A Knights Tale
In the scene from A Knights Tale written and directed by Brian Heigeland. We watch as William Thatcher also known as Sir Ulrich Von Lichtenstein begins to win sword on foot. Section of the competition and as William Thatcher begins to win jousting for his first time.
One technique film technique which was relevant in this scene is Juxtaposition also known as contrast. Juxtaposition is used when William is getting bashed and battered by his squires Watt and Roley in order to compete in his old, ill-fitting armour while Adhemar is being fitted by his nervous squires into his perfectly shining armour; Adhemar randomly punches one of his squires in the face for no reason. Juxtaposition shows the characteristics of our two main characters William and Adhemar. We realise how “noble” William really is despite being of “humble noble birth” and in contrast we see how Adhemar is a rich man and yet he is mean towards William.
Another film technique which was relevant in this scene is montage also known as cutting shots. Multiple cutting shots are used when William is sword fighting to when the white flags of victory go up and to the crowd cheering for William. This technique is used to slow down the speed of Williams’s success, this gives us a sense that William Thatcher is gaining reputation with the crowd and rapidly rising to fame, we start becoming Williams’s fans too.
Another film technique in this scene is close ups. In this scene we see lots of close ups of Simon the Summoner, William, Chaucer and Peter the Pardner, close ups are very important in the film A Knights Tale because they allow the audience to see the facial expressions of the characters in the film up close. This technique shows us who the characters are, who is good and who is bad or evil. We realise that William is the good guy and that Adhemar is the bad guy.
Another film technique which was relevant in this scene is non-diegetic music, In this scene we hear lots of non-diegetic music, it is used for