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Compare the ways in which genre is established in the opening sequences of Collateral and Trading places. The term film genre refers to the methods of film categorization based on similarities in the narrative elements from which films are constructed. In Collateral the use of dark and bleak mise-en-scene and camera techniques make Collateral suspenseful. The non-diegetic sound adds to this. In Trading Places the use of comic surprise, verbal humor and physical humor make Trading Places a comedy. The main codes and conventions of suspense thrillers are that of an intensive plot, set period of time or number of deaths and enigma codes. In Collateral you would find an intensive plot, you would also find a set period of time or number of deaths and a dark and bleak mise-en-scene. In the opening sequence of Collateral there are quite a few codes and conventions, which are mise-en-scene, enigma codes and that of the opening engages the audience and sets the tone of the film. The main codes and conventions of a comedy films are generation of laughter, comic surprise, verbal humor and physical humor. The opening sequence contains most of the codes and conventions like comic surprise, verbal humor, physical humor and surprise. The opening sequence of Collateral starts off with the introduction of Vincent in the airport, this then cuts to a montage of the taxi depot where we finally get introduced to Max. ...read more.


The whole montage is suspenseful as it includes the introduction of Max by slowly using camera techniques and codes and conventions to portray to the audience little information about the character and his habitat. Trading places starts off with a montage sequence which itself is humorous. The non-diegetic sound is from the comic based opera, the Marriage of Figaro which satirizes the French aristocracy. This pompous sounding does not mix with the poor lifestyles of the citizens. Alongside this we see the butler preparing breakfast for his "master", then the shot cuts to the homeless man who is using newspapers as a duvet. This is surprising as you would not expect this, and also this generates a smile or laugh. All these techniques create a comical effect. The difference between the montages in both films is that both films covey different messages to the audience by using a range of methods. In Trading places the montage effect contrasts the poor and rich lifestyles which we see different images of. The effect of the montage is satirical as the contrasting images cutting from one to the next allow us to satirize the rich Americans. However in Collateral we see the montage of different people who are somewhat isolated from each other. Its purpose is also to serve as a slow and suspenseful build up to the introduction of the protagonist, Max. When we get introduced to Max, we immediately ask questions on who this character is. ...read more.


The mise-en-scene of Billy-Ray is quite poor and informal but Vincent's mise-en-scene is quite sophisticated and formal, his sunglasses somewhat conceal his identity and cause an atmosphere of suspense. Billy-Ray causes a comical effect by his use of verbal and physical humor whilst Vincent's character creates suspense by the camera techniques like shallow depth of field and close ups. Furthermore Billy-Ray is like a petty criminal but Vincent is a sophisticated criminal, this is ironic as Billy-Ray makes us laugh when he does commit a crime but when Vincent commits a crime we get held in suspense. Likewise, Billy-Rays criminal nature is very obvious and Vincent's criminal nature is quite hidden, this is shown by Billy-Ray's verbal humor as he tries to get away from the officers, he uses religious gestures to lure himself out of trouble, however in Collateral we do not know that Vincent is a criminal until he does his first offense, his grayish formal suit and sunglasses hide his personality and criminal nature. Trading places and Collateral are good film choices to compare, as one is comical and the other suspenseful. In Trading places the characters and narratives are appropriate for the genre as they all have set roles, for instance Vincent in collateral has a mise-en-scene of a formal grayish suit and sunglasses to conceal his identity. All these create suspense, likewise Billy-ray's mise-en-scene is very colorful and bright, these of which create a feeling of humor. All these characters are suitable for their genres as the mise-en-scene, camera techniques, sound and editing techniques all blend with the genre. ?? ?? ?? ?? Qasid Ahmed 10WW ...read more.

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