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Lights out

Lights Out is a supernatural horror/ thriller. Throughout the film there’s who looks around 30 years
old and she is the only women in the film which makes us assume that she is alone within the house.
Light goes off within the house and we see a silhouette at the other end of the corridor but when the
light is turned back on and nothing is shown in the corridor. This happens 5 times and on the fifth
time, the figure is right next to her. In the next scene we see her duct tape the light switch in a stable
position. After she feels safe and secure. Once she is in bed she hears creaking and footsteps. The
door swings open and she hides under the duvet. We then see the lights flicker like a supernatural
being then the room goes silent. She begins to smile and laugh, then turns towards her bedside table
and see a creepy, inhuman face.

Establishing shots helps to set the scene and lets us know that it is night time as its dark outside.
There are lots of shot types used during the film but many of them are the same like lots of wide
angles, long shots and close ups. The use of repeating shots back and forth creates tension. Lots of
close ups are used to show her emotions.

The mise en scene within the film makes it very realistic and believable. The mise en scene makes it
look like it a usual day, with also the women having the fear of the dark. The house looks like a
regularly house, it is well furnished well and modern-looking, with wooden floors that creak and
make noise when they are walked across- just like anyone else’s house. This is done so that the
audience can relate to increase tension and to make it scarier.

Within the entirety of the short film, there is no dialogue, the woman does not speak once
throughout, although when in fear, she does whimper, gasp and scream.
Mise En Scene:

Piece of paper used as a prop- this is effective in the film as the whole film is based around this sheet
of paper. The piece of paper is only very effective due to the editing. The director intended for the
paper to be as important as it is in the film as the whole plot involves the black hole. Another prop is
the safe used at the end of the film, the safe is used to show that the guy is greedy and enough isn’t
enough he tries to take all the money in the safe but gets trapped trying, this is at the end of the film
and this has a lot of deeper meanings. The man’s cloths are boring and bland whilst looking quite
scruffy; this represents his normal life before he finds out about the black hole


The editing is effective all the way through the film as it makes it look like his hand is going straight
through the paper. The editing makes the film look a lot more realistic throughout the film.


Throughout the film there is a constant sound of the printer in the background like its broken or just
printing and scanning, this is used as a motif in the film. As soon as the man pressed the button like a
few times and it started printing it didn’t stop. During the film there is also a roaring sound when the
man is in contact with the black hole, this is used to make the black hole seem very mysterious.


The first shot is out of focus pan shot- this makes it seem like the man’s life is very boring and
repetitive as its just a pan up to his face of him sighing. All of the colours in the first shot are grey and
dull to show the guys life as boring before the black hole. There is a close up used to show his
reaction to the black hole, this is effective as it shows how mysterious and weird the black hole is.
I’m here
This film is a romance and a sci fi as it has features from both genres with conventions also from
both. The film promotes absolute vodka; this element has no real prominence within the film itself.
The story takes place in a world very similar to the real world, however sentient Robots co-exist with
humans. The main character is Sheldon which is a robot male. There is statement about segregation,
there are noticeable parallels. This is evident from the fact that robots have certain rules imposed on
them, such as not being allowed to drive cars. Sheldon is the protagonist and he is very caring and
has a kind hearted soul. The film deals with many extremes of emotion – crushing loneliness,
developing love, physical pain and subsequent sacrifice


The film is predominately done in a hand-held style this adds to the realistic style of film. This style is
reminiscent of documentaries and as such it feels as though we are watching real people as opposed
to fictitious characters.

There are many close-ups of Sheldon’s face, often used to draw attention to his emotional state at
that time. This ensures that the audience is aware of his progression – particularly as feelings of
acceptance grow for him. This can be seen below in a comparison of two close-ups from early on in
the film (when he is lonely) to when he begins to bond with other characters.


The film is very simplistic and there are no elaborate editing techniques employed. The only parts of
on screen editing seen are the robots facial features. There are neither significant examples of SFX
nor any shot transition types aside from the simple cut.


The score complements perfectly, sustaining atmosphere and gratifying the audience’s sense of
hearing. For somber moments, a melancholic, slow piano tune is often used. There are upbeat
moments like during the party whereby the music is faster with more depth and pop culture. Other
diegetic sounds within the film help the suspension of disbelief, such as the sounds of the robotic
joints moving

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