Drama. This chapter compares theatre and movies, focusing on the differences in the two media. Audiences of film need not be as active as audiences in theatre because camera angles and movement, close-ups and long shots, and editing assist film viewers.
This chapter compares theatre and movies, focusing on the differences in the two media.
While the shot above acts as an establishing shot, it is a cluttered image. Lucas uses increasing close-ups to draw viewers’ attentions to the important information.
In these shots the angles of the shot help create a fantasy world for us as well as helping us almost subconsciously interpret the information within the frames. In addition to seeing the “reality” of the characters’ existences, we see that like Luke, the Tatooine world seems small and confining and that from Leia’s perspective Darth Vader is extremely menacing.
Film directors have more freedom in selection of settings and décor. It would be hard to reproduce the desert expanse that makes the C-3PO shots so humorous and memorable.
It is hard to imagine a theatre production that could exploit effects to this degree.
The costuming in Star Wars has symbolic implications as well as having been original enough to become well known and easily recognized, stereotyped, and mocked.