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The film Jaws based on the novel written by Peter Benchley , discuss the Director's techniques of raising tension.

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Introduction The film Jaws based on the novel written by Peter Benchley. The book is written about shark attacks that took place in 1916. The film however is set in Amity Island in America. The movie is an action/thriller and is about a shark nicknamed Jaws that swims the waters around Amity and kills lots of people. The film uses a lot of dramatic irony especially with the character Brody, who is a policeman originally from New York. He had come to Amity for a quiet easy job with the worst of crimes including children doing karate on a fence and parking issues. After the first attack Brody realised that it was a shark, but it was denied by the mayor because they needed money from tourists. This movie is for all ages above around 8 and for any gender. The movie includes a couple of gory scenes of which might not be suitable for smaller children. The director Steven Spielberg uses many techniques to build suspense and keep the watcher hooked. These include dramatic irony, quick changes between camera views, and point of view shots from under the water looking up at the shark's victims. Opening scene The opening scene starts with faint music and an over the shoulder view of the shark swimming through the weeds. ...read more.


Then the camera goes back to the beach where the boy is lying on the beach and everything is quiet. Then the camera flicks back to the girl frantically fighting and then she is submerged under the water. The scene ends like that and you are 99.9% sure she is dead but you still have the feeling she might be alive, making you want to watch on. Second Attack The second attack starts with a small boy coming out of the sea, and shows many other people at the seaside. You can hear the boy ask his mother if he can stay in the water for longer, his mother at first said he had stayed in long enough but said he could stay in ten more minutes. This raises suspense because we know there is a shark about. We then have a close up of Brody watching the sea nervously and everyone else oblivious to the danger. Spielberg then includes many people casually playing in the sea like normal but we all know that danger is coming. Suspense is built up dramatically while Brody was watching a woman swim, Brody could see something black coming from under the water, and the watcher looks in intensely, then to see a man wearing a black hat. The climax is dropped and we see the relief on Brody's face. ...read more.


Brody had been responsible for the death of the second victim and now Jaws almost killed his Son. So Brody is linked to the shark almost every attack. Then towards the end of the film Brody, the shark catcher, and the geography expert were on a small boat far out at the sea where Jaws was toying with them. The fact that they were really defenceless like all of the other victims made the attack similar however now it is different because Jaws could not quite get them and they knew that Jaws is after them made the attack different. Conclusion I think that Jaws is a very successful film for its time because the effects of the shark and how realistic it looked. However my favourite method in the film is the use of camera shots. The use is very varied but very wisely used. My favourite shot was the under the water shot not showing the shark, I found this more scary and eerie only showing the victim's legs. The scariest moment was when the geography expert looked at a wrecked boat and looked at a hole in the boat, then suddenly a corpse floated towards the hole and we saw the corpse slowly emerge from the boat, but the best bit about that scene was how it made you jump! ...read more.

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