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Comparing David Lean's 1945 film adaptation and Julian Jarrold's 2000 BBC adaptation and the time they were made will affect the kind of props they have and the amount of detail that will be used in each scene

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English Media Coursework In this essay I am comparing David Lean's 1945 film adaptation and Julian Jarrold's 2000 BBC adaptation and the time they were made will affect the kind of props they have and the amount of detail that will be used in each scene and the types of props, and colours that can be given off by everything in the scenes in each version. In the 1945 version the lighting and colour of the scene is very dark, gloomy and grim which shows isolation and when Pip meets the convict, the convict always has a shadow upon whilst there is light around him which brings out the contrast and helps bring out the evilness in the character whilst Pips face is very bright which shows innocence. The convicts shadow goes over Pip when there talking which shows evil powering over his innocence as the convict has the upper hand at all times. The 2000 version starts off brighter and starts in a wheat field which is full of the same colour and only Pip is different which shows contrast and helps Pip to stand out. ...read more.


Some other effects in the 1945 version is the start where it shows the reading of the book great expectations using continuity editing which can show the audience that's its based on a book and also show that its being told like a story, whilst in the 2000 version it uses slow motion to help show the expression of Pip as he moves to show audience what he feels at the time whilst using MTV-style editing then switches back to normal to keep film going. For the setting and location of the 1945 version again it starts off with the shot of the book to show its based on a book and then fades into a long shot of the marsh as Pip runs through to show the isolation and as he enters the graveyard it has Gravestones and only dead trees to show the sense of death and loneliness and also the affect of someone could be watching Pip. The 2000 version has long shot of the field to show there's nothing else which shows loneliness, whilst in the Graveyard it has close to the ground shots but always getting gravestones in them to show it's a graveyard in location. ...read more.


The convict again has short cut hair and a scruffy face, clothes and chains on his ankle to show the character out a lot more. The blacksmith has dirty scruffy clothes whilst Pips sister has very dull scruffy clothes with only the apron as a bright colour but is not very bright due to dust to show she has been wearing for a long time and been doing the same job for a long time. The main difference in these films is the colour and this would be due to the age of the films being made as it has no colour in the 1945 one so a lot is black, grey or white and the director has little white to show the gloominess, whilst in the 2000 version there is a bit more variety it is still kept gloomy but has different selection but there is still the greatest similarities of having dull, dark and gloominess through the whole scenes. My favourite of the two would have to be the 1945 version because it had a much bigger effect compared to the other with the gloominess and death in every scene due to the colours and had a much better explaining scene with Pip and the convict in the graveyard. ...read more.

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