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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 
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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.  
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