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Every film is a visual text. Even though you’ll also focus on dialogue and sound, the main aspect you will be writing about will be the visuals. This is very different from writing about a novel or play. All of the parts of a film are ‘arranged’, like an artwork or webpage. By targeting certain visuals, you will have a range of ideas you can discuss about a film. e.g. Colours often create atmosphere: black = evil. Lights create mood: bright lights = intensity. What kinds of Visual Techniques are there? Camera Angles: The angle and how the film is shot. Lighting: The lighting set-up for each shot. Special Effects: Computer graphics or props
Costume/Make-Up: Visuals of a character. Set Design: Backgrounds, sets and props. What is important about Visuals? Visuals construct meaning. You will often be asked to interpret what the meaning of a section of film is. Think about the visuals you see in real-life that create meaning. e.g. Dark clouds = storms.
Toys in living room = a house that children live in. Where do I look and What do I look for? Climatic, or important, scenes in a film are the best places to start. Often they’ll be swimming in techniques you can write about. From there, look for eye-catching features such as a ‘cutaway’ to an object, a close-up or peculiar lighting. Connecting Visuals to Purpose and Meaning. Like all aspects of English, there are no right or wrong interpretations. Only those which can be supported by both evidence and context. Using your own ideas (Jack is lonely) and finding your own evidence (Lit by a spotlight, in a long camera shot) is key.