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In this section of the coursework, I will look at two shots from the Brannagh version of Hamlet. Whilst looking at them I will analyse them in detail and explain why certain aspects have been shown and portrayed in certain ways.

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Hamlet Coursework - Media In this section of the coursework, I will look at two shots from the Brannagh version of Hamlet. Whilst looking at them I will analyse them in detail and explain why certain aspects have been shown and portrayed in certain ways. My first picture is taken from the Mousetrap scene where they are performing a play. The first thing that strikes me when looking at this is the layout of the shot. The characters all seem to be divided but at the same time together. What I mean by this is that there are different levels which I have marked above the bannister, and the gold (Gold represents royalty/wealth) entwining line down the centre are the main divides. ...read more.

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The angle of the shot is weird so the depth of field seems skewed, making it difficult for the viewer to take the shot in easily, hence the director has added a lot into the shot so that a lot can be told to the audience just from the one shot. I think this is used to represent how the characters are feeling at the time of the shot. Something about who the actor is and the goal... Hamlet? Still don't know. Having Ophelia on the left, in a red dress, makes her become the more in control (prominant or predominant). She is also seen as the most beautiful girl in the palace, her being on the left means the audience see her first; this shows to me that her beauty puts her first in everything. ...read more.

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It seems to create an extra tension between the characters, my feeling when looking at the picture are.... can't remember aint seen it in a while. Another thing which suprised me after looking at the picture so closely and looking at each individual aspect; I thought I knew exactly what it was about. But then when we were played the clip, this shot is completely out of context and it is different. Their expressions are different, in the picture, they look concentrated and as though the pair are the only people in the hall but are being watched. But the truth is there are lots of people. Overall it's a private moment in a public place. This reflects on the couples life and how they have had to struggle to stay together under the watchful eye of the country and the inhabitants of the palace. ...read more.

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