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Rear window

  1. 1. Here the camera is steady, facing towards the window. The title appears whilst the blinds arebeing withdrawn. Then the camera travels towards the window to introduce/establish thesetting, a dolly zoom is used to create a dramatic entrance to the scene. The scenery from thewindow is shown and this is quite pleasant and creates a calm mood, however with the use ofthe ambient sounds like people talking and cars horning gives the feeling that something isabout to happen.
  2. 2. The shot cuts to a highangle shot, possibly fromthe apartment lookingdown at a cat running upthe stairs. Here the camerapeds upwards along thebuilding and then pans toshow the apartments andpeople going on with theireveryday lives. The camerathen zoom out and tiltsdown to show a mansleeping, this gets theaudience to become morefamiliar with the area (kindof like a neighbourhood)and gets us to believe thathe is the main character asthe camera is placed in hisapartment. This acts as aclose-up of his face to showthe sweat on his face.
  3. 3. This shot starts to show theneighbours and theirsituations, the camera pedsdownwards to show an alley waywith the busy road on the otherside suggesting where the noiseis coming from. The camerastops at these certain areas toalmost make it seem as if theyare the highlights of theneighbourhood creating thismysterious atmosphere whereits also building the tension thatsomething is about to happen.The camera then travels inwardsto the place where the maincharacter is sleeping and then tohis condition of his leg, wherethe camera zooms out to showthe rest of the scene. This gets uswondering why he is injured andhow he got injured and gets usprepared as we know that thecamera will not travel outside ofthis scene.The camera rapidly turns to theleft and travels further intoshowing his possessions, whereit gets the audience to build thecharacters profile.
  4. 4. The scene opens with the character on the phone and the audience at this point dont seem tounderstand what the conversation is about which gets us curious, however, this time thecamera is placed outside the window facing towards him possibly to show his expression andbody language(relaxed). It seems as though his attention is diverted somewhere else ratherthan on the conversation he’s having. Here a shot reverse shot is used to show what thecharacter is looking at and certain shots of people doing certain activities in their homes areshown.
  5. 5. During the movie the camera focuses on what the character is observing-the man in theblack coat. Here dark lighting is used with only one source of light being the lamppost tocreate this edgy mood and to keep the audience tense. The sound of the of thethunderstorm and rain can only be heard which builds the suspense throughout the scene.The scene builds the anxiety and gets us wondering why is this character acting suspiciousand wondering out at night just like the main character.
  6. 6. This shot is done through the characters point of view by having the frame seem almost asthough we are looking through binoculars making the situation look quite secretive but ironicsince the window is fully open. The dim lighting in the room almost gives it a tense atmosphere.Here we get a more close up vision of what the characters up to (the mattress behind him isfolded up and we become really curious to what happened to his wife since in the previous shotshe was sitting on her bed) we start to question just like the main character whether or not hehas killed his wife since the previous shots showed the couple fighting. We then start to assumethat he is the villain.
  7. 7. A high angle shot shows the power of the enemy/villain. This is also shown through his hopelessexpression (since he has a broken leg). The position of the camera facing down builds thetension/suspense as its also an eye line match with the villain, to make the villain seemsecretive as he’s hidden alongside a shadow. Here, shot reverse shot is used showing the villainstruggling to push the hero off and generally in thrillers the hero confronts the villain in orderto solve/sum up the plot in the end.