Analysis of the Ways the Director Builds Suspense and Scares the Audience in Jaws

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Analysis of the Ways the Director Builds Suspense and Scares the Audience in Jaws

We studied the film “JAWS”, which was made by award winning director Steven Spielberg. ====================================================================

“JAWS” was based on Peter Benchley’s number one best-selling novel in 1974. The Plotline for the film is about a police officer, a scientist, and a grizzled sailor who set out to kill a great white shark, which has been menacing the seaside community of Amity Island. The film was set in a seaside resort in America called Amity. The sign, which first introduces us to Amity Island, tells us that it is celebrating its 50th annual regatta on the 4th – 10th
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The music clouds your vision and makes you imagine and believe something that actually isn’t even there. It builds tension and the music gives a dramatic and eerie effect. Other example of how music of silence is used to scare the audience or build tension will be discussed next.

The first scene, Chrissie strips to go swimming in the sea, the man from the same camp – where music is playing and the atmosphere is happy and relaxed – is chasing her towards the beach. The man is drunk and collapses; Chrissie has been in the sea already, for a long time on her own. The water is calm and you can here it lap against itself and brush up to the shore and a warning bell is heard that is used to warn ships and other obstacles. Suddenly the camera shot dips under the water, the dramatic music from the title sequence begins. The audience can see Chrissie swimming, as the music continues getting faster the sharks presence is made known to the audience. As the shark approaches her – her legs are dangling downwards under the water. Just as soon as we have a close up of Chrissie legs, the camera shot goes above the water watching Chrissie she looks around. Everything is silent, by surprise the shark suddenly pulls from below (the camera makes it believable). Chrissie starts screaming, there’s splashing, lots of tension as the shark underneath, supposedly biting her legs moves about
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