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Discussing Jaws

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Course work Media Module "Jaws" Jaws is a 1975 horror/thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel inspired by the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916. The police chief of Amity Island, a fictional summer resort town, tries to protect beachgoers from a great white shark by closing the beach, only to be overruled by the town council, which wants the beach to remain open for the 4th of July (Independence Day). The mayor knows that if the beaches are closed the town's tourist profit will go down dramatically! After several attacks, the police chief enlists the help of a marine biologist and a professional shark hunter... Of course the movie is fictional but very realistic and believable since the directors used new revolutionary techniques such as new special effects, camera angles and music. Just by hearing the name of the movie you know some thing bad is going, you know someone is going to get eaten therefore before even seeing the film the atmosphere is tense and because it's set in the water, a very vast unknown territory for men it unleashes the fear of the unknown ... The director uses both diegetic and non diegetic sounds to create tension in the audience by juxtaposing periods of high tension to low tension creating a roller coaster of emotion. ...read more.

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of close-up so you can see the characters face especially Brody's face because he wants the audience to see how tense he is because he knows something bad is going to happen and so do the audience. He also uses over the shoulder camera angle so when a character talk to another character the audience can see what's happening behind, in this case its Brody watching the sea and the director uses that to his advantage to create a roller coaster of emotion by creating some short burst of tension ( the 2 main examples are the bit were the old man swims with his swimming hat one towards that fat floating woman and the bit were that young woman screams not because she's being attacked but because she's being picked up by her boyfriend ) .In this scene I think the most effective shot/camera angle is the one in the water from the sharks point for view because you can see all the targets he could attack and you think he could of pick any of those but he picked the character that you see earlier in the scene arguing with his mother saying he wants to in for longer but she doesn't want to but eventually she let him go in the water( kids listen to you mothers),the shot used in that scene is a low ...read more.

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i think that the plot of the movie is quite good since its not boring and very tense ,in other word it keeps the audience on the edge of their seat the all way threw the movie .Even at the end it doesn't loose its tension .in my opinion I think that the end is the most tense bit of the movie because its bit were the fight against the shark and they only won by a little bit . I think that the tensest moment at the end is when the Hooper the oceanographer in a desperate action goes into the cage and tries to kill the shark with a syringe but he accidently drops it. At the moment your thinking what are they going to do? How are they going to kill that monster ? but the Brody there to save the day and blows it up. For me one of the most important moment of the film is the end bit were Quint get devoured by the shark and if you listen carefully it's the only bit were the director didn't use any music in the scene ( like the terrifying scenes in "Jurassic park" and "Save private Ryan")and that makes it one of the most important scenes because the music isn't there even though its never been more present before . Maybe the director didn't put any music because he wanted a more emotional death, a silent one... Emrick Michelet ...read more.

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