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How to Analyse Movies #5: Lighting, Sound & Score

In this installment of How to Analyze Movies we discuss the importance of lighting, sound and score, and how you should analyze them.

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In the previous chapter, we covered the camera. This chapter of the How to Analyse Movies series will focus on lighting, sound and score!


Lighting is used in film to create a certain mood, or an atmosphere. You may not expect it, but even lighting can add to and create meaning in a film.

Horror movies, for instance, are known to frequently use lighting to set the tone and mood. The use of shadows is especially important in horror as it adds to the atmosphere and all-round feel of the film. They are codes – already by the amounts of shadow used in a film you can pinpoint what genre the film is. You will never see horror-type lighting in a romantic movie, as it doesn’t fit the setting, unless it’s for comedic effect.

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Next in How To Analyse Movies:

Currently you’re on part 5: Lighting, Sound & Score
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Signs, Codes & Conventions
Part 3: Mise-en-Scene & Editing
Part 4: Considering the Camera
Part 6: Story & Genre
Part 7: Iconography & Realisticness
Part 8: Putting it into Practice

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