• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Writing to Inform, Explain and Describe essays

  1. Saving Private Ryan Essay

    Whilst the flag is on-screen a non-diegetic sound is heard, it is slow patriotic music playing. This is very emotional type of music, but it is also proud as well. A tracking shot is shown of an old man, Private Ryan, walking with his family into a field of white crosses for the soldiers that died in the battle.

  2. The Jerry Show.

    It took patience, but he loved that he could trust her. And she loved that he listened to her, and did what she asked without hesitation or posturing. He was, by a star's mile, the smartest man she had even known; and yet he listened to every word she said as if she were his equal.

  1. saving private ryan

    The investment in that shot comes not only from the narrative vantage point of the characters, but also from Spielberg who took inspiration for it from one of eight surviving AP photographs taken by Robert Capa at Normandy on D-Day in June of 1944.

  2. Saving Private Ryan

    When he is in shellshock, he spots a soldier who is under fire. This soldier is covering for his life and is eager not to die. This shows that war also makes some people scared for their life.

  1. English Media

    I think directors are doing this so that they can make you want to watch there films by making it look like a. different genre to what it actually is. Horror has always been my favourite genre for the best part of my life.

  2. Analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of Saving Private Ryan ...

    His family follow; he hangs his head, as if in shame, and gradually looks up. We can see a look of pain and regret in his eyes which are a piercing blue. The camera zooms and focuses on his eyes it then cuts to the past, June 6th 1944 which gives the audience a connection between the man and D-day.

  1. English Media

    It seems as though it's been well researched. 'Beauty that works' is the slogan. Ultimately it's catchy, simple and memorable so therefore people would talk about it and by word of mouth many more people would be hearing about it.

  2. Analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of Saving Private Ryan(TM) ...

    Then finally, as he collapses with emotion, we are given low angle shots from his point of view of the graves standing in military like lines, looking incredibly large compared to James, and this builds up a sense of scale.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work