2. Camerawork/ Cinematography
In Crime films there seems to be common shots that are used which at times can relate to what the
conventions of a crime film and this is shown in the following shots:
Low angle shots – these are a type of shot that would be used to show power of a character, for
example police and the criminal which can show to the audience who has the most power in that
High angle shots – These are the type of shot that would be used to show a weakness of a
character, for example showing a victim in an film that is vulnerable.
Lighting (low key) – In crime films the lighting shows what the setting will be like, the using of low
key light add to mood of the scene which can lead to something happening at will keep the
audience guessing what happening.
There is the use of common examples of editing that is used in crime films, for example:
Dissolve transitions – this kind of editing is used to dissolve the person on the screen in and out of
the shot, this is used to play with the audience’s mind however it makes them second guess on what
they have seen and adds to the mystery of the film.
Jump Scares – These can be used to scare the audience, this form of editing is normally is used in
crime and horror films.
Montage (Non-Continuity) – This can be used in crime films to show a summary of the crime that
has been committed and then give the summary of what has happened.
In crime films it uses the following to add suspense to the film, also allowing to help it follow and
give it more appeal. For Example:
Diegetic sound – This is the sound that comes from a person or object that the character can hear
and hasn’t been put in after filming. For example screaming from a victim would be
able to be heard by the characters on the film.
Non-Diegetic sound – This is the sound that the character can’t hear and are placed on after
filming. For example this can be used for putting sound effects on a crime film like the sound of a
gun been shot.