You will prepare and submit a term paper on SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Your paper should be a minimum of 250 words in length. Saving Private Ryan of Phoenix Material Editing, Sound, and Music Worksheet Complete the following worksheet by answeringeach question as it pertains to the movie you selected in Week One. Each answer must be at least 50 words in length. When complete, submit to your facilitator for review.

• How does the cinematography positively or negatively affect your opinion of this film?

‘Saving Private Ryan’ cinematography positively affects my opinion on the film. The cinematography captures the sheer terror and randomness of war and makes it seem as if the audience is landing in Omaha alongside the troops under tremendous fire. It captures one of the finest battles ever filmed. The combination of the film being overcast and the use of bleach bypass process adds contrast and reduces saturation creating an incredible effect.

• How does the mise-en-scéne affect your perception of the film?

The mise-en-scéne sets camera angles to focus on emotions of the characters and the challenges that lie ahead of them. Lighting takes advantage of natural light with low key elements. Character and camera proxemics reveal the intimate level and relationship between soldiers. The costumes and makeup also create an element of realism (Dancyger, 2010, p.217).

• How does the use of sound affect your perception of the film?

The use of sound in ‘Saving Private Ryan’ expresses the emotion and orientation of a soldier’s experience. It sets the full stage of battle, while taking us squarely in the midst of it. Sound in this film becomes a crucial storyteller. The sound design of the film guides the visceral experience felt (Dancyger, 2010, p.42).

• How does the use of music affect your perception of the film?

This film incorporates music in scenes where it strikes an emotional chord. The use of an orchestra achieves this effect. Battle scenes do not have music tracks, keeping the film realistic. In the movie, there is selective utilization of music to generate dramatic moments of retrospection and reverence.

• How does the editing of the film affect your perception of the film?

The editing of the film makes it seem entirely real from start to the end. The editing creates an exceptionally remarkable battle sequence without relying on quick-cut editing techniques, but using the MTV style. The editing techniques used in ‘Saving Private Ryan’ make battle scenes have an uneven and raw look (Dancyger, 2010, p.178).


Dancyger, K. (2010). The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice. Massachusetts: Focal Press.

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