Time and Place
Describe the atmosphere created by the combination of film elements and how they contributed to your liking or disliking of the movie. Movie
Saving Private Ryan, 1998
The movie is set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II after June 6, 1944. The beginning of the movie depicts the landing of the 29th Infantry Division and Parts of the 2nd Ranger Battalion which landed on Omaha Beach. Entry
The characters often appear in military clothing, casual clothing and several worn-out uniforms. The characters were wearing M1 helmets, shirt, undershirts, trousers (green in color), M1938 dismounted leggings, socks and long underwear. Entry
The sets was that of a war-torn French village. There was a river running through the village, a bridge going over the river, blown-up houses. Most of the buildings were flat-front buildings, however some were actually built. There was graffiti placed on the buildings. Entry
The overall atmosphere is gruesome and realistic creating the sense that you are actually in the war. The atmosphere of the Omaha beach was as realistic as it gets. The characters are all acting as if they were in war being shot at or killed, especially the character of Capitan Miller who is terrified, nervous, instructive, and determined to find Private Ryan. The characters fit into the setting well, looking sweaty with battle wounds, cuts, bullet penetrations, and even as far as organs protruding outside of the characters bodies. The elements combined contributed to my enjoyment by making the action realistic, as if I was actually in the war. The props, costumes, and characters made the movie interesting and an eye-opener for those who do not understand war and or the setting.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Identify aspects of cinematography in your selected film. Discuss them in terms of how they affected your viewing experience; in other words, did the art of cinematography add value to your experience? If so, how? If not, why not? There were various use of aspects of cinematology in Saving Private Ryan. In fact the film won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Some of the aspects included lighting, camera movements, depth of field of focus and cinema technique. The skillful position of the camera and chaotic movements gave me a feeling of being in the actual filed or striking force. The brilliant high angle shot focusing on a single aircraft made me aware that the force was actually larger. The position of the camera made it look like the multitude of aircrafts was each full of combat soldiers. At another scene, the crew where attacked and the camera is placed behind the silhouetted gun in such a way that they fire with great ease at the craft. The position of the camera gave a perspective that the soldiers in bunker had complete dominance to those in the craft. This added value to my experience. Identify aspects of sound in your selected film. Discuss them in terms of how they affected your viewing experience; in other words, did the art of sound effects add value to your experience? If so, how? If not, why not?
In saving private Ryan, the director was keen on using soundtracks only when necessary. There were about nine tracks that made up the sound tracks. The director was keen not to use any soundtracks during the real actions and only the soldier’s cries and wails can be heard. However, a sound track was played slightly after or when introducing a new scene. The soundtracks made my viewing experience more captivating. With tunes such as the one for Omaha beach, it clearly captured the moment and added value to the film. The play of soundtracks announced the beginning of a new event or action and it left me starring keenly on the screen as the events unfolded. It was an awesome choice of pieces that made up the soundtracks.
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