Definitions of some film stuff

Mise en Scene- The arrangement of all elements of a scene e.g props, scenery etc. The visual arrangement of everything in the frame

Lighting- The way a shot or scene is lit- usually used to communicate an idea to the audience 

Symbolism- When an object or entity in a film is used to represent an idea

Camera shots- Different camera shots are used to communicate different ideas or moods about the subject matter from different perspectives

Sound-Everything the viewer hears in a movie- dialogue, music sound effects. Diagenic- not added Non-Diagenic-added in

Dialogue- A conversation between two or more characters. If there’s only one person its a monologue. An essential part of most movies

Voice over/narration-Voice overs can be used to give the viewer an idea of whats going on in a scene that would otherwise not make sense, can also be used to let the viewer know what the narrator is thinking

Music-Music can be used to add a dramatic effect or music can also be used to set the mood

Montage- Can be used to cover the progression of something that happens gradually over a shorter amount of time, to keep the pace from slowing down

Flashbacks-Flashbacks are used to show the characters past, which can help the viewer understand why they are like they are at the present point for example why there is conflicts between certain characters.

The winter dreams/gatsby similartities

Gatsby The winter dreams
Gatsby started from nothing, and learnt how to be rich and he became rich. Gatsby started out extremely poor, so he left at age 17 to make something of himself. He sailed around with a guy and then joined the army and fell in love with daisy. He went to war and after that he met another guy who taught him how to be rich, and so he became extremely rich with drug stores and then he moved to New York. Dexter came from nothing and made himself wealthy. Dexter started out as a caddy at a golf club earning 30 dollars a month. He then goes and becomes rich, with a laundry company, he then comes back and falls in love with judy. But she keeps leading like 10 guys on so
Gatsby fell in love with a popular girl that he couldn’t really have. Dexter fell in love with a popular girl that he couldn’t be with because of the kind of person she is- never wanting to settle down.

Valley of ashes practice essay

In the book, “The Great Gatsby”, written by F.Scott Fitzgerald, the Valley of the Ashes helps the reader better understand the idea of the failure of the American dream through the valley of the ashes. The valley of ashes is the area of New York where the city’s ashes is dumped. A glum place, described by Nick as “a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens”. When Nick describes the area to have “ridges and hills”, it paints a picture that the there is a lot of ashes, a lot of people being let down by the dream, and the amount is forever growing, as shown by “fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat”, and the line “with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air” shows that people are run down, tired, and fairly hopeless, only being pushed on by this faint hope, a hope, perhaps, only based on a distant dream obscured and distorted by the constant “impenetrable cloud” that they themselves create, maybe because the dream is the only thing they have that keeps them going. The American is that everybody should have equal opportunity, as long as they work hard for it. However, the valley of Ashes shows that this is not happening, that this is not true. This is shown by the fact that the people living there are working hard everyday, and they are still there, the dream failing more and more people day by day, and then there are people like Tom and Daisy, who have never worked a day in their lives and are extremely wealthy.


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Chris Waugh