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Character

  1. 1. G.C.S.E Film Studies Character / Representation
  2. 2. Starter • Who are these types of people
  3. 3. Todays Objectives • WALT • The various characters that may exist within a text? • What is Propps theory of characters and why it is important? • What is representation and stereotyping? • WILF • Explain the types of characters you can identify within a film and why a film has different characters? • Apply Propps theory to a media text. • Understand and consider the impact of representation on a media product.
  4. 4. Task • In groups you have fifteen minutes. • Choose a recent film you have watched. • Name the characters in that film. • What type of character are they and how do you know? • You could do this as a brainstorm. • You can choose any recent film you have watched. • You are going to feedback back to the group.
  5. 5. Types of characters • These are some of the main characters you could have within a film: • Protagonist – hero of the film. • Antagonist – Villain of the film. • Sidekick – friend of the main character • Damsel / love interest – object of desire pursuit. • Do these roles match the characters you have identified?
  6. 6. Character Theory • Vladmir Propp analysed over one hundered texts/media and he identified seven broad character types. • He believed that you could adapt these types to fit the characters in all text/media.
  7. 7. Character Theroy • Propps Theory • The villain (struggles against the hero) • The donor (prepares the hero or gives the hero some magical object) • The (magical) helper (helps the hero in the quest) • The princess (person the hero marries, often sought for during the narrative) • The false hero (perceived as good character in beginning but emerges as evil) • The dispatcher (character who makes the lack known and sends the hero off) • The hero or victim/seeker hero, reacts to the donor, weds the princess
  8. 8. Thor • Who would the characters be in the film. • Watch the trailer • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOddp-nlNvQ
  9. 9. Thor • • • • • • • The villain The donor The (magical) helper The princess The false hero The dispatcher The hero or victim/seeker hero • Characters are: • Thor, Odin, Jane, Destroyer, Loki, Heimdall, Erik Selvig
  10. 10. Other Characters • Stories alter and change over time consider some of these roles can you name some film examples of these roles. • • • • • • • Reluctant Hero Anti-hero Corrupted villain – may have honourable origin or intention. Femme Fatale Henchman Patriarch Matriarch • In groups you have ten minutes can you identfify any of these characters.
  11. 11. Stereotypes / Representation • Representation is concerned with the way that people, ideas and events are presented to us. • This could be representation in magazines, news, soap operas, films and so on. • It may include representation of people, places, events. • It is used as a short hand to convey meaning.
  12. 12. Representation • This becomes an easy way to convey meaning to the audience. • It will suggest roles and positions of the characters to the audience.
  13. 13. Negatives • People can think negatively about a group of people • People may use the media representations as the basis for their beliefs • People may feel they are unfairly represented.
  14. 14. Screening • This is England
  15. 15. Films • • • • • • This is England Dead Mans Shoes Brighton Rock Atonement Get Carter 28 Days Later • Film Clubs are after school on Fridays

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