Analysis : Vertigo

The final film I analysed by Alfred Hitchcock is the 1958 psychological thriller film: ‘Vertigo’. Like any other Hitchcock film, he uses miss-en-scene, camerawork, sound design and editing to create a suspenseful atmosphere. Here are the techniques I noticed whilst watching the film:

  • Something I have noticed in the other Hitchcock films I have watched is that he uses a lot of extreme close ups and reaction shots – this is something which is very prominent in ‘Vertigo’. It creates the same effects as the other films: it makes you feel like you are actually immersed in the story and you are actually there. Since I am making a film opening with the intention that it will be eery and tense, making the audience feel like they are part of the plot will give this desired effect.
  • The lighting creates an atmosphere too. Red lighting has been used which portrays danger, blue to represent sadness and so on and so forth. Using lighting to create a mood in my film opening will be another skill.
  • Even though there are a lot of extreme close up shots, there are some really nice shots of the background “taking over the screen”. In these shots, the characters look very distant but, it creates a theme of isolation. Since our plot does have that theme underlining it, shots like these would be very useful to consider.



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