Ancillary Text 1 – Film Poster:
Ancillary Text 2 – Film Review:
- Levi Strauss (Binary oppositions) – I will use binary oppositions to highlight the difference between the ‘purity’ of the protagonist as well as the evil to convey the difference and illustrate the message to ‘expect the unexpected’. GOOD VS EVIL.
- Roland Barthes (Enigma theory) – The theory which suggests any text (e.g tv and film) makes the audience question something and intrigues the audience, drawing them in. I will use this in my film as I will engage the audience and make them ask questions such as “Who is chasing him?”, “What happened in his past?” and “What will happen next?”, however I will leave the film on a cliff hanger which will keep the audience hooked and leave the question “what happens next?” unanswered.
- Propp’s Narrative theory – I will challenge this convention as I will have the main character as both the hero and the villain, who disrupted the equilibrium by committing a murder but also trying to restore the equilibrium.
- Todorov’s Narrative theory – I will follow this theory as there will be an attempt to repair the previous equilibrium but because I will leave the film on a cliff hanger there will be no new equilibrium established or having the previous equilibrium restored.
In action films there is always a stereotypical chase scene which creates drama, anticipation and excitement for the audience and is therefore a vital part of my film which will have the longest screen time. This means that I need to execute my chase scene well, so the analysis down below will reveal vital aspects for me to focus on.
This is a famous chase scene from the film ‘The Matrix’ (1999) which was made by the Wakowski Brothers:
The calm atmosphere is interrupted by the loud diegetic sound of the train stopping, resulting in Neo slowly turning his head to look (shown through a CU). The music intensifies, creating an eerie atmosphere when the agent Smith is shown (the antagonist).
A WEV shot is used to highlight that Neo is trapped. Later, the music continues to be intense and more POV shots are used to make the scene feel more realistic to the audience, as if they play a part in the film. Hand-held shots are used to create a sense of urgency, as well as making it more realistic and slightly disorientating for the audience.
Tracking shots speed up the pace of the chase scene even more and put the audience on the edge of their seats due to being fast paced and making the scene more dramatic.
The editing throughout is mainly short cuts making it fast paced and has a yellow/green tint, this relates to the colour associated with the Matrix (especially the titles shown down below) and highlights to the audience how even though it seems ‘real’ due to the camera angles, sound, editing, mise-en-scene and evening acting, he is in the Matrix which isn’t real. Furthermore, this is illustrated by the slow motion which keeps suspense and highlights that it isn’t the ‘real world’.
POV shots are used a lot throughout the scene, which are fast paced, conveying Neo looking around in panic and putting the audience on edge. Furthermore, the music throughout plays a vital part as it helps set the tone and create intense emotions for the audience such as suspense, fear and worry.
What were the main aspects that has influenced me and what I would like to include:
The main aspects that I liked about the scene was the camera angles and movement (POV, WEV, tracking, and hand-held cameras) as they made the scene more realistic and more dramatic, keeping the audience on edge throughout which every good action scene should do. Even though the Wakowski Brothers broke the conventions as it is shaky, I believe that it makes the scene better and more authentic. The editing played a vital part as well because it created the fast paced scene, conforming to action codes and conventions but also broke this by having a slow motion scene which I would love to include. Finally, the audio was incredible as it helped set the tone and matched what was happening on the screen (synchronous sound).
This is the copyright and royalty free music that I found on YouTube by a channel called ‘WHAT Pictures’ who dedicate their channel to making copyright and royalty free music for any use, including for a short film. They have vast variety of high quality music and therefore will try to use their music in my short film.
The video above is the music that I will use for my chase scene as it is high quality and is very stereotypical action genre music due to being fast paced and dramatic.
‘WHAT Pictures’ explaining what their channel is about and why they do this: