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assingment 1 t206 - Instructor Jenna Hoffstein T-206...

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Instructor: Jenna Hoffstein T-206: Assignment #1 The final action scene in Jaws, when the protagonist finally kills the vicious great white shark, is equipped with a variety of many successful film elements. A film element that works particularly well in this scene is screen direction. Screen direction is a term that is used to describe the direction in which a character is moving. The X-axis signifies the horizontal movements across the screen, the Y-axis refers to the vertical, and the Z-axis is the line of depth that runs from the foreground to the background and vice versa. The X-axis can be used to distinguish protagonists from antagonists: we as westerners read from left to right so it is natural to assume that characters entering from the left are the good ones and that the characters entering from the right are the bad ones. When the shark attacks it enters from the right side as the protagonist remains stationary to the left, immediately setting up conflict between the good and the bad characters. The Y-axis is cleverly used in this scene as
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