• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In the film Shawshank Redemption directed by Frank Darabont, many production techniques were used such as lighting, camera work, music and colouring.

Extracts from this document...


In the film "Shawshank Redemption" directed by Frank Darabont, many production techniques were used such as lighting, camera work, music and colouring. The prison is portrayed as grey and dismal, a place designed to take away the hope of prisoners. Within the prison environment the prisoners are often shown in shadows and darkness, looking depressed. However, one prisoner is different, the main character Andy Dufresne. From the beginning, it is obvious that Andy holds something the others do not, Andy keeps hope that one day he will be free from prison. Andy Dufresne stands tall, always keeping his head held high and even when everyone surrounding him has given up on hope, Andy never let the bleak prison environment to take away his hope. ...read more.


each of my co-workers, I feel a man working outdoors feels more like a man with a bottle of suds to drink.' It pays off but he has risked his life to do this. The scene was shot in the late afternoon sun; the sun gives a golden glow effect to the shot and reinforces the voice over. The voice over says, "We sat and drank under the sun on our shoulders and felt like freemen. We were the lords of all creation." The men are also positioned in the foreground of the frame with the guards in the background. This is done to show that the prisoners were in control. ...read more.


Frank Darabont used editing techniques in the 'roof top' scene and lighting to symbolize hope. He used the editing techniques of dissolving shots and voice over to enhance these ideas. I think the director has used the theme of hope to give the audience a sense of anticipation as it took Andy years to get what he wanted. For example it took him six years to receive extra books for the library. It took over one year to get Tommy his school equivalency and it took nearly 20 years to break out of prison. The director has used film techniques like camera shots and voice over to show the theme of hope in more depth. Andy's determination and persistence had allowed him to reach his final 'redemption' which was a new 'dream' life in Mexico. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Audience and Production Analysis section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Audience and Production Analysis essays

  1. In the film A Single Man directed by Tom Ford, film techniques were used ...

    The effect of cropping his head from the image allows intensity to occur within the atmosphere of the scene. A sense of claustrophobia is given, showing isolation due to grief as he is trapped in the world on his own.

  2. Why in your opinion has Star Wars: A New Hope become such an iconic ...

    By many people seeing this film it made it the centre of attention. Every day after the film was released more and more people came around to seeing it or knowing about it. Eventually so many people saw or heard of it that it was a part of society at the time.

  1. The film I will be discussing is Dracula. The director of Dracula is Francis ...

    This is a very clever effect created by the director. As Jonathan gets out his carriage it looks as though a black hand picks him up. Personally, I think this looks very phony as it makes it seem that the hand has given him power to fly.

  2. Media Studies Revision - Video production techniques. Film genres.

    � Video pictures are extremely versatile. They are able to capture microscopic images or huge images! � You can combine several video pictures. � The image can be modified and manipulated. Colours, tones, sharpness etc can all be altered in the editing process.

  1. practical production supporting account

    These were very helpful as they captured all the appropriate and essential parts of the trailer. The music which we had used in our trailer near to the beginning we felt added a little more humour to the spoof. Representation How have you represented your character/characters?

  2. In the film Shawshank Redemption directed by Frank Darabont there were many techniques such ...

    Darabont used warm, bright lighting in roof tarring scene symbolizing hope and happiness whilst emphasizing how dark and gloomy the prison was in contrast to the outside world. The use of camera shots throughout the film showed us how power and control dictates the prison life.

  1. The lyrical, slow-moving opening sequence is a dazzling combination of cinematography, music and hallucinatory ...

    During the next few months, he made three requests for transfer to Airborne training, Ft. Benning, Georgia and was finally accepted. Airborne? He was thirty-eight years old. Why the f--k would he do that? 1966: Joined Special Forces, returns Vietnam.

  2. I'm the Slime, by Frank Zappa.

    " I'm the best you can get" is the quote that shows that "the slime" is trying to convince the reader that "it" is inevitable (inescapable). The commercials and advertisements that are present in today's media are mostly used to convince a viewer that the item or product, that is presented, is of the best quality.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work