• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Romeo and Juliet

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Baz Luhrmann act.1 sc.5 film techniques

    Luhrmann has changed the masked ball into a fancy dress which is effective because he uses the character's costumes to reflect their characters and identities. Capulet is clothed as Caesar which underlines his power and wealth. Tybalt is dressed as a devil to show his evil and dark nature.

  2. Catcher In The Rye: Symbolism

    Catcher in the Rye This is a very important symbol in the book, as we can tell from the book's title. Holden hears a song when he walks down the street. It's Robert Burns song "Comin' Thro' the Rye." When Holden mishears the lyrics as being "if a body catch

  1. Romeo and juliet essay

    They have made worms' meat of me. I have it, and soundly too. Your houses!" Furthermore I think Lord Capulet could also be partly blamed for his daughters death but there are some points that I'd like to refer to as he isn't a bad father.

  2. Romeo and Juliet

    This is deeply ambiguous because the term friend in this instance is used instead of "lover". Juliet is grieving for the loss of Romeo, however her mother assumes that it is Tybalt Juliet is weeping for. Another example of ambiguity is when Juliet says "To wreck the love, I bore my cousin".

  1. Romeo and Juliet

    In this quote Romeo is comparing Juliet to a shrine, a place of worship as he believes that she is pure, precious and respects her, he is saying that he in the pilgrim and that he is unworthy of her love but will be if he touched or kissed her.

  2. How Does Baz Luhrmann Create A Modern Version

    It also helps to convey the drama of the opening scene. Baz Luhrmann adjusts Shakespeare's original characters to modernise 'Romeo and Juliet' He changed the original character of the Price into Captain Prince, Chief of the Police. This modernises the film because a prince would not fit into the setting of a modern day American city.

  1. English Literature

    His devotion to the library proved to be decisive, because he educated himself at the Oakland District's Carnegie library, after dropping out of Gladstone High School at age 15. At the library he "felt suddenly liberated from the constraints of pre-arranged curriculum that labored through one book in eight months"(August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean).

  2. Romeo and Juliet

    He believes that the stars are giving him a vital clue into his future through his mind. He believes when he says, "Shall bitterly begin his fearful date ... of a disposed life closed in my breast, But some vile forfeit of untimely death," that by going to this party he will be swapping his freedom and his life.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work