Presentation on theme: "Location/setting The very first shot is of a bedroom, the rest of the OTS appears to have no relevance to this shot and so leaves the audience with questions."— Presentation transcript:
Location/setting The very first shot is of a bedroom, the rest of the OTS appears to have no relevance to this shot and so leaves the audience with questions as to why it was shown. Because it was the opening shot we can tell straight away that it is of some importance to the narrative to come. Typically Thriller as it is a small secluded place within an urban setting. The next setting is in an inside car park, it is a dark, quiet small place. Again typically thriller as it is within the bigger urban setting (New York). There are no bright lights and no one is around, this makes the situation seem more dangerous, and the character more vulnerable. The third setting is in an office, we can tell the person who owns the office is important because it is very big and the way it is decorated gives us the idea that he is rich. From these hints we ask who he is and why he is important. These settings give us some idea of character; the man we see walking in the car park could be anyone, ordinary or important. The man who sits in his office is clearly of importance. Lighting/colour stock The second two settings are in naturally dim lit places, but the lighting is quite low key to help the scenes feel more shady and suspicious as they are both the scenes of murder. Lucky Number Slevin Mise-En-Scene
Costume/appearance All characters we see are dressed smartly, other than the hit man they are all in suits. The hit man is wearing all black and a long dark coat. This makes him come across more ‘hidden’ and mysterious. The suits the other men are wearing shows they are business men and have some importance. Props The gun- used often in tense Thriller scenes to keep control, in this way the man pulls his out when he feels threatened. Straight away by seeing a gun this tells the audience something about the narrative and that we can expect violence. The file and book- seeing this file leaves the audience with questions as to what is in it and why the hit man has taken it. Again the same with the book. The knife- this is a brutal weapon often used in Thrillers but often only by antagonists. The same with a gun, seeing this hints at a violent narrative. In the urgent situation the hit man used the baseball as a weapon, this shows he has initiative and is good at his job. Both the file and book leave us with questions as to who was murdered and why they happened. The phone in the beginning shot also leaves us with questions, as it clearly has importance but none that appears relent. These props shown in the opening scene all lead the audience understand the characters are involved with some kind of bad business, we can gather the murders are leading to something bigger as the files clearly have importance to something else. Lucky Number Slevin Mise-En-Scene Performance Throughout the opening scene we aren’t shown the faces of the murderers. This hints the men are hit men or involved in dangerous businesses. Also from this we have the idea that his personality is hidden and mysterious.
Lucky Number Slevin Mise-En-Scene Camera shots Long shot- this is of the man walking through the car park. This shot establishes the setting and hints to where the lift (shot before) is heading. Close up- of the files in the same mans hands. This shot brings our attention towards the files and tells us of their importance. Tracking shot- this shot imitates the motion of the lift, and we can see that it is coming towards the man. This creates tension as we don’t know what will happen when the lift arrives. Mid shot- from inside the car we see the man get shot, this lets the action come as a surprise to us as we cant see the shooter and also gives more impact as we then see the mans head smash through the glass towards us. Long shot- this allows us to see the murderer, but without giving away his identity. The next shot is an APOV of another man picking up the files from the floor. This introduces another man, who is clearly in on the murders. We aren’t show his identity either. This shot also lets the audience in on the fact the files have gotten into the ‘wrong’ hands. Camera angles A high angle shot of the man looking over the dead man and picking up the files is shown. This reinforces the idea that he had the power in the situation and was able to kill him and take his belongings easily. Camera movements The lead up to the first murder is quite prolonged. This leaves time to build up the tension before his death. The second murder doesn’t need the build up of tension as it is already there from the first murder. The shots are now cut quickly and the action is shown within seconds. Having the action of this murder fast paced imitates how it would of actually happened, giving us an insight of the skill of the killer and creates an exciting scene the audience can feel more involved with. The pace in this opening sequence is quite fast, going straight from one murder to the next. The way they have done that gives the audience the impression the murderer is skilled in his profession. The second murder is paced much quicker though. This reflects the action as it is a harder killing and needed much faster reactions from the killer.
Lucky Number Slevin Mise-En-Scene Sound The film score used is quiet, slow contrapuntal music, as this is in opposition to the murders being shown on screen, disharmony is created adding to the eerie atmosphere of the film. We also hear diegetic sounds, of: the lift moving, the mans footsteps and the gunshot. The sounds help the audience to get into the action, hearing what is going on around. We can hear very faint police sirens, this tells us that although they are in a busy urban setting everyone is far away and the victims cannot be helped. In the second murder scene dialogued is used, “he’s clean” is said by one of the guards, from this we can get a better understanding of what is happening in the scene and also tells us that the man being guarded is very important as people obviously want to harm him. Also in this scene SFX are used to reinforce the slashing and stabbing of the guards, these noises help the action to leave a bigger impact on the audience, the gory sounds make us cringe and feel uncomfortable. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMt4MkpLP0khttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMt4MkpLP0k > link to the opening scene, with sound.