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Analyse The Cinematic Techniques That Are Used To Capture The Audience's Interest In The Opening Sequence Of The Film 'Of Mice And Men'?

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Analyse The Cinematic Techniques That Are Used To Capture The Audience's Interest In The Opening Sequence Of The Film 'Of Mice And Men'? In the first moments of a film, the director will attempt to capture the audience's imagination. He does this so that the audience maintains its interest. The Director will use a number of cinematic techniques to create a sense of urgency, suspense and dramatic tension. These techniques are often shown by fusing picture and sound. An example of a technique is mis-en-scene. This is described as the 'clues' in the frame of each shot such as the setting, props, use of colour, light contrast and body language. All these elements play a huge role in creating an atmosphere for the audience. In the case of 'Of Mice And Men', Gary Simise (The Director) uses many of the techiniques. In the opening sequence of the film 'Of Mice And Men' we begin with music. This music is non-diagetic because we cannot see what is making the sound. The music is very slow, sparse and poignant. The gentle melody of the piano is very spaced out and sombre. This music creates a sad or serious mood in the audience's minds. We then see a black screen with very traditional, plain white writing. This fusion of music and an ordinary looking background and text creates a sad and serious atmosphere amongst the audience. It also creates a mystery in the audience's mind as to what is going to happen next. ...read more.

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The audience can clearly see that the smaller man (George) is the leader out of the two men. This is shown by the way he is always in front of the other man (Lennie) as if he is showing the way, and also he is constantly pulling the other man (Lennie) along and having to stop for him to catch up on occasions. Also in this shot there are many objects in the way and the camera does not seem to be moving in time with the men. The effect of this is that it creates a sense of confusion and realization of the speed the two men are running at amongst the audience. Also this type of shot makes the audience feel excitement and panic for the two men. Also in this shot the background is blurry. The effect of this is that the two men stay in context and the blurriness adds to the confusion in the audience's minds. In this scene we also hear our first dialogue. We hear the bigger man (Lennie) saying "dem dogs". He stutters when he says this. This suggests that he is scared and child-like. We can also see that he is clumsy to some extent. This is shown in the way he is running and the way he is clearly dependent on the other character (George) There is then another clear edit and the scene cuts to the fields. ...read more.

Conclusion

The carriage is also very dimly lit. This emphasizes conditions that they are in. It makes the carriage look very blique. The camera is fixed but is moving slightly. This gives the effect of being on a train and in effect makes the audience feel as if they are riding on the train with the Lennie and George and the audience feels a sense of realisity. Also in this scene George is in the foreground and Lennie in the background. This yet shows that George has more importance. We hear a dialogue between George and Lennie. George tells Lennie to lie down and sleep. The camera goes down to Lennie's level. This makes the audience emphasize with Lennie. In effect this little sequence makes it seem that George is fathering Lennie and Lennie is completely dependent on George. There is also a bit of speech where George tells Lennie to sleep and Lennie says "I am sleeping George" This shows yet again that Lennie is child-like. The scene concludes with George "watching over" Lennie and then you see George in deep thought. The last image we see is of the train trailing off in the distance. Overall I think that by the end of this sequence the audience is left with several questions in their minds as to what will happen next? However they have learnt a small amount about the characters and background of the film which plays a crucial role in how the audience will react to the rest of the film. By the end of this sequence I was left intrigued and excited as to what would happen next. ...read more.

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