The Searchers: Film Analysis

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•Identify the type of lighting used in the film (traditional three-point, high-key, or low-key) and assess the impact of the lighting used to establish the theme.

The film that I have selected is The Searchers (1956).In fact, the type of lighting used in the film is low-key lighting, artificial lighting, and natural lighting. “Often there may be only a single source of light, coming from the back or the side of the main characters” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014, section 6.4). Ultimately, the type of lighting has assessed the impact of high contrast and very deep shadows in many of the indoor/outdoor scenes to establish the western theme.

◦What are the benefits of the style of lighting used?

The benefits of the lighting style used to enhance the hardness of life on the Western frontier, therefore, giving the movie viewers a real sense of the western time and its locations. For example, in the scene inside the cabin was dusk outside and little lighting is used as they bolted doors and shutters because they would be attacked by the Comanche very quickly. Therefore, low-key lighting enhances the overall feeling of desperation and hopelessness as the family wait for their inevitable massacre. Overall, the benefits of the style of lighting used in this movie to create a frightening
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This technique contributes to the theme by helping out the indoor/outdoor scenes and providing the viewers an idea how trying times in the homestead of the west. In fact, the basic sense of the western genre is about going without, living off the land and preserve what you do have to survive. All in all, “At this simplest, a western man and his horse, taking on the struggles of nature and his fellow man” (Goodykoontz&Jacobs,2014, section 4.2).

◦How was the lighting technique suited to the genre of the film? For example, documentary films tend to rely on natural light as a way of creating an overall tone of

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