How camera shots are used inopening sequences to create meaning Aivaras Vaitiekunas
Extreme long shot This is an extreme long shot which shows the location of the film and where the characters are going to be at the beginning of the film. To the audience this shows that the train station and the train will be the key to this scene and shows that some sort of action will happen here.Extreme long shots are used to identify the location of the scene for the audienceShow any hidden things for example if someone is riding a car in the far corner oThe director wants the audience to spot the car.In this shot we see the Ferris wheel and itSeems like its a fair or an amusement parkThis also shows that this might be the secondLocation of the scene to which they are goingTo be heading to.
Long shot Long shots are used to show characterslocation and also the things going around them.In this shot we see that this is set in a tunnelwhich seems to be in a stadium and they areall dressed in the same cloths which us theaudience will think that they are either in agang or a group who is about to perform. In this shot we see that the group or gang in a long shot which shows the location wh seems like the entrance to something and this shows what they are wearing and thei movement. This also tells us that they are entering a location which something is abo happen, so this gives the audience some s
Medium shot The medium shot is a shot which allows the audience to see the characters clothing and body language and facial expressions. In this shot we see that the characters are wearing some vests with no shirts this shows the audience that they do not care how they look and tells us that they are some sort of rebels. We also see that they are wearing the same cloths which tells us that In this shot we see his body they are part of something language where the character is together. punching the handle bars in the train which shows us his rebellion side and also we see his facial expression which tells us that he is angry so he is trying to release the anger out on random objects.
Close up The close up is used to show the characters expressions or an objects details. In this shot we see that the character is having a conversation and we also see that he is not in a good mood. We can see that he is also looking like he has been frightened or just realised something bad has happened. In this shot we can see again that the character seems like he is talking to someone and his facial expression shows that he is not that happy. He is looking down into something or someone which tells us that he is making eye contact with someone below him or he is talking to a crowd.
Extreme close up The extreme close up is used to show the map of the locations the characters are riding past as you can see the picture on the right is of a train that keeps going past. The picture on the left shows the location of where the groups are going to. The extreme close ups are used to show extreme detail in an object or to show specific emotion for example an extreme close up of the eye to show the audience if the person is crying.
Track The track shot is a shot which follows the character or object being them. In this track shot we see the camera is following the characters behind them while they are walking through the tunnel.
Pan The pan shot is used to show something from side to side, like in this scene we see on the left it first shows the fire in the vase which shows that the fire is danger so this can indicate to us that there might be danger and then on the right we see that the camera has moved from left to right (pan shot) and we see that there is a lot of people and this can mean that there will be some danger since there was the fire on the start of the pan shot.
Tilt The tilt shot is used in the same way as the pan shot just this time it goes from down to up or up to down to show something inside of a wardrobe or to show more detail in one shot like they have done in this one. On the left we see that the picture is only showing the peoples feet which we cant see a lot of detail in that and then on the right we see that the camera tilts up to show more detail in what they are doing and where they are, as we can see that the group of gang members are walking the subway and scaring people in the process.
Zoom Zoom is used to show emotions and expressions and how the characters are feeling, specially for horrors and thrillers and many other genres of film. In this shot we can see that actor is picking up money and then when he is walking away the camera zooms out to show his body and his body language.
Cut These are the first two shots of the first scene of the movie. The cut jumps from one scene to another which is still the same mood and it both has the black scene with the lights on which show that scene is dark. The first scene lasts for 00:23 seconds which is the scene on the left and then it jumps to another scene of the train and the scene on the right lasts from 00:23 to 01:03 with the same mood but it has some more effects than the still video of the ferris wheel, which the right scene has a moving video which it follows the train to the location it is going.
pace The pace of the video is slow at the start and it keeps switching from one scene to another in the same pace to show the audience about the characters and the locations and in the scenes where the trains are going past the clip speeds up and then slows down to normal pace again.
Performance – speech In this performance we hear that the character is talking about how the owner ‘sirus’ wants everything to be calm and he talks in a calm manner which tells the audience that he is chilled out character. In this scene we also hear that the character is also talking to the person in a smooth way without any angry expressions so they seem to be chilled out
Performance – body language In this scene we see that the main group seems to be chilled out and the guy on the left is just holding on to the handle bars while everyone else is just play fighting this shows that the character on the left does not care about his friends messing around. Also we can see that the guy on the right is upset because of the middle man and this is also shown through his body language by slouching forward and having a sad face. The guy in the middle is stood up with his arms out looking like he is about to fight. The shot on the right shows the group standing together in the train and they all look like they are worried or thinking about something for example the person in the middle seems like he is
Performance – facial expressions In this shot we see that the actor seems to be focused and interested in what he is thinking, this can be engaging because he seems interested and the audience would like to know why. The way we can tell that the character is looking up with his mouth closed and his eyebrows close together slightly facing up. In this shot we see that both of the characters are talking to each other they both look angry. The way we can see this is by both of their mouths closed and their eyebrows
Diegetic The sound in the beginning is high pitched with bells ringing then it gets louder and louder as the song progresses with the rest of the instruments. The music stops as the first character starts speaking and then begins again with a more upbeat tempo song and the drums begin to play when the second character starts speaking. The music is good because it gets the audiences attention by having a upbeat song and get everyone buzzing when it progresses more and more. The song sets the mood for the film as it is a mysterious song with a mysterious start to the movie because we don’t know whats about to
Non-diegetic There are a few non diegetic sounds within the beginning of the film when the train is moving the sound is heard with it which tells us that they didn’t make the sound up. The non diegetic sound also comes from the characters speaking. We also hear non diegetic sound from when the group is entering the train this would have less affect to the audience if they only had music playing because it would not be as realistic. Some sounds are enhanced for better audio experience for example when the characters are speaking the sound from the wind which the camera picked up makes it sound more realistic
Mise en scene - Setting The setting in the opening sequence of the film ‘The Warriors’, there are two main locations. One of them is the train which they all meet up and go to their second location which is the playground. The train looks like its been vandalised which might mean that the city they are in might of been bad place because there are graffiti on the trains sides. This relates to the audience because they might be curious in why they are going through a dangerous looking place. The second location we see that everyone is in a playground and there are a lot of people. While everyone is colour coordinated fir example some of the groups have different colours to others and this is suspicious for the
Mise en scene - Costume Each character has the same clothing within the groups but they still have other types of costume for example the guy on the right has some head gear on which represents him. The small towel looks like its been warn out which the audience might wonder why and it might be that the movie is full of action and fast pace cuts. The red jacket looks like its been hand made with quality fabric which shows to the audience that they have to have money to make them clothes, which show that character must have been through a lot of experience. This time the character on the right has different type of clothing which the group also have. Each group has their styles with a little twist from each character for example the character on the left of the middle character has a white strip which he might think it looks better on him or it might be a rank system.
Mise en scene - FigureexpressionFacial expression The facial expression in this shot shows that the character is serious and focused on what he is doing. This shows to the audience that he is knowing what he is doing. Although there is not that much facial expressions in the start because everyone is confused or either focused on going to their destination.
Mise en scene - Props There was not a lot of props used in the start of the opening sequence but they did use money which the character used to let his group past the security in the train station. The second prop which was used was a graffiti spray can this was told for the character to use everywhere so that everyone knows that the group has been there. The audience are curious and suspicious because they will wonder why the second prop (spray can) was used to spray around the city for others to