ematography enables viewers to respond to situations, people and politics in personal ways, through which choices, moral decisions and opportunities for action are made. Cinematography can take viewers beyond their experience by providing opportunities to engage with characters and societies. Hence, film production through cinematography help in the promotion of awareness and understanding of other cultures and developing viewers’ sensibilities to global trends. Various cinematography techniques are applicable in film productions (Nama 2015, p.68). The paper discusses how film managers use cinematography in the development of narratives, characters and mood with reference to four films, Days of Heaven (1978), Psycho (1960), Memento (2000) and Blackmail (1929).
Cinematography has been extensively applicable in developing the film’s narrative. In the film, Days of Heaven (1978), the development of narrative is evident in various scenes. The film’s storyline commences when Bill, his girlfriend and a young sister Linda are compelled to flee Chicago after he (Bill) accidentally murdered a foreman at the work place (Slattery 2015,p.114) The trios board a train from Chicago and eventually arrive at a wheat farm in the Texas panhandle. The narration proceeds by explaining how Bill secures work for them as sackers by deceiving the supervisor about a non-existent prior experience. To avoid suspicion Bill and Abby pretend to be having brother and sister relationship (Blasi 2014, p.68).
Even though Bill expresses misunderstanding with the foreman, who considers his performance substandard, they seemed to enjoy their work. A wealthy farmer, Sam Shepard, is in love with Abby and asks her to stay with him after the harvest. Bill develops jealousy, but when he overhears the doctor telling the farmer about his few months of existence, he (Bill) encourages Abby to accept the proposal. The Farmer and Abby get married, but the foreman becomes suspicious considering Bill and