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"Explore the way in Which David Lean creates atmosphere and dramatic tension in 'Great Expectations' focusing on the opening churchyard scene and Pips first visit to Satis House."

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Great Expectations: Media Course work "Explore the way in Which David Lean creates atmosphere and dramatic tension in 'Great Expectations' focusing on the opening churchyard scene and Pips first visit to Satis House." Tom Funnell Introduction The film "great expectations" is based on the novel by Charles dickens in the late 19th centaury, . Even when this film was made, one of the first with sound, there was a great use of cinematic devices. These where mastered by David Lean to create atmosphere and dramatic tension, especially in the opening scene and the scene where Pip meets Ms Havisham. The film was based on the novel "Great Expectations" written by Charles Dickens at the turn of the century. The genre for such a film would have to be a historic drama. Although the film was made in 1946 it is still a historic genre because the story was set in the late 1890s. This is because of the large doses of dramatic tension included in the film. While being set fifty years prior to the films release. It is a film all about the way a mans life can change just by money. We learn of how people change when the become wealthy after having been less well off. It is educational while being entertaining. ...read more.


The novelist, Charles Dickens wisely chose the different settings very carefully. This can be clearly see in the first opening churchyard scene, where the first segment of filming is a young Pip running through the moors, showing the vast distance of open, uninhabited land. When Pip finally arrives at the church yard, we see he is on his own. By setting it in the moors, Dickens has showed just how alone Pip really is, there in no one around for miles. We suddenly feel he is a victim, and we all sympathises for him. Then the fact that he is in a church yard, on his own show that he is there both as a griever, and a sole survivor. Again he is on his own. This mix of emotions for Pips character creates a large sense of tension for the audience. Paragraph 3 Its by using different music genres, at different times during the scenes that the audience experience different sensations. The music helps to increase the dramatic tension within a scene, it arouses the senses and quickens the heart beat. Although non-diegetic music can greatly dramatise a scene in a film silence can also be just as effective if not more so, in some cases. ...read more.


By going closer the reaction is almost exaggerated. So more and more tension is built up. By using different camera angles the director is trying to generally increase tension and drama, and in short make the film more interesting and entertaining for the audience. Paragraph 6 Two other camera angles used in these scenes are panning, and tracking. The main objective of Panning angles, are to show the depth of a scene and its setting. As the camera sweeps the setting. In the first scene of great expectations, we see we see Pip running across the moors to the graveyard from a distance while the camera sweeps across the scene, showing us, in this case, just how isolated Pip is from the rest of the world, how alone he really is. Whereas tracking is also used to follow a moving object, such as some one running, or falling. It allows us to clearly see someone or something, clearly while it moves. But it is a clearer shot, much closer, and more personal than the panning angle. Conclusion With the original question being explore the ways in which David Lean creates atmosphere and dramatic tension. As I have already shown, Lean has used a variety of ways to increase the dramatic tension and arouse atmosphere in the scenes. ...read more.

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