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Analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of Saving Private Ryan(TM) both shocking and realistic, and discuss how effective it is as an introduction to the film.

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Coursework Analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of 'Saving Private Ryan' both shocking and realistic, and discuss how effective it is as an introduction to the film. Steven Spielberg's master piece Saving Private Ryan won 5 academy awards, including the best director award in 1998. At the time it was a revolutionary film, shocking the audience from beginning to end with its thrilling and devastating battle scenes. Seen through the eyes of a group of American soldiers, the story begins with World War 2's historic D-Day invasion, and then moves beyond the beach as the men take on a dangerous special mission to save Private Ryan. The sound and visual effects have made what is known as the most realistic film ever made. The first battle sequence of Saving Private Ryan can be split into four scenes: The transition, from the present to the past; Instant chaos; Captain Miller's confusion and the end of the battle. The first scene, Transition, starts with a close up of the American flag; we can instantly see that this is a patriotic film. ...read more.

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Also this scene is not storyboarded, which mean it is not all planned out. This makes it seem more realistic any thing can happen when filming and all the guns and bombs are going off randomly. Spielberg also uses camera shots as if we were one of the soldiers, for example is placed on the boat so we feel as if we are one of the men driving the boat and viewing the soldiers on the boat getting instantly shot. Throughout this scene there is hardly any speech and the speech that there is, is not very clear to us. The only noises we can hear are gunshots and bombs. When the soldiers go under water the camera goes too, the sound is then muted. Spielberg takes us under the water with the soldiers so we can feel how they are feeling: that there's no escape. The next scene is Captain Miller's confusion. In this scene we are plunged into the horror of D-day along side Captain Miller and experience the senseless slaughter through his eyes. ...read more.

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Spielberg allows us to know these characters, so it is more devastating when they die, than all the soldiers (who we did not know) die in the first scene. The mission to save Private Ryan is a positive mission to save a life, this is a relief for the audience after just witnessing so much death in the first battle. When watching the film I thought that saving one man, Private Ryan, was not worth it. However at the end of the film I realised that they were saving more than just one man, they was saving a generation of Ryan's. I realised this in the final scene, which relates back to the first scene, in the cemetery. Where James Ryan is viewing the tomb stone and behind him is his family. Spielberg said he wanted to put chaos on the screen, I think he succeeded in this. As I watched the film I wished for the battle to end. This is how the soldiers must of felt. Spielberg succeeded in putting chaos on the screen by the use of hand held cameras and not storyboarding the battles. ?? ?? ?? ?? Katie Neill Coursework Miss.O'Donnel ...read more.

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