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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.