Jaws Analysis

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Jaws Analysis

  1. 1. The first two shots are establishing shots; this introduces the viewers to the location and characters in the scene. From this image we can identify that a beach will be the main location which raises concerns for the viewers. We know that the film is about sharks attacking people near beaches so this shot raises questions about whether a similar attack will happen in this scene. The first shot also introduces a child and a mother, this also adds tension as we begin to make a connection that the attack may happen on the child in the scene. This puts the viewer on the edge of their seat as they realise that a similar attack may be on the horizon. The third shot is also important, this shows the sheriff’s face for the first time in this scene and it is obviously one of concern. We now understand how serious the character is about the shark problem, his serious expression is a complete contrast to the happy faces of the background characters. We can also see this through the clothes choice of the character. Everyone in the background is wearing bright or no clothes but the sheriff’s dark top suggest the seriousness of the character as well as darkness and danger is on the horizon. We can also see that there are no lifeguards on duty in the third shot which makes us wonder why, this builds up more suspense and tension. This is done on purpose by Spielberg in order to create more suspense. The fourth shot shows someone trying to block the sheriff’s view and get in his way, this shot does ultimately show a point of view camera and also shows that the sheriff is not listening to the other man, the shot also shows the vastness of the sea and how vulnerable the character in the water really is. The fifth shot shows the sheriff being distracted by the woman, this means he does not see the children getting up to go in the water. The position of the camera here is important, it makes the viewer direct their attention to the kids in the background and not so much on the sheriff. . The children are towards the centre of the shot so are obviously the main focus here. The next shot shows the another man talking to the sheriff, we see the man in very clear
  2. 2. detail compared to the shallow focus of the sea behind, this suggests that the sheriff is now more focused on the man and is not as bothered about the sea. The next shot is of a man calling his dog who has obviously been lost in the water. The sea is seen as big and empty, this adds a sense of vulnerability to the action. Spielberg has focused on this section of water unlike the section with the children playing to create a further sense of tension and sadness. The next shot after this shows the wood the dog was playing with floating in the water so we believe the dog is dead, this creates more tension as we worry a similar human attack is looming. The next shot is again a point of view camera, this alongside the non- diegetic sounds creates panic for the viewer, the camera zooms into the boy playing on the inflatable and we know an attack is about to happen. The music increases in loudness and tempo so we know an attack is about to happen. The final shot of the scene shows the child’s inflatable washed up and destroyed on the shore. This symbolises the child is dead as the inflatable is. The life has been sucked out the inflatable as has the life of the child. The red blood and the yellow inflatable also has links. The yellow shows off the blood more prominently and also shows off the contrasted images. Yellow is a happy colour and red symbolises danger, this therefore shows how the scene has changed from a happy moment to one of terror.

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