Action Adventure films GCSE Media

This includes conventions, Camera angles, Editing, Sound and Mise-en-scene which are all useful when analysing an action adventure film.

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1. Conventions:
There are many conventions that you would usually see in an action/adventure
movie. Not all of the conventions tend to be in all movies, but tend to be in the
majority of them.
Here are a list of examples of conventions that you would find in an
action/adventure movie:
- Usually involve straightforward story of good guy versus bad guy, where
usually the disputes are resolved by physical force.
- Usually heroes in Hollywood films are patriotic Americans.
- Bad guys in Hollywood films tend to be drug lords, terrorists or some other sort
of criminal rather than a Nazi or a Communist like in the past.
- Usually requires big budget special effects and stunt work.
- Damsel in distress tends to be used but in recent movies female characters
have become stronger in action/adventure movies and even work alongside the
strong male characters.
- It is more than likely that a chase scene will feature somewhere in the movie,
whether it is by foot, car, boat etc.
- The good guys always win.
2. Camera angle shots/ movement/position
The way the camera is used in an action/adventure usually compliments what
you are seeing and also helps to create the atmosphere that the director wants
at the same time.
For example, in a chase scene, a wide range of different camera angles and
positions along with movements are used to put you into the action
Below are the different types of camera angles and movements and when they
will be tend to be used.
Establishing shot - used at a start of a scene to show the audience where the
characters in this scene are and gives the audience a perspective of the action
that is to come.
Close Up - This frames part of the body such as the head or the hands. This is
mainly to show any emotion on their face or show something that is important to
the plot.

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Point of View shot - used to show the action from one of the character's
prospective. This would be commonly used as one of the many camera angles
for a chase scene.
Two shot - basically two people seen in one frame.
Long Shot - when the setting takes up most of the frame but performers are
close to camera. This is quite often used to highlight any significant buildings or
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In Action/Adventure movies, a mix of diegetic and non-diegetic sound is used to
accompany or emphasise the action.
During an action scene, music (normally orchestral) is usually played throughout,
which tends to be fast paced if in a chase scene. If anything significant happens,
the music would change according to what has happened. If something jumps
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Mise-en-scene is basically anything that you see in the frame. This can be
anything from things that make the scene look more realistic to character
representation by the way they look and what they wear.
For example, Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator is a great example of a
conventional action hero. Although he isn't the best looking guy, he does have
massive muscles, which makes him look powerful.…read more


Ann marie

Thank you this was very usefull



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