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Analysis Of I Am Legend Directed By Francis Lawrence

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I am Legend, directed by Francis Lawrence, is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic dystopian film. Throughout the entire dystopian trailer, the director has used the visual construction of it as the primary device to not only entice the audience, but also deduce the key elements of a dystopia. In doing this, Francis Lawrence has implicated a wide array of visual techniques such as the use camera angles, montages and word inter-titles to aid him in evoking the primary elements of a dystopia.
In the opening scenes of the trailer, already the audience is exposed to the dystopian atmosphere of chaos, social anarchy and oppression. This is promoted by short fast paced montages and high angle shots of the swarmed streets, close angle shots of people in terror and military forces. This also conveys the magnitude of chaos this “dilemma” has caused. A short scene of the main protagonist Robert struggling through the crowd has also been visually constructed to enforce to the audience that he is the main character of this movie. The visual construction of this scene is utilised by a close up slow motion focused shot on Will Smith with the background blurred to completely draw the audience onto him. What is more unique is that this combination of effects acts as an inference that Will Smith is the solution or only hope in settling this anarchy as he swiftly makes his way through the congested street. The explosion of the bridge also informs the audience the narrative is set in New York implied by being a landmark of the city. Already in the exposition, the visual conventions have provided an engaging and well informed construction of dystopian qualities and information about the plot itself.
To enhance the quality of audio voiceovers the accompaniment of visual engagement and information was crucial. Throughout the trailer, Will Smith has a series of voiceovers to inform the audience of the plot and dilemma of this dystopian narrative. In maintaining the overall engagement and understanding of the plot, strong visual effects and montages have assisted in fulfilling these properties. In the exposition, where Will Smith explains the mutations occurring and cannibalistic hunger, burst shots of drawing blood and a mutating man creates strong, intense and impacting attention to the audience. This also reinforces the clarity of the information being delivered in the voiceovers. The word inter-titles also play a similar role in creating dramatic effect as well as providing information and clarifications to the plot of the dystopian narrative. In fact, they play a crucial element in informing the audience about the plot which may not have been clearly delivered in the camera shots and montages. Right after the exposition and...

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