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Closely analyse the scene where Frankenstein brings to life his creation in James Whale's 1931 horror film Frankenstein showing the techniques used to create atmosphere and tension.

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Closely analyse the scene where Frankenstein brings to life his creation in James Whale's 1931 horror film Frankenstein showing the techniques used to create atmosphere and tension Mary Shelly first created the book Frankenstein in 1818 when she was only 18 years of age. Then a play was written in 1823 and in 1931 the first of many Frankenstein films was made, starring Boris Karloff. Originally the creator of the monster was called Dr Frankenstein and through the film people perceived Frankenstein as evil, which he originally wasn't, the creator and creature merged into one with one name. In the film Dr Frankenstein's monster is brutal, vengeful, violent, aggressive and evil. Dr Frankenstein makes the monster by sewing up different body parts from the bodies he had dug up from the graveyard and taken from people who had been murdered or executed. The brain that was used was an evil and deformed brain; this was their mistake in the creation of the monster because they wanted to get a clever un-deformed brain so that the monster would be clever and friendly. With the monster having an evil brain from the start, the monster would always be evil. This fitted in with contemporary science at the time because scientists at the time were investigating into biological determination. The scientists were looking into how the brain looked and worked. ...read more.

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The gadgets are lightning catchers, electrical devices, conductors, pulleys, wheels, cogs, a storm detector, wires, chains, levers, live flames, sparks and static machines. They are there to show how high-tech this creation is and to impress the audience. The camera angles used to show how high tall the room is a tilt shot and a tracking shot. The other shots that were used are a long shot, close up, high angle, low angle and a p.o.v. to put us into the scene. They are there to put emphasis on things such as the amazing gadgets or important parts of the story line such as when the monster first moves its hand. The angles are used to make people look small. The effects are that it creates suspense and create a mood. They are also put there to make us scared because the camera angles draw us into the film. They show us how big objects are and they add to suspence and tension by making us feel tense and afraid. The lighting that is used is lightning, filter shot, flashes of light and under lighting. It is used to create suspense and tension by making the creature look scary. The sound effects are echoes, electrical tools and this gives us an effect of fear and anticipation. The creation of the monster involves the use of gadgets. ...read more.

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In the film Frankenstein is perceived as a loner but in the novel he has a loving family and background. This is because if Frankenstein came from a loving family we couldn't see Dr Frankenstein as evil and evil is needed to create a good horror movie. In the novel, he doesn't have an assistant but in the film he does. In the novel the monster is created without anybody there but in the movie there are witnesses to his creation, this is because in the film the director wanted to involve the audience, which makes them scared. James Whale needs to create tension, suspense, and unpredictability to create a good horror movie. He did this by using different lighting and camera angles. He used certain camera angles to put us into the scene such as p.o.v and long shot, this shows where things are and shows what's happening in a certain areas. He used some shots for emphasis such as close up and extreme close up; this draws your attention towards something so that you notice it. Some of the shots he used were to involve us in the scene such as low angle, rolling shot, tracking this is to make us more scared because it makes us sense what we are seeing so therefore its makes us feel 'mise-en-scene'. The lighting that James Whale uses is under lighting, filler lighting and there is flashes of lightning these are all used to create suspense from the same building in different ways. BY Adam Downes ...read more.

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