Thursday, December 11, 2014

Blog #4: Sound-Image and Image-Image Relationships

Movie: Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980)
Scene: Final scene, where Jack is chasing Danny outside of the hotel.

I chose The Shining because of its amazing cinematography, and it is truly one of the only horror movies I have ever enjoyed in my life (because I truly hate horror movies).

The music goes very well and coincides with the actions in the scene. Jack has officially lost his mind in the hotel, and is now chasing his son in the frigid cold with an ax in his hand. The music starts out slowly, and as Jack's confidence starts to build, the music level rises with his changing facial expression. There are medium close-up shots to show the expressions on Jack and Danny's faces. When Danny gets up and starts running, the camera starts to follow Danny behind him. There are also shots of Danny's footprints in the snow, and the camera is running in the same pace that Danny is.

The camera cuts to Jack frantically searching for Danny through the snow. When Jack stops, the camera stops. When Jack resumes to walking through the snow again, the camera follows. The music remains steady, because there has been no change in pace.

Danny continues to run frantically, and therefore the music becomes more frantic and loud. It gives the audience anxiety with the addition of music in the scene, because it leads some audiences to believe that Jack is closer to Danny than we want him to be.

The scene cuts to Wendy running towards the scene of the crime with the same knife she slashed Jack with in the hotel, and the music elevates even more. Now the entire family is involved in the chase. Lots of medium shots of the three of them running in the snow. The second Wendy and her son Danny are reunited, the music starts to slowly disintegrate, and once they embrace, hug and run towards the nearest truck the music slowly stops.

The music stops, and all we hear is the truck starting up with Wendy driving away from the hotel, and Jack shouting in the snow. A long shot shows Wendy driving the truck, while a medium shot shows Jack exasperating in the snow. Jack's movements are sporadic, and so are the camera's along with him. The sound effects start to become very spooky as Wendy drives away and Jack starts to lose his breath. A long shot shows Jack walking towards the light at the end of the tunnel. The last shot is Jack, dead and buried in the snow. It seems he died from hypothermia-related issues. The sound effect that transitions to the last shot of Jack dead in the snow is perfect, because it was very fast and sudden, to the point.

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