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FILM TECHNIQUES The composer of the film Witness uses various film techniques to illustrate the contrast between the English world and the Amish way of life Two techniques that stand out from the rest in this film are the dialogue and the camera angles from which every scene is taken Dialogue The dialogue between the actors is an essential film technique because without it it would be impossible for the audience to understand the films plottheme In this film the dialogue is used to reveal little details about the Amish way of life so that even some audiences who are not aware of this group of people will learn something new about the Amish We discovered that the Amish are different in that they are very religious and they take every word of the Bible literally We hear Rachel Lapp and Eli telling John Book to adjust to their way of life while he is living with them We also witness the indifference displayed by the English in the scene where a group of disrespectful teenagers were harassing the Amish We hear one of the teenagers saying Watch out hell hit you with a bible This clearly shows their prejudice towards the Amish How the actors recite their lines also helps to show the difference between the English and the Amish we would not hear Rachel or Eli or Samuel swearing or using slang words as they seem to be very proper and honest Camera angles Half-body shots are used throughout the film to allow us to generally observe how the Amish act around people from inside and outside their group From here we see that the Amish do not believe in violence they will try as hard as possible to solve any arguments with a possible mutual agreement Close up shots are used to show the expression of the Amish when they are surprised happy etc These shots are usually
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