Many people across the world watch films. It is so popular because it
puts a story on the screen and into life so that people can see it.
People watch films for the entertainment value, or are simply too lazy
to read and enjoy the magic of a book.
The advantages of watching a film at the cinema rather than on video
is the bigger screen, and the surround sound, also the atmosphere.
This all adds up and creates a bigger impact than a video.
People make films to tell a story or get a message across, such as
"Pearl Harbour," which tells us the story of a real historical event
through the eyes of a fictional love story, very much like "Titanic."
Or "Shrek," which puts a message across through the tale.
Some films are just made purely for entertainment value, or to make
money, such as the Harry Potter films, that were built up from a very
popular book franchise.
In film they use different camera shots for different reasons, such
Ø Close Up - with this shot, you can see the emotion on the face of
the character; they use it to show the emotion more clearly.
Ø Long Shot - The use this type of camera angle to show a large shot
of the set or in the case of "Titanic" the boat.
Ø Point of view shot - These are used to show you what the character
can see, a good example of this in "Titanic" is when Rose is stood on
the end of the boat looking out to sea,
Ø Medium Shot - These show the characters body and face, and are used
Ø Zoom in/out - These can be used to show a long shot of the set and
then zoom in to show the emotion on the characters face instead of
switching from Long shot to Close-up.
Ø Panning - This can be used to show a large area, or a when a
character is walking. An example of this on "Titanic" is when they go
from the back of the boat to the front.
They also use Sound Effect to make what is happening sound more real,
such as an explosion or band. They also use backing tracks, which can
be used to emphasise the emotion a character is feeling. For example,
if it was sad, they might use a love song.
They use costume to show you what time something was set it, or the
class of the people, particularly shown in "Titanic," as Jack is very
poor and Rose is rich. The characters who wear the costumes are also
very important. They have to look the part and sound the part, not
just be able to read the lines. They have to act the way a person of
that time would.
For my GCSE coursework, I will be writing a Media essay on "Titanic,"
which was directed by James Caremon. It was made in 1997, and was the
most expensive film made at the time. It won many awards, and is one
of the great love stories told, based on a real historical event.
The Titanic was quoted as being "Titanic, wasn't just another ship, it