Attack on the senses: analysis into the way in which films control and manipulate people's emotions

Chrysanthou, George (2007) Attack on the senses: analysis into the way in which films control and manipulate people's emotions. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Whilst watching a film we as spectators are receiving a story. But more than this, we are receiving a story from the director's mind, thus our perceptions need to be manipulated in order for us to view the events as the director intended. During this dissertation I explore the subject of communicating emotion within film, and manipulating the spectator's responses. To understand the communication of emotion by film it is important to understand firstly how this is achieved, the reasons why this would be done and the way it is received by the spectator. From this investigation an understanding has been gained into the effect that music can have upon the way film is received. This was achieved by conducting a survey after the same scene was shown with three different types of sound. Sound, it would seem, can completely change the way that different characters and situations are received. This insight was gained through the primary research conducted by the author. Along side an existing theoretical basis, the findings of this research have helped to create a picture where sound is either one of the main, or the main way for a director to manipulate a spectator's emotional responses to what they receive from the screen.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13

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