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Study and analyze the cinematic techniques used in the opening sequence of the films, Blue Velvet and The Elephant.

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English Coursework Film Essay This assignment is mainly to study and analyze the cinematic techniques used in the opening sequence of the films, "Blue Velvet" and "The Elephant". I would be studying about, how the use of icons, camera techniques, pace mood, text, colour, music/sound effects and special effects. I will begin with the film, "Blue Velvet". Blue Velvet is a shocking film full of violence and tension. It is set in Lumberton, a town that appears to be an archetypal small American town. The opening scene of the movie is very captivating. The film focuses on a man in his garden watering his plants while his wife sits in her couch and watches a thriller when the man suddenly falls to the ground as if he had a stroke or was bitten by an insect on his neck. The old man is hospitalized and so his son comes to visit him, and on his way back the old man's son find an ear on the ground under the bushes while he was searching for a stone to throw. ...read more.

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It's all about what happened on the 20th of April, 1999 at the Columbine High School. The film is about the massacre that took place there on that day. The film is not an exact copy but has the same foundation but with some additional bits and pieces added on here and there. The film has its' title "The Elephant", from the English phrase or proverb 'the elephant in the room'. Its' literal translation would be, even though aware, a big issue overlooked by the society or community, pretending to be unaware of it. In the context of the film it would be about the easy availability of guns and other weapons in the US and in some other countries cause huge problem to the community but neither does the society nor the government care to do something in order to prevent it. Elephant, the movie is situated in an archetypal suburban America. This film is different to films what we have today. Now-a-days very few movie are based on reality, it's mostly science fiction people are interested in. I'm used to watching horror, thriller, action packed and comedy movies. The Elephant come under the genre of drama. ...read more.

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Everyone he walks across is minding there own business. All these people are out of focus. When he walks past the girls (Nicole, Brittany and Jordan). The camera goes into slow motion and focuses on the girls. Only the main characters are in focus while the background is blurry. > Nicole, Brittany and Jordan: Three best friends are talking about their personal lives when Nathan passes by them. After this the girls walk to the dining hall. We hear their conversation, eavesdropping. In cinematic terms. After they've settled in the hall they argue about the time they spend with each other. The director takes the scene in a reality type as other conversations can also be heard. > Benny: This is a man who from his looks we believe could save the day. The man without fear, wearing a yellow t-shirt which gives him a hero look. He is expressionless. He saves people. He is curious to know what happens in the college. He walks into trouble. He comes into focus and everything else goes out of focus. We have here a man we think will save the day but he is shot bringing forth the unexpected. BY Jijo Mathew __________________ _____________________ ...read more.

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