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The shining opening sequence camera shots 2[1] lh

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Looking at a horror film of two people sitting down, I looked at the shining, i divided each shot and explained why each shot was used.

Looking at a horror film of two people sitting down, I looked at the shining, i divided each shot and explained why each shot was used.


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  • 1. The Shining Opening sequence Camera Shots By Laura Hartnett
  • 2. Establishing shot LS, shows the main character walking towards the room.Shows the surroundings in the shot. A Pan is used in this shot, as the camerafollows the character towards the door.
  • 3. MLS- Showing the character walking into the room, where the interview takesplace. In this shot, the camera is totally focused on Jack Torrance the maincharacter as the director wants the audience to be focused on him.
  • 4. Master shot, showing the character walking through the doorway to theinterviewer.
  • 5. Medium long shot, showing the main character and interviewer meeting.
  • 6. Profile 3 shot, showing three characters the director has chosen this camerashot to show both characters so when they meet you can see both reactions.
  • 7. 3- shot, the director is showing the main character sitting down and the interviewerabout to sit down and talk to him.
  • 8. Once the female character leaves, there is a fade out.LS of the hotel.
  • 9. OTS two shot, the main character meeting the hotel tourguide, throughout this shot there is no close ups or extreme closeups, the shot is very still to keep the audience relaxed.
  • 10. OTS two shot where two characters are sitting, the director has chosen this shot toshow Jack Torrance and the tour guide reactions to the questions asked from theinterviewer.
  • 11. OTS shot of the interviewer from behind these two characters, the director hasswitched the camera over to this side of the setting so the audience can see theinterviewer’s reaction.
  • 12. CU shot of the interviewer, throughout the scene there are no two-shots orextreme close ups this keeps the audience relaxed so when an unexpectedhorror scene occurs the audience will become more tense. Kubrick has madeno soft music in the background or background noise happening, whichmakes the scene seem harmless and makes the audience feel at ease.
  • 13. CU shot of the main character Jack Torrance, the shot is again verystill, so sign of built up close ups or unexpected music, this makes thecharacter seem trustworthy and the audience is relaxed by thecharacters presence.
  • 14. CU again of the interviewer, although we see the character with thecamera slightly at an angle to the left, the director does not wantany extreme build up with camera shots this early in the film. He istrying to keep the audience calm because this is the start of the film,and according to Todorov’s narrative theory they have not reachedthe disruption to the equilibrium.
  • 15. Another medium shot of Jack Torrance, at this point he has heardabout the tragedy that happened to the last family that stayed in thehotel, and there is a slight build up of a close up, to keep theaudience interested, because the audience wants to know hisreaction to this.
  • 16. MS of the tour guide , again this shot is very silent, no backgroundnoise and it makes the audience feel like this character is judgingJack Torrance’s character, judging him on whether they shouldallow him to rent out the hotel, to make sure he doesnt seemsuspicious, as they dont want him to repeat the last caretakersintentions.
  • 17. Final MS of the interviewer showing his final question to the main character.
  • 18. Another MS of the main character, after this shot it is the end of thescene, which ends in a fade out.