The film V for Vendetta, directed by James McTeigue, is a dystopian film, which includes various visual and sound techniques to display the theme of government power over a society. V for Vendetta is a dystopian film, defined as ‘an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.’ This film showcases the cruelty of the government through the use of dark color grading, and the loss of power of the citizens by using high camera angles over the citizens of dystopian London. The slightly darker tint used throughout the ‘Domino’ scene, and the ” scene showcases the government power over the citizens, as they have lost their freedom; a human right. Another film technique showcased throughout the film to represent an idea is symbolism. Symbolism is used through props, dialogue, and setting. One example of symbolism used in this film is the Guy Fawkes Mask. This is used to represent anarchy, and hope, which parallels the idea of darkness, or loss of hope.

In this film, darkness represents fear. One scene which accurately displays such darkness is the ‘Domino’ scene. Each of the politicians speaking on the television has a matte black background behind them as they speak about the future of their metropolis. Under lighting is used in this scene to


  • Colour Grading – Slightly darker tint, showcases government power, the loss of power each citizen has, no freedom. Darkness represents fear. – (Could include sound, (sound and lighting)?
  • Lighting – Darker tint – Low key, Backlighting, Possible color grading?
  • Sound techniques.
  • Visual techniques.
  • Diegetic and Non-Diegetic sound.
  • Editing.
  • Camera Angles.
  • Camera Movement.
  • Camera Shots.

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  1. Remember to describe the effect on the viewer of each cinematography technique used, and how the techniques work together to create an effective scene.


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