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Wednesday, 5 January 2011

WS - Deconstruction Friday 13th Remake.

Camera Shots
  • Handheld
  • Point of view
  • Over the shoulder
  • Shot reaction shot
  • High and low angles
  • Extreme close up
  • Close up 
  • Long shots
  • Panning
  • Establishing shot
  • Dark 
  • Rainy
  • Shadows from over hanging trees
  • Lightening flashes
  • Windy
  • Blonde girl is wearing revealing clothes - short shorts/skirt, white top which goes see-through from the rain
  • This contrasts with Jason's mother who is wearing loose, long black clothing which is quite stereotypically. By wearing all black, most of the time she is an outline and blends into the background. This makes her face stand out and also focuses the audience on her silver necklace which we assume is a key part of the film because after she dies someone comes to collect it.
  • In some of the shots the trees and branches obstruct some of the shot 
  • Both of the characters have a weapon which signifies that one of them will die
  • When the head drops to the floor is splashes in a puddle which is quite dramatic
  • Lightening bolt flashes illuminate the scene in short sections
  • Starts eerily throughout the opening titles and credits
  • We can hear the lightening and thunder along with the rain and the wind
  • There is a bang when the second character jumps out
  • The beat of the drum in the background music is in time with the claps of thunder making it louder and more dramatic
  • Very little dialogue but when words are spoken it is from the older woman, the blonde girl just screams and mutters
  • To heighten the tension of the scene is certain places, one long note is played getting louder as the action intensifies
  • Non-diegetic is used throughout with diegetic on top
  • The music that has been added in editing messes with your heartbeat making it more tense
  • A red tinted has been added to the first credits which list the companies that were involved with the production of the film. This colour represents blood which instantly tells the audience the genre of the movie
  • Serif fonts have been used for the names and titles
  • Cross and jump cuts have been used between the action and the credits
  • The credits are presented in a white font against a black background which is binary opposition of good and evil
  • The first shot anchors the date: Friday the 13th
  • The second shot anchors the location: Camp Crystal Lake
  • By having small sections of action between the credits it builds suspense and makes the audience not fully understand what is happening which makes them want to carry on watching the film. Also the fast pace of the editing and the reluctancy to show everything makes it more tense and in the fight and death part it makes it more real
  • It pauses the girl for a few seconds when she has killed Jason's mum making it more dramatic
  • Lighting flashes every time the action cuts to the credits

The link is to the Friday 13th (Marcus Nispel, 2009) page on the IMDB website. Above is our deconstruction of the film opening, splitting it down into Camera shots, mise-en-scene, editing and sound to try and get an idea of what works in a Slasher and what is often used. On IMDB you can learn information such as the budget, the box office and how much was made on the opening weekend.

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