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ACTION ADVENTURE Lo: To understand the requirements of the new exam topic To define action adventure as a genre To explore the conventions of action adventure TASK: Look at the film posters – which films are Action Adventure? Ext: How are you deciding? What do you denote? What do you connote?
ACTION ADVENTURE NEW EXAM TOPIC 1.5 hours exam Pre released brief (4 weeks prior to exam) Monday June 13th 2011 Unseen tasks Simulation in role / production skills What will I be tested on: Knowledge and Understanding Textual Analysis Production Skills
The good and bad news This exam used to be 3 hours and is now one and a half!! You have a month longer to revise than last year You have a choice of two design tasks-so no storyboarding if you hate it! You can write your responses in a wide variety of ways-spider diagrams/annotations etc We have a brief but will not know the exact questions till the day of the exam You must prepare and plan out several answers before hand and get in lots of practice You must come to and work hard in all your lessons as we only have 6 weeks to prepare
So what are the CONVENTIONS of Action Adventure: What are the conventions of the action/adventure genre? Try and group them under the following headings: Setting: Narrative: Mise-en-scene/props/iconography Characters:
So what are the CONVENTIONS of Action Adventure: SETTING: Isolated, Mysterious, Dark, Exotic, Dangerous, Vast. Natural, Caves, The sea, The jungle. Allows for danger, fights, chases, quest Example: NARRATIVE: A single hero on a journey or quest in search of something or someone. Has tasks and challenges to complete that move the story forward. In the end they are usually victorious. Example
So what are the CONVENTIONS of Action Adventure: Characters/Representation: Typical characters such as the hero/villain and the side kick/love interest. Usually follows a single hero and must have a good and bad conflict to drive the quest forward. Example: Iconography/mise en scene: Props that we associate with the genre- swords, guns, bows and arrows, torches, mines, natures.
Do you still class all these films as Action Adventure?
There are many hybrids of the action adventure genre: Thriller Disaster Fantasy Historical Quest Do you still class all these films as Action Adventure?
Plenary? Fill in your progress tracker sheet: What was the learning objective? What did you learn? What would you like to know more about?
ACTION ADVENTURE Which of the following conventions fall under the action adventure ‘quest’ hybrid of the genre? Themes Revenge War Romance Solve a Mystery Search for an artefact Defeating a villain Props Guns Bombs Car Chase Explosions Characters Explorer Princess Police officer Child Location Jungle Cave Ship Desert Mountains Pyramids City
Representation in Action Adventure Films In most action adventure films the narrative is driven by a single ‘hero’ who is in conflict and opposition to a villian This is also known as binary opposites where opposing influences create drama and conflict- eg. Good VS Evil, Man Vs Woman, Rich Vs Poor, Man Vs nature, Water Vs Land What do all these Heros and Villains have in common?
Representation of Masculinity What stereotypes of men and women in action adventure films do we have?
MALE FEMALE On your post its – write stereotypical words associated with the 2 genders…at least 3 for each and come and stick them up…e.g. strong, caring…
How is masculinity represented in these films?
Vladimir ProppClaims that all storys have the following character types they help to move the narrative forward The Protagonist The Antagonist The Helper The Donor The Princess The False Hero Can you identify the following on this poster?
Design an action adventure character in threes Use one of Propps character types and create a new character for an action film, you may conform to stereotypes or may choose to challenge them. The Protagonist The Antagonist The Helper The Donor The Princess The False Hero Consider: Costume Props Physical appearance Gender and ethnicity in your sketches
ACTION ADVENTURE Textual analysis skills are important when discussing character types. Watch this clip and write 200 words to analyse the two character types Watch the clip – Who is the hero? – Give evidence Who is the villain? – Give evidence How are binary opposites used? Link to mise en scene, sound, cinematography… Ext: Do either challenge conventions?
Representation of Women How has the role of the ‘princess’ Changed in action adventure films? How do they still have conventional aspects of a female character?
Design a HEROINEfor either kids, teens or adults Lo: To analyse the representation of women in action adventure films Fill out your profile sheet Name: Age: Gender: FEMALE Target audience: Character qualities: Catchphrase: And DESIGNED character
How is gender represented in this scene? Lo: To analyse the representation of women in action adventure films EXT: Link to media terminology: Mise en Scene, sound, cinematography…
ACTION ADVENTURE Lo: To analyse the representation of women in action adventure films Answer the following: Who is the main character? How do you know? Ext: How is the composition within the shot helping to represent the main character?