Lovefield...<br />Sets the tone at the beginning as a thriller/horror through the ambient sound and setting, however at the end there is a reversal of expectations (much like in surrealist films that I have based my film around).<br />The editing is very smooth and uses a lot of quick, clean cuts again representing a suspenseful film with an ominous feel.<br />Director – Mathieu Ratthe<br />Released - December 2009<br />The title ‘Lovefield’ contradicts audience expectations at the beginning because we are expecting something horrific like a murder, however when a child is born we see that ‘Lovefield’ is an appropriate title.<br />The Mise-en-scene shows a black crow that sets the tone even more a film of the horror genre because its something we stereotypically associate with death and the man himself seems suspicious, creating a sense of foreboding until the end of the film.<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4meeZifCVro<br />The sound that is used really comes across as foreboding and tense, the harsh noises coming from the crow keep the audience tense throughout until the end when the sound of a baby crying reveals all and our expectations are reversed. <br />
Signs...<br />The editing of the film has a lot of transitions to show mainly time passing and ‘Frendo’s’ increasing stress and boredom. Another effect is ‘Frendo’ remaining at the same pace while everyone around him is in fast-forward, this all represents how he feels about his life.<br />Director – FourColorFilms<br />Released – February 2009 <br />The film uses diegetic and non-diegetic sound throughout, the diegetic including his conversations with customers, the parties and being sick. The non-diegetic includes the music that is played in the background to set the tone.<br />All the Mise-en-scene locates the audience in Frendo’s life, it uses all the typical scenery we would expect to see in his office, his home and out at a nightclub. The dialogue used (diegetic sound) also makes it clear what his role is in life (travel agent) and his tone suggests he is not happy.<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ALe5Q0l8x0&feature=related<br />The camera angles focus almost entirely on ‘Frendo’ especially after his transformation, and he remains centre frame throughout. His eerie facial features (the obscene smile) is focused on a lot in the film.<br />
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