22 October 2011


The film Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg withheld many styles of continuity. This thrilling movie carries a sense of fear and reality; almost as if to make you keep your feet off the ground in fear of a shark coming up to bite them. Sharks have always been a huge fear of mine; although the movie is clearly "make-believe" it still brought me fear and anxiousness when watching the movie. It is quite obvious that the shark created in Jaws was not real and multiple shots and revisions had to take place to make the scenes still bring anxiety from the audience.
I have seen Jaws a few times in my life, but watching it this time currently I wanted to focus on one particular scene and really dissect the editing styles that take place. I chose to watch the scene where it is made clear that a shark is lurking in the waters, when a young woman; Chrissie got attacked by a shark one very early morning skinny dipping. During this scene the revisions, arrangements, and preparing the written script.
The angles in which take place in this scene are of difficult standings. The camera flashes under the water as if to insinuate what the shark is looking at. Once Chrissie is getting attacked the camera takes multiple shots. The screening goes from flashes right to left. To create a steady flow and to get the audience to feel the depth of what is taking place much revision and placement needs to happen. The arrangements and setting that take place in this scene helps the movie to create fierceness and intensity.
The editing style presented in this film helps a movie that needs to have multiple shots into one steady flow. All the aspects of this film is combined into one concept and one perception in what is taking place. In turns of this happening the movie brings a different asset than what would be perceived watching without editing taking place in the movie. Rather than seeing the "choppiness" of the film you experience what the actors are laying down in the film. Throughout the action the editing style helps to bring anticipation into what is going to happen next.

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