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Romeo and Juliet

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How Does Baz Luhrmann Create Atmosphere and Develop Character in the party and meeting scenes, in Romeo and Juliet Baz Luhrmann uses a combination of lighting, props, costumes, facial expressions, sound, music and a variety of camera shots, in the film Romeo and Juliet, to create atmosphere and develop character. These techniques can influence audiences who may interpret it in different ways. Focusing on the environment of the scenes and the costuming helped me in my interpretation, because I found hidden symbolism. My essay will be mainly based around the two scenes, the party and meeting scenes. An exhilarating explosion of fireworks in the sky helped recapture an intense party scene. Beautiful colours were reflected throughout the scene, with the noise created from the fireworks adding energy and electricity. These different rays of colours were reflected in the faces of the actors and actresses. The fireworks in the sky could have been interpreted as an explosion of lust that would occur later on between Romeo and Juliet. ...read more.

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The camera angle used here is a high angle tilt. Romeo and Juliet didn't gaze at each other very long the first time their eyes met across the ballroom floor. This scene seemed to focus on the crowd of people attending the party and less on Romeo and Juliet. Music was also used to intensify the party scene. The song "Young Hearts Run Free" was appropriate, because it produced an irony of how Romeo and Juliet would meet that night. This however was not the only sound being added. Digetic sound was included prior to, "Young Hearts Run Free". The sounds such as screaming and a lion roaring made it seem as if it was all spinning out of control and there is utter madness occurring. Water was the main focus of the scene when Romeo and Juliet saw each other at the fish tank, creating an unusual array of lust. The first time they saw each other, their gaze went across a beautiful aquarium of fish. ...read more.

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The story of Romeo and Juliet is unique because it was presented in these two very different forms, and created different feelings. Camera angles were effectively used to deliver several vital messages. They also helped the film achieve things that the writer for the play, Shakespeare could not. The film would not be the same without the variety in camera angles. Without the use of background in these movies, a lot of symbolism would be lost. It is beneficial to be able to see these scenes visually because it helps to enhance how one's viewpoints are affected. A character's personality analysis is also grasped by the director's choices of costuming. The audience benefits from this because they not only observe one's personality by their acting, but are helped to understand it more by the costuming which helps create the overall individual. This great piece of literature has proven that environment, camera angles, sound and costuming can help to portray different viewpoints and interpretations. ...read more.

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