Dominos scene/Final Fight scene – juxtaposition

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Analysis both scenes and compare/contrast

Two techniques – camera angles and sound

beneath this mask there is more than flesh, there is an idea, and ideas Mr Creadey are bulletproof

Directors intention – techniques in the domino scene and final flight scene to portray/reflect/create something

In the topical and enthralling film ‘V for Vendetta’ directed by James McTeigue, differing camera angles, lighting and music are used to portray his intentions. The ‘Domino’ scene and the ‘Final Fight’ scene both use these cinematography techniques to effectively convey an important message regarding government control. Throughout the film we follow the life of Evey, who lives in a not so futuristic London which is now controlled by a tyrannical chancellor and has become a fascist state, where day to day life is restricted and freedom is hard to come by. Introduction to V changes the course of the film. Through a series of acts we discover that he is a vigilante attempting to change the course of history, drawing inspiration from the acts of Guy Fawkes in 1605. V aims to return London to freedom and remove the totalitarian government by provoking the public enough to no longer fear their leaders and thus overthrow them. Accompanied by Evey he shows London the power of ideas and what influence they can have upon society when applied with conviction and support.

In the Domino Scene we see McTeigue use non-diegetic sound to create strong feelings and connections with the viewer. He also uses close up camera angles of V to increase the feeling of  intimacy between V and his actions. The scene begins with a close up shot of V’s black gloved hand meticulously placing a single domino against a concrete floor. As he does so, suspenseful music begins playing with background sounds of reminiscent of soldiers marching towards battle. This effectively creates the idea that what V is accomplishing correlates with going to war, however he is achieving it through different methods. The scene continues with the distribution of V’s outfits to the public with intermittent close ups of his hand placing more dominos. With each placement of a domino a crescendo builds not just only in the music but also in what is occurring in the scene. Eric Finch, the man instructed to discover V enters his office as a hectic feeling appears, phones are ringing constantly, and anarchy can be felt bubbling up, his accomplice sums this up by saying “the whole city has gone mad.” This is substantiated by a shoplifter, wearing V’s mask, firing his gun and ensuring chaos when saying “anarchy in the UK.” The gunshot introduces a new element to the background music with ominous rumbling entering, we experience a feeling of apprehension, uncertainty of what is about to happen. As the complex domino arrangement nears completion more and more symbolic 5’s and V’s occurring from previous parts of the movie and future parts foreshadowing what is to come. Finch feels that he can see what is to happen and see all that has happened in that build up,”I had a feeling that everything is connected.”. As the bell chimes midnight and V’s plan begins to reach the climax the music stops slowly changes to a fast paced guitar strum and then again to a more sinister and slow paced song, when a civilian in a V costume is shot. These reoccurring changes in music shows how the little events that take place affect the greater final outcome. Everything that has happened in the lead up results in the tumbling of the dominos. The placement of each individual is like the occurrence of everything from Guy Fawkes through to V’s plan, and the tumbling of them is like the tumbling of the Parliament building and the State through V’s gloved hand.

Final Fight scene:

The final fight scene begins with a wide-angle shot of the entire area, displaying V and his adversaries who have him surrounded and seemingly without escape. We see V standing completely isolated from any means of rescue, and directly opposite him stands his key antagonist Peter Creedy, a member of the leadership group, this allows us to grasp the situation; it is essentially V versus the government represented by Creedy. Defeat of the Creedy and the police would foreshadow defeat of the government and the Old Bailey. The scene itself has incredibly dark lighting, the music is soft and water can be heard dripping down implying an underground location. Light shines on V as police attempt to remove his mask showing his dominance although he is the minority. Whilst this is happening the music builds up gradually before stopping, upon this Creedy can be heard telling his men “kill him”. Bullets get released from all parts of the room, supposedly killing V in the process. However, once this has subsided we see that death is not the case. A close up of V confirms this as the camera zooms in on his face to show him breathing heavily. We see that it requires more than just bullets to kill him. The return of music symbolises that the tables have turned, it is now V’s turn. Thunderous, rumbling sounds coincide with V stating ‘my turn turn’. The following events display the power that V has in his idea. He dispatches every policeman and ends up facing Mr Creedy alone. Creedy, obviously astounded by V’s abilities questions how human he is. “Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.” V’s reply shows us how much an idea means to him and how much he believes in it. Nothing will prevent him from carrying out his plans and instilling his beliefs into the public in a hope to exact change in the State. The power of ideas and the influence that they can have on society can be transferred to the real world. Martin Luther King Jr, an American activist for Civil Rights believed in a USA where blacks lived in an equal society with whites and were not oppressed in any way, allowing them a life free of prejudice. Although not achieved in his lifetime, Luther King certainly set the foundations for this equality by spreading his ideas throughout the country and by influencing the opinions of others, most significantly via non-violent protests and use of emotive language in his carefully crafted speeches. He is essentially the polar opposite in terms of methods to achieve his goals to V but they both possess the same end goal. A change in society for the betterment of others. They both sacrificed their lives for the cause and both dedicated their lives to achieving their goals.

Evidently ideas have the power to change society… how its shown in the movie……

  • talk more about the power of ideas on others. examples are needed

relate back to real world – how ideas can change society

 

V for Vendetta Scene Analysis

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  1. You need to give more detail about the director’s intention as far as what he wants the viewer to think/feel. When you discuss the two scenes, detail how the techniques the director chooses to use work together to be effective. You could also go into more specific detail about each technique, using exact terminology of the cinematography technique.

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