The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring is no doubt one of
the most successful films of all time. The main reason it is and the
main reason of this essay is the contrast between the forces of good
and evil. The division of good and evil is clear from the start of the
film right to the very end. At the end it seems as though evil is
dominating and threatening to triumph over good forever.
Camera shots are used to show this contrast As soon as the film has
begun there are long slow moving 'panning shots' which show a vast
area of the setting. This camera shot is often used in the film and
are used to set the scene. The effect given by this particular camera
angle is that the area is calm and peaceful. It is a place full of
grass, trees, flowers etc. This suggests a world of innocence or good.
Further on in the film, the evil comes into the picture. The camera
shots used for evil areas or evil people are almost exactly opposite
to those of the good parts of the film. Although the camera shots are
still panning shots, rather than show a few slow moving camera angles,
it shows many quicker moving shots. This helps to add the evil effect
and to emphasise that the place is quicker in movement and it is no
longer calm and peaceful. This happens very early on too. It happens
when we first see the evil tower.
The filmmaker also uses many 'low angle' camera views. These angles
are used to show a character or building seem more threatening,
larger, imposing and/or powerful. This is shown as soon as the evil
comes into the picture when the tower/castle is shown. It is dark and...
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faces are very evil. They always look mean, angry, resentful etc. This
helps to show the contrast as it shows it shows the characters are
The Lord of the Rings is one of the best (if not the best!) films that
has ever shown such a clear contrast between the forces of good and
evil. This is the main reason to the success of the powerful film. It
uses great camera angles, music and sound effects to show this. It
uses huge amounts of successful body language and facial expressions,
it uses outstanding costume, it uses every ingredient to show the
forces of evil and good really are separate and to be a great film.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring proves that to make
a truly great film, you not only need the characters and what they do
to be good, you need virtually everything to do with a film.
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