District 9 Essay

2646 Words Apr 29th, 2012 11 Pages
How are the four elements of film style (cinematography, sound, mise-en-scene, editing) used in the film to create realism.

District 9 is a science fiction documentary style film directed by Neill Blomkamp in 2009, set in present time in Johannesburg, South Africa. District 9 uses stylistic techniques such as cinematography, sound, mise-en-scene and editing to make us, the audience, believe that the alien invasion redundant is truly happening in our world today. District 9 also uses strong documentary techniques to reel the audience in even further and to capture the audience’s attention in a very different style of science fiction never before seen in Hollywood. All of these techniques, along with how they are used to create realism,
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All of the actors play their characters in a not overly dramatised or extreme way. They perform as if they were like everyday people you would see walking down the street or at work, talking in a very common way and reacting to these extreme and scary occasions through the film in a very true to life manner, reacting instead of reading from a script. Example that illustrates this?

The film, from what has been viewed, uses very little artificial lighting or props to hold back the light. For example, in the scene discussed earlier where Wikus and others are about to exit the van, as they open the doors this strong light shines in the opening and through the windows blinding the viewer to what is out there. In a Hollywood film, this light would most likely be dulled so that the viewer could get a taste of what the characters see instead of being blinded, but staying true to the documentary and realism style of film they have kept it this way. They also don’t add any lighting to areas that are quite dull. For example, when Wikus is searching the Alien’s houses the lighting is almost nonexistent and all the audience and the characters pick up is the light from the sun outside.

The film has been edited in a way that remains very true to a documentary style film. It uses either very long takes, where the camera keeps rolling no matter what or very short takes,

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