Opening up, “Warm Bodies,” begins with a very shallow depth of field. Accompanying the depth of field is an extreme close up of Red. For a while, Red is positioned on the screen following the rule of thirds. The reason why there is a shallow depth of field and the camera is zoomed in and focused on Red is to get the viewer to instantly realize that this is his story. Another thing that helps get the message across is the fact that the narrator makes it extremely apparent that the man on the screen is him.
After this, there is a pretty big sequence consisting of metric montage combined with intellectual montage. The metric montage is the time laps of Red walking and his progression through the airport and into his home that he made in an airplane. Breaking this up is intellectual montage. This is apparent when Red looks at different zombies and depending on what they are wearing, he remembers their old selves. For example, when Red goes through the metal detector, the zombies outfit triggered his memory and the scene changed back to before the man became a zombie, but only momentarily.
In the beginning, there are also other instances of shallow depth of field besides just the opening scene. There could be a multitude of reasons why it was used, but here is what I believe. The narrator states that he doesn’t know how people got like this (became zombies) or when it even started. You,ll notice, when ever we see the face of Red and there is a background behind him, it is always blurred out and the focus is most always only on Red. This is to represent how everything behind him is unclear because he doesn’t know how he became a zombie.
Lighting is also used to help get messages across. There are a lot of blues and greens to represent how empty and alone the world is after the apocalypse. On the other hand, when Red is thinking or on screen, there are some warm colors introduced. This is to show that he is a good person. Also, when he has his flashbacks, they are usually yellow tinted as well. This is to display how warm and comforting the world used to be.