Analysis of the Audio Version of War of the Worlds

Analysis of the Audio Version of War of the Worlds
In the audio version of war of the worlds the telling of the story isin a radio broadcast format. The way that the broadcast was presentedwas very believable and caused Moral panic when it was firstbroadcast.The way that the broadcast was presented was in a very real soundingnews report. This causes seriousness and makes you realise how iftuned in 10 minutes after the start of the broadcast could and didcause moral panic in America.The program started with an introduction and a short introduction tothe intentions of the aliens and then continued as an apparentlyordinary music show, only occasionally interrupted by news flashes.Initially, the news is of strange explosions sighted on Mars. The newsreports grew more frequent and increasingly ominous after a ?meteorite?-laterrevealed as a Martian rocket capsule?lands in New Jersey.
A crowd gathers at the landing site, and the events are related by reporter ?Carl Philips? up until the Martians incinerate curious onlookers with their ?heat rays?. Orson Wells (May 6, 1915 ? October 10, 1985) is generally considered one of Hollywood?s greatest directors, as well as a fine actor, broadcaster and screenwriter. Orson Wells was huge at the time of the broadcast, there was speculation about him being H.G.Wells Grandson but was later found out to be a rumor and nothing more. The sound effects used are very rusty for the modern day audience?s standers, but at the time would have sounded very realistic to the public, hence being very effective in the broadcast at the time. The effect would be very poor to a modern audience as modern technologies make the sound effect unrealistic to modern audience?s expectations. The two movie versions are presented quite differently but do have some similarities. The opening titles in the early film start in black and white and then change into color causing an effect of going back in time. The titles start of in army colors and then change into futuristic blues and purple causing the effect of something from the future. The later film starts with the same voice over of the early one but is redone by a famous Hollywood star Morgan Freeman in a more dynamic way, the camera pans over New York while in equilibrium as if they don?t know what is going to happen. We also see a variety of news reports about strange lightning storms taking place all over the world. Ray thinks it?s cool when such a storm appears over his town, but the bolts of lightning come so fast and furious that he ends up hiding under a table with his daughter. In the first film the news is presented over the radio the television news reports brings the second film into 2005 by doing this. The background music in the first film is very regimental but quite futuristic for that time in Hollywood with the use of color as the credits are rolled. The second film is more upbeat and in time to the camera if you like this creates sense of location, genre and atmosphere. In the second film Steven Spielberg has used big stars such as Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman to draw big audiences as they are big Hollywood actors just like in the radio broadcast they used Orson Wells and in the first film Gene Barry is used, as the Actors were huge at the time of the films and broadcast. Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman still being big stars in Hollywood. This draws huge audiences at the box office and gets more attention than what the film would get if an unknown director directed it and it was unknown actors used.

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