Look at the opening of Nicolas Hytner’s film of “The Crucible” and discuss how tension and suspense are raised through cinematic features. The play “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller has created tension and suspense by using many devices such as arguments, though I am going to as best as I can to show how tension and suspense are created in Nicolas Hytner’s film “The crucible” using cinematic features. The cinematic features I will be looking at are lighting, camera shots and angles and finally music and sounds.
As soon as the film begins tension is raised, the opening credits show that this film is going to be a serious and I thought maybe a bit scary. The beginning shows the names of the producers and behind the scenes cast, though will these are shown there is no music and the writing is on a plain black background. There is no music until the film really starts and when the film does start it is a bit eerie with dull lighting as if it was either early morning or early evening with you only just about able to make out Abigail’s face as she sits up extremely fast as if she was scared with her eyes wide open.
She creeps around her room very quietly trying to put on her shoes. This is all very tense with her trying not to be caught sneaking out of her house. This grips the audience making them want to know what is she doing and why is she doing so quietly. Further on is this scene a quite far off shot of Abigail running from her house into the centre of town then another shot of her with a group of girls giggling, then all the girls are running as fast as they can.
What can be heard is the quiet yet fast footsteps of the girls also the girls giggling as if they were really excited. Then from a high diagonal shot of the girls running into the forest with still low lighting also this shot I believe makes it easier to now say that it is Probably early morning. The next scene is of the girls meeting Tituba who tells them to sit on the floor around a cauldron type pot.
Then it looks like the girls are offering things that look like herbs, they kiss them and then say a name of a man or boy who they want to be loved by. Tituba is shown as the leader and throws all these herbs into the cauldron, which is on a fire and then a frog is put into the cauldron though a young girl called Mary Warren steps out of this ceremony. The lighting now is increasing but only slightly as the sun rises more, with this you can see what the girls are up to easier.
The camera shows sharp fast shots of the girls talking as if was a joke thought there is only one face, which looks serious. The one person who is taking this serious is Abigail Williams her face looks like she about to do something, which creates tension for the audience making them want to know what is Abigail going to do that is if she does do something. Then the camera turns around and shows a picture of Parris who is walking through the forest and it looks like he can hear the girls but does not know what it is so he tries to find them.