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Bye Bye Berrymore According to Bordwell and Thompson a good films narrational techniques are functional in telling the story The most prominent of these techniques are mise-en-scene and cinematography If used well they can constitute an aesthetically pleasing appeal keeping the audiences attention and sucking them into the story In certain types of films like horror films for instance the mise-en scene and cinematography can create suspense or surprise Wes Craven effectively uses these two techniques in his 1996 action suspense film Scream This thriller is filled with many surprises and creates suspense throughout the film keeping the audience on the edge of their seats at all times The opening scene sets the story and pace for the rest of the film Right off the bat Scream curtails elements of both mise-en scene and cinematic techniques Craven uses lighting propssetting framing as well as mobile framing to effectively convey the narrative meanwhile keeping the audience in suspense Lighting is one aspect of mise-en-scene that Craven uses to help create the mood of Scream Through manipulation lighting makes an extremely distinct impact In the first scene alone several different qualities intensities directions and sources of lighting are used to help create the suspenseful mood in this film Throughout most of the first scene soft lighting at low intensity is used The dim house makes for a simultaneously dark and intense atmosphere This is because the audience cannot depict every detail of the characters nor the objects presented in the shots which in turn creates suspense On the other hand when both of the bodies are revealed to the audience after being mutilated hard lighting is present to bring out the details in the horrific murders Intense side lighting is used to further accentuate the features after Drew Berrymores character Casey is murdered In the case of the Steves the boyfriend murder backlighing from a low angle is prominent in revealing his features after the
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