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A film director has a very difficult job He is to find some way to combine a multitude of elements like image sound and the passage of time to create a story and he must do it in such a way that when it is presented to a large group of different people it can elicit a common emotional response through them all If a director hopes to succeed at his art he must learn what is needed when in a scene and what kinds of response his choice with get from an audience Scott Hicks understands this perfectly and his 1996 film Shine is a brilliant demonstration of his skill The places where his emotional manipulation is especially apparent are during the three high emotion scenes the encounter between David and his father in the bathtub Davids performance of Rachmaninovs Concerto No 3 and when David is playing on the trampoline at Sylvias Shine is a film steeped in music Whether it is intrinsic or extrinsic an undercurrent to a scene or the focus of the scene itself it was almost a constant presence For this reason when Hicks chose to remove the music in the scene between David and his father in the bathtub it immediately drew the viewers attention simply due to the stark contrast it had to the rest of the film Silence left a much deeper impression here than any piece of dramatic music could and Hicks knew that A second technique he employed was combining arbitrary shots of the bathroom and multiple camera angles and continually crosscutting them By doing this he was able to give the audience a sense of how David was feeling The chaotic cuts and the random focus of the shots mirrored Davids thoughts and mind-set and instilled a sense of empathy in the viewer Also the combination of concern for David and the sudden unnerving silence melded to create a general feeling of apprehension
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