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GCSE MEDIA STUDIES COURSEWORK ASSIGNMENT Starting Movies Of Mice And Men Cinema is growing ever more competitive, with films constantly battling out to reach the 'top spot'. More and more money is being injected into film projects and invested in young, up and coming actors. Perhaps the most important part of a film is its beginning. It is essential that a link is created between an audience and some aspect of a story early on in a film so that a viewer does not lose interest. This 'link' is often established in the first five minutes, to do so moviemakers often focus on one or two of the following: * Establishing character(s) * Establishing an important location * Establishing a genre * Establishing a mood or atmosphere * Starting the narrative * Grabbing the audiences attention (often in an action sequence) * Setting up a mystery In the first five minutes of the smash hit film 'Enemy Of The State' the story concentrates on establishing characters and their relationship. Writing appearing on the screen straight away tells the place and time, the font is plain and green/white, which is typical of a detective or action film. The rest of the scene is completely about two people called Phil and Thomas. ...read more.


The start of the Sinese film was very effective. Straight away the characters relationship is thrown at the audience, with George commanding Lennie to 'take off the coat', 'lie down and get some rest'. These are very mothering types of orders, which show the bossy nature of George. I think this would be important to get across in the opening of my film. Any screenplay writers would have to stay true to the original text in order to avoid a disappointed audience, who would probably already be familiar with the book. However there would be opportunities to set parts of the films in locations that are completely unexplored in the tale. When Stienback wrote the novel he obviously had a stage version in mind as each chapter is set in one location. Although this would be practical in a theatre in a cinema an audience could easily get bored with the lack of change of places and scenery. Perhaps past situations could be shown and explored more fully. Instead of just getting told by characters speech. It is good to give a film a genre as it gives the audience an idea of what to expect - because they attach certain conventions to a type. ...read more.


but with Lennie dirtier and with worse hair. The audience will instantly recognise that Lennie does a lot of hard work. To bring out Lennies' child side I put him as asking Lennie for some sweets. After Lennie touches the ladies dress George says 'What have you done now?' This makes it seem as though Lennie does these things all the time. Also George tells Lennie to jump over the bridge, which will be a code for the audience, connecting with the famous saying, 'would you jump off a bridge if he told you to?' Their costume and the way they speak will not only help the characters and location but the era. It would be good for Lennie to speak dopier (as if he has a disability) The two should be wearing dark blue trousers, braces and whit t-shirts (so they look like farm hands). To get the audience interested in the film I started with the bird, which gives connotations of piece and harmony, so the audiences relax. It then lands on a sign and Lennie's hand comes out of now where (as does his voice) making them jump a little. I chose to show a scene that is only spoken about in the book so that I could show the chasing scene, which should excite the audience. ...read more.

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