Lord Of The Rings Lighting Analysis

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The elements lighting; sound; camera movement; framing devices and colour are important in creating impact, atmosphere and emotion in a film. These elements are clearly depicted in the film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring directed by Peter Jackson. Lighting used in film is lit in certain ways in order to enhance mood, atmosphere and drama. This lighting suggests depth, illuminates and enriches the story. The film Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring makes use of low key and high key lighting. The low key lighting is seen when Gollum is first introduced in an ominous dark blue lighting that creates suspense and suggests an air of mystery. Further on the unnatural chiaroscuro is created when the Nazgul on his horse stands on a cliff with a lit up background surrounded by a dark forest. This makes the Nazgul seem more mysterious and threatening to the audience. Soon after the four Hobbits: Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry wake up with Aragon II keeping watch for the Nazguls. There is a dark blue lighting on the outside of the window that contrasts the orange candlelight on the inside of the room. The candles represent warmth and safety inside where the blue lighting expresses the danger of being outside. The high key…show more content…
The film begins with a black screen with a chorus singing in a unsettling harmonic key that symbolises the Lothlorien elves. When the title “Lord of the Rings” appears, the ring theme fades in. Bilbo Baggins places us in the shire on a map and places us in time introduced by a lighter shire theme. In full statement plays the fellowship theme presenting the opening of the film. These leitmotifs of the themes are presented throughout. The next time we hear the fellowship theme after the title is when Frodo and Sam leave the shire on their journey to Rivendell. This foreshadows the film's final variations at the end of the
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