Media language investiation

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  • 1. Media LanguageInvestigationEmma Matthew
  • 2. I will be reviewing media language within the trailersfor the following films:
  • 3. Cinematography – Within this trailer they used a lot of close ups and mid shotseven extreme close ups like the eye for example, to show the detail of the horror andgive up an in-depth feel as if we’re in the mind of the characters within the horror film.They also use close ups to show facial expressions and body language of the character.Editing – The cuts in the trailer between each shot is very fast pace creating tensionfor the audience wondering what’s going to happen next. There are a lot of fade outsthis is so that the images go black which is the colour associated with death and horrorfilms but also because the disturbed image stays with the audience for longer making itmemorable.Sound – Non diegetic music plays throughout the horror trailer, which is mostlychildren singing a nursery rhyme which gives off an eerie feeling and builds up tensionfor the audience. The key action parts of the trailer which is fast pace in order to makethe audience jump more they use louder non diegetic sounds to emphasise the action.Mise En Scene – Most of the scenes use very dark lighting to use a commonconvention of horror films this makes it recognisable as a horror film to the audience.They also use fire to show there is a lot of action going on which connotes with thehorror genre.
  • 4. Cinematography – Within this trailer they used a lot of close ups and longshots/establishing shots for example the house, to show the eeriness of where character will bebased during the film. The long shots are very gloomy representing death which is associated withthe horror film genre. They also use close ups to show facial expressions and body language of thecharacter or even objects that may have a quality like human beings making it supernatural whichis included in most horror films.Editing – The cuts in the trailer between each shot is quite slow to go along with the sound thispace creating tension for the audience wondering what’s going to happen next. There are a lot offade outs this is so that the black screen is associated with death and horror films. There are also alot of motivated cuts to make it obvious who the characters and places are within the film such as“house”.Sound – A child like nursery rhyme tune starts to play but its diegetic because the audience cansee the toys are playing this by themselves which gives off an eerie feeling because toys aren’talive. This nursery rhyming music starts to speed up and once it does the pace of the trailer speedsup with it. A child speaks over this rhyme and children are normally associated with horror filmsbecause they see things that adults don’t because of their child like imaginations.Mise En Scene – Most of the scenes are very gloomy, dark and old because theseconventions are commonly associated with horror films. The wide open space is also associatedwith the horror genre because it’s very lonely and anything can happen to the character and no onecould help them.
  • 5. Cinematography – Within this trailer they used a lot of close ups mainly on the little girl theyhave done this because children are usually associated with horror films because they see thesupernatural things going on within the film and adults can not because of their restricted imagination.They also use close ups on the little girl to show her facial expressions and body language to makethe audience feel sympathy for her so they watch her close which makes it easier to make themjump.Editing – The cuts in the trailer are quite slow to go along with the sound this pace createstranquillity at the start so that the audience are at easy and believe they won’t be spooked. There arevery slow shots throughout to build up the suspension but also when something scary appears itstays with the audience for longer trying to make them even more scared. There are fast paced cutswhen the action starts to happen. When the little girl is grabbed by one of the dead ghosts the sceneturns black and white to show you death which is common associated with the horror genre.Sound – The trailer opens with non diegetic music which is like someone playing on the banjo tomake the audience feel at easy and as if nothing scary will happen. Once the supernatural deadpeople are being seen the music speeds up and is more haunting, fast pace and it has a lot of stingsto frighten the audience which is associated with the horror genre.Mise En Scene – The trailer starts of very bright and happy to make the audience feelpeaceful but once supernatural things start to happen it turns dark which is associated with horrorfilms. The little girl is blonde to show her innocence but she is also linked to a stereotypical women inthis way. The sign with ‘God Bless’ also show that these supernatural beings are spiritual which iscommonly used in horror films. The woods is used as the setting which is commonly associated withhorror films because its very secluded and no one from the outside world would know what washappening because its very cut off and lonely.