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The Power Of One Film Techniques

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The Power of One.John G. Avildsen uses many different techniques in the film The Power of One. For example the structure, the different camera angles, sound and symbolism are key techniques used throughout the film.The film is split into three main parts: out in Africa and the boarding school when PK is younger, the jail where PK is a little older and the last part where PK is around about eighteen. This structure shows exactly how PK grows up and the relationships he forms with others around him. It helps viewers feel apart of PK's life from childhood to adulthood. Splitting the film into three distinct parts helps viewers get a better understanding of what is going on during that time. For example the first part in the film is about PK at the age of about seven dealing with the losses of everyone around him and the bullies at his Afrikaner school.The director uses many different camera angles to get emotions and understandings into the audience. For example when PK was younger and attending the Afrikaner boarding school, he constantly got bullied for being the only English boy, the camera would constantly zoom up on his face. Therefore showing the audience that PK was petrified to be there as he did not belong. The technique used further helps the audience to understand how he feels and how vulnerable he is.The second part of the film revolves around PK in the jail and creating more relationships with the prisoners and further increasing his relationship with Doc. The acting of the characters that are introduced in the second part of the film can be a significant technique used. For example Morgan Freeman who played Geel Piet was always bent over to show that he was less than the white people. It also showed that the white people controlled him. Another example is when Geel Piet has to eat feces off the guard's foot. The camera angle goes down to Piet's level so the audience knows exactly what is happening and to get to the level Piet is at. It also is to show once again how low down the black people are.Up close camera angles were used to show expression of the characters and get some sort of emotion from the audience. Overhead shots were used to show that something was wrong...

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