The Shawshank Redemption Essay example

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The Shawshank Redemption
ENG 225
Sarah Carson
May 7, 2012

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) was a remarkable motion picture inspired by Stephen King and Directed by Frank Darabont. It was not a big budget movie with a lot of special effects rather it was a story about two convicts Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman), Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), and Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton), the self-righteous, Bible-carrying Warden (Filmsite, 2012) that vowed they’d never be released from Shawshank State Prison. These actors are considered stars. A character actor is an actor that can fit into many different roles, “adapting to the needs of each script and director they work with” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs,
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When he goes to prison, the prison walls trap him. Within Andy's cell, the names of the previous inmates are carved into the walls. To Andy these walls act as a reminder of his incarceration. The prison scenes are very dark and it makes the audience feel like they are a part of the prison right along with the characters in the movie. When the inmates go into the courtyard the shots are exposed and bright, however it is still a prison environment and the outdoor scenes have a different feel to them. When the characters are outdoors, it is a reflection of having freedom although there are guards everywhere and the spikey wire fences are a quick reminder that they are being retained. The lighting in the film is very significant and some of the lighting used is natural light. Although natural lighting is used, the prison and prisoners still look dull and colorless, mostly because of the blue and grey prison clothing, makeup, and the stone grey color of the prison. The natural lighting gives the characters a look of being worn out from all their years of serving time in prison.
The prisoners are often shot from high angles, sometimes even bird's eye views, to convey their powerlessness. It is only when the prisoners speak to each other that we are on eye level with them. And it is with the prisoners that most of the realistic aspects of the film are noted. The takes with the prisoners are longer and the supporting actors are often seen in three- or two- shots. It

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