Elements of Film: The Graduate
The Elements of Film are a way to create every scene in a movie and make it unique. The five elements of film are narrative, cinematography sound, editing, mise-en scene, and cinematography. These elements are what determine a film’s quality and how it is judged. These five elements are elements of film and can be used to judge the group of The Graduate, which is directed by Mike Nichols. It can help analyze any scene in a movie and determine the quality of a movie. In this instance, The Graduate will be evaluated and explained through the elements.
The narrative is the first element of film. Narratives are similar to the movie’s plot, but they talk about the movie, its characters, and the world. The film’s protagonist is Ben, a recent college graduate who doesn’t know what to do. The film basically shows Ben’s struggles to find his purpose. As a result of an affair with Mrs. Robinson, he experiences serious relationships difficulties. He falls in love with Elaine, her daughter shortly after meeting her. The relationship between Mrs. Robinson and Elaine is now known to both families. This causes a conflict. Elaine plans to marry another man, but Ben appears and takes her from the altar. They both end up in the bus together and their expressions are a reflection of the truth. Narratives are more like stories telling, but they also show character development.
Cinematography is the second element of film. It is basically “writing in motion”. It refers to the way the film was shot, framed and toned. The film shows examples of cinematography, including The Party. The camera responded to the audience by using close-ups of Ben, its main character, to show claustrophobic feelings. This gives the audience the feeling of’suffocation’ that the main character is experiencing throughout the scene. The Bus scene at the end is another example. The camera records the bus scene in a long shot. We get to see the actor’s performance (Dustin Hoffman, who played Ben). The camera is able to see Ben’s panicked expression at the end of the movie. He still doesn’t know what to do. Although Ben had been eager to find Elaine earlier in the movie, the way the cameras showed that made the audience feel the pressure of Elaine’s wedding and the time it was happening. As he struggles along his journey, he feels the pressure. The film’s cinematography is a great example of connecting the characters to the audience.
Cinematography is also heavily influenced by point of view. In the scene where Benjamin is floating in a pool on a sunny afternoon and his parents and Robinsons stare down at him, viewers can see Benjamin’s point of view as the Robinsons and their faces. This scene shows Benjamin’s inability to see himself as an adult. He is unsure about his future and unwilling to accept it. Benjamin is at his birthday party wearing the scuba diving suit and mask that his father bought him. The audience watches him walk out towards the pool and sees his perspective through the goggle. All that is heard is his rhythmic breathing.
This scene shows that Benjamin finds the advices and requests of the elder confusing, meaningless, and boring. Benjamin’s personality can be seen through the partial view of his goggle. He is an immature youngster who sees only what is in front of his eyes. His adolescent self is steered towards a goal of achievement by his father’s image of him pushing him toward the pool. He is not willing to go, but he is still walking towards the pool. Benjamin is following his parents’ wishes somewhat, but he refuses to listen or comprehend what they have to say, expressing his dissatisfaction at his secure, comfortable life. He finds it somehow comforting to live in a fish tank, or under water.
Sound is the strongest aspect of film and it has three components. Sound effects, music and dialogue are all important components of sound in film. The audience’s perceptions and feelings of a scene in a movie are often shaped by music. Sound effects and dialogue are interwoven in such a way that they help us reach the film’s world. It has a song called “The Sound of Silence”, which is repeated throughout The Graduate. It helps us to understand Ben as he attempts to find himself in The Graduate. The film’s sound is primarily about Ben and his behavior, particularly when he searches for Elaine.
Mise-en scene is basically everything in a film’s frame. Mise-en-scene can be applied to any film. It is evident throughout The Graduate. When Ben is in his car, and it runs out of gas, it means that his search is finished. But he doesn’t give-up. The film has a theme that is represented by the song “Here’s To You Mrs. Robinson”, as it is played in movie. This is just one part of the film’s mise-en-scene. The director tried hard to include’real’ events from life in this film. This is something I noticed.
Editing is the final part of Elements of Film. Editing is the final part of Elements of Film. It involves putting together all the scenes and assembling the movie. The editor is responsible for cutting scenes in the film that an audience doesn’t see. The Graduate’s montage is an example of editing. You can see how the scenes relate to one another and how the music fits into them. This scene shows Ben’s mood throughout the entire film, and how he is bouncing from one thing to another. This is an example of transitions between scenes.
Elements of Film allows us to understand the structure of films and how they play a large part in the film industry. Understanding them is crucial for understanding the film. The Graduate was one of those films where it was easy to understand and see these elements. It’s not easy to identify the elements in most scenes. We end up understanding the real functions of the elements, and what their role is in making our movies as beautiful as they are today.