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Notes for the re-watch of Eternal Sunshine

Here are the topics I distilled from my notes and your Post-film Writing:

  • Showing the timeline of the narrative, e..g, with Clementine's hair.
  • Visualizing the process of memory loss.
  • Placing the final scene.
  • Visual cues for “good” vs. “bad” memories.
  • Childhood memories and m-e-s.
  • How Patrick "shows up" in the story.

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Josh Riddell

The main things that I will focus on during the re-watch will be visualizing the process of memory loss. This is important to the movie because 1/2 of the movie takes place in Joel's mind.

I also want to make sure I am aware and focus on the visual cues from the good vs bad memories. The first watch I wasn't much aware of these cues. I'm hoping to pick up some insight with these as we watch this movie the second time around.

Malena Langlie

I was able to focus on the decor props and overall layout of different shots and how the film uses focus and sound. Props that we see at the very start of the film end up having major significance later - like Joel's car and how it is scratched, or the missing pages from his notebook, or even Montauk and Patrick. we see these things early in the film but do not know how really important they are until later.

Becky Bond

I too took special notice of the props watching the movie the second time around. Even in the smallest of details, like the stuff that resided in Joel and Clementine's apartments. It was fascinating thinking about all the work that goes into every movie to enhance the story.

Jose Hernandez

Some of the visual cues the scene shows us from good and bad memories are; the use of blurriness and fog from the camera to show that we are in Joel's memories. It also showed dramatic and unrealistic actions like a car falling from the sky and how there is no end to his running. the scene kept changing direction as Clementine kept walking away from Joel. Another visual cue is when Joel shows up to the Doctors office with a yellow slip that his friend gave him about clementine deleting all her memories of Joel. The visual cue was Joel seeing the same slip that he had in his hand printing from the Doctors Office. That cue gives us the idea that he is at the right place where Clementine got her memory erase.

Kevin Smith

The biggest thing that I noticed on the re-watch was how Patrick was used in the beginning of the film. I didn't notice on first viewing how Patrick's face was largely obscured until we see him in Joel's apartment. Also seeing how Patrick was in similar positions as Joel was with Clementine and how they were different, such as how the scene was framed with Patrick and Clementine differently on the Charles.

Andy McDonald

The childhood memories were fascinating to me. I loved the way perspective was used to make Joel appear smaller than Clementine in the kitchen scene. I also enjoyed looking at the different ways that the childhood memories imparted insight on Joel's upbringing. For example, the scene with the bullies really explained some of Joel's awkwardness around new people.

Elida Cabrera

In the first viewing of the film I was not sure if the final scene was just another memory that Joel had with Clementine or a new memory after the erasing of their memories. However, after the second viewing and discussion I started to look at the scene as more of a new memory rather than an old one. I also think that the final scene is open to our own interpretation of what it means.

Ryan Giles

After re-watching this film I noticed the childhood memories were really well played out. How Jim Carrey was able to go back to his childhood behaviors in the movie and express them for Clementine to see. I liked how Clementine transition into her child self like Joel did in the bully scene to give us a sense of clarity of how life would be if Clementine and Joel knew each other as kids.

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