Analysis of Steven Spielberg's Creation of Tension and Suspense in Jaws

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Analysis of Steven Spielberg's Creation of Tension and Suspense in Jaws The essay is about analysing the ways the director builds suspense and scares the audience I shall explain the effects of the following: Sound and music, camera shots, red herrings and tension in the plot. I will also include a conclusion and will give my vies on the scariest moment of the film and provide my reasons for this The film is called Jaws. We get some idea of what the movie is about by this title. Steven Spielberg directed the film. The story involves a series of attacks on swimmers by a great white shark. The effects of the shark attacks threaten the future of the resort's tourist business, and. Finally,…show more content…
Chrissie decides to go for a swim. We get a shot from underneath the water with mysterious music lasting around ten seconds when the musical cue for the shark cuts in. The point of view shot works really well with the music, as we do not yet know what is in the water. The director keeps us, the viewers; unaware of what is actually the culprit of these revolting attack. As the film progresses we learn to associate the music with an imminent shark attack. The next attack is that of a little boy Alex kintner. There are people playing on the beach and in the water. Brody (the police chief) is sitting tentatively, watching things intently. He hears screams from a young girl, but of course they are playful screams. Then we see a man playing fetch the stick with his dog. We also see a rather large lady go into the water, and finally we meet Alex Kintner. These are all very likely suspects of the next shark attack. Alex Kintner goes out on his lilo into the water. Then we get a point of view shot from under the water, but no music. The shark is not yet there. Something is approaching but we are not sure if we are being teased or not. Meanwhile we see a stick floating in the water and the man calling out for his dog. This makes us feel uncomfortable as the suspense increases. Next we see more children splashing and then the film cuts to a point of view shot

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