Monday, 7 May 2012

Extended task for Question 2

Extend your evaluation by creating a post in whatever way you choose comparing the representation of one of your characters with the representation of a similar character from a film of the same genre. How are they represented? How are your choices similar / different? How do you conform or subvert the expectations?

The character which i have compared to the villain in our film, is 'Mike Myers' from our inspiration film 'Halloween'. The reason for us emulating 'Mike Myers' is, whilst referencing to 'Halloween, the character of Mike Myers always comes to mind because the character is symbolic. The reasoning for 'Mike' being symbolic is essentially his masks, over the Halloween series the character Mike Myers always has a mask either in his hand or on his head, even from a young age  when the crime starts. We portrayed our character similar to Mike Myers through the use of Mise en scene, as we also portrayed our villain with the symbolic mask, as it hides all emotions making the villain a lot more ambiguous and has a cold heart. Also another similarity is that we applied no dialogue for our character, emulating 'Mike Myers' this makes the villain distinct to all other characters, which also portrays him as a different species making the villain a lot more malicious. 

Also how we made the character similar to Mike is through the use of cinematography, to create suspense. In the picture below on the left, it shows how the audience knows the inevitable death because the character cannot see the killer, but the audience can. Almost like a pantomime villain. We also applied this shot on the right, because we tried to emulate the same effect of suspense. Both shots are 'body shot' because this can reveal the emotions by the stature of the way the villain is standing in dominance contrasting the vulnerable victim, which applies to the conventions of horror because we both have portrayed the villain to be significantly more dominant than the victim

How they are different are through the use of mise- en scene in the deaths of victims, because in the Halloween picture below there is a significant amount of blood on the victims body with his head missing, whereas in the picture below of my characters death you can hardly see the blood, which means that essentially Halloweens victims' death is more sufficient in terms of horror than ours. To try and exaggerate the death we used the video filter 'bad film' to create suspense.

1 comment:

  1. Cool, thanks Ben. To develop this I'd suggest:

    1) keeping the presentation of your text consistent throughout the whole blog;
    2) read through and make sure you have commented on how:
    a)specific cinematography (angle and movement);
    b) sound;
    c) editing; and
    d) mise-en-scene (a couple of varied ideas)
    have been used similarly / differently in the representation of your villain.

    3)Think about theorists too. Can you use any Saussure or Levi-Strauss terms in there when discussing him?

    4) EXT: If you can, think back to the lesson on Postmodernism. To what extent is your film's villain an example of postmodernism (you can apply lots of the ideas to him, except possibly the 'morality' bit, I'd skip that if I were you.