Bulrusher is the first production that I personally have been involved with at the University of Southern Mississippi. For this reason, I was really excited about the production from the very beginning. However, when I first read the script, I was a bit disappointed. The script moves rather slowly, lacks action, and explores its themes mainly through dialogue. Initially, I found the script difficult to understand, particularly due to the sporadic use of a virtually unknown colloquial language, and I was somewhat concerned about whether or not the audience was going to understand the themes behind the play. However, after the final curtain fell, I can truly say that I enjoyed the production and that the production team was fairly successful
Using distinctively visual, sensory language and dramatic devices in texts allows the reader and audience to view as well as participate and relate to different emotions. In the fictional play “Shoe Horn Sonata” written by John Misto, 1995, Misto sets the scene by using dramatic devices to address the extremely confronting circumstances that the protagonists, Sheila and Bridie experience. Similarly, in the poem “Beach Burial” by Kenneth Slessor, 1944, Slessor too uses extremely strong visual language on the subject of war to overcome the gruesome realities of the subject matter.
Sound is being used to create or sense the mood for the audience. For example, when Kim’s father is outside, diegetic sound is used so the characters hear the baseball game playing in the background which makes the situation exciting for the audience. Edward finishes trimming a bush (the dinosaur) and everyone is amazed. This can appear to create a dramatic and happy effect for the audience. The sound then crescendos to make it seem as if Edward is being cheered on by the crowd. Burtons use of sound supplies an effective tool to allow the audience to understand the mood of the setting. This technique can also be found a while earlier in the movie, when the grandmother sits with the granddaughter to tell a bedtime story. There are bits of audio between the two, describing Edward Scissorhands and produces an idea of the movie topic. The grandma is almost set up as the narrator for the first part of the movie so that the audience can understand (or get an idea of the movie) the plot of the film. This also connects the opening credits to transition through scenes and carry on with the
The poster for jaws is very effective at gaining the audience’s attention through the use of graphic pictures. The picture of the great white shark grabs the audience’s attention because it is something which just about everyone was afraid of even before this film was released. At first glance, the reader sees a woman swimming, but this view point is quickly changed by the massive shark directly beneath her. The shark is obviously swimming its way toward her, which gives the viewer a feeling of suspense. When seeing the poster, the reader feels sympathy with the woman because she may soon
Chief of Police is a title given to an appointed official or an elected one in the chain of command of a police department. In both Jaws the movie, Directed by Steven Spielberg, and the novel Jaws, written by Peter Benchley, Martin Brody is a middle aged man who is happily married and a father of two. As a long time officer of the NYPD, Brody advances his policing career by being offered a job as Chief of Police on Amity Island; Brody discovers that “with great power comes great responsibility,” as he quickly realises that his power and his responsibility to protect the public as the newly appointed police chief is being undermined by the local people, a great white shark, and even himself. To combat these challenges,
In Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, music is used throughout the movie to illustrate points of excitement, grief, and intensity. Also, the music ties in with the characters and their emotions. This is done through leitmotifs, a recurrent theme throughout a musical or literary composition, associated with a particular person, idea, or situation. Additionally, the music is very galactic, in an attempt the set the mood that the audience is
Jaws follows the police chief Brody, along with scientist Hooper and shark hunter Quint, in their attempt to protect the town of Amity against a Great White shark that is terrorising beachgoers. It was adapted from Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel of the same name.
Cameron originally hired Irish singer Enya to compose for the film music, but she declined. Despite of some issues unsettled between Horner and Cameron, Horner decided to took over. He suggested a vocal to be used at the end of the film. Hence, Celion Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’ became legendary. A film is not complete without film music. Some audience reckons film music as the theme song. However, film music refers to the orchestral music accompanying the film from the beginning to the end. Film music speaks much more of the character of a film than the audience think it does. Apart from being the source music of the film, Film music has quite a few functions. Composer Robin Holfmann listed a few functions of film music, including commenting, illustrating movement, creating plot relationships and atmosphere, portray emotions, alternating the perception of time and psychologically uniting the audience. (Holfmann) Good film score helps a director to narrate his/her story and enhance the audience’s
To human beings songs and music in general play a huge part in our lives. In many situations people turn to music. For example when someone is down or upset they might play an upbeat song to try and help their mood. Another example is when someone might be stressed or just unstrung; they turn to music or a certain song to help calm themselves. However music can just as easily induce the same feeling as well as take them away. An example of this is when we hear the “Jaws” theme song and the feeling of danger is immediately felt.
Panic, anxiety, and most importantly, fear, are all components that form the adventurous tale, The Most Dangerous Game. Rainsford, the protagonist of the story, is widely recognized as an experienced hunter who ventures off in a ship to travel to Rio in order to hunt jaguars. However, the story turns when Rainsford falls off his ship, encounters a hunter who hunts men, and becomes the prey himself. Although Connell sets up an intense plot by using irony, characterization, word choice, and other literary devices, imagery is one of the main aspects that releases an uneasy feeling within the audience. Imagery is a common literary device that authors use to engage a reader into the story, by painting the scene in the audience’s mind. Authors would describe several details of the event, using imagery in their writing. The short story, The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell, incorporates imagery to intensify the suspense within the literary piece. By using this literary element, Connell depicts a mood that escalates from casualness to increasing panic.
Composers have the ability to influence how we the audience views and responds to characters and issues. Through viewing and analysing ‘The Shoe Horn Sonata’ by John Misto and ‘Saving Private Ryan’ directed by Steven Spielberg, it is obvious that composers have the ability to impact and influence our views on characters and issues that occur.
Distinctively visual techniques are crucial elements in conveying a sense of actuality of an event. They aid the reader’s insight and perspective sparking emotions of joy or empathy for the characters. In John Misto’s play, “The Shoe-Horn Sonata”, the use of distinctively visual assists in creating the atmosphere, in order to highlight the WWII catastrophe’s the protagonists encountered. In addition, this is thoroughly examined in the John Misto’s interview. Similarly, in the picture book “The Lost Thing” by Shaun Tan, the incorporated visuals assist in telling a young boy and a machine-like creature’s adventure in unraveling the true face of society. Both texts, make use of of the reader’s interpretations to depict the character’s physical
This week’s movie is called The Others (2001) by Alejandro Amenábar. In this film, the audience oversees a desperate mother, Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) struggling with the living situation of being a mother whose has to deal a whole showcase of things. Some of these things include having a husband whose is not there, caring for her own children who are sensitive to sunlight, and living in a Victorian mansion where some people throughout the film have claimed that it is haunted. Grace at first doubts these haunted claims, but subsequent events began to occur which cause her to become very protective of her kids and at the same time crazy. All in all, this enigmatic and suspenseful movie ends with her and her children becoming ghost and that things that were haunting the house were of future being. Throughout this suspenseful movie, the use of sound has been used very liberally ranging to create an additional layer of suspense or of background. The Others (2001) by Alejandro Amenábar use the element of sound to bring out the character’s history and
“The Law of gravity is like the law of attraction.” In the movie The Secret, it uses many logical fallacies and the logical chain of reasoning to argue that if you know the “Secret,” then everything you want or everything you are attracted to you will get it. The logical chain of reasoning used in this movie consists of Ethos, Logos, and Pathos and the logical fallacies committed are Equivocation, False Cause, Slippery Slope, Hasty Generalization, and Black or White. If one or more logical fallacies are committed and/or one part of the logical reasoning is not strong enough then your argument is not strong enough and if your argument is not strong enough then it will fall apart. But it does not always take one fallacy to break down a whole arguement.
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