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An interpretation of a scene from K.Brannagh's (1994) "Frankenstein", noting references to Mary Shelley.

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GCSE Media Course Work Reading a film. An interpretation of a scene from K.Brannagh's (1994) "Frankenstein", noting references to Mary Shelley. 1.MISE EN SCENE - Props and costumes Colour and Lighting 2.SOUND - Diegetic Non-diegetic 3.CINEMATOGRAPHY - Angles Framing Distance Movement of camera 4.EDITING - Cut Reverse angle shot Jump cuts Mise en scene - Props and Costumes At the beginning of the scene when Elizabeth and Victor are talking, there is a massive contrast of colours through what they are wearing. Elizabeth is wearing a scarlet dress compared to Victors soiled white shirt. The red dress is there to symbolise love and also death. Elizabeth has a lot of love for Victor, which she has to leave behind because of Victor's obsession. Elizabeth also gets killed later on in the film therefore the red also symbolises blood. Situated behind Victor are sketches of skeletons and figures. There is a brain in a jar of fluid placed on the small table in the middle of the room. This shows that Victors obsession is very scientific but also he is making something from human form. When Victor begins to bring his creation to life he is wearing a long gold cloak. This cloak and his long hair makes Victor look very feminine. ...read more.

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He has lost everything for the monster and now he has nothing. Colour and Lighting Both Victor and Elizabeth are in high key lighting. Around them both is low key lighting. This makes the room seem even more dirty and awful than it already is. The windows in the room are very bright but this light is not dispersed. This shows that the light isn't welcome in there. When Victor opens the door to where the monster is the light is cast on a white sheet that is covering something. Because of the light it makes us assume the body of the monster is under here because there is a rough outline of a figure by shadows. Victor's shadow enters the room of the monster before he actually does. This shows that the dark side of him is in control now and leading the way. The electricity is a strong vibrant blue. This stands out because of the low key lighting that is used. The magnificent glow makes it seem powerful. When the monster is hanging from the chains one can only see his silhouette. The monsters' face is hidden by the shadow. This is eerie because we don't know whether the monster is dead or alive. ...read more.

Conclusion

The beat of the music is fast representing his heart beating.. this music keeps going like this for a long while until Victor shouts "live" for the last time. This is when there is silence. This creates tension. There is no music played until the amplified bang by the monster. After this bang the music builds up again to when the lid bursts off. This is where it stops again. Again tension is being built up until a short burst of the music. This is played to shock the audience when the monster jumps out of the coffin. The silence after this when Victor and the monster are wrestling intensifies the fact that the monster wrestling with Victor isn't normal. There isn't any music with the diegetic sounds until the camera swoop down to Victor from the monsters view in the chains. There is a craning sweep with the music. There are long notes of music playing whilst Victor is speaking. The music quickens and then lows down to long low beats. We can see that at the beginning of the birth the music was fast and energetic to show Victors' feelings. At the end of the scene the music is slow and solemn. This reflects the sorrow that Victor has for killing the monster. ...read more.

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