Static composition scenes are used when Akeelah is on the stage and in many other scenes i the film. It is understandable why dynamic composition scenes are not used here, but movement is used to shift attention and the audience should have been forced to shift their attention through the technique of rack focus, or changing the focus of the lens from one object to another. The camera angle and the static composition scenes make black girls seem bright and the audience can’t help but to cheer Akeelah on. The camera follows Akeelah in most scenes and this goes to build her character too. The look and feel of the film brings out the character of Akeelah’s family and her coach very well.
Akeelah’s house is what we would expect from a struggling black family in Southern LA and color and lighting are used to bring this out. The eye is drawn to the brighter areas of a scene and this is used not only to bring out the less-than-perfect living conditions in Akeelah’s house, but also to develop Akeelah’s character when everything else is dimmed around her as she is on stage. This serves to show that black kids can be as bright as any other kids because those dimmed are white, Latino and Asian. As audience members, we are able to see a black kid who is likely to be something in life and the audience can’t help but to wish this young black girl from Southern LA the best. Humanity is drawn to the rise of the down trodden and this explains everybody’s wish for Akeelah’s success. The movie could have used proper character placement better given the fact that the movie was made in 2006 when film making technology was more than impressive and the fact that it was made in LA, the home of American film. The Namesake was made in 2006 and released in 2007 and it describes the struggles between two first generation Indian immigrants from West Bengal and their children. The film uses selective focus very well so that we, the audience, can concentrate with only one character at a time. The film also uses lighting, color, wardrobes, sets and settings to bring about a concept of unity in various scenes and these two factors help in enhancing the characters of those in the shots. However, many scenes were presented too quickly and in too abstract a fashion and this made the audience lost and frustrated in some scenes, unlike in Akeelah & the bee. The look and feel of the film was enhanced by the use of lighting, costumes and color. The colors and the costumes used were bright and we, the audience, were able to see the color and the excitement of the Indian culture from these production elements and we are able to see how Indians go through their weddings and handle death rather vividly.