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In our group there is Becky Wholley and Hannah Ferreira. Our media coursework is a two minute opening to a horror film, our production is called Sleep Tight.
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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Deconstruction of The Shinning, 1980

Director - Stanley Kurbick
Budget - $22,000,000
Box Office Takings -
USA - $622,237 (no UK viewable)

Deconstruction: In the opening 2 minutes, we follow a car travelling through a remote rural area. We see little buildings, mainly trees abd mountains this emphasizes the remote aspect and signifies isolation, that whoever we're following is far from help. Mainly birds eye view shots are used making the car look much smaller connoting vulnerability.
The music used is the signifier for what genre the film is. The non-diegetic music increases in volume as the car travels this makes it more tense and makes the audience feel its leading to a climax.
Still following the car the titles begin to run over the shots, the titles are in capitals, sans serif and in a powder blue colour. This colour could connote several things, the colour itself doesn't really fit in with the context of the genre, powder blue is normally associated with oceans and calm and relaxed. However the powder blue could be used to emphasize something out of the normal, which could relate to the plot of the film.

Nothing really occurs in the opening of this film however an idea of the setting is relayed to the audience with the contrast of a relaxed 2 minutes with the tense music.

Story Line: A man, his son and wife become the winter caretakers of an isolated hotel where Danny, the son, sees disturbing visions of the hotel's past using a telepathic gift known as "The Shining". The father, Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project when he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel's ghosts. After being convinced by a waiter's ghost to "correct" the family, Jack goes completely insane. The only thing that can save Danny and his mother is "The Shining".


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