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

Analyse the opening of the film 'The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring', how is it an effective opening?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Roseanne Tebbutt Analyse the Opening of the Film 'The Lord of the Rings -The Fellowship of the Ring' How is it an Effective Opening? J.R.R Tolkien wrote a book entitled 'The Lord of the Rings- The Fellowship of the Ring'. It was converted into a film in 2001, which was instantly a massive hit, and described as, 'The best fantasy epic in motion picture history' (Empire 2001). The film, 'The Lord of the Rings- The Fellowship of the Ring' has a very effective and mysterious opening. The film's genre is, fantasy/ action. The opening sets the scene and quickly captures the attention of the viewer, with its complex visual and audio techniques. This helps the audience to settle down and concentrate as the story unfolds. The film starts with a blank screen, building tension by eliminating the viewer's sight. The viewer is anxious, unaware of what is about to happen. During the blank screen, a whisper of a woman's voice is heard, this is in Elfish. The woman, Galadriel, then translates, still whispering, into English. The first words that are spoken state: 'The world is changed.' This sparks the viewer's imagination, who is left wondering how, as it cannot be seen on screen. Galadriel does not describe how it has changed, she describes how she 'feels' it. ...read more.

Middle

Galadriel's voice becomes more powerful and deep. This all relates to the dark and evil side of the film and makes the viewer aware that something terrible might, or might have already happened, in Mordor. A picture of Mordor with fires burning and Sauron's face is then shown. At this point the heavy beat of the drum is amplified, this helps to intensify the image of hell, building up tension. Sauron stands broad holding up one hand, surrounded by fire, giving his character a powerful and strong impression. When Galadriel explains about the evil within the ring, the ring rotates slowly in mid-air surrounded by fire. Portraying the apparent evil, power captured within. The tone of Galadriel's voice; which is strong, but slightly scared, somehow confirms this. Tension is increased by the vision of Sauron with the glowing ring on his finger. Galadriel then states in a deep, powerful voice, 'one ring to rule them all.' This confirms to the viewer Sauron's power over the world. On screen the mood changes completely, as screams are heard in the background. Houses are burning and women and children are running from the evil armies of Mordor. The screen then fades and Galadriel states, 'But there were some who resisted'. These people are shown on-screen, they are marching with armour and swords, the camera scans showing a vast amount of men and elves going into battle. ...read more.

Conclusion

Gollum is portrayed as an evil character. The viewer is shown the ring escaping the clutches of Gollum. It is then picked up by a passing Hobbit, who is unaware of its powers. The Hobbit hears Gollum crying for the ring and quickly runs away. The mountains is the last thing shown to the viewer, with the sound of Galadriel stating the Hobbits will soon, 'Shape the fortunes of all.' The introduction has now ended and the initial dramatic phase has ceased. The audience has been given a brief prologue into the history of this fantasy world, the creatures that live there and the effect the rings have had on them. With this increased understanding, the viewer, can sit back, and anticipate a dramatic story. The opening of the film, 'The Lord of The Rings- The Fellowship of the Ring' is very effective. The director has achieved much tension within the first few frames, while still educating the audience in the story's background. The director introduces the main characters within the storyline and uses various techniques to portray their personalities. This has been achieved by using music to create different atmospheres, colours and styles that emulate 'good' and 'evil'. Visual effects such as dramatic costumes, props and scenes all add to the atmosphere. The actors were able to portray their character's temperament and emotion through their tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. By bringing together all these techniques the director achieved an effective opening, that sparks the attention of its audience. ...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 JRR Tolkien 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 JRR Tolkien essays

  1. What factors define a person's identity in The Hobbit? Do individuals have any power ...

    as a super-hero with no imperfection; he sometimes shows Gandalf as irritable and frequently exhausted. Even at times his magic does not work. Even though the 'Adventurous Wizard' does have an ideal sense of timing, trouble does not magically disappear once Gandalf arrives.

  2. The Hobbit

    Not knowing the smell of a hobbit, though, Smaug boasted of his magnificence while trying to locate the small furry creature that he planned to eat for dinner. Bilbo said little and what he did say was too much for the dragon was extremely smart, yet Bilbo escaped once again unharmed and with some very important knowledge.

  1. Compare and contrast the complete theatrical trailers of the movies 'Lord of the Rings-Return ...

    The first scenes are hardly dramatic which is quite unusual for movies consisting of so much action, but briefly set the scene of what it is like at the time. The most spectacular part of the Lord of the Rings trailer is also the ending.

  2. Lord of the Rings book report. Plot outline and themes.

    When the argument seems to get out of hand, a big, strong orc named Ugl�k kills several orcs from another tribe, and then Pippin gets a chance to cut the ropes around his wrists. Later he runs away and throws away his brooch, which is the brooch that Aragorn found.

  1. Lord of the rings: The fellowship of the ring

    Later, they meet a night strider called Aragorn and they continue safely to the country of the elves. Frodo recuperates from a wound and he is healed by Elrond. At the Council of Elrond it is decided that the ring must be destroyed at the Cracks of Doom.

  2. 1954: The birth of a Blockbuster Epic

    It seemed like this was a simple process for Time Warner to attain, owning both companies that participated in the film, but there was a process that had to be followed before this before the blockbuster was to be adapted.

  1. How Effective Is The Promotional Media For The Lord Of The Rings - Return ...

    all lined up to fight, the panoramic shots showing some awesome New Zealand scenery, and the crescendo of flashbacks and music that build up towards the end.

  2. Analyse the characters of Shrek and Lord Farquaad.

    Either way we are tense and expectant of a big important moment of the story. When Shrek enters Lord Farquaad's arena, there is loud organ music. This suggests the importance of Shrek's tournament and the importance of the Lord Farquaad.

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