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Write an account in report form, of a scene taken from a horror film.Analyse the director’s choice of camera shots, lighting and sound in order to create the most effective visual images and therefore sustain the interest and suspense of the audience

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English GCSE Media Coursework Write an account in report form, of a scene taken from a horror film. Analyse the director's choice of camera shots, lighting and sound in order to create the most effective visual images and therefore sustain the interest and suspense of the audience. Matthew Kutner 10 G Mrs Hayes Contents 1. Frankenstein - An Introduction 2. The terms used in describing Camera Angles 3. The Report 4. My Evaluation 5. Conclusion Frankenstein - An Introduction Frankenstein was a novel written by Mary Shelley in 1816 while staying at Lake Geneva. It went on to be one of the most famous novels of all time and has been the subject of many films over the years. The novel is the story of Victor Frankenstein, a medical student who makes a " Being" from the remains of corpses. In the novel the student explains: "I collected bones from charnel-houses and disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the human frame." Horrified by the result of his Creation, Frankenstein abandons the Creature, who wanders the countryside, being in total isolation from humanity. The Creature persuades his creator to construct a second, female Being, but Victor "kills it" before it can be brought to life. In revenge, the Creature murders Frankenstein's bride-to-be. A chase across the world then takes place, Victor determining.... "to pursue the demon who caused this misery until he or I shall perish in mortal conflict". The terms used in describing Camera Angles Long Shot This shot will include the whole of any person who is in the photograph and there will be a lot of information about the setting. ...read more.


Victor meets two other men outside in the pouring rain. One of the men say to Victor, "I saw him in a flash of lightening". The colours and the feel of outside are very dull as a contrast to the light indoors in the scene before. It is stormy, blue and very dark. The sounds of the elements (rain, lightning and thunder) emphasize the unleashing of uncontrollable nature that is reflected in the Creature. The lightening could represent evil and is perhaps a warning to the viewer that something bad will happen soon. The storm is preparing the viewers for the emotions within the Creature, which are out of control. The next scene sees along shot which becomes a mid-shot of three men running, the camera then pans upwards to the balcony where we see about two seconds of the monster running across the balcony, to the background soundtrack of continuing thunder: it is not going away and nor is the Creature! This gives a moment to take a gasp of breath and have a rush of adrenaline go through our body rather than taking time for us to make a rational decision about what is before us. The director is using quick cuts of scene giving us snippets of information so we build up a sense of suspense. We then go back inside to see Elizabeth looking bewildered; after all, she thought that she was have a night of passionate love - and it has vanish for her - she hasn't a clue what is going on! ...read more.


Conclusion The scene that I studied was a very good example of a horror movie! There were all the ingredients that are needed to fulfil a good horror movie, such as the "normal" love scene turning into a horror scene. Contrast plays an important part in horror movies. For example, there was the contrast between the beauty of Elizabeth and the ugliness of the Creature and the beauty of the love scene which shows the creation of life through love and the contrast of the death about to befall her. The director uses very good techniques to keep the audience glued to the film. He let the audience know there was horror awaiting outside, but inside Elizabeth was completely unaware of what was about to befall her and the audience just want to let her know that she should get out of there, but we feel frustrated because we can't do anything about the information we have. The audiences' emotions are therefore heightened and confused. I especially like the use of colours in the love scene and the contrast with the turmoil of the dark storm outside. I think that emphasises the mood of the whole scene - the evil that lurks outside. I also like the 'flips' between the inside and the outside, where you feel warm and secure inside and vulnerable and scared outside! The director is playing with the emotions of the audience. Overall, it is an effective scene - I think it could even be an inspiration to other horror film directors because of the techniques that were used and the way they were used! By Matthew Kutner 10G Matthew Kutner 10G 1 ...read more.

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