• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss how editing and sound features create meaning and generate audience response in The Usual Suspects

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Discuss how editing and sound features create meaning and generate audience response in The Usual Suspects. 'The Usual Suspects' was directed by Brian Singer and released in 1995. Singer has directed several films including 'X-Men' and (earlier) 'Public Access''. Although Public Access was his first film it did not receive significant recognition, which is why the explosive success of The Usual |Suspects established him as something of a maverick. This film is predominantly a crime thriller which examines the mystery of a sinister crime-lord (Keyser Soze) and an explosion on a boat. This analysis will examine the concluding sequence of the film with particular focus on the use of editing and sound. After Detective Kujan has finished his forceful, yet sympathetic interrogation, Kint leaves the office. At this point the camera is subjective; it is on Kujan's side. This serves to accentuate Kujan's powerful demeanor in contrast to the pitiful Kint. The sound here is only diegetic, as Kint leaves he looks reproachfully at Kujan and says "Fuckin' cops" in a pathetic, broken voice. The audience feels pity for Verbal, as they have throughout the film. Not only is he physically crippled, he also appears to be weak-minded making him (in the eyes of the other criminals) the least important and least useful of the 'Usual Suspects'. ...read more.

Middle

The camera cuts to show Kujan from a different angle, facing the doorway instead of the back of the room. The camera very slowly starts to zoom in towards the notice board. Then it cuts back to let us see Kujan again and slowly starts zooming in towards his face. Kujan's expression is changing, he looks thoughtful and then shocked. Mysterious non-diegetic music begins to play and we stop hearing any diegetic sound at all. This heightens the suspense and tension starting to build up within the audience. Kujan drops his cup on the floor but we don't hear it break. The cup is shown falling and breaking 3 times from 3 different angles, to amplify Kujan's shock but also to give us a glimpse of a word on the underside of the cup. The first is a high angle shot of it falling to the floor, then a close up of it hitting the floor and then a low angel shot of it falling the last few centimeters before smashing on the floor. At this point the audience is starting to feel excited, Kujan has clearly realized something shocking and amazing. The camera continues cutting back and forth between Kujan and the notice board and we start to hear a voiceover of Verbal telling his story to Kujan. ...read more.

Conclusion

as a side-shot shows him get into a car with Kobayashi. The camera turns to watch the car drive round the corner and comes to rest on an agitated Detective Kujan as the voiceover repeats Verbal's remark from earlier in the film. "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." Finally we come back to a scene from earlier in the film, Verbal says "and like that, he's gone" and as he says "he's gone" the screen goes black. I feel that this is an extremely effective ending as it provokes many different responses in the audience. The montage sequence is particularly effective, as a variety of different editing and sound techniques are used to provoke a strong audience response. Such as when Kint is first leaving the editing is slow-paced and casual, lulling the unsuspecting audience into a false belief of the film coming to a rather anti-climactic end. However, this is turned on its head as the editing gets faster and faster during and after the montage sequence, amplifying the shock of the truth. Sound is also used very effectively. The voiceovers from earlier in the film which are used in the montage not only draws the viewer's attention to previous statements made in the film, but the overlapping also helps to promote the feeling of bewilderment and shock at the discovery. Stacey Humphries ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. Free essay

    How does the opening sequence of 'The Mummy Returns' create meaning and atmosphere for ...

    Inside the temple a lot more variety of shot is used. Reaction shots are used a lot more frequently. For example, from Rick's expression when he knocks Alex over, to Alex's face, then back to Rick's expression. Elliptical cuts are also used.

  2. How do one or two of mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound create meaning and ...

    audience gives is that there is secrecy between them and maybe that they don't hold a very strong relationship. But because this is our first glance of them we cannot be sure of this. When Billy checks in to the airport we see members of the army scattered around.

  1. 'Damiola' & 'Boys Alone'.The two documentaries are both very effective, it lots of different ...

    This makes us feel sorry for him and want to watch on. Damilola is a reportage documentary; it shows us what happens in society. We talk to those involved and the witnesses. They show the story, instead of us telling the story like in the news.

  2. 28 Days later - Analyse how the mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound create meaning ...

    This also makes other sounds more effective as they appear louder and the sound of the equipment clattering to the floor as Jim gets up is shocking. The lack of ambient sound and also that the room is flooded by an intense yellow natural light, opposed to the unnatural fluorescent

  1. THE RESPONSE PHASE

    We picked these because when we read it in the previous class we really enjoyed these scenes and they would look good because it used a lot of action and energy. We then split into groups and decided which extract we wanted to perform.

  2. Closing Sequence of Usual Suspects Starting the closing sequence, we see a shot of ...

    We then see Kujan's face again just as voiceovers begin to play. The amount of voices we can hear initially confuses the audience further, however every few seconds we can catch a word which makes sense, that corresponds to the previous story-line and begins to relieve the audience's confusion whilst building the suspense.

  1. Consider how the audience is terrorised by the film Jaws making detailed reference to ...

    The shower scene only lasts about a minute, but is made of about eighty shots. This effect has made this scene a very famous one because of the way it creates tension and frightens the audience. In the film 'Jaws', the vast ocean is the unsafe space with the shark moving around it.

  2. The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995) was written by Christopher McQuarrie and shot on ...

    They do this job and another and afterwards are approached by Kobayashi and told that they must complete a job for his boss Keyser Soze (a Hungarian gangster with legendary status is the underworld), the standard shadowy figure often used in the genre.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work