Techniques and Their Effects- the Truman Show

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The Truman Show

In the film “The Truman Show”, directed by Peter Weir, many techniques are strategically used to position the audience to respond emotionally to Truman Burbank. Techniques such as lighting, music, camera shots and angles are used in three specific scenes throughout the film co-ordinated by the shows director Christof. He uses these techniques to encourage the show’s audience to believe that what they are watching is unscripted and real.
The first scene “Introducing Truman- Day 10,909” is an example of one of these scenes as it uses techniques to introduce to the audience Truman’s world as one that is cheerful, happy and bright. As Truman gets ready for his day at work the scene has bright lighting and the costumes are
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When Truman does not walk into his workplace the show’s audience respond with excitement and a sense of pride. High angle tracking shots are used as cameras follow Truman and his every step, unable to anticipate his next move. The reverse shot in the side mirror of a car closely follow Truman and as several people obstruct the view it appears as if Truman is trying to get away and disappear from the scrutiny of the cameras. Truman tentatively surveys the area and for the first time listens to conversations around him. Close up shots of several conversations position the audience to also question those around Truman. These techniques used position the audience to respond with enthusiasm and delight towards Truman and his suspicions about the world he lives in. It is no longer seen as perfect.
In the third scene “Truman 's Dad Returns”, the atmosphere is depressing and dark as Truman finally realises what is happening. The lighting is bright and happy as the police return Meryl and Truman to their home. Meryl reflects this bright lighting with her smile and belief that she is in control of the situation. Whereas Truman is slouched over in his chair provoking the audience to feel sorry for his sadness and his dark and gloomy expression. When the camera focuses back on Meryl, however the audience is positioned to feel enlightened by her smile and positive attitude. As Truman starts to get serious and the knife is pulled out dramatic music possesses the background. The room

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