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  • 1. AS 2.5
    • You will have a choice of THREE questions, you choose TWO for each film.
    • There will be questions on Characterisation, Conflict and Narrative Structure.
  • 2. Characterisation
    • Filmmakers use narrative conventions to portray characters and show their development through such aspects as stereotypes, performance, costuming and dialogue.
    • How does the filmmaker use narrative conventions to portray character and/or show character development? You should discuss at least one convention in detail.
  • 3. Stereotypes
  • 4. What is a stereotype?
    • A fixed or commonly held notion of a person or group based on an over-simplification of some observed or imagined behavior or appearance.
  • 5. What stereotypes are there in Pirates of the Caribbean?
    • Pirates
    • Hero
    • Damsel in Distress
    • Villain
    • Anti-hero
    • Natives
    • English
  • 6. Damsel in Distress
    • Classic theme in art, literature and film.
    • Usually young, classically beautiful, noble.
    • She is placed in a dire predicament by a villain and requires rescuing by the hero.
  • 7. 21st Century Damsel
    • According to actress Keira Knightley, Swann is "a 21st century girl trapped in an 18th century world. She kind of starts out as a damsel in distress and then kicks butt "
  • 8. Hero
    • Refers to the character that, in face of danger, adversity or a position of weakness display courage and the will for self-sacrifice.
  • 9. Villains
    • A cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime.
    • The villain serves as an obstacle the hero must struggle to overcome and is his binary opposite.
  • 10. Anti Hero
    • A character with villainous or generally negative behavior, who advances their own selfish needs through working alongside the good guys. The anti-hero usually comes good in the end!
  • 11. Performance
    • Johnny Depp carried out thorough research into real life 18 th century Pirates to prepare himself for the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.
  • 12. Influences
    • Depp felt that pirates were the equivalent to modern day rock stars, infamous, above the law, need to create and live up to a certain reputation.
    • He wanted his character to be completely over the top, flamboyant and eccentric.
  • 13. Costume
    • Costume was very important to Depp in helping him to create the character of Jack.
    • The long dreadlocks helped to establish the ‘rock star’ image, they were also within keeping to the location of the Caribbean.
  • 14. Tricorne
    • The decorations in his hair were a collection of things that ‘Jack’ had collected from his travels (just like Richards)
    • The ‘tricorne’ was a signature hat (no one else has a hat like it and it helps emphasise his importance. )
  • 15. Things about Jack!
    • Survives more by wit and cunning than weapons and strength. He relies on non-violent negotiations.
    • His survival strategy is to turn his enemies against one another.
    • He tries to flee dangerous situations.
    • Flamboyant and eccentric.