Domino scene-

The film V for Vendetta, directed by James McTeigue is a chilling dystopian film set in England on the 5th of November 1997. The films follow Evey Hammond young women living under the new authoritarianism government in England that takes away all civil liberties from its’s citizens giving the government full control over there lives imposing country-wide curfews and constantly monitoring its citizens. From the very beginning of the film, the controlling totalitarianism government is clear throughout, which was one of McTeigue main focus in the film, using cinematography techniques to encapture the audience in this near future interpretation of what could happen in our society. Evey Hammond on the night of the  5th of November encounters three government agents who plan to make her pay for being out past curfew it is then when we met V a masked figure wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. He rescues Evey and continues with his extreme plan to blow up the house of representatives. We learn that V is vigilante fighting against the oppression the government exudes on its citizens, his aim being the destruction of the current government, he blames the government along with the idleness of the countries citizens for the extreme fascist regime. No one really fighting back against the government. He hopes that his acts of extreme violence towards the government will be the catalyst the citizens of England need to overthrow the government. The plot follows Evey and V as they get to know and understand one another, in a controlling dystopian world. V’s ultimate aim is ending the fascist regime and giving citizens their rights back. McTeigue uses a range of techniques such as lighting, dialogue, camera shot’s and musical to engage the audience and portray properly the passion that V has for righting a society he believes is wrong and corrupt and showing the viewers how one person’s opinion and actions can cause a massive change in a society “We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still change the world”. This quote sums up the director’s message throughout the film, one idea put into action can change society and he successfully uses cinematography techniques to portray this idea to the viewers. This idea of control and ideas creating change in the world can be seen in the current day. eg rights protests 

The domino scene is an incredibly powerful scene to viewers. The director’s use of juxtaposition throughout the scene gives a sense of unease to the viewers, the constant switching of scenes, always coming back to V stacking the dominos gives a hint that something big is coming, foreshadowing the upcoming events. This coupled with the non-diegetic orchestral music that varies in volume between loud and soft to match the mood of the scene, creating a feeling of anticipation that something big is building. The scene starts off with an over the shoulder of a little girl spray painting a V onto a government propaganda poster, this shot takes us into the shoes of Evey and allows us to see what she see’s. This use of shot and the vandalization of the little girl shows the start of the rebellion is brewing, this with the music creating a sense of tension that the goverment is struggling to retain control. The director switches to close up shot of the high chancellor, Adam Sutler with him voicing over the music his concerns for the upcoming November 5th. His close up shot is a montage with his council showing shots of the other men in a medium shot looking up at him these men are lighted up with a spotlight showing just there faces in an otherwise dark room. This makes the viewers feel as if the council are being interrogated by the high chancellor and the director used lighting to show that the high chancellor is struggling to retain power with V’s upcoming threat and is turning to interrogating and scaring his staff in hopes of beating V. This use of angles and cameras makes the viewers see the chancellor as the powerful leader  he present to society by using low angle shots to make his seem high and the leader. The director then used high angles shots of the council makes the viewers see them while important not as high as ranking as the chancellor. The director continues the montage, juxtaposition scene of V staking the dominos using an extreme close-up shot. The montage continues with shots continuously cutting from editing between the staking of the dominos, scenes with people in the symbolic Guy Fawkes mask and the high chancellor speaking. The montage scene is narrated by Eric Finch as he discovers what V’s aim is. His narration is detached as he describes what he believes V plan is. The director utilises fast cutting

camera shots and juxtpostion

scence shots mean

makes = rebeliion coupled with chancellor threats of crimiliasnation of masks creates sense of citizens rebelling

dominios add ot this

what the guy fawkes maks means.

-discuss what in the scenes images 


Two scenes

Intro- director aim, film discuss techniques

-domino scene – 1 paragraph, film techniques

juxtaposition, editing- fast cuts between shots, montage- editing, voiceover + quotes, camera shots, symbolism


non-diegetic music violence building up – close up shots

overhead shots

-final fight scene-  1 paragraph

lighting. color, dialogue, editing- cuts, camera speed+ slow motion



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  1. You need to edit your introduction carefully, Greer. Remember when discussing your scenes to detail the effects on the viewer of the use of each cinematography technique.


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