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Go Hunting After the 4th July attacks and Brody realising it could've been his son in the shark's stomach, he goes out in search for the shark with Hooper and a man called Quint who is hired in to help find and the kill shark, they go out on Quint's boat called Orca. The three men set sail on a journey to save the citizens of Amity Island and open the beaches without worrying about anymore tragic deaths. In this scene the first thought of the shark being present is when the fishing rod starts being tugged from below the sea, Quint's and the audience's expectations are heightened. Quint starts to strap the rod to himself, it all goes very quiet then Brody cheers because he finally ties a sheep shank in a piece of rope, then the line starts to get pulled far away from the boat, we hear the line unravelling very quickly. They start to reel the line back to find there is nothing there. First site of Shark whilst Hunting The camera fades from the boat sailing into Brody tossing some bait into the sea, all goes quiet then Brody says a line whilst still tossing bait and the Sharks open mouthed head comes out of the water, at the point of seeing this part the camera is positioned so that Brody is on the right and where he is tossing the bait is on the left so it makes us feel why are they not just looking at Brody? ...read more.


Brody goes to make a phone call to the coastguard, then Quint comes up behind him with a baseball bat and smashes the system up. The theme tune starts again, the shark swims past the boat. The music gets louder again creating tension and suspense. Quint fires another harpoon with a barrel at the shark. The music, although there is a shark with them, is very cheery and pleasant at times when the shark is swimming away as if it is scared. A third harpoon is fired into the shark. The shark swims away from the boat, the barrels bob up to the surface and are not moving, just floating together. Everything goes quiet as Hooper and Brody start to reel in the barrels and they tie the ropes onto the boat. All three men stand watching where the shark is swimming by looking at which way the ropes are turning. The camera goes to the points of view of Brody, Hooper and Quint looking at the shark. The shark finally breaks free, everything goes calm. The camera shoots down from the sky on the barrels turning round and heading towards the boat with the calm sensation now going, fear takes over. Again Williams' theme is played in the background. The music stops as the shark swims under the boat. The shark finally gets bored and swims away after circling the boat. ...read more.


The camera switches from Brody shooting and the shark swimming. The music starts to get louder and higher pitched. Brody then says another of the films famous lines "Smile you son of a . . . . .!!" At that point Brody takes his last shot at the air Tank in its mouth, the tank explodes showing the shark head being blown to smithereens. The camera goes to a long shot of the body parts flying away from the explosion. The camera then goes back onto Brody laughing and relieved. Spooky mysterious music plays as we see the remains of the shark's body sinking down to the sea bed. The camera goes onto part of the sea, bubbles rise to the surface, then Hooper comes to the surface and has a look around and sees Brody floating on part of the boat. Hooper swims over to him, they laugh together last humorous sarcastic lines of the film are Brody- "I used to be afraid of the water" Hooper-"I can't imagine why" The end credits start to role in with the camera on the nice pleasant beach. Tension and Suspense In the end, tension and suspense was built through mysterious music and different camera shots. The main thing that builds suspense is the Theme tune wrote by Williams which plays whenever the shark is present or is going to be present. And tension and suspense is also built through Spielberg making the audience expecting something to happen and the characters not expecting anything to happen. Katie Barton ...read more.

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