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In this essay I am going to look at how the director M. Night Shyamalan builds up suspense in the film signs using a lot of good techniques such a lighting, sound and image

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Signs In this essay I am going to look at how the director M. Night Shyamalan builds up suspense in the film signs using a lot of good techniques such a lighting, sound and image. The film signs is about a family who live in a remote part of pensylvannia and discover crop circles they later find out aliens have made the circles. The main characters in the film signs are Mel Gibson as Graham Hess, Joaquin Phoenix as Meryl, Rory Culkin as Morgan and Cherry Jones as Caroline. The director makes the film more frightening by using lighting to show shadows and make the rooms dark so it makes the viewer more scared. The director also uses black screens when he is changing scenes and for the credits. ...read more.

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suspense has being built up and how the director makes good use of image it makes you surprised because you don't know what is happening. Another good example of image is when Graham goes over to someone's house to find out there is an alien in the pantry because you see a shadow under the door and you don't see the alien this makes it a lot scarier then Graham picks up a kitchen knife and uses it as a mirror to see the alien you don't see anything at first and then you see the aliens hand go under the door and Graham panics and chops the aliens finger off. It is really scary because you don't see anything then suddenly its hand jumps out and you see it. ...read more.

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When Meryl is watching the news and he sees the alien footage the camera slowly zooms in on his face and you see the fear in his face this is a good way of building up suspense because you only see his reaction and you cant see the television but you can hear the news report and you know he is shocked and scared. Overall I enjoyed the film signs and liked the director because he used techniques in a unique way. The film keeps you entertained from start to finish and uses good use of suspense. The story has an interesting plot because the viewer dose not know that his wife died until later when he has flashbacks and he used to be a vicar. I think signs would be aimed at twelve years old and over because younger people might not understand the story and it might be frightening for the younger viewers ?? ?? ?? ?? Chris Mckellar Mrs kennedy ...read more.

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