Shawshank Redemption, directed by Frank Darabont is about a man named Andy Dufrense, who’s accused of murdering his wife as well as another man who was allegedly having an affair with her. Being framed as guilty for the murders, Andy ends up in Shawshank Prison for 2 long. But… Andy has always got “hope” to get out before. Throughout the film Frank Darabont strategically places a range of film techniques such as: Camera angles, movement and framing, editing, light, sound, and music, symbolism, etc. Each of the listed techniques portray an idea- theme such as: hope, redemption, corruption, friendship, prison-system, life outside. The introduction of Shawshank Redemption starts off with Andy allegedly being accused of the murder of his wife and another man. Being accused for the murders Andy is transported to Shawshank prison where Frank Darabont has used a range of sound-music techniques to effectively show what Andy’s feeling at that time. When the prisoners and Andy are walking in the gates of the prison the inmate are making loud clapping and screaming noise’s to make the prisoners feel scared and insecure about entering Shawshank. Andy and the inmates are all lined up in there cuffs getting taunted by the warden, this is a full shot to show all the prisoners together and singles out to a close up, mid shot of one inmate to see what they have to say. The sound effects throughout the introduction of the movie really gives the watcher a good idea of what it could sound and feel like if yourself was in Shawshank. The point Darabont has made is that when decisions are made you have to go along with them, even if it takes time and consequences the prisoners could always have a good lifestyle throughout their time or after. All you need is a little bit of hope.
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