Frequency: Reflection Journal

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Throughout the movie Frequency, there are many different components that create an intense, emotionally charged movie. The elements such as the setting, the lighting, camera angles, decor and even the pace of the movie all helped the viewer stay connected with the characters and the plot. The themes are expressed early on and develop along with the characters later down the road. At the beginning we are introduced to Frank, a middle aged firefighter living a destructive life of risk taking even though he has a wife and a son who desperately care about him. The producer uses visual metaphors to help express the damage of Franks risk taking. For example in the first bit of the movie, Frank pulls out a lighter and lights a cigarette. This represents many different things such as playing with fire, which relates back to his risk taking or to his profession as a firefighter. But it can also represent his future actions of messing with the space time continuum and its effects on his son’s life in the future. Other foreshadowing also takes place in the same scene, when Julie, Frank’s wife, says that Johnny, Frank’s son, needs to know he is behind him, the producer is referring to the end of the movie when Frank shoots the murderer, saving Johnny’s life. The camera angles also illustrate an immense amount about the movie. The producer uses a lot of tilt shots to express different roles taken on by different characters given specific moments in time. The most complicated series of tilt shots was throughout the fight scene at the end of the movie between Frank and the murder, and Johnny and the murderer in the future. The angle shots changed from tilt shots facing upwards on the murderer to facing down on the murderer. This showed who was “winning” the battle at the specific moment, and by using this method it built suspense and intensity throughout the scene. Another scene

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