Truman Show- Manipulation

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Manipulation through film techniques…
In the film ‘The Truman Show’, director Peter Weir shows many ways of manipulation through film techniques such as camera angles, background music and camera frames. He shows in the film how a viewer can be so mindlessly absorbed by others surrounding them on television. The director also shows how easily our minds can be involved and enwrapped in a storyline or plot, and how this can affect the way we see things and how our perspective on reality can change from this film manipulation.
Some of the films techniques that are used to draw in an audience or manipulate them are screen shots such as close ups, extreme close-ups, mid-shots, long shots and extreme long shots. Generally in TV shows such as ‘Big Brother’ or ‘American Idol’, close ups are used to show deep emotion. For example, in ‘The Truman Show’, Truman is given a close-up when reuniting with his Father after many years of separation. In this close-up Truman appears to be crying with happiness and loss, which in many cases would influence the way the audience feels, possibly making some cry of happiness or making them feel overwhelmed with emotion. Close-ups are just one of the few types of screen shots that draw in an audience and are a much-used technique in the film ‘The Truman Show’.
Another film technique commonly used in ‘The Truman Show’ is music. Music plays an important role in films to lighten, deepen or strengthen the mood of a scene. During ‘The Truman Show’, we see Christof often conducting the background music to Truman’s life, like it was a great piece of art and he was the creator. The director of ‘The Truman Show’ shows how the music in the background affects the viewers of ‘The Truman Show’ in the reunion scene when the viewers’ life’s stand still to see this moment, and the music makes the scene more meaningful and appealing to watch. It even shows…...

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