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Some ways to view a vampire film

There are many ways to view a film:
You can sit in the cinema with your girlfriend
relaxed in a big chair. To do this
properly you require a tub of popcorn
oozing butter, a cup of Pepsi, a big mac,
some fries and a big screen to watch.

Or you can select the film carefully,
Check the genre watching for conventions
And attempt to work out what the director does.
But for this you need awareness of techniques,
Setting in time and place, Camera angles and mise en scene,
Diegetic and non diegetic sound and
Thoughtful viewing.

Considering the film, you may, notice that
You need a full moon, a fanged, cloak wearing villain – preferably undead
and filled with evil, three coffins filled with soil, a deserted castle,
web weaving spiders, a host of bats and a horde of rats carrying the plague,
A long necked virgin dressed in white whose beauty will destroy.
Several bottles of holy water, crucifixes and a priest.

In the age of sound you need creaking boards, rattling windows,
Thunder, lightning, rattling chains, whispers and
the screams and howls of tormented souls
caught in swirling winds and twisted clouds
while violins soar above deep throated organs and
heart beat echoing drums.

There are, as I began, several ways
to watch a film. Most importantly is to see
the film through critical eyes, being aware of the many ways
your thoughts and anxieties are lifted and made clear.

Did anyone watch the Sunday Theatre production of Dracula screened on the 8th July? I hope you noticed how the production made explicit the fear of disease as the focus for the vampire threat. It is an important consideration in analysis of the story. (Mr.P.)

The anatomy of a scene. A director discusses how he directed a scene in 10,000BC. Worth a look as you work on your film script exercise