Shawshank Redemption Essay

1047 Words Nov 21st, 2011 5 Pages
Shawshank Redemption

Sarmad Syed

Hum. 150

October 27, 2011

Hilary Clay Hicks

Shawshank Redemption is a film, directed by Frank Darabont adapting it for screen, based on Stephen king novella “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank redemption.”
This film takes the audience on a journey of despair and hope of individuals in
Shawshank prison. Constant routine, forced conformity, power abuse and the struggle of hope. The use of lighting, camera angles, music and different shots are accounted for in
Shawshank prison. Every prison scene is framed by bars and dark, grays or blues as backdrop as this effect indicates the cruel nature of life and the control of Shawshank within the lives of every individual. The Shawshank
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The other shot that is used to effect is the close up of Andy when he has been threatened by the guard, hanging over the edge of the roof and at the end of the scene when Andy is smiling. The lighting in this scene is another major technique used to add to the film. The lighting is bright, sunny, clear blue skies in contrast to most of the scenes, which are shot within the prison walls where the lighting is grey, brown and somber. The music in this scene starts off as slow and sad and as the scene progresses the music gets a lighter, brighter tone. Language is also a major technique used throughout the film and is shown in this scene with the use of the narrator,
Red, which fills us in with the information we do not see in the film. There is a contrast between the language of the guards who are authoritative, loud and bulling and Andy who is polite, cultured and clever. All these techniques used in this scene and throughout the film are used to give a stronger impact to the film and to add depth to the storyline, creating a memorable film and a never forgotten story. The wide angle, establishing shot of the surrounding showing the true beauty of nature in bloom. This effect gives the idea to viewers that Shawshank prison exists to restrain individuals from experiencing the outer world, and the beauty of nature again, but live in a place of slavery. Through out the film there has been a main

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