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Compare and contrast the opening of Frankenstein and The Hound of the Baskerville Paying particular attention to the techniques used to capture the audience(TM)s attention.

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Compare and contrast the opening of "Frankenstein" and "The Hound of the Baskerville" Paying particular attention to the techniques used to capture the audience's attention. This essay will be comparing and contrasting the opening scenes of Frankenstein and The Hound of the Baskerville paying particular attention to the film techniques used to capture the audience's attention. the techniques I will be focusing on particularly are lighting, sound, camera movement, edition and mis� en scene. The film Frankenstein is based on Mary Shelly's story, Frankenstein which tells the story of a man named Victor Frankenstein, a young doctor who is upset by the death of his mother during child birth, and becomes obsessed with bringing the dead back to life. Victor Frankenstein creates a creature from various body parts. It's not long before Frankenstein regrets his creature's actions. In contrast, The Hound of the Baskerville is of a completely different genre, one of mystery. The Hound of the Baskerville grabs the viewer by the throat from its opening scene; Sir Charles Baskerville lies dead on the moors of his family estate. ...read more.

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But in Hound of the Baskerville I cannot find any non-diegetic sounds other than the background music which is used for quite a lot of the way through it. In Frankenstein there is a large amount of diegetic sound, sound that belongs in the scene. Here are a few examples of diegetic sound I found in Frankenstein; after the opening scene where the woman is speaking, you see lots of men on a ship and the sound of the waves hitting the ship and the lightning and all the crew yelling this is all diegetic sound. Later on once the ship gets stuck in the ice berg, the crew are trying to release the boat by hitting the ice with axes the sound of the axes hitting the ice is diegetic. Also another good example of diegetic sound in Frankenstein would be when the dogs are barking and then the chain snaps. In Hound of the Baskerville there are many good examples of diegetic sound my favourite one has got to be when the papers are flying out of ...read more.

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But the fast moving camera movements in Frankenstein are a bit to all over the place because you can't often see what is actually happening in that scene. Mis� en scene is used to describe many different aspects of the film production like the clothing, make-up, settings and props. I think the makeup in Frankenstein was a lot better than the makeup in Hound of the Baskerville. For example when the camera zooms into the faces of the crew of the ship there faces are white and have ice on them to signify that it is really cold. But in Hound of the Baskerville the corpse is excellent the corpse is shaped as though it was scared to death and is as white as the crew in Frankenstein. In conclusion I think that Hounds of the Baskerville is better for suspense and has better editing, but Frankenstein has better Makeup. But the camera movements are better in Hounds of the Baskerville. Personally the beginning of Hounds of the Baskerville would make me continue to want to watch it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mason Soiza ...read more.

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