Distinctively Visual Essay

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“Run Lola Run” directed by tom Twyker and “ The Third of May” by Francisco Goya both use visual techniques to convey their message to the audience and involve the audience in the experiences that the images create. The mediums in which both the composers choose to convey these messages are successful in communicating to the audience the types of experiences that are represented in the images

“Run Lola Run” directed by Tom Twyker follows a woman who must get 100,000 in 20 minutes to save her boyfriend. The main themes of “Run Lola Run” are time, the idea that love conquers all and chance. It is through the use of film techniques such as animation, editing, camera shot and angle, that shape meaning and influences the responses of the audience. These themes are effectively portrayed through the medium of film and the techniques employed by the director, Tom Twyker.

Time is conveyed almost constantly throughout the film and the audience is constantly aware that time is ticking. The image of the cuckoo clock in the opening sequence of the film foregrounds in the audiences mind the importance of time throughout the film. We are manipulated by the director to read images of time in a certain way; Lola must race against time to save Manni. The movie is structured into three scenarios to create a fast-paced movie full of images which involve us in the characters experience. This technique is an effective way to create a movie which is full of action in which the images are an integral part in engaging the audience

Close up shots of the pendulum of the grandfather clock in the opening scene indicate to the audience the importance of time throughout the film. This sets the atmosphere for the dramatic story ahead. It is emphasised as it is lit from the front. Tom Twyker continues to show to the audience images of time through animation, split screen and editing. In the animation Lola is finally sucked in to the animation of blue swirling with wide eyes and messy...
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