Professor Macky Essay

1228 words - 5 pages

How is a feeling of suspense created
Through the narrative & Technical
Codes in ‘Band of Brothers’?

In the clip of ‘Band of Brothers’ suspense is conveyed to the audience in a number of ways. One way in which suspense is portrayed is through a close up. One of the characters is holding a crucifix in the palm of his hand and the camera has a close up shot of this crucifix as he is moving in his hand before he is about to get on a plane with all his military equipment. The use of the crucifix infers that that character is religious and the fact that he is holding it could suggest that he needs the power of Christ and god to get him through the impending events. This thus indicates ...view middle of the document...

We assume it is something important with all the self-preparation we see however as we don’t know what they are preparing for then it creates suspense as we do not know.
Another way in which suspense is formed in the Band of Brothers clip is another close up shot which is a technical code. The shot is very iconic and ambiguous as it shows a close up of a military helmet being dropped by who we assume as a solider. Because this shot is so ambiguous it could have a multiple of interpretations: one could be that the helmet could connote death as one of the soldiers may have died and that was his helmet and the helmet could be symbolic of the soldier as the helmet is falling which could connote a fallen brother. This interpretation would connote suspense as we don’t know if the character holding the helmet will suffer the same fate as the fallen one, this unknowingness will intern create the suspense; another interpretation is that of relief in that the fighting is over and the solider is pleased that it is over so much so that he feels safe enough that he can remove his helmet or another interpretation is that the character has seen something astonishing and is removing his helmet because he feels somewhat overcome by this event that he sees, this would thus leave us wondering what he is looking. The fact that we are left wondering and questions what the character is looking at creates suspense in itself as woe don’t know if the solider is in danger.

In addition to this suspense is create through narrative codes such as the Todorav’s theory. This is where there is an equilibrium at the start with the troops working together to load there equipment on to the planes however then it becomes a disequilibrium when they are told that they cannot ‘jump’ by a more authoritative figure as it has a low angle shot of the man telling the troops. We know that the fact that they cannot jump causes a disequilibrium as, as soon as they are told we see a mid-shot of the men simultaneously looking down which could connote there disappointment and thus the equilibrium being broken. The use of a low angle shot accentuates his power, strength and importance of the man which would thus show the hierarchy of the system. The fact that the equilibrium is the troops...

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