For this assignment I chose to watch an episode of Modern Family on mute, and then re-watch with the sound playing.
Watching the show with no sound, I pick up on a lot of aggressive body language. There was a lot of head turning, storming out, hands thrown up with what seems to be exasperation, eye-rolling, and what seems to be arguing. Based on this, I would assume, the relationships are not very good.
The Dunphy’s, especially the kids, seems to always be in a fuss, and the mom engages in a lot of eye and neck rolling, which I interpret as negative as well. The dad kept a pretty pleasant face, but it looked a bit clueless as well.
Cam and Mitchell seemed to tell a different tale. Mitchell’s face is more stern than Cam’s however, Cam’s bodily language is more animated than Mitchell’s. This makes me think that Cam is constantly trying to engage with Mitchell or get on his good side.
The Pritchett’s seem to be very animated, especially Gloria. I noticed that the veins in Gloria’s neck protruded a lot, which definitely indicated yelling. However, her husband’s body language never seemed to match her intensity.
When I watched the episode back with the volume on, I was not too far off from what I thought. The Dunphy’s were very much so at each other’s necks fairly often, especially the two daughters. The mother often fussed at the dad, who tried to make light out a situation, or was just oblivious to the issue the wife had, which explains his clueless face.
Cam and Mitchell were pretty hilarious. Since Mitchell is Claire’s brother, their mannerisms are very similar and Mitchell was uptight with Cam, while Cam was very flamboyant, and lighthearted about things. However, in some cases when I though Mitchell was fussing, he was more or less whining, so my judgement was way off.
The Pritchett’s were funny as well. Gloria is just very high strung, and the strain I saw in her neck was also not always a fuss, but a whine, or plea, or just over animated talk. Their interactions were hilarious and the body language was very different from the verbal.
I think knowing the nature of a show would have made my account more accurate, however, I think I did fairly well at reading the non-verbal languages presented. I also will start watching the show because it was hilarious.