How Does Steven Spielberg Create Tension in the Film “Jaws”?

Topics: Jaws, Steven Spielberg, Great white shark Pages: 3 (1285 words) Published: July 11, 2010
How does Steven Spielberg create tension in the film “JAWS”? ‘JAWS’ is a horror/thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg in 1975; it is based on the novel by Peter Benchley. Steven Spielberg is a master of suspense and has created tension all the way through the film ‘JAWS’. A great white shark attacks the summer resort Town of Amity Island; on the 4th July, Independence Day, a declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. The police chief tries to close the beach but the town council overrule him and keep the beaches open; who want to keep them open to make money for the town. After several attacks, the police chief enlists the help of shark hunter Robert Schneider and marine biologist Richard Dreyfuss. First of all, Spielberg creates suspense in many ways. The atmosphere at the start is peaceful with the sound of dolphins and whales, calm and peaceful animals. Then the atmosphere changes and you get two deep, striking notes. The notes are menacing and are played on a string instrument possibly a cello. Then the tempo of the music increases and makes a mysterious yet suspenseful piece of music, which increases still until it hits a crescendo, while the music is playing the camera shows a point of view shot, where the first two notes are played. The point of view shot gives you the impression that the viewer is the shark, and is moving forwards, as the fish scatter and you see the bleak cold water, as the climax of the music is played the scene cuts to a group of teenagers sitting around a fire laughing and happy, it’s a big change of atmosphere; the shot they use is a panning shot, and this shows that the teenagers are all together safely in a group and when two people leave the group they become endangered. Another shot he uses is an establishing shot showing what’s happening. The bonfire gives off the impression that they are calm and relaxed; also it gives you a false sense of security. Secondly, Spielberg creates suspense using camera...
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