Analyse the ways spielberg uses the camera to create meaning in the film jaws
By Chloe Abraham
This shot is a establishing shot. It is
making the audience aware of the film’s
setting. This shot is also a tracking shot.
It follows the path of the boy going from
the sea, onto the beach to go and talk to
his mother. They have used a tracking
shot because you can see more of the
surroundings relative to the character.
This shot shows three lifeguard chairs in
the one shot which are empty. This tells
the audience that if there is trouble at the
beach, there are no professionals to save
This shot is also an establishing shot,
but this time it is showing the
surroundings of a different character.
This shot is a medium close up and a
long shot. The sheriff on the right is in
the foreground in a medium close up
whereas the people on the left are in
the background in a long shot. The
expressions of the people and the
sheriff contrast to one another. The
people in the background are happy
and are enjoying themselves at the
beach, whereas the sheriff looks
concerned and worried about
something. Also, the sheriff is fully
clothed in dark clothing, whereas the
people in the background are wearing
colourful swim suits. This shows the
contrast between the happy people in
the background and the sheriff who is
worried and concerned.
This shot shows an extreme long shot
of a person floating in the sea. The
person is in the centre of the screen
drawing attention to themselves and
showing the audience that the person
is what they should be focusing on in
this shot. There is no one else in the
shot which shows that the person is
isolated from everyone else. The
person looks very small and vulnerable
in this shot because it is taken from
such a long way away. There are three
layers to this shot, the sand, the sea
and the sky. The sea is the biggest
section in this shot which draws the
attention to the sea and what is in it.
Also, in this shot, the sea is very calm.
We can tell that nothing is going to
happen yet because everything is very
peaceful and still.
These shots show the
dog and the boy going
into the sea. Both the
shots are long shots. By
the dog and the boy
entering the sea, they
have caused a
disruption in the sea.
The sea is no longer
calm and peaceful.
These shots show the
sheriff. These shots are like a
zoom in but a zoom is just
one shot, whereas there are
multiple shots. Each shot
gets closer and closer to the
sheriff. Between each shot,
people walk in between the
sheriff and the camera.
These people are blocking
his view from the sea. These
shots have a shallow depth
because the main focus is on
the sheriff and not on the
people walking in front of
These shots are point of
view shots. First we are
looking at the sheriff
and then we are looking
at the person in the sea.
We presume in our
minds that the sheriff is
actually watching the
person in the sea.
However this does not
mean that these to
shots were filmed at the
These shots are
over the shoulder
shots and also
point of view
shots. Over the
allow us to see the
location of the
to each other.
This shot shows a deep
depth. The sheriff is in the
foreground, the lady he is
talking to is in the mid
ground and the children
are in the background. All
three layers are in focus
because all three layers
are as important as each
other. The sheriff has been
distracted, and in that one
moment when he is not
concentrating, all the
children go into the sea.
This shot shows the
point of view of the
shark. We can tell this
because of the music
being played. The music
is non-diegetic (added in
This shot is called a
contra-zoom. This is
when the camera is
zoomed in while the
camera tracks forward.
In this example it shows
the emotion of
realisation on the
sheriff’s face when the
shark has attacked.
Usually this shot is used
to show the emotion on
This shot is a long shot. It
shows the boy’s lido which
has been destroyed. The
lido has been deflated
much like the boy who has
drowned. Also in this shot
you can see the colour red
in the sea. This represents
the boys blood which is
iconography of death. The
colour of the lido makes
the colour of the blood
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