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The sequence l am going to analyse i5 the scene
where SamueÌ witnesses the murcler in the
hathroom. lt was this scene where Samuel reallg
saw the idea 0t the two clitterent worÌcÌs 0t
Amish ancÌ English.
Anali se the ur ose al; the extract
The Purpose 0t this extract is to set the zaction in motion at the
heginning ot the tilm when Samuel encountered the murder in the
hathroom. This also Portratjs the meaning 0t the tilm title "Witness" as
Samuel witnesses the murder. The PurPose oli this extract i5 to show the
audience the idea 0t Amish versus english worlds. ‘This theme is shown
hg the wau Samuel has lived in the Amish world and not heen exposed to
the Lind 0t horritic violence so theretore that's whcn the two worlds
collide. Film techniques used to show this were close uPs to show the
characters and their emotions and two shots were the director shows the
relationship and ditterence hetween two characters.
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The l l ghti n g
The lighting in the extract highlights the action in the scene.
When Samuel is in the cuhicle the lighting is dim hut when he
lool<s out and witnesses the gruesome murder, the lighting
changed to starlc lighting so evergthing in the scene is hrighter
and clear to see. Samuel is resourcetul and quicl< thinl<ing as the
director shows darl< lighting when he is in the corner 0t the
cuhicle. This Portrags the theme Amish versus English as
Samuel was not use to the artiticial lighting in the English world
as in the Amish world theg use oil lamps and candles as their
lights which are a lot dimmer.
The director inclucles two main costumes which was what the English
wore. and what the Amish wore. The audience can identity the
ditterence hetween the Amish and ﬁnsÎish in the hathroom where
the murder was. The murderer that Samuel identitied wore a brown
suit with a tie which made him look otticial and tidt}. Samuel xs
wearingwhat most Amish do. a black suit and a black hat which ns
the Clitterence in the Enslish and Amish world as most Amish wear
the same thing, hlack clothes and hats and English costumes are a“
ditterent and in this case a business suit. The directors message on
the costume in the Film I's to highlight the ditterences between Amish
and Enghsh .
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The music in the scene is darL and mysterious. lt was intense
and Ì<ePt the audience interested hecause 0t that. There
was also sound ettects as wc" a5 dark, Fast music that set
the mood ot Samueis tear when the murderer was openinga"
the toiiet cuhicles with a gun Pointing towards each cubicie
McFee oPened. The sound attects are dihcerent to what
Samuei heard in the Amish world as McFee was siamming the
doors intensitging the scene aiong with the dark music which
creates the moods, scary and trightening.
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Shots and camera movements
The director Lised mani; shots and camera mDYcîmcîﬂfﬁ in the extract to help
PeoPie understzand the settingand mood more. dose uP shots were used on
SamueÌs tace to show he had tear and was territicd ot what he had iust
witnesscîd. This is mainÌii shown when the murderei‘ hcard 5amue| maLe a
sound and thcn lsvc-gtm to seurch where is (ama: troni. lt was ii ciose up ot
Samuci to show his exPression togixic more ot an imPact ot what hc‘. wias
teeÎings which was atraid and unsure to what to do. The director alsc) used
shots trom Samueis Point 0t view. An cxìmPic 0t this is when Samuel was
Peeking out ot the cuhicÎe and witnessed the murder is was tirom his view 0t
what he couid see. This gixes the audience a good Idea 0t what Samuel
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Diaiogue and/ or voiceover :
The director shows dialogue in the murder scene atter McFee had kiiled the
victim and the other murderer is verq cautious as he wants set out 0t the
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scene and aslcs what McFee was doing and Mcfee repiied "I'm just washing mi. )
hands man" which implies that McFee was being cautious 0t having biood over
his hands, but he also seemed calm. The oniy other dialogue in this scene was
when theg murderers heard Samuel WhimPCl‘ and WCﬂt and ChCCkCd WhCFC the
sound came trom. This is where the other murderer said "I've checked it
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alreadg" and McFee rePÌies with ‘I'm just checkingagain man. " This shows that
even though McFee seemed caim he was Feeling worried and susPicion that i
someone couÌd have witness the murder. The theme Amish vs Engish is
shown by the wag the men are talkingand are with such aggressive voices
compared to Amish who are Peacetul and Passive.
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