A study of the portrayal of violence in films depicting school rampages

Pockett, Hartley (2014) A study of the portrayal of violence in films depicting school rampages. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of my dissertation is to closely investigate the different ways in which violence is portrayed by filmmakers, specifically in the genre of films depicting school rampages. Initially this will involve defining what is meant by screen violence, briefly exploring its historical context and examining theories that attempt to explain its enduring presence.
    The main focus of the dissertation is to provide a close visual analysis of the portrayal of violence in four case studies: Elephant (Van Sant, 2003)1, We Need to Talk About Kevin (Ramsey, 2011)2, Bang Bang You’re Dead (Ferland, 2002)3 and Duck! The Carbine High Massacre (Hellfire and Smack, 1999)4. This process will involve the detailed examination of the various directors’ methods of film production, paying particular attention to the technical elements they employ when depicting acts of violence. Each of the films’ use of mise-en-scène will be examined in detail with specific reference to aspects of camera movement, photographic composition, use of colour, lighting, sound and editing, along with the choice of film sets, actors, costumes and props.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Art and Design
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2014 10:43
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:39
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15230

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