Analyse the director’s choice of camera shots, lighting and sound in order to create the most effective visual images and therefore sustain the interest and suspense of the audience. Matthew Kutner 10 G Mrs Hayes Contents 1. Frankenstein – An Introduction 2. The terms used in describing Camera Angles 3. The Report 4. My Evaluation 5. Conclusion Frankenstein – An Introduction Frankenstein was a novel written by Mary Shelley in 1816 while staying at Lake Geneva.
It went on to be one of the most famous novels of all time and has been the subject of many films over the years. The novel is the story of Victor Frankenstein, a medical student who makes a ” Being” from the remains of corpses. In the novel the student explains: “I collected bones from charnel-houses and disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the human frame. ” Horrified by the result of his Creation, Frankenstein abandons the Creature, who wanders the countryside, being in total isolation from humanity.
The Creature persuades his creator to construct a second, female Being, but Victor “kills it” before it can be brought to life. In revenge, the Creature murders Frankenstein’s bride-to-be. A chase across the world then takes place, Victor determining…. “to pursue the demon who caused this misery until he or I shall perish in mortal conflict”. The terms used in describing Camera Angles Long Shot This shot will include the whole of any person who is in the photograph and there will be a lot of information about the setting. Mid Shot
The Mid Shot will show the person from waist upwards. We will be able to see some of the background, but the person will fill much more of the photograph than they do in the Long Shot. Close-Up The Close-Up is where the head and part of the shoulders fills the photograph. It is a very intimate shot. It is as if we are standing very close to the person, staring them in the face. We can tell a great deal about what emotion the person is feeling when this shot is used. Big Close-Up In this shot, one part of the person completely fills the photograph.
It shares the intimacy of the Close-Up but can be used to narrow down the focus of attention and present things with dramatic impact. Long shot Mid shot Close up Big close – up An account in report form, of a scene taken from a horror film. analysing the director’s choice of camera shots, lighting and sound in order to create the most effective visual images and therefore sustain the interest and suspense of the audience. Over the past few weeks, I have been studying an important scene from the film, Frankenstein.
I studied one of the most pivotal scenes in the whole film, because Victor Frankenstein suffers the devastation of Elizabeth’s’ death. The director spent considerable time on it, to make it significant for the audience. The scene was set in and around a Nineteenth century Inn on the wedding night of Victor Frankenstein and Elizabeth, his new bride. Although it was meant to be a momentous event for the couple, it all goes horribly wrong when the Creature enters the scene and murders Elizabeth.
In this section of the coursework, I will examine each aspect of the scene in detail. The opening scene takes you to Victor and Elizabeth’s hotel room on their honeymoon; they are on the bed about to consummate the marriage. There is a very passionate feel to this part due to camera techniques and choices made by the director. The camera angles used in this scene were close-up in some instances and the extreme close-up; this is because the director wants to expand the intimacy and involve the viewer in “their secret” moment.
Close-up’s and Extreme close-ups can be very intimate shots, it is as if we are very close to the person – we can tell a great deal about their emotions, and we need to tell that Victor and Elizabeth are both very content and romantic. Victor is on top of Elizabeth and there is a rotational shot of them kissing… this is a whirlpool of love that makes the audience feel very passionate and enables them to share in their intimacy. This is further developed by the camera going behind some of the scenery, so the viewer feels as if he is almost spying in on their wedding night.