‘Shaun of the Dead’
‘Shaun of the Dead’

‘Shaun of the Dead’

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The film I have chosen to analyse for this assignment is ‘Shaun of the Dead’, the 2004 summer blockbuster from Simon Pegg. The film is basically a parody of George A. Romero’s cult horror ‘Dawn of the Dead’, described by its makers as a ‘Rom-Zom-Com’ which stands for Romantic Zombie Comedy.

The first scene I have chosen to analyse is where Shaun (Simon Pegg) is walking back from the shop with a Cornetto and a can of Diet Coke whilst blissfully unaware that he is surrounded by blood thirsty zombies in a street full of destruction. It is 26 minutes and 5 seconds into the film. I have chosen to look at colour, the camera frame and movements in this shot.Colour stands out in this scene, especially around our leading man.

We see Shaun in the same work clothes as the previous day, his white shirt, black trousers, red tie and red badge. We can see red ink on his shirt from a leaky pen yesterday morning, combine this with the red tie, red badge, the red packaging of a strawberry Cornetto and the clear red ‘Coke’ sign on the can and it is clear that he is surrounded by the colour.As we know, red is a very powerful colour with several meanings, one could be to emphasis that he is key role in the love interest in the film. It could be there to symbolise passion and love. I feel however that he is portrayed in this way not because of passion or love

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but blood and death.

The use of the colour red here is to highlight his role as a leader and fighter. It is there to symbolise blood as he will always have blood all over him throughout the film. This certainly can lead the genre in two directions; it could draw upon the romantic side of the character and film, but mainly shows intent not to hide blood and guts.In this shot Shaun is in the centre of the screen which is highlighted by the lines in the road.

On either side of him we see female zombies, the one on the right is young (early/mid 20’s) and wearing a black trouser suit with a light grey top, the other is a middle aged woman wearing a grey cardigan, grey jogging pants and a black top. Over Shaun’s shoulder we see another zombie, this time it’s an elderly gentleman wearing a dark green/brown cardigan done up half way, and a grey shirt buttoned to the neck.I feel that these aspects of the still not only add focus on Shaun through colour but also show him being surrounded by zombies and therefore boxing him in through the camera frame. In the frame we see that it is a dark, gloomy morning and we can see that the sky is cloudy and grey which gives the audience a feel of time and space. On the left side of the shot we see shops and destruction from what we can only assume be the walking dead.

On the right hand side we see a quiet residential street full of greenery

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and red brick houses, almost normal.This can be seen as confusing when trying to create some sort of mood for the scene. Although the road is full of parked cars, you can’t see anyone driving or anyone other than the four characters mentioned in the background. This in some way suggests that it is a quiet Sunday morning on what I imagine is quite a wealthy residential area, or it would be if it was any other Sunday. The fact that there are zombies covered in blood and walking as stereotypes have you believe they walk makes the audience think again and now creates a mood of terror and intrigue.

This builds up both the zombie and the comedy part of the genre in that this is a scene you wouldn’t expect to see on your doorstep, both funny and scary.The camera movement is important because it constantly follows Shaun at a medium close up level (elbows up) and just like him, remains oblivious to the shocking events going on. This only builds upon his character as the hero and main star of the show, and it could be said that it is following him as the love interest of the film and almost suggesting that the death and violence in the background is not the main part of the film.Another major aspect of this scene is the fact that it is almost identical to the scene the previous morning.

Shaun makes a similar journey the previous day and the producers have tried to recreate this only changing the effects that the zombies have had. This is to symbolise the character’s mundane and uneventful life coming to a head and going through some serious changes.The second scene I have chosen to use takes place 1 hour 6 minutes and 31 seconds into the film. The still is in the back corridor of the Winchester Tavern, which is the local pub and haven from zombies. We see Shaun going to the fuse box to switch the power on, not for light but for the use of the TV.

Again he’s oblivious to what is going on around him.The use of lighting and colour in this still is evident straight away. The audience see Shaun in a darkened room looking intentivly at the fuse box on the wall. Over his shoulder we see a window with the blind fully up, and outside we can see that there is a lot of light. The light outside reveals 10-15 zombies all crammed together at the window looking at Shaun, they all have some sort of red blood splatter over them and they are all wearing dark colours like blue and black. This certainly drives the zombie, or horror part of the genre and could symbolise an impending death.

Shaun is still in his white work shirt from the previous day, and like earlier he is covered in red once again but this time it is blood. Inside the building we see black surrounding Shaun with his white shirt and blood stains shining through. Outside however (through the window), we see a bright light revealing dark

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