ZODIAC motive leaving all this message behind, to either

ZODIAC
(2007)

UNDERSTANDING
OF CONCEPT

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Synopsis

A movie directed by David Fincher is about
The Zodiac Killer that is a serial executioner in the San Francisco Bay Area
insults police with his letters and secretive messages. With the take after the
experts in this gently fictionalized record of the 1970’s case as they search
for the executioner, getting the chance to be doubtlessly focused considering
it. This motion picture’s concentrate the lives of careers detectives and the
newspaper journalist. Robert Downey Jr and Jake Gyllenhaal play two shirtsleeve
writers who are on Zodiac’s case: Robert Downey Jr is (Paul Avery), the
irregular wrongdoing journalist who dresses like a destroyed person of good
taste – a sozzled stew of Jimmy Breslin and Oscar Wilde. Robert Graysmith (Jake
Gyllenhaa) is, newspaper cartoonist artist whose beginner excitement for the
case turns into a fixation. Then work on the other hand assistants and
officers, Inspectors David Toschi (Mark Ruffalo) and William Armstrong (Anthony
Edwards).

That name Zodiac was instituted on 27
September 1969, when Cecelia Shepard, 22, and Bryan Hartnell, 20, picked the
island as a spot to spend a last darlings’ evening before they took off to
various schools. They lose in each other’s organization, exploiting low water
levels that had incidentally joined the island to the shore. At that point, the
man who ended up plainly known as the Zodiac struck. He seemed wearing an odd
hooded top and tied them up at gunpoint. At that point, he drew a long pike
like knife. After that with more of his mastermind murder case

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre

The genre of Zodiac is a thriller and
crime movie. In the genre of thriller, the cruel murder of the Zodiac killer,
leave a secret letter to the news company letting them solve the code from the
message that the Zodiac killer trying to send out, citizen don’t know what his
motive leaving all this message behind, to either let people who is he or
continue his killing.  Till the end of
the movie, it remains a mystery who is the person that kills so many people
leaving so many messages behind, continue and stop, is there anyone that
continue his legend of his killing after that or the killer settle down, when
he doesn’t with his enjoyment of the thriller killing.

The crime genre involvement it is because
Zodiac is actually a non-fiction book written by Robert Graysmith about the
unsolved serial murders committed by the “Zodiac Killer” in San
Francisco in the late 1960s and early ’70s. It is based on a true case that
shock all the citizen of San Francisco, till today it is remains unsolved. It has
lots of conflicts in between the killer and the people in the surrounding, as
people are also afraid of him but in the same time trying their way to found
who is his real identity, what is the purpose of his killing. He doesn’t seem
to choose his victim but kill anyone that across him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theory
Applied

Psychoanalysis

The zodiac killer will be known as the Id
in the movie, as he has the desire of hurting people, but basically brutally
murder the victim with either gun shot or stabbing people in a few stabs to let
the people suffer the pain and eventually dead. The zodiac killer has a strong
desire on murdering a person also have the same time wanted people to figure
out who is him, and what will be his next motives. The scenes of killing are
shot from the beginning of the killer back towards the victim and the whole process
of his cruel killing shock the and let the audience feel the fear. As the
villain in the film, he also kept on playing games with the detective and. A
psychopath like him would just stop, and suddenly came back and had be
suspected for the charge of 37 murder.

Auteurs theory

David Fincher’s often put characters in
solving mysteries and having a spin off in his mastermind story plot. In
Zodiac, it shown that the murderer not only trying to murder the people but
also send letters to the newspaper company, as he wants the company to publish
out his letter, eventually make himself known in the public. Fincher’s uses
lots of obsession in his film, it tells a story that people wanted to catch
this murderer but soon enough for a person to get obsess with all the puzzle in
these films are more intriguing than the bigger picture. He also like to
imagine the situation itself, putting his own work like a mastermind set,
thinking of millions of ideas to let the audience solve their own mystery
Fincher’s works into a lot of CGI, as a few shots was created with CGI effects,
the first killing of zodiac, and the blood that splattered out was created by
CGI effects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Production
Elements

Setting/Production
design/make-up/wardrobe

The location and studio are take place in
San Francisco Chronicle building (refer to Appendix 1.2 and 1.3), yet basically
it’s where Robert Graysmith functions as a sketch artist close by police
alongside with Paul Avery. It’s additionally where the Zodiac killer sends his
letters to the proof-reader.

            The
Bridge on Pope Canyon Road which where Bryan Hartnell and Cecelia Shepard
drives through on their way to Lake Berryessa. Into Lake Berryessa where Bryan
and Cecelia enjoying their picnic when the Zodiac killer came interrupt their
date, when the second case happen. (refer to appendix 1.4)

            Throughout
the movie Transamerica Pyramid, is show the symbol of time keeper for the
storyline as in the late 60’s and early 70’s, this building is still in process
of building and it represent the time goes by (refer to appendix 1.5).
Washington St & Cherry St San Francisco, CA 94118, corner of Presidio
Heights when the cab driver Paul Stine had been murder by the zodiac killer.
The night scene eventually was taken by CGI, but the morning scene was shot on
the original spot (refer to appendix 1.6 and 1.7). San Francisco City Hall
where Inspector Toshi meet up with Captain Mulroney at the lobby to review the
first letter that sent by the Zodiac after three years.

            The
taxi scene on Washington and Cherry Streets in San Francisco couldn’t be
altogether shot in San Francisco, because of taping limitations, and the
restriction of the area occupants. In this way, the creation built a set
reproducing the crossing point, including the road, flats, and wrongdoing scene,
at Downey Studios, only outside of Los Angeles. Backgrounds of San Francisco
were carefully embedded to finish the scene. Just a couple of moments of real
film shot was in the crime scene area. All of this could be referred at
appendix

The props that uses in Zodiac are the
letters send to the news company, this is the main thing how the killer wanted
the police department also the ciphers team to unlock the mystery symbol behind
this letter (refer to appendix 1.8,1.9). The costumes that used in the film, is
the killer had wear a black suit covering his face but have a zodiac symbol on
his chest. (refer to appendix 2.0). The clothes that the actor wear in the film
is usually blend with, dark blueish and yellowish tone to represent the retro
style and the dark tone of the film. The makeup that used in this film is more
to yellow and pale skin, it shows more stressful of a person and how eerie is
the mood behind the walls of this killer. (refer to appendix 2.1 and 2.2)

 

 

 

 

Cinematography

For the cinematography, in the analysing
of the meeting of Graysmith and Bob Vaughn which is the main suspect of the
Zodiac on the timeline of (2:16:02). Bob’s face is first seen in dark lighting
in his car giving him a shady looking. The suspect also invited stranger to his
house, which left the audience in question, as they are conversating
Graysmith’s face shows a brighter look, this represent that he is a person that
have nothing to hide and is not a suspect. Going through the front door of Bob
house, it shown the double image of him shown in the mirror, it suggested that
is another side of Bob character (refer to appendix 2.3) While Graysmith’s sits
at the suspect house it makes him looks smaller, which shows Bob have the
power. Low angle is used to shot this scene to show Bob have more power and the
lighting had again change the dark and moody to create the feeling of scare. A close-up
shot was taken to show the reaction of anxiety on Graysmith’s face. In one
scene when Bob was talking about “The Most Dangerous Game” he heard footsteps
and the camera pans towards him in a close-up, show his anxiety.

The sound effects that uses in the film is
the rain can be heard from outside of Bob house to significant the scary mood
of this situation. When Graysmith’s is trying to escape from Bob a kettle
whistling appears to be a symbol of tension, to make his escape with more
anxiety feel. A sudden silent, because how ghostly Bob suddenly appear, to
unlock the door for Graysmith’s on (2:21:08).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technology

The camera that mostly in this film is the
Viper Film Stream Camera which provide 1920×1080, and show images in 4:4:4
ratio. The Stine murder scene required a long time of demanding work. Fincher
needed show it precisely as it happened, down to the minutest points of
interest, including the way the shot entered the skull and how the head
responded. The chief and the visual impacts group utilized police and
dissection reports to reproduce the exact sequence of the passing. “The
Paul Stine murder was a testing impact for every single included,” offer
Digital Domain advanced craftsman Marc Perrera. “It was not so much
innovation but rather more masterfulness. We utilized our standard instrument
set that incorporates Maya, LightWave and 3ds Max. We initially made a 3D
geometry that coordinated the topology of the performer’s head, and match moved
it into the scene utilizing Track, our in-house 3D following programming. When
we had geometry that coordinated the development of the performing artist, we
at that point needed to make reasonable blood and particulate issue, and a
horrifying passage wound that coordinated the coroner’s photos from the real
case document.”

One of the parts of the killings shoot was
that Fincher would not like to utilize handy impacts, for example, squibs or
phony blood. These methods didn’t enable him to acquire a correct match of the
real occasion. With a specific end goal to have add up to control, the
executive requested that Digital Domain make the blood and pandemonium
carefully. Right off the bat, the team chose that a liquid recreation was the
main answer for deliver sufficiently reasonable outcomes for the blood. For
three months, a craftsman sat and changed the settings in our re-enactment
programming until the point when we had the ideal consistency and feel of the
blood.” (refer to appendix 2.4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impact
to the Audience

Obsession had brought in for the audience,
each step for finding out the killer, audience will start to feel like how
Graysmith feel to finding out who’s behind the mastermind of all this killing.
Zodiac also embraces this idea in the postmodern universe of vulnerability to
demonstrate how regardless it applies, to uncover that as opposed to prompting
passing, the procedure prompts life. With every disappointment, more
associations emerge, strategies enhance, information grows as opposed to
contracts. Obviously, the idea of consistently growing learning can seem
frightening to one who is attempting to distil reality into edible,
unquestionable certainties, yet the main genuine escape from such enlightening
entropy is to sort the disordered cluster of material into subjective request,
even though doing as such just builds the entropy. The message that brought to
the audience also the point out that we need to look around our surroundings,
you may just die within seconds, when the killer is doing his job to attack.