The scene is not animated, it is a real life depiction. We see a man young black man who is probably in his 20s.The vibrant color of his overshirt makes your eyes focus on him. The man is rolling up what appears to be a sleeping bag or blanket possibly on the floor. We can infer that he is getting ready to go somewhere. As he is rolling this object up we see smoke coming out of his mouth. The smoke immediately grabs your attention and is the center focus of this scene. Since he is inside, the smoke doesn’t appear to be coming from his breath due to the cold. Therefore we can infer that he was smoking something, possibly marijuana, a cigarette or a vape.

The scene is not animated, it is a real life depiction. The colors are dull, likely to not draw attention away from the young man. His shirt is the brightest thing in the room to help your eyes focus on him. The camera is set on the floor and panning down at his hands. His forehead is cut out of the picture. We don’t need to see his whole face to understand the message. The man is rolling up a blanket or sleeping bag on the floor. Only the young man and this object are in focus in this image. The items in the background are out of focus. This helps keep your eyes drawn to the young man so we focus on the smoke blowing out of his mouth.


The scene cuts to a young white man who is probably in his 20s as well. Because they look around the same age and are both packing, we can guess that they might be going somewhere together. He is wearing a blue flannel and pants. Because he is wearing long sleeves and long pants we can infer that it is fall or spring. He is not pictured wearing a winter jacket so it is most likely not winter. The man is zipping up a yellow duffle bag. Now that we have seen the young black man and this young man packing, we can infer they are getting ready to go somewhere.

The camera quickly pans down as the duffle bag is being zipped. We cannot see the person who is zipping the bag because only the hands are in the frame. We do get a glimpse before the camera focuses on his hands. We can tell it is a different guy because it is a young white male and we see the blue sleeves from his flannel. The emphasis of zipping the duffle bags helps the audience understand they are packing to go on a trip.


We see the young man carrying the duffle bag, a backpack on his shoulder and another bag in his hand as he is walking down the stairs. As he is walking smoke is coming out of his mouth. The smoke is in the center of the screen and is what your eyes immediately look at. The director did this purposefully so that those who are watching understand that he is impaired. He does not look different so it would be hard to tell the purpose without the addition of the smoke. If there was no smoke in this scene we would perceive him as just a young man carrying bags down the stairs and getting ready to go on a trip.

The camera is panned upwards as this young man is walking down the steps. The walls are white and the young man is wearing different variations of blue and carrying a bright yellow bag. The contrast in these colors help keep the audience focus on the young man and make him stand out in front of the background. Because the camera is pointing up and focused on him as he is walking down the steps, we are able to clearly see the smoke coming from his mouth. There is a window behind him and the natural light shining it makes the smoke illuminate and helps the audience see it clearly.


The scene cuts and focuses on a young black girl who is walking up to the door and looking at her reflection. She is smiling and you can tell by her expression that she is happy. While she is waiting at the door she exhales and blows smoke out. Once again, the common theme is the focus on the smoke coming from her mouth. The young white male answers the door and they engage in a conversation before walking out together. Because of the common image of smoke we can infer at this point that all three have been smoking before meeting up.

The camera is positioned behind her so that we are able to see the girls reflection in the glass on the door. This angle helps us be able to see the smoke the is illuminating from her mouth. This angle also helps us see the young white man open the door. He is smiling so we can tell he is happy to see her.


The scene once again cuts. We see the two men placing their bags into the trunk of the suv. We see a cooler, lots of blankets, and maybe jackets. We can tell they are going on a camping trip from these items as these are all things needed to stay outdoors.

The camera is following behind the men as they walk to load their bags in the trunk. This view helps the audience establish that the friends are meeting up to go on a trip together.


Again the scene cuts and a young blonde girl is featured walking. She is wearing a denim jacket and walking casually. All the friends are dressed for colder weather. The sun doesn’t appear to be shining too much. Although the scene only depicts her for a second, she is seen blowing smoke out of her mouth the whole time the camera is on her. Once again the action of exhaling the smoke grabs the audiences attention.

The camera follows along side the blonde as she is walking. She is the center focus of the scene and everything else is blurred out of focus. The camera only catches from the torso and up. This angle helps keep the focus on her so that we notice the smoke coming out of her mouth.


Once the girl is pictured walking, the men shut the trunk. The doors of the car are then shut as well. All four friends are now in the car together. From this and the items in the trunk we can assume they are heading on a trip somewhere.


When the camera cuts to inside the car, no one is sitting in the drivers seat. The two girls and the young white male are sat in the back and the young black male is in the front passenger seat. The friends all looked confused as to who is driving because the driver seat was empty. Did they all assume the other was driving?

The camera appears to be sitting on the dash because we can see a frontal view of the front and back seat. This view allows the audience to the where everyone is seated in the car. It also puts emphasis on the driver seat being empty.


The friends are looking around at each other. It appears they are talking and pointing at each other. We can infer that since the previous clip showed no one in the drivers seat that the friends are tying to figure out who was supposed to be driving. It appears that each person assumed they weren’t going to be driving. Everyone is pointing at each other looking confused, we can say they probably are claiming they though the other person was driving. The young blonde girl appears to be laughing and doesn’t seem too concerned. It becomes more apparent that the smoke we saw may of been marijuana as no one was willing to hop in the driver seat. If it was a cigarette then there is no reason one wouldn’t be able to drive. As they are sitting waiting in the car and looking around at each other they must be trying to figure out what to do.

The camera is still positioned on the dash and allowing us to see that a conversation is going on. The camera at this angle helps the audience be able to see the confusion on everyone’s face. This also helps infer that a driver was not established and everyone assumed someone else was going to be driving.


The friends all laugh and we see everyone open their door to get out of the car. From what we can tell, the friends are laughing because they figured that some one else was in charge of driving until they realize that none of them are able to drive right now. Once they realized they could not drive they decided to be responsible and get out of the car.


The scene cuts to the four friends getting out of the car. They move to the back of the car and open the trunk. We now know they have decided not to drive anywhere and we can infer that they are going to unpack the car. It’s not clear at this point if the friends are going to wait until they sober up or if they are going to skip the trip all together. They are all standing around the trunk and laughing so it doesn’t appear their trip was ruined.

The focus on the trunk opening up and the friends reaching in helps the audience determine that they are unpacking the car


The camera cuts the the four friends sitting on the front lawn with their camping gear set up. The house must belong to one of the friends if they are set up in the front yard. The house in the background is fairly large. This must be a middle class neighborhood. Instead of driving impaired, the group set up camp right in their own front yard. This verifies that the friends were mentally impaired and not willing/able to drive at that moment. Despite not being able to go one their trip, it seems like the friends are having a good time.


The words “if you feel different, you drive different” appear on the screen and is what stands out the most. The friends are sitting around laughing and the two guys in the middle high five. This signifies that you can still have fun even if your plans change. These friends knew they would be putting themselves and others at risk if they were to drive so they decided to make the most of the situation.

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