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An essay on the opening sequence of the film Deep Blue Sea, I will be analyzing the way the director creates atmosphere and suspense. The film is about killer sharks and is in the same genre as Jaws.

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An analysis of a short extract of film I am doing an essay on the opening sequence of the film Deep Blue Sea, I will be analyzing the way the director creates atmosphere and suspense. The film is about killer sharks and is in the same genre as Jaws. The opening scene starts of with four people on a boat, there is hardly any dialogue in this scene as the audience does not need to know who the characters are, as they are only there to introduce the shark and play no further part in the film. Also in the opening scene, there is lots of editing, and each shot is only a few seconds long giving a feeling of disorientation. All the shots in the water are shot from the perspective of something moving towards the boat using a distorted lens, and there is not a shot of the creature in the water until the very end of the scene. ...read more.

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The next shot is on the boat, it has regular pop music and pans across four young adults having fun. The shot then goes to another underwater shot with dramatic music from the shark's perspective which starts zooming in on a person's foot in the water, this makes the audience feel uneasy as all the underwater shots have dramatic music and gives a sense of danger to the water. The next shot is on the boat again with a mid shot of the person taking there foot out of the water this shot has regular music but leaves the audience in suspense, as they do not when the shark is going to strike. The camera then has a close up of a teddy bear sitting on the radio, this represents innocence and vulnerability as it is a child's toy. ...read more.

Conclusion

During the end of this scene, the tension reaches a peak where the shark breaks though the boat and knocks the people into the water. The camera then focuses on the peoples terrified face as they try and climb back into the boat, at this point the audience expects the people to be killed, but a harpoon is shot into the shark, the music suddenly dies down and the camera pans from the harpoon to a close up of the mans face who shot it. The audience automatically knows that he is going to be a key point in this film. This is the end of the scene and from here, the film jumps to a completely different scene shot in daylight with a helicopter flying over a city. This is almost like a point in the film for the audience to catch their breath. 783 ...read more.

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