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Truman Show essay . Analyse how visual techniques are used to develop deeper ideas in a visual text you have studied.

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Analyse how visual techniques are used to develop deeper ideas in a visual text you have studied. The film "Truman Show" directed by Peter Weir is about a character named Truman Burbank and his remarkable journey in escaping a world full of deceit and lies and finding personal freedom. His journey helps present the idea that a true life with the risks of emotional pain is better than one safe imprisonment. This is a deeper idea because the search for personal freedom and truth is a universal idea. It is human nature to seek the truth. Weir used various film techniques to engage the audience by use of camera shots and angles, dialogue, music and costume. The Truman Show is about a man named Truman Burbank, "the first baby to be adopted by a corporation." who lives in the fictional town of Seahaven, which is actually a TV set created by Christof the producer of "the Truman show" in the film. Weir brings out subtle humour in the movie by creating ironic names for his characters Like the main character's name "True-man" , Truman himself is the only very real person who naively believes in everything the producer and the actors wants him to believe in this fake made-up town. ...read more.

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(shows trumans entrapped) We develop our sympathy towards Truman as Weir illustrates Truman's entrapment through the use of framing and sound effects. Truman's entrapment is shown in the scene where he has to cross the bridge to the boat. Truman's fear of water is conveyed to us visually. Weir uses black camera framing as Truman walks hesitantly across the jetty after buying the ticket. His body language indicates that he is attempting something he finds very difficult. As Truman walks across the jetty the sound of water has been amplified to reinforce his fear of water. There is a POV shot in the scene which lets the audience see what Truman is seeing, which is a half-submerged dinghy. The camera cuts back to close up of Truman's face to show a horrified facial expression and we realise that Truman is afraid of boats and sailing. There is almost no dialogue on this scene and the scene closes with a punctuated moment with a single, dull booming sound effect. This scene has ultimately created an imagery of a prison cell that Truman is in, ingrained into the back of our minds. ...read more.

Conclusion

The main character, Truman's journey took the audience by surprise as he persevered to earn his right for truth and reality, from the beginning the lack of genuine love and friendship in Truman's life was what caused Truman to risk his life and suffer so he could be one step closer to his hopes in finding the true love he yearns for. The film effectively used camera techniques and special effects to enhance the idea that a true life with risks of pain and suffering is better than one of safe imprisonment. The Truman Show is a re-creation of myths, depicting a man imprisoned in the nest of a fake paradise or heaven by a manipulative god. At the end, after Truman comes up against the enclosing wall and finds the door to the outside, the producer speaks to him in a voice from above and tries to instill fear in him, to keep him under control. It is an interesting ironic touch that as Truman goes up the steps to reach the door, just before the producer speaks to him, he is in a heaven-like setting. As noted, he rejects this false paradise and chooses to exile himself into the mundane world that is his natural home. He travels from fake -- fantastic and fabulous -- nature to true nature. ...read more.

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This is an excellent essay which systematically analyses the techniques used by the film maker. At times it veers towards mere description which is necessary when writing an essay on a visual text. Accurate use of technical vocabulary throughout and effects of techniques used are always included. Some appropriate inclusion of self selected quotes. Perceptive comments when analysing various techniques.
In places this essay would have benefited from proof reading.

Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 29/04/2012

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