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How do directors use musical scenes to engage the audience, and create atmosphere?

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The main reason that directors use musical scenes in films is to get the audiences attention, to engage them to what is taking place in the scene and to show the audience how the characters are feeling. Musical scenes normally include a hero and a heroine, they normally create an atmosphere that is linked with the song. The main focus of this task is to compare and contrast two different musical scenes. The two different musical scenes that are going to be compared are " The Elephant Medley" from the film Moulin Rouge. This was made in 2001 and was directed by Baz Luhrmann and "Qwali" from the Indian film Main Hoon Na, this film was made in 2004 and was directed by Farah Khan. The two main characters in the Elephant Medley from the film Moulin Rouge are Christian who are played by Ewan Mcgregor and satine who is played by Nicole Kidman. Satine does not believe in love in this main part of the scene because where she is a prostitute she is not allowed to believe in love and is basically trying to deny her love for Christian. Where as Christian is trying to persuade and force satine to fall in love with him and make her believe in love too because he thinks that love is everything in the world and it would be the best thing for both of them. ...read more.


In the song " Tumse Milka" (Qawali) the music is also very upbeat like in the elephant medley. When Sanjana walks past Lucky in the beginning of the song, there is a very short silence, that shows how Lucky feels about Sanjana, Farah Khan uses different types of instruments like flutes, tambourine, drums and violins all these instruments are used because they are good metaphors of love, and are good ways to express the sound of the characters love towards each other e.g.: love and passion towards Sanjana and Ms Chadni from Ram and Lucky. The effects that the musical instruments have on the audience is that when the music gets louder it shows that Lucky has expressed he's feelings and emotions, throughout the whole song, just like the elephant medley there is a repetition. But these words are totally different to what the other characters say, the words that are spoken over and over again are " Tumse milka dil ka hai jo haal kya kahain" which means " after meeting you the state that my heart is in what can I say." Each musical scene uses different camera shots. Firstly in the elephant medley the most common camera shot that Baz Luhrmann uses is close-up shots, this shot lets the audience see the characters facial expression and to see what the character is feeling and thinking. ...read more.


The next shot is a high- angled shot, in this shot you can see the two main characters Ram and Ms Chadni looking into each others eyes which tells us that they have eye contact and shows the audience the love they have for each other. There is another shot which is called a two- shot. This shot is any type of shot with two people in it, as you see Lucky is singing to Sanjana in a poetic way and falls in love with her. In this song the girl does not sing but in the elephant medley you hear Satine singing with Christian. The last shot is going to be about a low angle shot; in this shot you can see Ram kneeling down and Ms Chadni standing. This shows the audience the magical feeling between them. This makes the audience both think and feel that Lucky and Ram are both madly in love with the two girls. The symbols that are used in the song are a crescent moon, which shows the audience that this is all fantasy, a lotus flower that is very religious in Hinduism. It represents the love between the two characters; the symbol of marriage. Farah khan uses lots of different techniques such as bright colours, good atmosphere and the colours of the characters clothes reflect what mood that they are in during the song. How do directors use musical scenes to engage the audience, and create atmosphere? Page 1 ...read more.

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