Today we got got our brief, we have to make a 60 second short film including a shootout. After doing some research we found that there were different aspects that are important to create an affective shootout scene. The main purpose of a shootout scene is to show conflict. It creates tension then a release. We watched some classic Western film clips and iconic shootout scenes.
The camera shots include wide shots and close ups. these are both important in a shootout scene. The wide shots show all the characters and show the whole setting. Wide shots were included in most of the shootout that we watched. An example is in the wide shot in ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’. This is my favorite wide shot as I like background setting and the way you can see every character. The close up shots mainly focus on the characters face or there hands as they go to grab their weapon. The close ups of the faces are important as it shows the characters emotions. Close ups are used in ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ to increase the tension between the characters.
As the tension builds, the shots become shorter and sharper. Also, the amount of wide shots decrease and the amount of close up shots increase. Also, the close up shots get closer.
Music and Sound Effects:
The sound effects used are sharp and uncomfortable noises normally. This builds up tension because It makes the watcher feel ‘on edge’. This is shown in the opening scene of ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’.
Shootout scenes normally have dramatic music as well. The music normally climaxes to a certain point in the scene. It stops when it gets to the ending point. This makes the scene more dramatic by emphasising where the fight ends. An example of this is in ‘‘Kill Bill’ part 1 and and part 2. This is my favourite use of music in a shootout because its more modern.
Actors body language:
The actors body language is normally slow and steady. This emphasises every movement to make it more noticeable, this increases the tension.