The use of music in the Jaws scene exemplifies some of the musical narra-tive functions suggested initially, such as the emotive, informative, descriptive, guiding and temporal narrative functions. These functions are simultaneous, but their relative salience will continuously and dynamically shift in interplay with the other narrative modes involved. The different expressional resources offer a wide range of potential meanings that can turn more or less specific according to the listeners’/viewers’ interests, and situational and socio-cultural contexts. Meanings will also dynamically transform according to the multi-modal processes described. Replacing the music in this scene or even shifting the same music by just a few frames in relation
Part of the human condition is to find enjoyment in dystopia. To experience dystopia through film and literature is to experience a life that is outside our realm of reality, but inside our realm of possibility. Dystopia makes us feel safe because our lives are better than those described in the books we read and the movies we watch. A story about dysfunction and control on large scale is not successful on its own. Authors rely on a world of character development, connotative diction, imagery and literary devices. Filmmakers rely on a world of mood music, shadows, camera shots and angles. In Fahrenheit 451, the characters of Clarisse and Montag reveal the dangers of censorship. In The Handmaid’s Tale, Offred’s inner monologue warns against
At some point of your life you meet very special people that carry very similar interests. This creates bonds that can be a very powerful and important part of your life. Some may say that bonds are created between a series of negative events that leads up to friendship. However, this is not true because in The Way, the main characters come together to walk the same path. Each character motivates each other to achieve the overall reason of why they wanted to walk The Camino De Santiago. Emilio Estevez’s purpose in creating this film was to show how different types of people with different backgrounds can mesh together and motivate each other. In The Way, Emilio Estevez uses the literary devices such as characterization and conflict to get
“The Dressmaker” has many similar elements and features to spaghetti westerns. How has the director used the style to engage a modern audience?
Forrest Gump (1994), an American comedy-drama film based on the novel by Winston Groom, with the screenplay adapted by Eric Roth, tells the story of a mentally disabled and very kind-hearted child that comes to lead an extraordinary life. The movie revolves around the irony that the protagonist, Forrest Gump, even though the most simple-minded character in the film, becomes the most successful, as his talents involve him in US history's most prominent historical events between the 50's and 80's. The storyline is very character-driven and resembles a ‘vignette into one's life' as opposed to having a traditional story structure. This is seen through the feather motif and the well-known
The best thing I know is to do exactly what you wish for a while (Roman Holiday):
“I believe whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you stranger” (The Dark Knight, 2008), this is the stand out sentence that the main antagonist, The Joker (Heath Ledger) speaks in the opening scene of the movie. Not only does this line set up the suspense for the rest of the movie but it also sets up the suspense for the opening scene of the movie. ‘The Dark Knight’ is a film directed by Christopher Nolan that builds suspense and intrigue throughout the movie, the director uses mise-en-scene, mise-en-shot and editing to put a seed of meaning for the viewer to draw from. This essay will analyse the opening scene of ‘The Dark Knight” mainly focusing on mise-en-scene, mise-en-shot and editing, where meaning can be taken away from the movie. This can definitely be seen in the opening scene of the movie, it has all the components to make it the perfect scene and the viewer will be able to
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” (2). The book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, written by Stephen Chbosky, has a very bumpy storyline featuring a teenager named Charlie. Charlie starts out his freshman year with no friends, but he eventually he meets Sam and Patrick, two seniors at his school. Stephen Chbosky uses many different rhetorical devices to foreshadow tramas that occured in Charlie’s early childhood. The director, Stephen Chbosky, makes the viewer really grasp the depressing and gloomy mood and emotion of Charlie, as he goes through his frightening first year of high school. To transition from the book to the movie, Chbosky uses different types of cinematic techniques. In the book, Stephen Chbosky, makes the reader feel involved in Charlie 's life by using description, imagery, and -------. In the movie, Stephen Chbosky uses dutch-angle, flashback, and tracking-shot to show the mood of the scene.
Soviet Cinema were established between the years 1917 to 1953. This was a time of transition and great development in the film industry. Soviet Cinema focused on creating films that dealt with political and ideological ideas that arose during those times. A Man with a Movie Camera was released in 1929. This film became revolutionary in the way it used techniques of film editing such as; constructive/linkage editing and intellectual montage and how it helped narrate the story without a storyline. This essay will discuss how the film uses these two techniques, in reference to the film, and to what ideological and political ends are the techniques used in the films with specific references from the film to support the argument.
Hess, J. (Director). (2004). Napoleon Dynamite [Motion picture on DVD]. Milano: Twentieth century fox home entertainment.
As a society, we are constantly searching for satisfaction within our life due to social discontent. Social discontent has been linked to revolutions both in dystopian films as well as in the physical world. It worries political powers as it weakens the government support of a nation. Within the 21st century, social discontent has been a leading factor to the recent events occurring in Kazakhstan and Sierra Leone. Social discontent is a common theme in dystopian films as it is seen often in our own world. Social discontent is prominent in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), Children of Men (2006), V for Vendetta (2005), and 1984 (1984). These dystopian films all portray elements of social discontent through a protagonist, whether it be presented by hope for a new way of life, love and loyalty fueling motives, the power of the media, or rebellion against society. These points result in the suggestion that dystopian films reflect the idea that as a society there will faith within the uncertainty.
Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino uses shock, surprise, and mystery, all paired with bizarre humor to surprise and possibly offend his audience. The film is supported with ample suspense and sincerity; Tarantino tells three interrelated stories of thieves, mobsters, and power that are filled with violence, sex, and drugs but also an underlying of religious representation. Compelling roles are utilized to construct a sense of reality and entertainment, and the interest of the film is increased by various implausibility’s that only seem possible in Hollywood. As the main character Mia would suggest, this film commands the audience to “not be square” and to step outside of the box. The film originates to another level, supported by
It is a thriller, black comedy, drama, crime and neo-noir film written by the Coen Brothers in 1996. In this movie, all the characters are obsessed with money; for instance, Jerry is a pathetic loser who never stops improvising solutions in order to escape from the impasses he finds himself blocked by. He never stops bursting with activity, and I think that that almost makes him admirable. The only thing that attracted me after watching the movie was the music, and after researching, I noticed that the music director Carter Burwell screens the film all the way through then plays a little bit of what he has in mind for the Coen Brothers on the synthesizer to give them an idea of what he wants to create for the movie. I also noticed that Carter plays parts of the music on the piano for the Coens, before planning the orchestration, so that they would connect them with certain sequences of the film. Also, the principal photography was amazingly done in this film (exterior long shots); I realized that they were moving the camera sometimes, but not in a dramatic way, which created great shots. What also attracted me were the landscapes that seemed really dramatic and oppressive; I noticed that there were no mountains or trees, only flatlands extending into the distance.
Hitchcock Etudes were composed by Nicole Lizée in 2014, and released on her album Bookburners. With a combination of disjointed soundtrack music and dialog with similarly altered video segments, Lizée reconstructs a whole new experience of the Hitchcock films. Watching Lizée’s composition I really appreciated and enjoyed the way she deconstructed and recreated the works. As a Hitchcock fan I really enjoyed the new sense of terror and romance she brought to the piece.
12 Angry Men, although produced in the late fifties still offers a great slate for any viewer. The special effects and quality can easily be guessed by the black and white silhouettes of the film. The intensifying conflict of this film easily overshadows the lacking up to date criteria expected from a film. Many viewers expect a well-developed plot and characters with an accompanying use of special effects and coherent scenes. This courthouse drama has assigned twelve men to juror duty which will make this murder case mystifying by involving the viewers in the underlying theme of prejudice in the film. Although, the film lacks in special effects and up to date quality, the extensive details included in the dialogue make it come to life. The