IntroductionThe film genre of crime and gangster bases its plot around the developmentof illegal acts and the law-breakers (gangsters) who are responsible for this. Atypical crime and gangster film will include drug-dealing, murder, treason, etc.In this genre of film, the protagonist will usually either be a character leadinga force attempting to altogether stop these outside-law operating gangsters,a character within the gang wanting to leave this life, or the leader of thisgang causing an uprising due to certain righteous beliefs. Crime and gangsterfilms are often set in large, crowded cities, to provide a view of the secretworld of the criminal. Dark nightclubs or streets with neon signs, fast cars,piles of cash, sleazy bars, contraband, seedy living quarters or roominghouses are often where the location is set. Exotic locations for crimes oftenadd an element of adventure and wealth.
Technical CodesThe technical codes of a film include effects created by camera position,framing, composition, lighting, etc. For crime and gangster films severaldifferent moods are present in the film for different shots and lighting. Forexample, one scene can be rather happy; due to some success of a characterand therefore the scene would need to be light, the camera positioned at eyelevel to see the apparent victory of this character. However then in somescenes, a character may have failed to achieve something important to hisgang, and to indicate rage there would need to be minimum lighting (for thefeel of worry), mysterious and possibly frightening music (which can set theentire mood for the scene itself) and possibly a low camera angle (to makethe character looks powerful/angry).
Crime and Gangster MovieI am going to analysis “RocknRolla” for its conventional technical codes andgeneral crime and gangster characteristics. I have chose this movie as it is amovie that is similar to mine. Here is the opening scene that I will analyse Ihave taken it up to 1:14 - http://youtu.be/NRTymVjdLNQ
My AnalysisStraight away you know that this movie is a Crime and Gangster one from thevoice over, “People ask the question... whats a RocknRolla? And I tell em - itsnot about drums, drugs, and hospital drips, oh no. Theres more there thanthat, my friend. We all like a bit of the good life - some the money, some thedrugs, other the sex game, the glamour, or the fame. But a RocknRolla, oh,hes different. Why? Because a real RocknRolla wants the fucking lot.” justfrom this you know this movie is going to evolve all those things, on top ofthat the clip of a man with a gun in the back of his jeans instantly getsconnected with crime. Then as the clip goes on we find out the gun is just alighter for his drug pipe, which we also connect with Crime. The lighting isalso dark this creates a mysterious scene almost in hide away,maybe to do with the crime the person is doing.
After that you see the graphics used that put the credits in, this is done supereffectively in my opinion. This is due to the way it flows with the music andthe general design of it. Through it shows you the characters and setting andgives clues to what is going to happen, setting up the start of a movie withoutgiving too much away.
What that The actorscharacter namelooks like The setting (a hint to what it is about/set) Just from that one image you can tell a lot about the movie without it giving the main plot away, straight away you know it is set in London due to the city background with iconic landmarks of London. This is typical of this genre as they are often set in crowded places like citys. The design is sort of Bansky graffiti looking this also helps the idea of crime.
Idea’s I can take from this movie openingI like the idea of voice over in this movie opening, it straight away lets youknow that you are getting talked to someone who is in power, this is shownthrough knowledge straight away. I like the way the theme of crime isinstantly introduced within the first clip. The way graphics are used withhinting towards themes and showing you characters is a very effective mediatechnique.