Analysis of The Cinematic Techniques That Are Used To Capture The Audience's Interest In The Opening Sequence Of The Film Of Mice And Men

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Analysis of The Cinematic Techniques That Are Used To Capture The Audience's Interest In The Opening Sequence Of The Film Of Mice And Men

In the first moments of a film, the director will attempt to capture the audience's imagination. He does this so that the audience maintains its interest. The Director will use a number of cinematic techniques to create a sense of urgency, suspense and dramatic tension. These techniques are often shown by fusing picture and sound. An example of a technique is mis-en-scene. This is described as the 'clues' in the frame of each shot such as the setting, props, use of colour, light contrast and body language. All these elements play a huge role in creating an atmosphere
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This effect could be foreshadowing coming events. Also the use of light in this scene is interesting. We see our first glimpse of the character George (although we do not know his name at this point), and his face is lit but only on one side. This type of lighting can also be described as 'Low-Key'. This gives the audience the impression that he is depressed or in deep thought. This creates a mysterious atmosphere and the audience wonders what the character's thoughts are. The camera then closes up onto the character's (George's) face. By closing up onto his face, you can see his facial expressions. Then the flashback begins.

The first major difference in this scene is the light. The light contrast is high between the two scenes. In this scene you see a girl running through barley fields. You can see her dress is ripped. This tells the audience that she has obviously been attacked. The use of colour in this scene has been used on purpose to put the running girl into main context. She is wearing a bright red dress against the light colour of barley. The effect of this is that the girl stands out and all attention is focused upon her. The camera is also set to medium shot. The effect of this is that we just about see her legs and it emphasizes the fact that she is struggling to run through the fields. You then start to hear her panting and you see a fixed close
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