Comparing Two Films

English Media coursework: Film language
It is my intention throughout my coursework to compare and contrast the opening scenes of two films, namely ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean-the curse of the black pearl.’   Each of these films significantly captures and demands the audience’s attention, through using specific techniques such as the use of camera angles, sound and lighting effects.   The collaboration of such techniques enables the specified films to interest the audience and to allow them to deliberate as to what could happen next.
The intriguing detective film genre ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ includes a wide variety of actors and actresses with various skills and methods to enable the atmosphere of the film to maintain a realistic sense and capture the audience’s imagination. Richard Roxburgh was selected to convey the character of Sherlock Holmes, which demands a refined image of a Victorian middle class gentleman, with observant tendencies. As a well established book amongst the Victorian community, the vivid imagery in Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel was communicated through film in 2002, captivating many people of a modern audience and igniting the passion for this novel once more. Holmes’ associate, Dr. Watson, was fittingly chosen to be conveyed by Ian Hart, who portrays how exasperating it would have been to work with Sherlock Holmes, yet how important he was to the detective work. Overall, this film uses very effective devices in captivating its viewers and reflecting an excellent novel.
In ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ specific camera angles are used to alert the audience and to ignite their imagination, a crucial technique during the opening scenes of the film. Firstly, the mind is stimulated by the vivid imagery for the duration of the opening scenes of the film. For example, sharp jump shots were used to introduce the audience to the victim of said hound, leaving many to speculate as to what could have happened,...