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American Sniper
Introduction Analysis
American Sniper
Film Genre: Action
Directed by Clint Eastwood
The film beginning began with an establishing shot of a tank...
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American sniper introduction analysis

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American sniper introduction analysis

  1. 1. American Sniper Introduction Analysis
  2. 2. American Sniper Film Genre: Action Directed by Clint Eastwood The film beginning began with an establishing shot of a tank with the war-infested landscape in the background. This introduces to the viewer to where they are, and for what purpose they are there. There are many shots of soldiers working alongside the tanks, moving from house to house, clearing the inside of any terrorist or civilians. There is no music in this beginning section, only the ambient sounds of tanks and mechanical warfare. This is to show that it is a serious environment and the viewers’ attention needs to be on the movement and dialogue. The first shot we see of the ‘American Sniper’, Chris Kyle is of his rifle, which then pans to the actual person. This could infer that he is not seen as a person but for his talents with a sniper, how many people he can terminate with it. The first dialogue in the film is off Chris Kyle and a marine talking about the negatives of the country they are in which is followed by some banter between the two, trying to make light of a negative situation. After this, there is a sighting of a “military aged male” who is on a cell phone on the rooftops. There is a shot through the sight of the Sniper rifle with his cross hair on the body of the man whilst he is trying to distinguish whether he is a threat or not, this is important as it suggests the men are under constant threat from locals and need to take precautions to whether or not he is a terrorist. This is emphasised by the dialogue from the marine “ maybe he’s calling his wife”, which shows how paranoid the men are forced to be when dealing with civilians as they constantly keep them in the sights of their rifles. The transition between taking a shot at the young boy with the bomb, and the deer in the forest is really good as it transitions between a really intense scenario and a more relaxed one. This hunting scene gives reason to Chris Kyle’s upbringing and his father’s tuff parenting attitude. Editing The shots used in the introduction are quite long lasting and then the transitions are very quick between them. This is good as it symbolises the theme of war as it suggests it is long and slow but it is very quick finish with death. I would like to use the lack of music in my film, and the ambient sounds as it makes the viewer seem like they are here too, creating a connection with the main character

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