Se7en' 9 shot analysis

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  • 1. SE7ENThriller 9 Shot AnalysisOlivia Kelly

2. The colour palletwithin the shot isthat of a sepiatone, giving it awarm yet drabShot 1effect, indicating tothe audience fromthe start that this isa thriller. The extreme close up shot, gives aThe way in which the font sense of mystery and creates an appears to be shaking, gives enigma to the audience as they arethe illusion of instability, left to wonder what the importancesomething that is old and of the book is and why it is beingbroken, leaving the audience used. unsure of the events that lie ahead. 3. The lighting withinthis shot highlightsthe sinister andgrotesque handsShot 2portrayed on thescreen. Once again, there is theThe hands suggestuse of the shaky font, withthe gruesome naturethe inevitable sense thatof the film, the something within the filmaudience then get an is unsure. In this case, theidea on how dreadful knowing of who is the coldthe events are that lieblooded murderer. 4. There is a ghost likeThe number 7 replacingshadow within thethe letter V not onlybackground of therepresents the title of theshot, indicate theconnotations ofghosts in which relateShot 3 film Seven, but also the Seven Deadly Sins in which is the main drivingto the murders in theforce behind the film as thisfilm. This giving theis how the murderer killsopening an eerie each of his victimssense of mystery.according to each deadly sin.The title of the film is boldand large, however changesshape to keep the audienceengaged. 5. Within this shot, The audiencethe audience is leftinstinctively will thinkto wonder who it iscrossing out thewords from what Shot 4 about what theimplications of thisparticular newspaperappears to be a article will be andnewspaper cut what relevance thisout, and why it iswill have as the filmthey are crossing progresses.out theseparticular words.They are left toconsider whatsignificance thiswill have within thefilm.The dark, sinister themecontinues throughout thisshot, as once again thereis an obvious sense ofmystery, due to the darkshadow on part of theshot. 6. The lightingThe hand holding thewithin the shot mysterious picture is clearlyhighlights whatcould be acrucial part to Shot 5 the forefront othe film. Theaudience is leftto once againfeel a sense ofmystery withinthis shot.The close up shot once againcreates an enigma to theaudience as it is yet unknown tothem what these pictures areand why they are being cut up. 7. The sepia tone iscontinued throughoutthe opening, continuingthe dull effect thatShot 6indicates to theaudience that it is athriller.Once again, there is a ghost likeWithin this shot there is what appears toshadow as the character be a male hand writing down something inprogresses to write. This is seen which the audience is left to wonder it isthroughout the opening, that is being written down and who it is whoindicating the connotations of ais writing it. Could it be the protagonist itselfghost, following the sense of or an investigator?mystery in which is seen 8. The lighting in this shot is particularly important asthis is what gives the focus on the mysterious hand, Shot 7 highlighting it to the audience. This shot is also thebrightest shot, which is evidently unconventional ofthe opening as the sinister hand is what conveys themystery in this shot rather than the color pallet orlighting.The shadow seen behind the page is theclear focus of this particular shot, giving theaudience a sense of the unknown as towhose hand this may be and what it is theymay be writing and most importantly, whatsignificance this will have as the thrillerprogresses. 9. The lighting could have beenused in such a way toconvey the darkmysteriousness of thisparticular shot and the Shot 8thriller overall.The lighting in this shot is particularlyinteresting as the entire shot is black apartfrom the spotlight in which indicates amysterious face being crossed out with amarker pen. 10. The audience are left to wonderwhat this piece of writingsignifies and what the word itselfmeans and what this has to dowith the thriller itself. Shot 9The hand-writing is noticeably messyThis particular shot only appears briefly therefore this could indicate thewithin the opening, suggesting theanxiety and worry behind the personmystery and secrecy behind this hand- who wrote it, leaving us to suspectwritten shot. the protagonist himself.