Analyse the Ways the Director Builds Suspense and Scares the Audience in the Film Jaws.

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‘Jaws’ is a 1975 American horror thriller film, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a best-selling novel by Peter Benchley. ‘Jaws’ is set at Amity Island of USA. The film is about a police chief Martin Brody of Amity Island, a fictional summer resort town; Brody just like other police chief’s tries to protect his people and tourists from a giant white shark by closing the beach although he is overruled by the town council who want the beach to remain open, so that the town can make profit from tourists during the summer season. The reason for this is that on the 4th July 1776, the declaration on independents of America was approved by the Contental Congress. So therefore Americans use this day to celebrate and people go on holidays …show more content…
The camera technique used is a Medium Long Shot; this allows the audience to see the attack and the surroundings in more detail.

The director builds up fear for the shark by making the music seem sly and dangerous. The director also makes the music seem like the kind of music you would expect from a murder film. He also builds tension by showing all the attacks in detail and comes quite at a distance so you can see just what actually happens to the victims as if you were watching from the beach. However during the film the shark is described as 25 feet long and weighing 3 tons, several time, this is in a way of giving the audience clues and it even creates a picture in the audiences heads of what its finally going to look like. In the film other sharks are also mentioned as well as the great White Shark, although they both almost paint the same image in the audience’s head as they both show you different ways physical and emotional damages that the shark can cause. The ‘Physical’ techniques used are usually to scare the audience in a sodden movement. And the ‘Emotional’ technique is used to scare the audience very slowly by getting the message across