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Director’s notes on Shawshank Redemption

The first week of film was very stressful as we had so much preparation to do. The murder scene dark to symbolise the dark hideous act of murder, which would create the uncertainty as to who actually committed the crime. The passionate music was added to show the contrast of the violent act of murder Read More

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Character Analysis – Ricky in American Beauty

Where is the beauty in a plastic bag, a deceased bird, a dead person? Strange questions you may think if you haven’t seen the film American Beauty but it is one person’s obsession with beauty that creates a fascination and a particular attraction towards it that makes it all comprehensible. Ricky Fitz, the new next Read More

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American Beauty by Dreamworks

American Beauty was distributed by Dreamworks in 1999 and won 5 Oscars, including one for cinematography. It was based on a play written by Alan Ball, and was directed by Sam Mendes. It is about a suburbanite nuclear family that has gone super critical, superficial and materialistic. There are three people in the family, the Read More

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How successful are the creators of The Empire Strikes Back in showing the conflict between good and evil

The factions of good and evil are effectively shown in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. The creators use a variety of techniques, such as symbols (signifiers), camera angles, props, costumes, lighting (including colours and shadows), music (and sound effects), and even the expressions and movement of the actors themselves. These features of film language all contribute Read More

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The Opening battle scene in Saving Private Ryan

In the few moments preceding the landing of the ships at Omaha beach, we see the scene from a subjective Point-of-view high angle shot (POV high) which detaches us from the scene and allows us to see an establishing shot of the action. We also see the scene from a normal subjective POV shot; this Read More

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Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking is a film based on the book of the same name – it recounts the experiences of Sister Helen Prejean, a nun from Louisiana. It focuses on her relationship with Matthew Poncelet, a convicted murderer on Death Row. There are five main themes that run through the film, and these are brought Read More

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The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense is a popular late 20th century supernatural thriller directed by M. Night Shyamalan, which made $600 million gross profit worldwide. Shyamalan is famous for twists and turns in his films and the sixth sense is no different. The sixth sense is about a distinguished child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe who had just Read More

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Saving Private Ryan Directed by Steven Spielberg

Directed by Steven Spielberg and acted by Tom Hanks, Saving Private Ryan, won the hearts of millions with its action packed storyline. Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) and his unit go on a mission to find Private James Ryan (Matt Damon), to tell him that his brothers have died at battle. The film also won three Read More