Analysis of Opening Film Techniques Employed: Snatch

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Analysis Of Opening Techniques Snatch

  1. 1. Analysis of Opening Film Techniques Employed: Snatch Film Techniques Examples of typical film techniques used and why– Illustrate your findings with references to actual onscreen moments. Titling (colour, font style, over image or black, Begins with a plain black screen, thick white font is used timing, credits over the top informing us of production and distribution presentation etc) companies. Titles and credits later continue over the actual footage as it progresses into the film; actor’s names, costume designers etc are written on small black squares/rectangles in bold white font, once again in keeping with the simplistic original design. The credits and titling are fairly regular and continuous, roughly 5 or 6 seconds apart. Camera Movement (panning, tracking, crane There is little to no camera movement at first, shots are shot and crabbing etc) still and sustained on the two men on screen, sometimes in a mug shot style close up, allowing audience to focus and familiarize themselves with the characters. This lack of little movement continues as a result of the footage being shot as though through a CCTV camera. The actors walk in and out of frame. The camera pans back and forth and up and down as it moves from one CCTV monitor to the next. Movement suddenly speeds up when the criminals reveal themselves and begin the robbery. Movement is erratic and jolting, the camera spins, shakes and pans rapidly as it follows the action of the footage. Camera Angles (high and low angles etc) Over the shoulder shots are used at first, suggesting to us that the two men on screen are being interviewed, or questioned. These angles later develop into close ups, that resemble mug shots, suggesting to us that they are criminals and being interrogated. This opening allows the audience to be introduced and familiarize themselves with the main characters, one of which is the narrator. High angle shots are used continuously at first, as the beginning of the film is shot as though by a CCTV camera. The camera angles rapidly change when the robbery begins. Jaunty low-angle shots and shaken extreme close ups installs the required emotions of panic, fear and chaos.
  2. 2. Mise-en-scène (colour, figure, props, lighting, The colour scheme used throughout is dull and dreary. At objects, location and first the footage itself is filmed in black and white, as the setting;) CCTV cameras are filmed this way. Although, even when we move away from the black and white screens of the monitors, the colour footage is muted. The clothes of all characters seen on screen are black, white or grey: the suits of the men in the office, the casual clothes of the men being interviewed and the dark solemn robes of rabbi’s. This dully-coloured theme is continued via the set. The interior of the office is awash with dark and dreary colours: the furniture is black and grey, as are the walls. The rabbi costumes are significant as not only are they costumes, they are also disguises that allow the characters to enter the office that they later go on to rob, undetected. The characters also make use of the layered robes to hide their weapons underneath. Editing directions (Match cuts, jump cut, There is no major editing used to begin with, as reverse shots etc) mentioned the camera simply pans from side to side following action seen on monitors. This is filmed in one long continuous shot, with no cuts between. As the criminals begin the robbery and vandalize the office they are in, the editing becomes more enthusiastic and energetic. The footage rapidly cuts between shots and angles, increasing in speed until it reaches a climax, once again creating a chaotic atmosphere. There are no extensive editing techniques such as cross dissolves or fades used. All editing is sharp, sudden and immediate. Sound techniques (diegetic, non diegetic, At the very start, subtle, traditionally Jewish music plays silence, dialogue) as we hear the group of rabbis speaking to one another. This music has relation to what we are seeing on screen, allowing audiences to recognize they are watching. As the music is relatively slow it casts a calm and harmless atmosphere over the footage. There is a very sudden change in music as the villains re veal themselves and their guns. We move from silence and dialogue to an alarm-like piece of music. The elaborate tempo, heavy beat and energy suggest chaos and panic, completely contrasting to the atmosphere seen previously.