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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Identify the techniques, and their effects, which Branagh uses to stir the emotion of fear in the audience.

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Identify the techniques, and their effects, which Branagh uses to stir the emotion of fear in the audience. Frankenstein to me, I would say was a recognizable genre, horror. I wouldn't say it was any other genre because its main plot is not to be romantic, or a made up non-scary story. To me Frankenstein is called a horror because it has a lot of horrific parts and is always trying to make the audience jump and scared in some parts of the film! Kenneth Branagh was the director of the film Frankenstein. This was not the first film he directed. He has also done films such as the Shakespearean film 'Much Ado About Nothing' and a BBC programme called 'Conspiracy'. Kenneth Branagh is also an actor, producer and a writer. He enjoyed writing the most because he liked taking time to think and had a lot of ideas about all sorts of life styles/genres. When the film makers were thinking about this film, I think they were focusing on making this film for couples, men and women of around the late teens to the older generation. This film does not have a universal appeal because some parts are not appropriate at all for young immature children. It is more of a late teens film, whom are more likely to understand. ...read more.

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However, the setting before Victor moves away to live nearer by to his university, when they are in the hall, where everyone is dancing it is brightly lit up and everyone is wearing white, which symbolizes happiness and joy. There are other parts in the film where it is different for example in the beginning were the men are out sailing and the setting is dark, fogy and wet which made it seem like a scary cold night and something was going to happen. There is a combination of colours used in the film to evoke a reaction in the audience. Such as when Elizabeth is saying goodbye to Victor and she is wearing blue to show laughter and happiness in the house and to show her feelings towards Victor Frankenstein. Everyone else was wearing white to show Happiness for Victor going to university. The image of Elizabeth's death, framing is used and it is trying to point out that Elizabeth is the main part of the scene. She is the center part of the story and her dying will build tension in the audience because they want to know what will happen. In this framed image the camera was focused on the monster taking Elizabeth's heart out and damaging her internal organs, I think the director arranged the frame in this way to attract the audiences attention to this particular part. ...read more.

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This caused the audience to jump and know that the film was going to be scary. When Frankenstein's mother died there were cries and screams heard all over to show emotional feelings between the family and how they were all affected when the death was announced. The scene of when the monster jumps on the back of Victor Frankenstein, which was played in slow motion was good because it built tension in the audience, to see what would happen, will he kill Victor Frankenstein or not? It was a good scene especially with the background effect of a snow scope. This scene also included a stunt; the monster jumping on Victor, it made it more interesting to see the monster do the stunt because it showed that the monster would do anything to get what he wanted. The costumes warn by the characters showed that the film was set in the 18th century, for example the dresses that were worn in Victor's leaving party were all big, white and frilly. The clothes warn by the characters were also showing the different status of the people for example when Elizabeth first turned up and was wearing a little rag showed that she had come from a poor family however, Victor was wearing a suit, which made him look like he was rich compared to Elizabeth. Overall, I think that the story had a high emotional impact for the audience and was a roller coaster ride of emotions. ...read more.

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