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With reference to the opening 10 minutes from the Minority Report, write an analysis which focuses upon how the features of narrative and genre create meaning and generate response within the audience.

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Saleem Deen Film Studies Coursework With reference to the opening 10 minutes from the Minority Report, write an analysis which focuses upon how the features of narrative and genre create meaning and generate response within the audience. Minority Report has the definite genre of a futuristic sci-fi. Right from the start of the film there are genre conventions to show the viewer what type of film they are watching. At the beginning, the title sequences are contrasted in dark and light shades of blue and the title sequences move like water. The colour blue is used often in futuristic films because it makes everything look futuristic and digital. And the title sequence moves like water, again highlighting the advanced technology which the film is set in. In today's modern film, title sequences are often changed to suit the film because it gives the viewer a taste of what's to come and obviously creates meaning for the viewer watching. The music at the start is very sinister and sounds like a heart beat, this effect builds anticipation and it represents a lot about the genre. Music in film is almost invariably designed to accompany what it seen on screen. Classical music is used a lot in the opening 10 minutes of the film. When Tom Cruise is trying to predict the crime with the help of the hi-tech equipment which he calls "Scrubbing the image" The non-diegetic, classical music is used. This is a brilliant effect because it makes everything look smooth, digital and effortless again highlighting the futuristic genre of the film, it also makes the film much more exciting to watch. In the film, Hero the same effect is used when there is a fighting sequence. One character is trying hard to beat her opponent, and fast paced music is used when the camera is focused on her. But when her opponent his fighting back, she is fighting with elegance and grace giving her an aesthetic quality. ...read more.

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The film overall, is very conventional of its genre. The theme of future, science and technology are integral to the story. The use of flash forwards, flashbacks and montage sequences make the film much more exciting to watch rather than a straight forward linear film. The obvious genre conventions and the narrative create meaning towards the viewer, making the viewer aware of what type of film they are watching and what they will expect from it. Saleem Deen (Word Count = 1449) Saleem Deen Film Studies Coursework With reference to the opening 10 minutes from the film Malcolm X, write an analysis which focuses upon how the features of narrative and genre create meaning and generate response within the audience. The film is an autobiography of the life of Malcolm X, therefore the films genre is an autobiography. The name of the film is Malcolm X, and from the title the viewer can identify that the film is based on the true events which occurred in that person's life. If the viewer doesn't know who Malcolm X was the film can be much harder to predict. Other genre films have a lot of clues to suggest to the viewer what type of film they are watching whereas autobiographical films are based on true events which could involve any aspects of life. From this we can conclude that the title itself conveys the genre. At the beginning of the film, the credit sequences are back dropped against the American flag and in the background you can hear the non-diegetic American national anthem. Whilst this is playing you can also hear Malcolm doing a non-diegetic speech very fervently and emotively. Along with these features there are quick and dark flashes of police officers beating an African American in the street. All these features combine to structure a very emotive and powerful image and from the police officers the viewer can predict that politics and the law will be the main themes of the film but the vicious brutality that they are inflicting could suggest a thriller. ...read more.

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The voice overs and flashbacks are purely aimed at explaining and visiting different events that took place in his life. In one scene when Spike lee's character and Malcolm are in the park, the scene goes into a flashback and a voice over to explain some of the history about his family and the torture that he and his family received. The use of these features gives the viewer more background information to base their knowledge of his life on. From the start the viewer can identify that the film is going to be about politics and religion. From this the viewer can predict possible events or twists that are yet to come. The flashes of police brutality can suggest that violence of some sort will occur in the film. The American Flag and the national anthem suggest that the law will play a part in the film. From the genre conventions possible events can be predicted. The whole film is about him being set free from being a slave and the overall narrative is very similar to the Shawshank Redemption. In this film, the prisoner is in prison for something he didn't commit, and this is similar to how Malcolm felt, he felt he was a prisoner in his own country, both films are similar to the term Renaissance or rebirth, I mentioned this term before and it shows they are both longing to bet set free. The Narrative generically is very similar to Ali and JFK. These two films are both autobiographical and very similar to each other. They are all set in a similar time period where America and politics are the main themes. The film overall is very interesting to watch. In the opening 10 minutes the powerful and emotive credit sequences made the start of the film very eye catching and intriguing. The use of flashbacks and voice overs created meaning of the genre towards the viewers who didn't know who Malcolm was. And the elements of Film Noir really highlighted the time and society that America was living in. Saleem Deen Word count = (1487) ...read more.

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