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GCSE: Audience and Production Analysis

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  1. In the film A Single Man directed by Tom Ford, film techniques were used to help us understand the main character, George Falconer (Colin Firth) and the transformation on his outlook of life, allowing us to sympathise/empathise with him along his journey.

    Cinematography plays a huge role in A Single Man, as it assists us in understanding George. The framing in the film helps draw our attention to certain characters, emphasising their actions and emotions. It has been effectively used to show George being disconnected from the world. In the flashback to George receiving a phone call informing him of Jim's death and his rejection to the funeral, a medium close-up is used to potray him alone in his chair. His emotional response is expressed while intimacy is provided. No music played, allowing us to focus on George spiraling into a freefall of emotion.

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  2. My Design for a Magazine Cover analysis.

    The black connotate the serious and persuasive colour which will appeal the year 9 students. The black, navy, dark blue, purple and red overlay colour capture the magazine as outstanding, clear and eye-catching which appeal to year 9 students. An alternative colour we could have opted for was light blue, orange, white and green, however we decided against this option due to the bright connotations and it is not that eye-catching for the students. The white text colour makes the magazine unique and students and this supports the purpose of the magazine.

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  3. Discuss the techniques used in the opening scenes of The Elephant Man

    Motherhead. The first scene that we are presented with is the credits. They appear as white text on a black background, whilst carnival-like music is played. I believe that the director made the decision to produce the film in monochrome (even though colour was available at the time) for two reasons. The first being that the actual story happened in 19th century London, meaning that there was no colour televisions. I believe that Lynch wanted to achieve the feel that the events were on screen; he wanted you to feel like a part of them.

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  4. How successfully is a dysfunctional family portrayed in "Little Miss Sunshine?"

    Olive is rehearsing how to be beauty queen copying the famous model scene and holding her Tummy while copying her. Dwayne is preparing himself for a competition and doing different types of workout for certain parts of his body and then ticking the calendar, which shows he is working towards something and is determined to achieve it. Cheryl is smoking, driving and talking on the phone with Richard, this is really strange because it is illegal to do so and despite that she is lying to her husband by saying "I am not smoking" when she is as well as arguing that his brother Frank should stay on their house because he has no where else to go.

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  5. Jaws - Throughout the film the director has used various media devices in order to create suspense, tension and fear in the audience.

    In this film, Steven Spielburg uses music to build tension before the shark attacks. Firstly when the Universal logo comes up there is a strange non-digetic sound of the sea along with the wind to immediately place the audience in a place of worry and fear. The audience is put into this state because of the wind; the sounds are unusual which makes the audience scared. After the universal logo has been displayed the film starts by plunging the audience into total darkness where the strange sound continues creating an atmosphere of wilderness and apprehension for the audience.

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  6. Analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of Saving Private Ryan both shocking and realistic, and say how effective you find it as an introduction to the film.

    There was no other film like this and there has been nothing like this since in terms of realism and intensity of battle. The opening 24-minutes are split into 4 distinct sections, each with specific features: The Transition from the Present to the Past, The Instant Chaos, Captain Miller's confusion and The End of the Battle. The names of these sections summarise what content is contained in each section. The opening scene is of an elderly James Ryan, the last surviving brother, visiting graves in Normandy with his family to reflect upon those who lost their lives for him during World War II.

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  7. A review of the film Bait

    Their house looks like a poor old house, there's not much furniture and the ceilings are peeling. They look a bit grim. We see JohnO ironing in the kitchen. We can tell that their home is a small terraced house, because everything is crammed into the kitchen. Also we see a close up shot of JohnO taking out money from a jam jar full of coppers and loose change. This is another indication of his poverty. The most interesting actor for me is Clint, because as we see the film develop, we see Clint learning serious lessons about life.

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  8. Essay on special effects creator Stan Winston.

    shock to the film industry and upset James Cameron greatly, various actors also grieved for him, Arnold Schwarzenegger made a public speech about his death. Jon Favreau who had recently won an award on Spike TV dedicated that award to Stan. Stan Winston's studios remain open to this day so that they continue his legacy and impact on the film industry, while the studio itself has recently been renamed Legacy Effects it still maintains the many aspects that Stan had taught to his students His Most Famous Work Stan has been credited on his visual work on various films such

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  9. Video Technology Essay - equipment used in making a documentary.

    and the aspect ratio was set in 16:9, there are other options that can be considered however such as setting the camera to NTSC (National Television System Committee) and at the same time adjusting the aspect ratio from 16:9 to 4:3. Another important camera function that needed to be considered was Focus, focus is one of the most important functions for the PDX-10 because it enables you to adjust how you want a particular shot to come out whether that would be a blurry shot or whether it would be a clear quality shot it is very helpful as it helps you decide what type of shot you want.

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  10. James bond "Quantum of Solace" opening scene review.

    The film starts with a dramatic and exciting car chase which automatically makes the audience sit on the edge of their seats. The first piece of imagery we can see is a close up shot of a car close behind on Bond's car, and we are immediately put into his position which creates tension and excitement between us, as we hear the loud roaring of the engines and gun shots.

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  11. Within the typical genre of a horror movie, there are many common generic conventions that are included in order to interest the audience and to create suspense.

    * Every horror movie needs to contain a victim and a villain. Villains can be anything from monsters, aliens, vampires, or just your average everyday people. Although, usually the victims within a story are women as they are known to be some of the most vulnerable people. This adds success to horror movies as young women watching the movie are going to be encouraged to find the movie scarier as they may imagine themselves to be in the same situation. * Modern horror movies contain many special effects in order to make the movie more realistic to the human eye, and therefore making it again scarier for the audience to watch as

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  12. The Untouchables review

    and there was also Elliot Ness (the leader of the untouchables which was played by Kevin Costner) There were also other characters in the film however these are the people who mainly stand out in the film. The film demonstrates a lot of things well in the film like music and camera angles.

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  13. How are good and evil characters presented in The Fellowship of the Ring?

    Because of this, Hobbits are what Tolkien thought people should be, instead of hurrying with their life in cities They are very simple folk, live in small burrows, farm the land around them, and choosing not to worry or bother about the current affairs or battles occurring in distant lands, because they are too deeply contented with their way of life to know better. They never get into arguments with each other, and treat each other equally. As well as all their humbleness, some of them are also very mischievous, especially Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrine Took.

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  14. Alfred Hitchcocks Creation Of Tension In Psycho And The Birds

    Hitchcock has done many films in black and white which have all been very successful because of the way Hitchcock was able to use specific camera angles to create a certain effect on the audience. In this essay I will be looking at two films made by Hitchcock. I will look at how Hitchcock creates tension and shock in 'Psycho' and 'The Birds'. The opening sequence of Psycho immediately sets the tone for the film. The opening sequence starts with a black background which gives a feeling of fear and vulnerability.

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  15. India Aries Video is unlike many of the music videos of todays generation. India promotes an inward beauty reminding women that they are queens deserving to be cherished. It also encourages messages of self wort

    Additionally, music, films ,magazines and other forms of media all define how people see themselves and create images of what they aspire to be. If there is a continual insurgance of negativity in the minds of women then a negative conciseness will continue to create issues like: self esteem problems, anorexia, and bulimia and in some extreme circumstances suicide. All these things can be brought on by people's insecurities and their quest to adhere to the way society wants them to look.

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  16. An analysis of Baz Luhrmanns film versions treatment of William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet Act3 Scene 1

    The use of the beach also includes contradiction which makes the angered action seem more powerful; a beach is a place where people go to have fun and enjoy themselves. But when the setting of the scene moves to behind the arch, you can see the poverty area of the town making the actions and the grudge between the two rich families unnecessary. There is a lot of tension at the beginning of the scene between Mercutio and Tybalt; the camera shots used to show this include close ups on their faces and spinning around them to show the audience the personal vies of the characters and the big picture.

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  17. For this essay I have chosen to examine the domestic and international media coverage of the conviction of Amanda Knox, and its aftermath in three contrasting newspaper articles.

    To appeal to this demographic The Sun uses crude and colloquial language such as "sis" (informal contraction of sister), "mum Arlene", "snaps of Meredith" and "larks about with pals". This attempts to encourage the reader to identify with the victim's family, whilst also betraying the fact that the readership is not highly educated. As well as this, emotive language such as "caged" and "anguished", "brutal killing" and "exhausted" are used to denote the extreme emotions of the victim's family and provoke emotional reactions from the reader, as well as emphasizing their continuing suffering whilst portraying Knox as inhumanely as possible.

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  18. Media Studies - Textual Analysis of Dr Who. In this episode of Dr.Who, the Doctor and Amy go to a museum, to a Van Gogh exhibition where they see an evil face in the window of a church Van Gogh painted.

    This convention appeals to the audience, and makes them want to watch Doctor Who because they like the science fiction element to it. At the beginning of the episode a narrative enigma is set up because the cornfields are recognized by some members of the audience as an element of a Van Gogh painting. This is not how a sci-fi traditionally starts but if the episodes of Doctor Who were always the same, the audience would get bored with it.

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  19. For the purpose of this assignment i will compare front pages of a broadsheet, Daily Mirror and a tabloid, The Times. Both the Daily Mirror and The Times are mentioning the departure of Scolari from Chelsea.

    The traditional 'coat of arms' also shows that the newspaper has a traditional past and still wants to be traditional today. This theme of traditional use of font and graphics appeals to older more mature people in the community, mainly people who may have a family and a job. The overall layout of the front page is a 5-column spread with 3 pictures, each taking up half a column. A 'strapline' spreads across the top of the page underneath the masthead.

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  20. Muscle and Fitness and Esquire. Compare and contrast how Arnold Schwarzenegger is portrayed in the two magazine front covers.

    'Esquire' is almost the opposite, the masthead appears to be handwritten which seems quite personal. This makes the reader feel as if they can trust the magazine and consequently Arnold Schwarzenegger as he is just in front. The reader will feel as if he is their friend, and someone who will be a good Governor of California. In 'Muscle and Fitness' there is no eye contact from Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is wearing sunglasses, and his face is not looking towards the camera.

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  21. Filmed in 1963 in the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, director Peter Brooks Lord of the Flies finally puts a face on every character in William Goldings masterpiece.

    Inevitably, they form two rival groups: the Hunters, led by Jack (Tom Chapin) ensure meat for the others, preoccupied with immediate survival, doing so while enjoying the castaway life they are imposed. The other group is led by Ralph (James Aubrey), who build shelters and collect food, waiting to be rescued. This clearly illustrates the difference between civilization and savagery. For such a low budget film, this was quite a great effort on Brook's part. It did not fail to capture the strong emotions and details of the novel. Perhaps, in part, this is due to the child actors who, for amateurs, were very natural and looked comfortable on set.

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  22. Baz Luhrmann. How does the director of Romeo and Juliet make the film appeal to teenagers and how has he used symbols, sound effects and music to affect the audience?

    Romeo and Juliet commit suicide as it says - ''star crossed lovers take their life'' which is the tragedy that happens in the play. It is their death that brings these two families together as the prologue states ''their death bury their strife''. (Romance and death are just two ways that Baz Luhrmann appeals to young girls and boys). The prologue introduces what will happen in the movie to the audience, but some of the information in this prologue is not necessary because it will not have an effect on the audience.

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  23. How the future is presented in Bladerunner

    These are in fact used. In addition to these items however, the city itself is portrayed in a very gloomy light. The very first scene of the movie is an aerial shot of the city at night. The audience can see noting but the outline of buildings and pinpricks of light that are the widows in these buildings.

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  24. With reference to The Birds and Final Destination 3 analyse and discuss how the directors create fear in these two films.

    The storyline for "Final Destination 3" starts at a theme park somewhere in the USA. The films main characters are having their last night before graduation, and everything is going fine until Kerry tells Wendy that she's going to break up wit her boyfriend (Kevin) after graduation. Wendy then has a vision of the rollercoaster crashing and pleads to get off, then in turn saving half the people on the rollercoaster. After the rollercoaster crash, Wendy and Kevin watch all their classmates that survived the coaster crash and piece together that there is a certain order that they are going to die by 'accidents', and the remaining few realise that they will have to fight fate to stay alive.

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  25. Jaws Film Review. Rather than waste the modest budget of $12 million on special effects, Spielberg relies on alternative tools to create tension and atmosphere. He uses many point of view and tracking shots alongside non-diegetic music

    However when several other killings take place, panic spreads like wild-fire and Chief Brody is joined by professional hunter, Quint, and ichthyologist, Mat Hooper to head out to sea on a hunt where their enemy seems more cunning than imagined. Unlike other films, 'Jaws' has a surprisingly insignificant screen time given to the enemy. Rather than waste the modest budget of $12 million on special effects, Spielberg relies on alternative tools to create tension and atmosphere. He uses many 'point of view' and 'tracking' shots alongside non-diegetic music to indicate danger and desperation, and gradually building up tension leading up to a kill.

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