4. Describe either the beginning and/or the ending of the text(s). Explain why the beginning and/or ending was memorable, supporting your points with Examples of visual and / or oral language features
in the film “The Dark Knight” directed by Christopher Nolan the beginning of the film was memorable as it introduced a main character The Joker. Nolan used many visual features to capture the audience’s attention and to portray The Joker’s character.
In the opening scene of “The Dark Knight” Christopher Nolan uses to build tension before Joker is introduced to us throughout the whole scene the sound of the cello is playing it starts of at a slow pace and is silent and as the scene goes on it we hear the cello increasing in tempo and volume this makes the audience feel something big is going to happen the cello plays in the background as the joker kills the bus driver as The Joker gets into the bus the bank manager says “Think your smart huh? Well, the guy you hired you just do the same to you” when he says this
The Joker shakes his head and walks to him when this happens we hear the cello increasing in volume and tempo building tension as the bank manager asks the joker “what do you believe in?” the cello gets even more faster and louder this builds suspense as the audience wait for a reply The Joker then responds “I believe what doesn’t kill you simply makes you stranger” at this point the cello is at its maximum tempo and volume as The Joker takes of his mask the cello dies down. Throughout this scene Nolan uses the sound of the cello to build suspense and tension making the scene memorable.
In the opening scene of “The Dark Knight” Christopher Nolan also uses dialogue to build a way which the audience portrays The Joker’s character. When The joker is standing on the corner and gets picked up in the SUV the two clowns at the front start talking about The Joker “Yeah he thinks he can just sit on the side and get a slice, I know why they call him The Joker” the film then cuts to a scene of the two clowns on the roof they also start talking about Joker “Why do they call him The Joker?” “I heard he wears make up” “make up?” “Yea. To scare people. War paint”
Even though the Joker has not been introduced to the audience the other clowns talk him up saying he is crazy. When two of the robbers are cracking the vault one of them says “I guess The Jokers as crazy as they say” this makes us feel like The Joker is a crazy man even though he hasn’t been introduced to the audience yet the dialogue of other characters makes us think of Joker as a crazy man. The dialogue makes the scene memorable as it builds us an image of Joker in our heads.
In the opening scene of “The Dark Knight” Christopher Nolan uses Different camera shots such as Reaction shots, High angle shot, Low angle shot, close-ups etc. When the bank manager is on the ground and uses dialogue ““Think you’re smart huh? Well, the guy you hired you just do the same to you” when the Joker walks towards him we see a point of view shot showing us what Joker sees the bank manager looks weak threw this shot we then go into a close up of Joker putting a smoke grenade into the bank managers mouth we see the face of the bank manager looking worried the camera then cuts to a low angle shot as The Joker takes his mask of this gives us a sense that The Joker is in Control as it makes him look bigger The camera moves into a high angle reaction shot of the bank manager making him look small and weak compared to Joker.
In the film “The Dark Knight” Christopher Nolan uses many film techniques in the beginning scene to capture the audience’s attention and builds suspense such as camera shots, dialogue and sound effects. This makes the scene more memorable for the audience.
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