This essay has been written to analyze 6 frames from the film, “Gladiator,” in terms of camera distance and angle, framing, lighting, color, characterization, lenses used, and theme. These factors work together to determine how effective the sequence is. The 6 frames take place in sequence 1, of the film, the battle scene. In frame 1, we can see Maximus’s hand passing through grass. The type of shot used is a close-up, and the camera angle is an eye-level angle. The framing focuses the viewers attention on the hand. A normal lens is used in this shot.
This happens right in the beginning of the film. The hand passing through the grass has symbolism. It symbolizes Maximus’s home, and farm. He draws on this image during the battle scene, to give him comfort, and make him feel at ease. The colors used are very light. Soft colours giving the audience a feeling of serenity, peace, and happiness. In frame 3, a bird can be seen sitting on a twig or branch. The shot is an eye-level long shot, a normal lens is used. The framing focuses the viewers attention on the bird. The lighting and colors are very dark, and this gives the viewer a depressing feeling.
This bird on the twig also has an important symbolism in the film. Maximus studies and watches this bird before the battle commences. The bird could symbolize humility during chaotic time of war. It could also symbolize home for Maximus. In sequence 2, we see Maximus’ face. The type of shot is an eye-level, close up. The frame focuses the views attention on Maximus’s facial expression. He seems calm and is looking into distance. He is most likely thinking of the battle that’s to come, or of home. Maximus is very calm in a situation that could be very tense.
The colors are very dark, and these dark colors will continue to be in the battle scene, to create a feeling of sadness. This symbolizes that this war is evil. In frame 4, we can see a soldier on a horseback, and the landscape. This shot is an eye-level establishing shot. The lighting and colors are once again very dark and morbid. This shot is used at the beginning of the sequence to show the viewers the setting of where the battle will take place. It says Germania in the frame, and this informs the viewer of their location. In sequence 8, we see Roman soldiers cheering war chants.
The type of shot is a low angle, long shot. The low angle shot is used to indicate strength and power. It points upwards giving the people strength. The roman army is very powerful, and it seems as if no-one can defeat them. The lighting is once again dark and morbid. In sequence 6 we see the emperor, Marcus Aurelius’ and a few of his protectors. The shot used is a medium close up with a low angle. This gives strength and power to the emperor, and this is what he possesses. The framing gets the viewers to focus on the facial expression of the emperor. He seems rather calm, but also very interested at the same time.
He is almost finished with his war campaign, and is very eager for the battle to start. The lighting and colour is dark In conclusion, each of the 6 frames coveys a different message to the viewer. The symbolism in each frame is very important and effective. It makes the film more interesting and captivating. This sequence was very effective as it gives the viewer a basic look at their characters. It sets the scene for the film, and it was a very goof opening sequence. It is effective, as it gives the viewer a glimpse of all the action that is to follow.