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
The novel Monster by Walter Dean Myers is half written as a movie script, and it uses cinematic effects in order to emphasize certain things in the story. These effects include but are not limited to: close ups, medium shots, low shots, high shots, and cuts. For example, during Bolden’s testimony, Briggs takes up a line of questioning that makes little sense for Bolden to answer and is altogether not moving the trial along. (Myers 54) Normally the inanity of this line of questioning might be lost on the reader. With the script format of Monster, however, this is prevented through a cut to the jurors. The jurors are shown visibly tired of Briggs’s line of questioning. The script then cuts back to Bolden, however, the shot is closer to focus
Creating film adaptations of stage productions can be very easy, but creating a film adaptation of a stage production that makes effective use of the film medium to communicate an idea without losing the essence or message of the original production, well, it can be quite difficult. Although screenwriters, cinematographers, and directors have and use various tools that aren’t available to playwrights and book writers they often struggle with the effective presentation of an idea. They wonder what they could change to enhance the author’s message and how they could change it without losing/disparaging the original charm or themes. The constructive use of film techniques and film medium is the key to both a distinguished film adaptation, and the successful presentation of major ideas. It is evident that in Miller’s 1996 film adaptation that one of the major ideas present in The Crucible is the irony of male power. This idea could only be effectively presented through the use of various film techniques such as lighting, music/sound, and camera angles/shot selection.
Early films by Edison and Lumiere involved very simple cinematography, little to no editing and simple realist mise en scene. However, Georges Melies, a theater proprietor and an amateur magician, laid foundation for the new generation films. In A Voyage to the Moon, he becomes first person to introduce a sci-fi film. In this paper I hypothesize that A Voyage to the Moon was most innovative in cinematography and editing. Although mise en-scene was the main focus of the film, I hypothesize that mise en scene wasn’t as innovative as the other two.
People say a picture is worth a thousand words. Just about every picture has rhetorical elements incorporated into their design. In this case, the well-crafted poster for Steven Spielberg’s film, Jaws, implements the use of ethos, pathos and logos in an attempt to get its audience to see the film.
In 1908, Henry Ford introduced the first Model T to the world, and not too long after, automobile demands skyrocketed. In 1913, he additionally created the first assembly line to produce his cars. Numerous factories were opened, more jobs were being created, the cities became more populated, and because of this, investors benefitted immensely. The economy looked very stable for a long time, and the country was evolving. However, In 1929, the stock market crashed and uprooted many investors. Unemployment was high, and the number of families struggling to get food on the table was baffling. Many families had to send kids away so they could live a better life. It wasn’t until World War II when the economy improved, which was ten years later.
Shutter Island, a psychological thriller, directed by Martin Scorsese incorporates techniques throughout to reveal the truth in Shutter Island. The film, based on a missing patient investigation, turns out as a cover up psychological experiment designed to bring Edward (Teddy) Daniels back to sanity concludes to be the truth. This essay discusses that by analysing certain scenes, including the opening scene, Teddy and Chuck addresses Dr Cawley, and whislt Teddy and Chuck interview the patients. These three scenes assist to expose Shutter Island through film techniques such as camera angle and mise en scene.
Coraline is a 2009 dark fantasy stop motion film based on the 2002 novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman. The film follows Coraline, an adventurous girl who discovers her idealised world behind a secret door in the house, unaware of the other worlds sinister secrets.
The Maltese Falcon is a film noir directed by John Huston. The film is based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett of the same name. The film was made and distributed by Warner Bros. and was released in October 1941. In this film, detective Sam Spade, played by Humphrey Bogart, takes on a case from the beautiful but deceptive Miss Wonderly, played by Mary Astor. That night, Spade’s partner, Archer, is killed while following Mr. Thursby, who is also killed. It is revealed that Miss Wonderly’s real name is Brigit O’Shaughnessy and that she had been working with Thursby. Spade is approached by Mr. Gutman, played
Tim Burton’s distinct style became evident in his very first films and stayed clear in his later film, while the plot of Burton’s films vary greatly his style stays pronounced. This can be seen across his many movies from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, “Vincent”, and “Frankenweenie”. In all of these films his distinct style is developed through the use of a strong contrast of high and low key lighting to show contrast between characters and circumstances, a recurring motif of mobs antagonizing the antagonist, and the frequent use of shot reverse shots to show the development of the relationship between the outsider and the people on the inside. With the use of a contrast between high and low-key lighting, a recurring mob motif, and the use of shot-reverse-shots Tim Burton develops his hopelessly bleak style.
The lighting helps to create the mysterious and suspenseful tone of the film. Server low lighting aids in the creation of a dramatic atmosphere of a dramatic scene. Inversely daytime lighting is used to convey a realistic environment, like the scene in the film where the police, Chuck and Marshall arrive at the institute.
Ron Howard’s, The Missing, is a Western about a medicine woman who works with her estranged father to save her daughter, who has been kidnapped by an Apache brujo. This father, Samuel Jones, came back home to make amends with his daughter, Magdalena, but when Lilly, Maggie’s daughter, is kidnapped, they are forced to work together to save her. The three key elements of cinematography that will be analyzed in this paper on The Missing are slow motion, canted angles, and swish pans.
The novel “Jaws” by Peter Benchley is about a man named Chief Brody and the conflicts he faces as chief of Amity. In the beginning of the novel Brody is overwhelmed with obstacles that prevent him from doing his job. He wants to protect the people of Amity but there are forces of nature that prevent him from doing so. The shark is not attacking the people of Amity on purpose it is just trying to survive. The Mayor on the other hand is intentionally hurting Brody by preventing him from doing his job to save his own skin. Brody is also his own worst enemy and thinks he is incapable of defeating the shark. These obstacles prevent him from fulfilling his duty as Chief of Amity and stunt his growth as a man.
For years the film Coraline by Henry Selick has been acknowledged and treasured from numerous people, young and old alike. The piece received incredibly positive reviews based on its well told story line, originality, soundtrack and visually pleasing attributes. Although Coraline may be an unnerving film, it is an undeniable masterpiece.
In this essay I will discuss the technical aspects of the title sequences such as the shots, the look and texture, colour, sound, music, texts, motion and aesthetics, among others. We will look at Seven film (1995) by David Fincher and Catch Me if You Can released in 2002, directed by Steven Spielberg as my chosen title sequences.