The “gleam in the sun, a soft, white note in the dun-colored landscape, and the pure blue line of the lake horizon” paints a vivid image of the calm and tranquil scene Larson has created (129). Attention to color is mentioned throughout the novel to reiterate the liveliness of the city. The “soft yellows, pinks, and purples” and “brilliant blues” all span throughout the fair, adding to the beauty and lightness of the event (267). Conversely, previously the scene was pictured as peaceful and calm, but is later in the same sentence described as having a “rugged and barren foreground” (129). The contrast seen by the audience serves as a reminder that even though things may seem tranquil and at ease, there is still an undiscovered crime taking place at the same times.
Low-key lighting is also used in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where in the beginning of the film it demonstrates Charlie’s humble home and dark lighting is used to show the family's state of debt and depression. Tim Burton’s lighting techniques is a way of conveying emotions and certain tones to the audience. Tim Burton has a very unique lighting aspect of his films, but he also uses costuming to create a uniqueness to his films as
The film does a good job of making it feel like the 1950’s by using the events such as the Korean War and the Red Scare in the movie. Also, the director of the film chooses to shoot in different camera angles depending on the situation which helps shape the meaning of the scene. Finally, this movie does a good job of keeping the viewer entertained by the way the actors acted out the scene making it feel very realistic. While the movie is over fifty years old, I still do recommend watching it since it is shot very well and the plot of the movie only gets better as the film
Lenny Abrahamson’s drama film Room follows Joy and her five-year-old son Jack and their experiences of living in a tiny room with only so much space. Throughout the film, both aspects of low-key lighting and high-key lighting are filmed in various scenes. These lighting styles indicate both the rough and unstable atmosphere of living in just one small room as well as the freedom of escaping the small room and starting a new chapter in their lives. In addition, both lighting styles also play an important role in the film’s plot and set the mood for the plot by either adding suspense or relief. Room narrates the story of Joy and her son Jack’s lives as they are trapped in a very small shelter that they refer to as Room.
In the Tim Burton films, Alice in Wonderland and Edward Scissorhands, the use of two contrasting settings and the traits of the protagonist contrasting a setting, Burton conveys that there is a brighter side to any situation. The two contrasting themes in each film, one light and one dark, is a physical method to show that every situation has a brighter, more joyful side. For example, in Alice in Wonderland, the White Queen’s palace and the Red Queen’s palace are both given an establishing shot. Angelic, beatific non-diegetic music floods the scene as the high angle of the White Queen’s palace is displayed. As the palace is being shown, the zoom in on the White Queen conveys the paleness of her clothing and body and how it magnifies the whiteness of the scene.
In addition, the framing of most of the shots was mostly track in and track out, primarily to focus on the subject. Furthermore, the compositions of shots used were mostly over the shoulder shots for dialogue, to keep distance height and point of view. Lastly, the sound for the film was kept non-diegetic through most of the film. Throughout, the use of suspenseful music was used to create tension and suspense for most of the scenes for example; the scenes with training, and the conversation between sergeant and the
The opening shot of the film demonstrates a flying shot of an occupied city, which pans after a street while cars drive around underneath. This is a typical opening shot for a Horror motion picture, the setting scene for the film while making it appear like a normal day in a regular city. This again makes the film appear to be more like general event that could happen anyplace. The opening scene likewise, provides for us the opening credits to the film. It comprise the names of on-screen characters and crew that are involved in the making of the film sliding in on top of the shot of the occupied city.
Everything and everyone that was significant was well-lit and motivated. I was never distracted by poor lighting as is often the case with student films. My favorite lighting in the film was the nightclub scene, which used a beautiful juxtaposition of blue/green and orange/red. If fit the setting of the scene as well as its tone of discord as Christine discovers her friend cheating on her husband. It not only did the story justice, it reinforced it.