From this shot, the background of the boy is visible revealing a classroom setup. A blackboard is clearly visible and the teacher’s desk. From the young black boy, the scene swiftly transits to another. The transition effect is “cut:, a spontaneous switch from one scene to another. This is the first transition in the film and together with the first few shots they help create the theme (Penz and Andong 106).
The new shot is a long shot if the classroom. This shot is used to reveal the entire breadth of the classroom. It is also used to show the rather clear contract between the new black boy and the class filled with white children. The cut transition helps create the rapid contrast required to bring the “jump” illusion from one of the scenes to another. This transition easily brings out the contrast between the boys black color and a majority of the white students in the class.
The next scene is of a naughty boy trying to intimidate the new boy. The shot is an extreme close up into the boy’s face. Previously, as the teacher introduces the new black boy, the camera had zoomed into the timid boy’s face bringing an extreme close up shot of his central face. When the next scene is introduced by a cut transition and is an extreme close up of the white boy, the notion achieved by the producer is to bring to the fore the finer details differencing the two boys. The two contrasting scenes reveal the difference in the colors of the skins of the two boys. The bully personality of the white by is immediately established from the angle the camera zooms into him (Penz and Andong 76).