Visual Rhetoric – theintern

0:00-A woman and a man are in an office in a building. You can tell they are in a building because you can see the top of trees which means the office must be on a higher floor level. The office is like an ordinary office theres cubes in the center with executive offices surrounding them. In the office there windows sills to look outside and the lobby where the cubes are located. The man is a white older man who is wears glasses and seems like he is one of the executive offices with a black woman which seems like they are about to shake hands, he wears a nice light charcoal suit with a baby blue buttoned down dress shirt with no tie, meaning that he is dressing business casual. His office has a plant inside with a desk that has a paperweight and pencil holders and some sort of certificate hanging from the wall. The black woman is there for her interview with the man she is reaching out to shake his hand. She wears a black suit with a black appropriate skirt. Later the man asks her to sit with is hand gesturing. There is a man outside of the executive office in one of the cubes holding a phone to his ear perhaps talking to a client while looking at his desktop but he is blurred out. There seems to be another cube in front of him but we can not see who is there.

0:01- They are both sitting and the camera is angled from the woman’s right shoulder and faced to the man. The man looks amazed but also having a curious look on his face. The man looks like early or mid fifties with his lips puckered up a bit. His hair is receding a bit where it looks like he has a bigger forehead. His eyes are green.

0:02- The camera is again outside the office and near the cubes now we can see the woman better she wears a light orange buttoned down dress shirt and by the looks of her face it looks like she is waiting to answer a question from the man who is looking at her with is hands up and crossed in front of him near his face. The man seems like he is getting a better observation of her and at the same time asking her a few questions. As the interview is going on everyone outside his office are working the man with the phone is still there but there is one man walking by the office almost blocking the man, he is also blurred out a bit. As the second keeps going he is talking to her.

0:03-  Now the camera is angled on the man’s left shoulder facing the woman’s face. She looks puzzled but at the same time it looks like she is about to answer the man. The woman’s eyes are brown, she has a young face seems like she just got out of college.

0:04- She just answered a question she had for the man with a smile on her face. She is now waiting for his answer and hopes the answer she gave was good enough.

0:05- The camera switched back to where the cubes are located and is looking through the window sills of the executive office.

0:06-0:08 – The camera is up in her face, we can see her mouth open ready to speak with her eyes looking very concerned. Now I see that on her left her she has an earring.

0:09- Now the camera is angled on her shoulder facing him, he is looking down either at her resume, desk, or a gesture of disappointment who knows. His face has changed a bit, now he has a more serious face and left wondering from her answer.

0:10- He is now beginning to talk while leaning back in his chair but still looking downward with no eye contact.

0:11- He has a serious look on his face once he asks her a question but his face is more rude than serious like there is something bothering him.

0:12-0:16- The camera turns from him quickly to her from his left shoulder to her face and she begins to answer to him but her face expression is sharp, confident she knows what she wants.

0:17- Quickly turned for a close up on the man who listened very closely to her answer but is now thinking of a question to ask her again.

0:18-0:20- The camera faces the man and he looks her straight in the eyes and is slightly smiling but questioning whether or not to hire her and then gives his final thoughts.

0:21- The camera is right outside the window sill looking at her. She looks like she is about to get up. The office has more detail he has a dial up phone on his desk. Near the the widows to look outside he has a shelve with books lined up together.

0:22- The woman stands up and reaches out to shake the man’s hand which is usually the conclusion of an interview.

0:23- The camera is near the widow sill to look into his office and you see the man holding out his hand to shake the woman’s hand but then we realize she is not there and there is no one in front of him just his chairs.

0:24-0:25 – The camera focuses on him with his puzzled and concerned face looking beyond his desk. He looks worried and sad.

0:26-0:27 – The camera is angled from his left shoulder and is looking facing his chair there is no one sitting in it, it’s empty and facing him as well.

0:28-0:30 – The commercial ends and you see the man faded and looking downwards with white words in the middle of the screen reading “GRADS of LIFE. org” and Ad council copyright on the screen to the bottom right.

2 thoughts on “Visual Rhetoric – theintern”

  1. Thank you for the link, theintern. I moved the video to the bottom of your post and “un-hooked” it from its text so that it would show up in the page as a video player. But I appreciate that you demonstrated linking a source to text.
    I haven’t watched the video. I’ll watch it only after tonight’s midnight deadline. Meanwhile, I’ll view just the first second, along with your notes, and see if there’s anything I can offer as feedback.

    Your comments:
    0:00-A woman and a man are in an office in a building. You can tell they are in a building because you can see the top of trees which means the office must be on a higher floor level. The office is like an ordinary office theres cubes in the center with executive offices surrounding them. In the office there windows sills to look outside and the lobby where the cubes are located. The man is a white older man who is wears glasses and seems like he is one of the executive offices with a black woman which seems like they are about to shake hands, he wears a nice light charcoal suit with a baby blue buttoned down dress shirt with no tie, meaning that he is dressing business casual. His office has a plant inside with a desk that has a paperweight and pencil holders and some sort of certificate hanging from the wall. The black woman is there for her interview with the man she is reaching out to shake his hand. She wears a black suit with a black appropriate skirt. Later the man asks her to sit with is hand gesturing. There is a man outside of the executive office in one of the cubes holding a phone to his ear perhaps talking to a client while looking at his desktop but he is blurred out. There seems to be another cube in front of him but we can not see who is there.

    That seems pretty thorough!

    First some mechanical notes. I’m revising your text below to fix some grammar and punctuation errors. Please compare the two.
    0:00—A woman and a man are in an office in a building. WE can tell they are on a high floor because WE see the tops of trees through the window. The office is an ordinary office; there are cubes in the center surrounded by executive offices. The offices have windows. The man is an older white man who wears glasses and seems like an executive. He’s with a black woman. It seems they are about to shake hands. He wears a nice, light, charcoal suit with a baby blue buttoned-down dress shirt with no tie, meaning that he is dressing business casual. His office contains a plant, and a desk with a paperweight and pencil holders, and some sort of certificate on the wall. The black woman is there for her interview with the man; she is reaching out to shake his hand. She wears a black suit with a black, appropriate skirt. The man gestures with his hand for her to sit. Another man outside the executive office in one of the cubes holds a phone to his ear, perhaps talking to a client while looking at his desktop, but he is blurred out. There seems to be another cube in front of him, but we cannot see who is there.

    Thank you for indulging me in that exercise. There are important grammar fixes there, along with some changes made just for style. I’d be very gratified if you wanted to conference with me to discuss the differences.

    About the content:
    You make completely appropriate observations, theintern, a blend of visual notes and conclusions. I like the inference that we’re on an upper floor. You also conclude from something that the woman is here for her interview, but you don’t indicate how you came to that conclusion. I’m going to watch the first second now and see if I can point out anything of interest.

    Things you might have mentioned:

    —I disagree about your upper-floor observation. I see pavement at the base of those trees.
    —I don’t dispute your conclusion, but how does the man “seem like an executive”?
    —When was this video shot? If it’s about office politics or race relations or gender roles, the historical context will be very important. Can you tell from the fixtures and office equipment whether the film is intended to convey “today” or “at another time in history”?
    —What does the body language of the earliest image suggest? She is taking a bowed, subservient posture, while he is standing fully tall and leaning in her direction for their handshake.
    —Can we tell from the merest glance at these two whether she is an employee of this man or someone he is just meeting? I think we can, but what are the clues that help us draw that conclusion in less than a second?
    —You say the executive is not wearing a tie, but what does that mean? Is he a slob? Can you draw any inference from the manner in which he keeps his office and desk to indicate one way or the other?
    —You say she’s here for her interview, but how do we know that from the first second of video? Remember, that “Pathways to Employment” tag at the top of the screen would never be seen by viewers of this ad in its intended format: on a TV or monitor presented as advertising (not collected into a batch of YouTube videos).
    —The woman’s hair is long and tightly braided, but the braids have been pulled back and tied behind her head. That’s a choice she had to make before entering this office. What does it say about the purpose of this meeting?

    Too much? Will this help you describe the next 34 seconds of material, theintern?
    I’d appreciate your Reply. Thanks.

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