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Analysis+Of+Opening+Techniques The Departed

  1. 1. Analysis of Opening Film Techniques Employed in The Departed (2006)<br /> <br />Film TechniquesExamples of typical film techniques used and why– Illustrate your findings with references to actual onscreen moments. Titling – colour, font style, over image or black, timing, credits presentation etc Warner Bros, Plan B, initial entertainment group, Vertigo entertainment. Media Asia films- All and of tiles done over silence a black screen. This may suggest that the companies making the film are extremely important and may be well more respected than the actors in the film.Camera Movement (panning, tracking, crane shot and crabbing etc)Tracking shot used to follow lead actor into a shop.Pan shot shown to see a woman working in the café move from right to left. The movements made by the camera seem quite casualFraming of Shot (CU, MLS, ELS etc)Over the shoulder shot used when man enters caféClose up shot used to show transition of money. Medium close up to show interactions between 2 people. Intro shows us a lot of close ups/ medium close ups to shed some insight into the characters and motives. Camera Angles (high and low angles etcWhen we see what is happening in the beginning it is seen as a flashback and an oblique angle is used until events in real time start happening.Selection of mise-en-scène including colour, figure, pops, lighting, objects, location and setting;Low key lighting used on main actor in his first appearance…- shown to be quite mysteriousVery high key lighting in the opening when the scene cafe is set.Cigarette/money used by main actorLocation- busy city- possibly Boston a city previously brought up during flashback.Editing directions at the (Match cuts, jump cut, reverse shots etc)Jump cuts used when showing something that happened in the past to something again in the future.Reverse shot used to show conversation between boy and man in café- shown to be potential important characters.Sound techniques(diegetic, non diegetic, silence, dialogue Non dietetic sound playing over the first 1min10secs.Music then played giving a calm, relaxed feeling-music of the 60’s- this music is used as a sound bridge over many shots after it starts. Some dialogue used to show relationship between café owner and customer.Actor’s positioning and movementMovement seems casual and relaxed as is the music playing in background. During scenes of conversation- actors tend to be on right or left of camera rather than the middle.<br /> <br />