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Analyse and comment on the effectiveness of the media devices used to present war in sections of "Braveheart" and "Saving Private Ryan".

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Media Coursework Q. Analyse and comment on the effectiveness of the media devices used to present war in sections of "Braveheart" and "Saving Private Ryan". This essay coursework is on the media devices used in Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan. Both of these films are set in the past. Saving Private Ryan is set in the Second World War, during the allied assault in northern France. Braveheart is set in the 13th century where the British fight the Scottish. Both films use many techniques to show the soldiers' emotions and also to control the audience's tension. The first technique I would like to mention is the range of camera angles used. In Saving Private Ryan just before the army lands on the beach there are many close-up shots of the soldiers which show their nervousness. The camera moves from character to character to show each of their different emotions and also to show the main character's hand shaking. ...read more.


The next media device I would like to mention is the editing sequence. Both films are quite fast moving however, I would say Saving Private Ryan is slightly slower and more paced than Braveheart, as the whole fight scene lasts longer than in Braveheart. Both films also have scenes of slow motion to direct all the attention towards a specific subject. At the beginning of the scene in Saving Private Ryan it is very slow, moving from character to character. This technique allows the audience to take in the soldiers' emotional state because it focuses on each soldier separately. However, as the soldiers just land on the beach the whole scene turns into bloodshed and everything is happening very fast. During all this gunfire, the scene goes into slow motion while focusing on the main character Captain John Miller, together with this the sound also cuts out and the captain looks around him with a dazed expression as he sees so many of his fellow soldiers being killed. ...read more.


By using this technique of speeding up the background music, the film director is able to take the tension level very high. It makes the viewers sit on the edge of their seats just dying to know what will come next. The above points all highlight the different media devices used in sections of Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan. I think all of these devices work effectively to control the suspense in the atmosphere and to portray different messages about war. I think the director of Saving Private Ryan's main intention for this scene was to show the audience the truth or reality about the Second World War and how so many soldiers were lost. I think this certainly achieved by using the various media devices. The director of Braveheart on the other hand, may not have wanted to show this but rather to show how even being under armed does not ?? ?? ?? ?? English Media Coursework Page | 1 ...read more.

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