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The Lion King - Media techniques such as camera angles, music and lighting are specifically used to highlight Simba and Scar's personalities.

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The Lion King - Part B Media techniques such as camera angles, music and lighting are specifically used to highlight Simba and Scar's personalities. Simba is seen as the force of good and Scar being the force of evil. Simba was chosen to analyse because of his innocence and curiosity, which eventually leads him into danger. Scar was chosen because of his devilish acts and lack of conscience, which portrays him as being a villain. Simba is a very open and honest creature. His light colours represent the essence of good, yet he is still very dependant on his father Mufasa. They are a very closely knit family unit, constantly maintaining a watchful eye over Simba's whereabouts. Simba is regularly seen in the sunlight portraying the picture of innocence but on the other hand he also maintains a streak of big headedness, it is this, which leads him into trouble. Scar on the other hand is a very scheming character, his entry words in the film were "Life isn't fair, is it?" These words show Scar's tainted and vicious jealous streak against Simba. These words were spoken whilst taunting a small mouse which was about to be his next meal. Scar has an abundance of dark colours, especially his black, bushy mane, which signifies his evil nature. Scar, as his name states, has a large scar over his right eye. Throughout the family line there is no evil, with the exception of Scar, who is the black sheep of the family. Scar's personality, evilness and devilish ways are depicted throughout the weather scenes. Simba and Scar's personalities are totally different, you see Simba as a young, honest, energetic cub where as Scar is seen as a dark, wicked, devious creature. These two characters are shown throughout the film as complete opposites, the eyes show distinct difference as Simba has black, shiny, lovable eyes but Scar has green, devious, corrupt eyes. ...read more.

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He slowly walks around his father and speaks in Mufasa's face saying "Dad, get up," he waits for a reply but none is forthcoming. He rubs his body against Mufasa's, trying to wake him back to life but he realises the worst, his father is dead. His body language is that of a creature which has lost all confidence, protection and fatherly figure, he is so depressed, he does not know which direction to turn to. He cries, "Help, someone, anybody," the tears roll down his cheeks from those big sad devastated eyes. The music increases as he pushes his body under his prostrate father's paws to gain an element of comfort from the situation. It is sad, depressing music that filters through the screen and through the dismal murky atmosphere enters Scar with his slanting, evil eyes peering over the stricken body of his brother. Scar, with a quiet finger pointing tone, says to Simba "What have you done?" He is trying to make Simba feel regretful, the blame has been shifted onto the woeful cub. "The king is dead," Scar says to Simba who is really horrified, has he really caused his fathers death? "He tried to save me, it was an accident," Simba says with his face screwed up with pain. Scar in an evil way then comforts Simba by saying "No one ever means to do these things," he knows that he has caused his brothers death but he wishes to turn the blame around to make the cub feel guilty so that he can become king. His body language is assertive giving the opinion that he is right. Scar then rubs salt into the wound by saying "If it wasn't for you, he'd still be alive," and "What will your mother think?" Simba is distraught, the blame seems to have been placed on him. Scar stares into Simba's eyes, the look of the devil, "Run away Simba, run away and never return," Simba backs off, he has been singled out. ...read more.

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Simba looks around with mystical eyes surveying the surroundings and the camera then focuses on the protruding rock where as a baby he was displayed to his subjects. Simba moves slowly up the rock face with the music steadily building up to a pitch. He embraces the wise old colourful baboon who pats him on the back showing his friendship, and tells him "It is time." Simba then continues up the protruding rock, prancing, head high, proud, his body language shows his subjects that he has confidence and ability to rule the kingdom. The rain lashes down and runs off his mane as he walks slowly up the rock military style, his subjects all viewing the ceremony. He looks up to the clouds which part, leaving the stars to appear. His eyes show satisfaction and achievement, the music then softens and the word "Remember," is spoken. This is what his father used to say, that the stars were the old kings of the jungle and he threw his head high up in the air and roared in triumph and delight. Music now starts, the circle of life is about to begin and the scene now changes to a time in the future when all the plains and mountains were once again filled with peace, happiness and more important, animals. A new horizon has been born and Simba's subjects are paying tribute to him. The music loudens and the camera focuses on the rock from below. The skies are blue with a touch of white cloud and all the animals are shouting with excitement for the ceremony to start. The camera slowly focuses in on Simba standing on the rock overlooking his subjects. The 'Circle of Life' music loudens and the wise old baboon enters into the scene with the newly born cub. Simba is a very proud father and his eyes light up when the wise old baboon lifts up the cub to his new subjects in triumph. The circle of life has revolved around again to the cheers of all the animals. By Brendan Luke Brendan Luke - Lion King Part B ...read more.

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