Mason’s 15th birthdayscene showed a variety of contrast between his nonchalant personality and whohe portrays to be in front of his family. When his dad gives him his gift inthe minivan, Mason’s face is more shown more in the shadows from the trees andhis dads face is partly shown more in the sunlight. Ironically, the bible hereceives from his grandmother is all black and the shotgun his grandfathergives him is a lot easier to hold onto. This shows the more reserved side ofMason verses the more outgoing side of his family and why it may seem a littlecomplicated to fit in. On of the sequences commonly shownthroughout the film by Mason, is that he never quite finishes anything that hestarts.
He doesn’t seem to have much of a work ethic for anything he doesn’tfeel like is detrimental to do at the moment. In other words, if it’s notconvenient for him, it doesn’t matter. As Mason is in his high school darkroom,his teacher comes in andlectureshim about truly utilizing his talent with photography, but he can tell thatMason’s heart is not really in it.
The connotation about this particular shot focusedmainly on the lighting and contextual meaning. Red is a pretty universal colorthat usually represents passion or desire; which Mason doesn’t have much of.So, my interpretation of that is when his teacher comes in to talk to him, he’sbasically telling Mason that he can’t really accomplish anything he doesn’thave any aspiration for it. When Mason is packing to leave forcollege, he and his mother are having a conversation about leaving. Oliviabegins to cry because she has exactly everything that she intended to have. “Ijust thought there would be more.
” Olivia says. As Mason is driving to college,the camera tilts from his truck to the long stretch of freeway before him. Thisindicates that he has a full life ahead of him. And even though he’s always hadthe support of his family behind him, going off means that he’ll have to standon his own for once.