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Textual Analysis Essay Disneys Pirates of the Caribbean is a non stop swashbuckling action and adventure from start to finish In this essay I will be looking at the different techniques used to convey the traditional conventions of action and adventure films Establishing shots play a key role throughout the film as each scene usually starts with one In particular when the action focuses on the ships there is usually a helicopter shot to demonstrate the sheer scale of the film and the isolation during the heros journey of discovery Also when the action is back onshore establishing shots are used too if only to show off the films extravagant budget on its exotic location Close ups are also used to display the characters emotions and thoughts especially during times when they learn more which allows the thick plot to unfold However we never get any real close-ups on Johnny Depps character Captain Jack Sparrow as we arent really clear whose side he is on the good or the bad right until the end of the film So by masking his emotions we cant pick up many clues as to his allegiance and keeps us guessing throughout the movie Also when the camera shots was solely on the hero it would always be shot from slightly below eye level to give an impression of the hero being the bigger man despite the fact that Orlando Bloom doesnt fit the traditional action and adventure hero mould of a big muscular man but he fills the role well helped along by the camera angles amongst other techniques The villain played by Geoffrey Rush was always shot from a neutral eye level but always from the side and never face on making it impossible to get a full idea of his expressions or feelings unlike the hero Editing also plays a key role in making it clear that it is a action adventure film as there are
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