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Unformatted text preview: Tennyson 1 Bradford Tennyson American Indians thru Film & TV Professor Kamper 18 May 2010 FINAL PAPER Throughout history, the American Indian experience has been a difficult one specifically with the advent of television and film. I would argue that through sound, editing, and shooting techniques, this industry can control the perception and expectations of an entire culture. This power was abused for the past century and while things are getting better, it still lingers in our modern day society. I will analyze following films to support my claim: Apache (1954), the PBS documentary We Shall Remain , and Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002). Before the analysis of the movies take place, it is important to understand the different elements of the movies and how they can control the overall focus. Sound techniques can be anything from background music to environmental sounds. While this doesn’t appear like much, it actually directs the emotion of the film. The audience heart races faster when suspenseful music is played, likewise if Tennyson 2 tribal music plays whenever a Native American enters the scene; a sense of savagery is created. Editing is described as the arrangement of and correlation between shots and scenes, which shots are put where, and the specific choice of putting a certain shot in the movie. Editing has so much power; directors often oversee the operation to make sure the message doesn’t change. Films are commonly edited to portray certain expectations of their characters (whether it is a subconscious decision or not). Shot selection and shooting techniques are all of the visual elements the director places in a scene. This combination of shots determines the force and cadence of the individual scene and eventually the entire movie. For instance, if we see an Indian chief shot from a low angle and close up as to appear larger than normal, we get the impression that this is a large powerful character, more so than the others in the scene.character, more so than the others in the scene....
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2010 for the course AMIND 435 taught by Professor Kamper during the Spring '10 term at San Diego State.

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