Jaws Vs Spielberg

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Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg, two of the most well known directors known for movies of great suspense such as Jaws and Psycho. In the making of the films, these directors use all types of techniques to bring it all together, many of the different ways directors make there films unique are from the influence of their childhood. Things such as editing and score really add to just the moving picture to make a movie much more suspenseful and entertaining. The comparison Hitchcock’s and Spielberg’s styles are distinctively different even still both are equally effective in delivering true chills. In “Psycho” the horror is mostly filled in by our imagination. In “Jaws” we can give credit to the faulty mechanics that results in Spielberg…show more content…
Each director has their own unique style and way of doing things. Hitchcock and Spielberg are great at setting and establishing the scene (mise-en-scène) and creating great suspense mainly using quick cuts in editing and many close ups and POV shots. Spielberg likes to use really quick cuts to really build up the suspense throughout a scene, making the audience take in as much as possible. The shower scene in Psycho and the beach shark attack scene in Jaws are known as classic suspense scenes. These scene compare in many ways in the use of quick short cuts as the suspense builds up. Also in both these scenes you never see the person being stabbed in Psycho and you don’t see the shark in Jaws but the whole time you know what’s happening. This is done so that the audience makes a picture in their minds in what is going on instead of being showed it. ‘The lighting always seemed to feel very dark. During the parts without the shark the lighting sets a calmer mood. This helped the mood of the scenes, and makes it more interesting. There were also lots of close ups when the events happen. I feel that the close ups are very effective to make the events much more scarier and more powerful.’ One of the Hitchcock’s most well known theories about suspense is the bomb theory; it reads, “Four people are sitting around a table talking about baseball or whatever you like. Five minutes of it. Very dull. Suddenly, a bomb goes off. Blows the people to smithereens. What does the audience have? Ten seconds of shock. Now take the same scene and tell the audience there is a bomb under that table and will go off in five minutes. The whole emotion of the audience is totally different because you've given them that information. In five minutes time that bomb will go off. Now the conversation about baseball becomes very vital. Because they're saying to you, "Don't be

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