A Daughter’s Protector
0:01- In the first second of the clip, there is a man hunched over at a desk with the left side of his body facing the camera. He is staring at a laptop and half of his face is visible to the audience. He looked stressed and tired, as if he was staring at the laptop for quite a long time. The man is dressed business casual, with a blue button up shirt and a pair of khakis. The director may have chosen for the man to wear this outfit to show that he is a white-collar worker. The man is young looking, he is probably around 30 years old.
The room he is in is dimly lit, only a lamp and the laptop screen are giving off light. The lamp is positioned directly next to the man on the right side of the desk, where it is not visible to the audience. Although it is not visible, the warm glow of the light creates a drowsy ambiance, indicating that it is not sunlight from a window. The room looks like a spare room that was turned into an office space, there are a couple of cups filled with writing utensils and a cork board with papers attached to it. Papers scattered around the desk, probably from the man’s job. The corkboard has a few pictures on it, with what looks like a man and a child. There are also a few children’s drawings on the cork board.
The door to the office is open and there is a children’s bicycle in front of the stairs, which are visible from the room. The stairs are going up, so the room the man is in must be on the first floor. The bike is pink, so it is most likely a little girl’s bike. His job must pay relatively well, since we see that he can afford to have a spare room, and it is safe to assume the house has at least two other rooms for himself and the little girl. There is no indication of whether this is taking place during the day or at night, but the dim light and lack of windows to bring in natural light make it seem like it is night time.
Suddenly the man appears to have heard something and stares at a particular spot on the ceiling. The camera is at the same height as the man, so when he looks up, the audience cannot see where he is looking. He does not look confused or distressed by what he heard, so it is probably not something out of the ordinary for him. He then closes his laptop and lets out a sigh. As he gets up from his office chair, he hesitates for a moment and unplugs the chord from the laptop, then promptly walks out of the room to the stairs. He takes the laptop with him, so he may be planning to continue his work upstairs, where he heard the noise.
While this is happening, the camera slowly moves in towards one of the drawings on the cork board. The crayon or colored pencil drawing depicts a large, badly drawn dinosaur-like creature labeled, “monstruo” with two small stick figures labeled “papa” and “yo.” Before this moment, there was no appropriate indication of the man’s ethnicity, but now it is clear that he is latin. “Papa” seems to be fighting the monster, while the child who drew the picture is laying in a bed. The director chose to zoom in on this image to show that the daughter is troubled with thoughts of an imaginary monster hiding in her room, and to show the audience that the child feels safe and protected by her father.
0:16- 0:24 The clip cuts to a close-up shot of a small girl sleeping peacefully in bed, with her head resting on a pillow. Her face takes up most of the frame, and is shot from an angle slightly above her, so this angle is most likely representing her father’s point of view. Since her room is upstairs, she probably called for her father from his office to scare away the “monstruo” in her room. It then cuts to a view of the whole room from the doorway, with the camera slowly moving down.
The audience can now see the room fully. It is filled with toys and decorations, and the twin sized bed is placed in the middle of the room with the headboard against the left wall. On the wall opposite from the door, there are two windows, with long blue blinds covering them. None of the covers match the sheets or the pillowcases on her bed, and there is a unicorn stuffed animal at the end of the bed. The director may have chosen to have none of the bedding matches to suggest that they are a middle-class family, and do not care so much about everything looking perfect. As the camera zooms down, we see the man laying underneath the bed, working on his laptop. There is no sign that there is a mother around, so the father is learning to balance work and his child’s needs independently.
0:24- 0:37 By this point, it is clear that the video is addressed to fathers, and that this is not a commercial since the director is not trying to convince the audience to buy something. The words “never stop being a Dad” pop up in the middle of the screen. This is a PSA to fathers that they should always be there for their children, and to not let materialistic tasks like working at home get in the way of supporting their children.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rnzu21_yF5s