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Saving Private Ryan [year 10 english]

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Analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of 'Saving Private Ryan', both shocking and realistic, and say how affective you find it as an introduction to the film. In this essay I will analyse the methods in the opening battle scene of the film and show evidence of different camera techniques used to make it more shocking and realistic. It has won multiple awards e.g. An Oscar in the following categories: Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing, Best Director and Best Cinematography. In the opening scene of the film you see Private Ryan Walking into a graveyard of soldiers. Private Ryan then walks over to a row of graves and kneels down at Captain Millers. He starts to cry as he thinks of the heroics that Captain Miller had preformed to ensure the safety of him. The camera then moves into an extreme close up. We see Private Ryan's face and his emotion and we then enter Private Ryan's eyes as if we are going back in time into a flashback. ...read more.

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some people start to be sick and others kiss there religious signs, like a cross. You then see Captain Miller who just looks around as if he can't believe what's happening. The sound goes into a slow motion phase then he picks up his helmet which is full of red sea water because of all the blood in the water and puts it on, the water runs down his face and you can see the slight tint of red that the water has now given his face. He then snaps into action and starts shouting commands to soldiers, this makes the film realistic because you feel like your there with the soldiers and you can see the shock on all the soldiers faces and how everybody reacts differently to war and fighting. In the next part of this scene the majority of remaining men run up the beach and try to survive. When the soldiers are running up the beach the camera that is used is a handheld camera this again makes you feel like you are there and that you are one of the thousands of soldiers. ...read more.

Conclusion

Machine gun nest, One soldier then shoots at the nest and all the sand bags collapse the German soldiers come rolling down the hill, the soldiers providing the suppressive fire shoot the Germans who had just rolled down the hill. As the soldiers storm up the hill the handheld camera returns at the back of the soldiers. There is a small fire fight at the top of the hill, but the handheld camera remains in use. For large parts of the remaining scene the handheld camera will be used. The affect this has makes you feel like you have conquered the beach and that like you are a soldier who has just ran all this way up the beach. At the end of the scene the camera changes as it floats in onto a dead body where the back pack reads "S. RYAN". This opening scene of the film "Saving Private Ryan" is very affective in my opinion as it sums up how the war was extremely shocking and the methods used in this introduction make the scene extremely realistic and makes you feel as though you are there. ?? ?? ?? ?? Media Coursework ...read more.

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