diegetic sounds, like sad music, are introduced in the emotional scenes that follow the Child Protective Services officer’s visit (03:37-04:18). Here, the musical choice highlights May’s sadness and an inner struggle. In the scene where May leaves Hayden with his foster parent, melancholic music (06:43-07:51) highlights her sadness of leaving him behind. Other scenes in the film have no music at all, which gives them a realistic, raw feel. This also highlights May’s struggle and loneliness.