In the movie Remember the Titans, the director reveals to us many important ideas.
Explain how the director revealed an important idea (or ideas) to the audience
In the movie “Remember the Titans”, the director reveals to us many important ideas. One important idea that he reveals that is “if the team doesn’t unite, then they will lose. The director uses many film techniques such as setting, comparisons and speech to reveal to the viewer this idea. The director also uses different film techniques such as camera shots and music to emphasise the idea of uniting together.
During the camp scene, the director uses the very important setting of the Gettysburg cemetery to show us the idea of unity. When Coach Boone wakes the team up at 3:00 am and makes them do a run - a tracking shot on him leads to the Gettysburg cemetery where there is also an establishing shot, a key battle area in the civil war. Coach Boone makes an inspirational speech to the team while there and at that point, the music changes from what to what?? Why does he make an inspiration speech? The speech ends with “if we don’t unite then we too would be destroyed” comparing the possibility of the team with the graves of the dead. This scene plays an important part in uniting the team. Is it a turning point for the whole movie?
This is a preview of the whole essay
The director makes reference to the titans from Greek mythology who ruled the earth better than the gods. A close up shot of Boone, the coach shows him referring to the term ‘titans’ to emphasize that the team named after these super, immortal beings perform in a similar powerful way on the field. The director is therefore showing that the idea of unity will mean that the team will unite?? and dominate the football pitch which is their earth. During Boone’s inspirational speech the music also changes and there is a slight tilt Why? How do these relate to the question?
The director uses the idea of breaking down racial barriers to achieve unity when the players have to be room mates.
The inspirational speeches by both the coaches and the players also encourage unity of purpose. Throughout the film the director uses scenes of speeches such as when the players Julius and Gerry who were initially hostile towards each other, finally decide to put aside their differences and work together in unity for the good of the team and the success of the game. This is demonstrated when they repeatedly shouted “strong side” and “left side” at practice during camp.
When the Titans are losing, Boone says “win or lose we leave with our heads held high” During that speech there is a wide angle on the team and low angle on Boone Why is this relevant? Julius replies saying “you demanded perfection coach” The idea shows by uniting we can win despite the odds being against us.
Throughout the film, the director has used many techniques such as camera angles , references to classical mythology and dialogue to express the idea of unity. In this way the director is able to draw the audience’s attention and show them important ideas.