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    • MEANING IN SEVENL.O To analyse the film seven to enable you tounderstand the key micro elements and how they areused to create meaning
    • Homework A film of your choice What is the bigger meaning? Pick a key scene which uses micro elements to create meaning Support with stills
    • Seven In groups of 3/4, discuss what meanings you think the film seven had: Did you enjoy the film? Give reasons What was the purpose of the film? How did it make you feel? What meanings do you think it had? Did you notice any elements that created meaning or added to the experience of the film.
    • Key themes What do we think the key themes are within the film? Key ideas/themes within the film
    •  Apathy Violence Intelligence Modern society Sin/ wickedness The seven deadly sins
    • The seven deadly sins Pride is excessive belief in ones own abilities, that interferes with the individuals recognition of the grace of God. It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity. Envy is the desire for others traits, status, abilities, or situation. Gluttony is an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires. Lust is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body. Anger (wrath) is manifested in the individual who spurns love and opts instead for fury. It is also known as Wrath. Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual. It is also called Avarice or Covetousness. Sloth is the avoidance of physical or spiritual work.
    • Coursework 1500 word analysis of a film sequence Understanding film language: Mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing and sound. Film as construction Why are we doing this?
    • Connotation and denotation This connotes that.........
    •  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEZK7mJo PLY Watch the opening credits- how do they create meaning for the viewer? Take stills from the clip to support any key ideas that you might have
    • Remember to consider: What is being filmed (Mise-en-scene) How is it filmed (Cinematography) How is the material put together (editing) We will be looking at all of these features in preparation for your own analysis
    • Mise en scene literally means everythingMise-en-scene that you see in the scene Figure, expression Costume and movement Costume Setting and make up
    • Considering mise en scene, what informationcan you find out from this still?What other elements might you consider?
    • David SomersetCharacteristics used Characteristics used Watch the opening five minutes of the film: consider the two key characters. What features are used by the director to highlight the difference between the two characters?
    •  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWZU3pPZ Wig Consider how this clip sums up the major differences between the two characters
    • Apathy Apathy is a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and passion. “He’s the best tenant I have ever had” the idea that no one cares enough to know their neighbours or have any idea about what was happening to that man in the apartment
    • Costume and props When we consider costume we must also consider props and how these both work to create meaning and symbolism for the spectator. Costume and props refer to items of clothing being worn by the characters or objects seen within a given setting In simple terms the costume can act as a uniform which places the character within a particular group and role within that group The props allow an authentic sense of place or as symbols.
    • Costume Does the costume suggest a certain historical period? How does the costume indicate genre? What does the costume suggest about the characters’ social, cultural, national background? Do the characters significantly change their costumes over the course of the film? If so what does this indicate about their changing feelings/fortunes/status? What do the costumes suggest about the way a character feels about themselves? The impression they want to make on others?
    • Costume http://www.tubechop.com/watch/95413 In terms of costume and props, how does this scene indicate to the spectators, the character of somerset?
    •  Methodically laying out his clothes Picking up a series of carefully laid out items A sense of carefulness in the way he gets himself ready Meticulous
    • What do the costumes highlight abouteach character?
    • The way in which they approach the crime and solving is reflected in their different costumes.
    •  Re watch the two scenes where they are trying to solve the crime: how does this scene highlight their differences?
    • John Doe
    • Costume What is the importance of the similarity of dress between Somerset and John Doe? What does this mean for the audience? Does it link in with anything that the director is trying to do?
    • Costume What is the importance of the similarity of dress between Somerset and John Doe? What does this mean for the audience? Does it link in with anything that the director is trying to do?
    • Props Books act as a key prop throughout the film For Somerset they provide KNOWLEDGE which reveals the killers motivations For John Doe books record his thoughts and reasons for his sins, they provide KNOWLEDGE a key idea that links him with Somerset For Mills- He has the cliff notes which are seen several times throughout the film, this is reflective of his character in what way?
    • Setting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8m69o_1PoQ &feature=relmfu The sex club scene Consider how setting is used to create meaning for the audience. What other micro elements are used to create meaning for the audience?
    •  The editing between the two different interviews is used to reinforce the juxtaposition of ideas between John Doe and the people of society. The sex club worker seems to feel that its just the way life is- does matter if he likes it or not- apathy
    • John Does apartment Re watch the scene from John D apartment- what does this mise en scene connote to the audience?
    •  The irony of the cross and the holy bible Red cross symbolises his thoughts The books connote his intelligence and perhaps he sees himself on par with the authors of great literature. The red light under the door symbolising the idea of opening the door to hell Similarities in terms of use of colour with the sex club scene
    • When we are consideringmise en scene we canconsider what we connotewith the use of constant rain.How does this foreshadowsevents?The idea that the rainsuggests a hopeless andnever ending situation.
    • Darkness and de saturation:grime, dirt- just like thesociety that they are tryingto save.
    • Cinematography Colour Lighting Camera angle Saturation
    • Lighting in seven Throughout the film the lighting is minimal to reflect the darkness of society. There are moments however when it is lighter. The light is brighter in Seven when they are in Brad Pitts house This would be three point lighting used here http://www.tubechop.com/watch/98130
    • The darkness outsidethe room could besymbolic of what?
    • http://www.tubechop.com/watch/98131 When they begin to discuss the murder again, the lighting changes and you see more use of shadow and darkness.
    •  At the end the light is an odd colour suggesting the use of a filter. The colour is almost one of decay and represents the events to come. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGhFmDl2D Ng&feature=related
    •  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXn0aPTvY eY&feature=related Consider the changing light in this scene- especially with the lighting that has been around her in previous scenes.
    • John Doe chase scene Re watch the scene and focus on how sound and camera angles are used to create a response in the spectator
    •  Canted angles Camera movements hand held Use of diegetic sounds
    • Sound Listen to the opening of the film: what do you hear? What does this aim to achieve
    •  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7J02CRoY Uk The sloth scene