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We used talcum powder for the child character, played by Kayda Ismajli. To accurately project the idea that she is dead. We used eye liner for Kayda to match the codes and conventions of how ghosts are represented in thriller films We used a canvas, apron and a paintbrush in order to demonstrate the lady’s love art. We used a apron to the further define the mother character as artist.
We used White plimsolls, with paint splattered on them so that the audience can infer that the female actor works on her art for long periods of time We used Red hair ribbons in order to portray the innocence of the child character. As red commonly signifies danger, and this reflects the subtle vengefulness seen in our child character
The medium long shot of the mother and child demonstrates the strong bond between mother and child that society has constructed. These two characters may leave the feeling uneasy as with the structure of any narrative there is always an equilibrium and disequilibrium. This possibly foreshadows binary opposition between the disequilibrium of the narrative and the innocence and assumed purity of the child. Through the use of point of view shots we feel as though we are the child experiencing the delights of spinning around on a Mary-go sound. Such a innocence and balanced narrative structure is being represented through the use of this child character. The director of this film has taken into consideration the methodology of Hitchcock films and placed the camera in a extreme- close up of the young girl’s eyes. This allows use to build a personal relationship (which is part of the uses and gratification theory which suggests that as viewers we gain four gratifications from a film.) with the character, emotion comes directly from the actors eyes. And so added with the fact that this character is a child we are reeled into the narrative and although we know something bad is going to happen to her, we don’t want it to because through this extreme- close up we have built a connection with this character. Camera Angles The film starts with suspenseful piano non-diegetic sound. The use of this suspenseful sound is subtly creating tension within the viewer as classical music can be interpreted in different ways: it can be seen as calming and happy or in this case it can be used to reflect a sad or untoward mood. To me the music reflects a lot of emotion, more so when you see the mother and child character together. The audience infer from this music alone a lot of expressions of love and emotion is going to be reflected in this narrative. But the introduction of the violin suggests sadness and loss. Sound The mise en scene is set in a dull park setting in a park. The emphasis on this scene is that of the winter and dull setting. There is binary opposition within what we are meant to infer from her outfit and the actual mise en scene. Her pink outfit establishes her gender and emphasises the innocence connoted with young girls, and on the other hand the dull winter setting connotes the harshness of real life and is the hidden meaning that the adult or older teens are supposed to grasp. This coldness is reflected as the trees in the background have no leaves possibly foreshadowing death although this is unknown to the viewer at this point. Mise en scene
The medium long shot I explained earlier quickly changes to a long shot where a male character is seen overlooking because of the use of a long shot the audience infer that he is a stranger. We later realise that he is the child’s father; the director seems to purposely use a long shot to connote the distance in the family and also in the couples relationship. In the next scene a wide shot is used and through this we see binary opposition evident again of the medication and alcohol and the happy family. This wide shots links in with the long shot of the father; we infer that there is big distance into getting the once happy family in the picture into reality again. And that it is impossible for them to be happy again. Camera Angles In the first scene the audience can immediately recognise the representation of a mother who is coping or appears normal for example her white clothing in the first scene reflects this notion of purity and the trust a child upholds within a parent. On the other hand in the second scene you infer of a normal wholesome family home, but the mother character is dressed in all black clothing signifying death and impurity. It suggests a connection between the sadness reflected through the violins earlier and a possible saddens within her. Mise en scene During the first scene there are no jump cuts suggesting that the child character is content and fulfilled around her mother. Through this a element of trust is reflected and we as viewers our fooled into the notion that there is a strong bond between these too and nothing could break it. These kind of false clues and paths our typical of the thriller genre. Editing
Editing The director uses a medium shot to introduce the female character; we see her facial expression that is one of determination and possibly fear we infer that she is trying to get away from someone or something. The tracking from behind makes us think that she is being chased. The motion within the camera whilst she is running does a great job in conveying her urgency. And as the camera movement gets stronger we start to feel that urgency and build a connection with this character and feel scared for us. The director uses spatial relations so we can see her in one shot running and then in the next shot we see a medium shot of a building when we see her in the building we are supposed to assume that she has entered the without actually seeing her entering. Camera Angles In this first scene there is non-diegetic sound, the music connotes a unsteady and complex setting, as there are many variations in the music; it goes from high pitched, to low pitched and then quite deep. Reflecting sadness, triumph and power. The subtle diegetic bird tweeting (or animal noise) emphasises the country side setting. Once she stops running she exchanges a couple of lines with a detective character. Her tone of voice is quite controlled and calm suggesting that she is not in any danger at all and that this was just a false clue. (typical of thriller films) Sound The mise en scene of the first scene is following the thriller conventions as it is in a forest, and the establishing shot shows trees without leaves suggesting the winter season, we can infer that the absence of life in the trees will be reflected onto the narrative and foreshadows death or disruption. The setting is very rural and looks like a deserted country side, no form of civilisation. This is even more daunting for the viewer because due to media such as newspapers the most extreme are seen to occur in a an area that is unknown, this puts thoughts and images into the mind of the viewer and the case might be that this setting is not going to reflect any of their thoughts. Mise en scene
As the camera is following this character and changing camera shots we piece these images together and make inferences according to her appearance. She is dressed very casually, with tracksuit bottoms on and what is interesting is the her jumper; it has loads of sweat on it, which is very worrying as we are not familiar with this character yet and so wonder what is wrong. It is daunting as the amount of sweat on her jumper suggests that she has been running for a long time and that she is in some kind of danger. Mise en scene As the camera is following this character and changing camera shots we piece these images together and make inferences according to her appearance. She is dressed very casually, with tracksuit bottoms on and what is interesting is the her jumper; it has loads of sweat on it, which is very worrying as we are not familiar with this character yet and so wonder what is wrong. It is daunting as the amount of sweat on her jumper suggests that she has been running for a long time and that she is in some kind of danger. Mise en scene Continued
The actor wore pyjamas to connote relaxation in the home, as the audience can relate to being relaxed in the home. Again we used this to emphasise normality,
We used this as the letter that is delivered to the protagonist. This is what is inside the envelope.
Camera angles in this first scene are used to immense effect to create tension, suspense and a feeling of stalking. There are many point of view shots used in a montage- style fashion. We are being introduced to the setting and the high angle shot connotes a sense of superiority making the viewer feel inferior and most importantly enticing them into the narrative. There is one last tilt from a high angle shot to a mid-shot of two women. This sudden change creates a sense of normality. It is normal as the audience are able to familiarise themselves with the setting as oppose to the opening scene and the camera movement. The camera in this scene is taking on human characteristics; we feel that we are somewhat the eyes of the antagonist, stalking this city. We link the opening establishing shots with the two very apparent normal women. Although the use of high angles tilts make us fearful and also not safe from the antagonist’s wrath even though we know no physical harm will come to us. Camera Angles There is the use of daunting deep instruments in the non-diegetic sound used for this opening sequence. The deep music connotes destructive power and links in with the city we are being introduced. When we associate with urban settings we don’t expect the dark and deep music that we infer to represent power and danger. We normally associate this music with a rural and unattractive mise en scene. Sound The mise en scene in the first scene is that of urban city life, and thus is reflective of modern day life. And so the fact that it is of the thriller genre makes it that much more ‘closer to home’ for the viewer. Whatever disequilibrium that is soon to come in this narrative will have the viewer wondering could this happen to me? The big expensive, elite looking buildings is in a sense intimidating as they are so big, this allows the viewer to infer of a destructive antagonist. The use of this daunting or powerful inner city mise en scene, tells the audience something bad is going to happen and so we become on edge, and anticipate for a destructive of frightening disequilibrium. Mise en scene
The women are in dialogue and some sense of urgency is portrayed by the director through tracking. This sense of urgency on the surface to the viewer does not seem unusual as modern day women have been portrayed as having busy lifestyles. But if the viewer is an active consumer then they would link this urgency with the opening scene and infer of something out of the ordinary. In the next scene there is a wide shot, but what is most interesting is the positioning of the characters. The man is represented as superior as he is standing at the top of the stairs. The two ladies are below him seem inferior. This suggests a conflict soon to come in the narrative between both females as the protagonists and not necessarily this man but a male antagonist. There is then a gradual zoom from a medium shot to a close-up. This conveys her facial expression which is one of enigmas. This also makes the audience feel uneasy, but it may lead the viewer to connect with this character as the female is aware of something untoward that is coming her way. Camera Angles The mise en scene changes from the elite powerful looking buildings to the city. We are introduced to two characters that are dressed in opposite types of clothing but both are reflective of a modern woman in an urban society. All they are dressed very differently. For example one is dressed in a more flamboyant coat whereas the other is dressed in all black clothing. This suggests to me that the one dressed in all black clothing is most aware of her surroundings. And the other one is more likely to be exploited by the antagonist later on in this narrative. Mise en scene
The first scene where the Protagonist ‘Kim’ is walking down the stairs on the phone, to go and look in the mirror. Once she has come down the stairs to look in the mirror. We used this shot in order to demonstrate voyeurism as she is admiring herself in the mirror so too is the viewer. The viewer is put into the position of the unknown antagonist This is where she receives the letter from her neighbour, we wanted to keep the level of normality high so the neighbours character is also bubbly and unsuspecting