Suspense is a crucial ingredient in the making of horror and thriller films. The significance of suspense in horror films is to bring out the “twist or unexpected moment of realization that makes someone scream and one's heart race. In the film industry, there are various types of genre, but as different as films may seem, they all have one element that links them all together. That element is known as Mise-en-scene. Mise-en-scene is a French phrase that means “putting into the scene.” Mise-en-scene includes elements such as setting, lighting, costume, and figure movement and expression (acting).
Visually, Raging Bull is an artistic fiasco. The visual style adopted by director Martin Scorsese and cinematographer, Michael Chapman seems to be falling to pieces. For instance, the last fight scene- in which Sugar Ray Robinson pummels Jake La Motta depicts ludicrous images; however, the continuity editing allows viewers to sense of it. During this shot, Scorsese shows a punch from the perspective of Robinson’s glove as it strikes La Motta’s face. In the seconds that follow, we see blood spray out of La Motta’s head, splattering the spectating audience. This bizarre shot makes the blood splatter look like a sprinkler, as if a bucket load of blood came out of Jake's head. The reason why this shot is so paradoxical
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When I watching this movie, I notice that I felt less separation from the movie. Initially I could not find a reason for that but, soon after I realize that the camera is not static but it wobbling slightly. In most movie, camera does not move and it creates the frame. In the other hand, this movie’s handheld camera type of camera works imitate the human eyesight feeling and make people feels like to experience the event in a movie as a one of the character. In this perspective, do not explain too much about the detail is emphasizing this experience. Consider these things, I really excited and enjoyed couple of scene which are the running through battle field and engaging to the baby. In the every day world, both scene is pretty rare to experience. For the battle field scene, majority of the people have avoiding to be in there so that is rare. The engaging to the baby experience is quite normal event for most people and of course it is grate experience but, in this movie setting, baby is extremely rare and seeing baby is truly miracle event. To emphasize and provide this miracle event, this camera work is perfect to apply.
The extraordinary film The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut, 1959) skillfully uses cinematic devices appropriately within the context of the theme. Part of the underlying theme of this movie as explained by Truffaut himself is, “... to portray a child as honestly as possible...”(Writing About Film, 1982). It is the scenes in this movie that are most helpful in disclosing the overall theme of the film. Within the scenes, the camera angles in this film play an important role in accentuating the emotions behind the scene. The camera angles used in this film will be the primary focus of this paper. The high angle shots utilized in The 400 Blows are effective in helping to develop the overall feel of a scene. This movie uses the high angle shot in three different scenes to evoke three different emotions and it still works extremely well.
Four key film extracts will be discussed. The introduction of Mina, starting of with a medium long shot of her in the Westenra house, which allows the audience to pay more attention to what is happening in the background, the mise-en-scene being a large decorated room of the Victorian era, including plants, chairs. The setting of the whole room is surrounded by glass, which has the ability to allow natural light.
In this article, it gets deeper into the facts of all of the land and people Native Americans lost. Native American’s were used and betrayed by settlers, almost all of their land was stolen. Millions of their lives were taken along with their land. To stop them from fighting back, the settlers were taught to kill on sight. When the U.S broke their promise, they started to cut treaty food, and starve the Indians. This then started a BIA agent wanted the death of Sitting Bull. Incase you are unfamiliar with Sitting Bull, he is a Hunkpapa Lakota holy man who led his people during years of resistance to United States government policies. He sadly was killed, wish led to more killings of tribal leaders. This only made the Native Americans weaker.
The film Wendy and Lucy, directed by Kelly Reichardt, presents a sparse narrative. The film has been criticised for its lack of background story, and as a short film, much of the story is left to the viewer to infer from what is presented in the plot. However, Wendy and Lucy is able to depict the intimate relationship between Wendy and her dog as well as reflecting more broadly on the everyday, and commenting on the current economic state of the film’s setting in America. This essay will examine how film form contributes to the viewer’s awareness of the story in Wendy and Lucy and allows a deeper understanding of the themes presented. The aspects of mise-en-scene, shot and editing and sound in the film will be explored.
...the reflective camera work and the metaphorical visuals. In the film, it is likewise the language of the camera that creates the spectacle.
The Alfred Hitchcock film; Vertigo is a narrative film that is a perfect example of a Hollywood Classical Film. I will be examining the following characteristics of the film Vertigo: 1)individual characters who act as casual agents, the main characters in Vertigo, 2)desire to reach to goals, 3)conflicts, 4)appointments, 5)deadlines, 6)James Stewart’s focus shifts and 7)Kim Novak’s characters drives the action in the film. Most of the film is viewed in the 3rd person, except for the reaction shots (point of view shot) which are seen through the eyes of the main character.(1st person) The film has a strong closure and uses continuity editing(180 degree rule). The stylistic (technical) film form of Vertigo makes the film much more enjoyable. The stylistic film form includes camera movements, editing, sound, mise-en-scene and props.
Our scene aims to create mystery and suspense. The producer has created this anxiety by beginning the scene in the night. There is darkness and besides the ominous background music and the narration of the protagonist there is mostly silence. Flapping of birds wings in response to a door opening makes the heart beat faster. The birds are startled, so was the viewer. The protagonist is exploring a mansion. The mansion is heritage in comparison to the date of the production however, clothing worn by characters and costumes of those in photographs show that this is set to be a period film dating into the past. There are sheets on furniture, dust and vines on the building’s interior that show that the mansion is old still in comparison to the characters. A period setting and the dark of the night make the scene feel eerie. It is too dark to see properly and this works to create mystery. Crying can be heard and the source is unknown, there is tension as the protagonist is unable to locate the source as they are forbidden by another character with greater dominance. Forbidden territory creates conflict and the viewer is left eager to find out whether the protagonist will obey orders or disobey to solve the mystery. As the viewer one is left tense for conflict
The movie, Yellow Earth, focuses on images that use mise en scene aesthetics. Bazin advocates the use of mise en scene rather than using montage. In mise en scene, the director takes account for everything that appears in the frame. The director also takes the effects in the onstage space of the frame. Some examples of effects in the frame are lighting, setting, costume, and character behavior. Even though mise en scene literally means, “placing of the scene”, contextually it means all the effects, actions, and settings in a frame prior to editing. Due to the lack of editing, mise en scene (in contrast to montage) usually presents a long shot to capture more of a realistic emotion. In mise en scene, the shot shows a close up of a character to show emotion. In mise en scene, unlike in montage, cause and effect take an important place in the same, lengthy shot.
...successful collaboration of sound, colour, camera positioning and lighting are instrumental in portraying these themes. The techniques used heighten the suspense, drama and mood of each scene and enhance the film in order to convey to the spectator the intended messages.
In this essay I will be analysing the use of cinematography in two films, using Peeping Tom (1960) directed by Michael Powell and Psycho (1960) directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The reason why I choose these two films is because although they are from the same genre, and from the same period, the methods both films use are similar and at the same time completely different.