Dawn of the Dead


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Dawn of the Dead

  1. 1. Dawn of the Dead <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inmy6Bl3d70 </li></ul><ul><li>From 0:40 to 5:28 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Genre <ul><li>Dawn of the Dead is in many ways a typical horror film </li></ul><ul><li>The opening clip shows this in a number of ways. </li></ul><ul><li>Has many typicality's of the genre. Sound, camera, editing. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Editing <ul><li>The film starts with a higher occurrence of traditional smooth cuts </li></ul><ul><li>There is also shot reverse shot as the nurse talk to each other, this shows the normality of their conversation. </li></ul><ul><li>This continuity editing means that the audience can develop an empathy for the character. </li></ul><ul><li>At moments when the director is trying to create fear there are fewer cuts. The scene will focus either on the character who is being affected, or the subject that they are looking at. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Target Audience <ul><li>The target audience of a film is very important for a film so that the organization can better target it’s adverts or tailor the film to it’s audience needs. </li></ul><ul><li>The target audience for this film would be primarily male between 18 & 30 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sound <ul><li>The Sound plays a large part in the atmosphere of a horror movie. </li></ul><ul><li>It is used a lot to create tension and suspense. This is seen when the protagonist approaches the ambulance, there is a deep bass noise, then the sound becomes quieter leaving a silence that unnerves the viewer. </li></ul><ul><li>In this clip there are a number of cases of Diegetic sound , such as the sirens of emergency vehicles which are also telling the user that all is not well. </li></ul><ul><li>When the monster is revealed the scene starts very quietly, </li></ul><ul><li>Suspense: crescendos, booming drum, sudden quiet, background noise </li></ul><ul><li>Non Diegetic: Background swirling creepy noise, Booming drum, alerting music </li></ul><ul><li>Diegetic : radio, sirens, creaking door, growl </li></ul>
  6. 6. Mis-en-Scene <ul><li>The Mis-en-Scene is very important as it encompasses a wide variety of subjects. </li></ul><ul><li>It helps to set the realism of the film </li></ul><ul><li>In the hospital there are many hints to tell the viewer that they are in a hospital, such as scrubs, x-rays & charts. Hospital provides clue to the nature of the film (infection or disease) </li></ul><ul><li>One of the typicality's of Horror is the make-up and blood effects. In Dawn of the Dead we see the zombie’s grotesque blood and flesh. This is a very important part of horror to unsettle or disgust the audience. </li></ul><ul><li>The dark lighting in Horror films enhances the atmosphere of fear and makes it harder for the viewer to discern what the antagonist is and as they do not know what it is they will be more scared. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Representation <ul><li>Often in Horror representation is very important to inform the viewer of the role each character will perform in the film </li></ul><ul><li>The Neighborhood the protagonist lives in is a typically Caucasian middle class suburban area. The activities the people are performing are typical. (trivial matters: days off, golf, tv, skating) </li></ul><ul><li>The female character is shown to be more scared and weak than the male character </li></ul>
  8. 8. Camera <ul><li>The camera is one of the most important aspects in any filmimg. This is no different in the horror genre. </li></ul><ul><li>As the ambulance drives out of the hospital the camera switches to a high angle to show the protagonists weakness compared to the chaos soon to unfold. </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to this is soon after this she is driving home in the car, it cuts to a bird’s eye view of her driving alone on the road, this emphasizes her insignificance and also highlights the strangeness of the situation that no one else is on the roads. </li></ul><ul><li>Before the zombie is first shown a lot of the shots are filmed not at eye level, this may be disconcerting for the viewer </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, when the zombie steps into the light the camera cuts to a close-up to better show the disgusting or scary features. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Narrative <ul><li>The script is important in horror so that the viewer knows what is happening in the film at the moment, it’s also useful to let the viewer understand why the abnormal events are occurring. </li></ul><ul><li>We can see evidence of Toderov’s narrative theory. The film starts at an Equilibrium where everything is normal, then there is a disruption of the strange disease. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the script is important in this film, the director gives the viewer some hints to the nature of the film, the strange diagnosis, ambulance crews on alert & news reports. </li></ul>