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Film Techniques in The Truman Show

This is a Film analysis for my English Class
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Sam Alsop

on 31 October 2012

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Transcript of Film Techniques in The Truman Show

Film Techniques The Truman Opening Sequence The opening sequence consists of The Truman Show being introduced by people, telling us about how they are impacted or how they feel about The Truman Show. They say for many it is like a way of life which raises our expectations of the show Character The main character in the movie is Truman Burbank. He is just a normal person and he doesn’t know he is being filmed during his whole life. The other characters include Cristof who is the creator, and Syliva who is trying to tell Truman that he is being filmed constantly. Setting The setting is significant to the movie as it is an island, which means it is surrounded by water; so since Truman is scared of water, he will not leave the island. But the ‘island’ is actually in a massive dome in which the creator, Cristof can control everything. Eg, weather, time of day. Storyline The storyline is purely based upon what is happening in Truman Burbanks life, but when an actor on the show tries to tell him that everything is fake and that he is being filmed, he starts getting curious which leads him to trying to leave the island to go to Fiji. Personally if someone hadn’t told me what was happening I would have not have known what was going on until about half way through the film. Structure of Time The structure in time of the movie includes Truman having many flashbacks, which gives us indications on why he feels a certain way about things. For example it shows that Truman is scared of water, then he has a flash back where his dad when he drowns off a boat infront of him. Cause and Effect There are many parts in the movie, where the creator causes things to happen within the dome which affects the way Truman thinks about things. The main one would be when Truman is young and he and his dad are fishing, and Cristof directs the actor playing Trumans dad to pretend to drown, which then causes Truman to have a fear of water. Point of View The point of view is mainly from Truman, but is also sometimes in the view of the creators/ producers and people watching the show, and how they feel about the show and what is happening within it. Closing Sequence In the closing sequence of the movie, Truman tricks the creators/producers and escapes the island on a boat. He has realised he is being filmed and the possibility of him leaving the island has come true. The creator tries everything he can do to make Truman head back home. He is even trying to kill Truman instead of him finding the door out of the dome. The lighting of the movie is controlled of the
creator of the film. He can control the time
of the day and the sun light through the dome. Lighting The camera angles of this film is very interesting as it is showing us what is happening to Truman with him unaware he is being filmed, so we can see what Truman is seeing. Camera/Film Visual Composition The visual composition of this show is all artificial, as the people in the show are all actors and Truman is being filmed but he doesn’t know it. The characters are all on a loop and Truman starts to notice this throughout the movie. The space within the frame entirely depends on what Truman is looking at. Acting The acting in the film is very good, as Truman believes that everyone is just doing there everyday things, but in reality they are all actors on a loop. Without Sylvia telling him that everything is fake I don’t believe that he would have ever realised. Sound The sound is very relevant to what is happening in the film and the music sets the mood for whatever may happen next.
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