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SWAT Codes Hunger Games Poster

Using SWAT codes to analyse a visual text
Look at the movie poster and identify the SWAT codes which tell us about
the story
The wings behind the
central characters.
These might symbolise
Red and orange writing,
which look like fire.
The camera angle is a
mid-shot, which
emphasises the size
and power of the
main characters
SWAT Codes
What we imply/infer
What we read
What we hear
What we see
Symbolism can be used to show
a thought or idea. It is used to
put an idea across to the
Symbols in film might include:
Titles: the way a title might
be written, or the font
chosen, can add meaning to
how we see a film. I.e.
Finding Nemo title is in the
shape of a fish/wave to
`reiterate that idea of it being
set in the sea
Music: music is used to create
certain moods; i.e. you
wouldn’t use jazz music in a
horror film. It also causes a
physical reaction in the
viewer; it can make them
happy, sad, shocked, etc.
Camera angles: these position
the viewer so that they can
understand the relationship
between characters and about
a character themselves.
Body language
How we recognise a symbol
depends on where we live, and
what we learn from our
families, and the surrounding
environment as we grow up.
Subtitles: For example, if it is
very important that viewer
know the exact setting of the
film, the name of the town or
a country will flash on the
screen as a subtitle when we
first cut to that setting. This
setting may have some
symbolic significance, so the
written code ensures we
know where it is.
Signs: They can be literal,
such as no smoking, or they
can be used to show
messages or ideas, such as in
Tokyo Drift, where the
mother asks ‘is it illegal to
smoke in here?’ in front of a
No Smoking sign.
Narration: similar to point of
view in a book, it helps a
viewer get a greater insight
into a characters mind, as well
as additional information that
we might not be able to see
Sound effects: certain effects
are used to help viewers form
a response, i.e. the use of
echoing footsteps to suggest a
character is alone and
vulnerable. It makes things
sound more realistic, and
highlight an objects power or
Dialogue: This is conversations
between characters- it helps
us form a response to a
Silence: in some scene, silence
will be used to emphasise an
event. It can highlight fear,
shock, suspense and tension.
Camera shots: there are used
to demonstrate different
aspects of setting, themes and
Camera movement: this helps
to add a sense of realism to a
scene, or is used to position
the audience.
Lighting: Lighting helps create
a specific mood, emotion or
atmosphere. The way that a
scene is lit can create an
emotional response In the
Juxtaposition: this is where
two shots are placed
immediately after each other
for effect; it usually compares
two things to provoke a
reaction; i.e. a shot of a
character eating, and then a
shot of a pig- this implies that
they are a pig.