Short for character motivation
The exact point at the middle of the film
A prop or setting that is repeated throughout the film, with symbolic and significant meaning
Explores the reasons why actors choose to work in film
Teaches us about all aspects of all genres across film and television series
Explores how narratives are organise, structured and engage audiences AND how these narratives reflect ideologies present in a society
Pulsating, relentless ticking, fragmented, unsettling industrial soundtrack
Upbeat & uplifting
Only used in feature films
Subtle and cannot be heard by the audience
Loud and annoying
Sound that exist outside the ‘world’ of the narrative, such as music overlay.
Nick being a player
Nick's involvement in Amy's disappearance and is a direct reference to the Psychological Thriller Genre itself. Characters in a psychological thriller are not reliant on physical strength but their mental resources, usually by battling wits with a formidable opponent
Nick missing Amy
Audiences recognizes the ordinariness of familiar scenes – it’s their own mundane world.
Low key lighting
Always a bar scene
The disappearance of a girl
A marriage in trouble
Nick could be capable of his harming his wife
The town is suffering financially, businesses have closed, houses have been reduced post Global Financial Crisis due to the sub prime mortgage crisis
That Margo or "Go" is having an affair with her brother
Somewhat unkempt and messy appearance
Rosamund has a classic, sensual and pristine appearance and is likened to the iconic and conventional blond beauty seen in, for example, Hitchcock films.
Mise en scene: Title alludes to setting (OZARK/ the lakes of the OZARKS)
Character development: The protagonist never acts immorally
Juxtapositions two scenes, cutting from Nick's search for Amy's clue and the detectives "search for a body"
Is one long shot and contains no cuts
Is also described as parallel editing, and leading to a final reveal, that Nick has been set up and simultaneously that Detective Boney has discovered the fake diary Amy has planted. Combined, audiences understand that it will be challenging for Nick to avoid jail, or worse, the death penalty for Amy's disappearance.
Has some 70 cuts across 3 minutes of screen time ( what would be perhaps half hour in real time)
Use of slow camera zoom
Contains no diegetic sound
Use of a simple edit, three shots cut together, a simple but engaging edit that has few cuts, but combined with slow camera movement, invites us in to the tender moment of deep connection
In terms of sound, the orchestral strings increase in pitch, building to create an emotive moment. The non diegetic sound becomes louder than the diegetic sounds of Wendy's dialogue where she both aims to reassure Charlotte and ask her to ""
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