The Birds Film Studies Essay

Topics: Horror film, Alfred Hitchcock, Film Pages: 4 (1582 words) Published: July 6, 2013
How cinematography and sound are
used in a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963)
to create meaning and generate a response in an audience
For this essay I will be focusing on the scene in which Melanie is heading to the school to see Annie when they are suddenly attacked by numerous birds while trying to get the school children to safety. I will be focusing on the two micro features, sound and cinematography. The sound that is used in a film can be used to deliver information about what the atmosphere of the scene is or what a character’s state of mind is during the specific scene while cinematography supplies the audience with appropriate ways to ‘read’ the specific scene. Alfred Hitchcock’s films changed the film industry and shaped it into what it is today. His horror films such as Psycho and The Birds had a huge impact on the horror films of today, for example, the scene I will be looking at in The Birds shows all of the crows silently on a school climbing frame. In the famous horror film Jeepers Creepers (2001) the ending scene shows the main female protagonist leaving a building and looking up to see a crow that then lands on a climbing frame silently with many other crows. Jeepers Creepers is a good example of how The Birds changed the horror industry as all of the Jeepers creepers films focus on the creature removing the eyes of his victims, this is relevant as the crows in The Birds did the same thing. The scene starts with Melanie, in a panning shot, arriving at Bodega Bay School. All of the sound is diegetic, It is being sung by the school children but the lyrics they are singing are very unnerving and strange, but until Melanie has entered the school it’s unsure if the music is coming from the children or not. By doing this it makes the audience feel very unsettled and worried, they start to care for Melanie and don’t want her to enter the school as they know it will end badly for her. This sound is asynchronous because it does not fit...
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