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Exploring the ways 'Cinematic Techniques' are used in the opening sequence of the 'The Shawshank Redemption' (0:00 to 0:03.30), to portray character and develop certain effects within the film drawing emphasis to Cinematography and Mise-En-Scene.

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Exploring the ways 'Cinematic Techniques' are used in the opening sequence of the 'The Shawshank Redemption' (0:00 to 0:03.30), to portray character and develop certain effects within the film drawing emphasis to Cinematography and Mise-En-Scene.

In this essay I hope to analyze and decrypt the various cinematic techniques used by the director to serve a purpose, the film being that of "The Shawshank Redemption" focusing on the specific time codes of (0.00.00 to 00:03:06 ) and the specific elements of Cinematography, Sound and mise-en-scène.

The film portrays the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who spends nearly two decades in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his pleading cases of innocence. During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, "Red" and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation.

The opening sequence of the film focuses on introducing one of the main characters in the film, 'Andy Dufesne'. Andy is a banker, who finds out that his wife is having an affair. Within this sequence, we find that Andy is convicted for the murder of both his

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