Remember The Titans


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Remember The Titans

  1. 1. Remember the Titans <ul><li>Director: Boaz Yakin </li></ul><ul><li>Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer </li></ul><ul><li>Coach Boone: Denzel Washington </li></ul><ul><li>Coach Yoast: Will Paton </li></ul>
  2. 2. Background to Film <ul><li>In the late 60s and early 70s, many Americans began to question the ongoing war in Vietnam. Among other things, young people could not understand the unnecessary killing of Vietnamese. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1970 students at Kent University protested against the war. </li></ul>
  3. 9. Background to the Film <ul><li>Meanwhile, African-American students were still trying to find other means to begin equal educational opportunities. The case filed by Dr. Swann was making its way to the United States Supreme Court. </li></ul>
  4. 10. Background to the Film <ul><li>By April of 1971 (eleven months after the Kent State shootings), the high court delivered its judgment to the country. In Swann v Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education , the now famous case that permitted busing of students to achieve racial integration, the high court sent a message to the country. All schools had to become integrated immediately. That included schools in Alexandria, Virginia - a place where football was king. </li></ul>
  5. 11. Shot Types <ul><li>The type of shot that the director chooses to use shows a number of things; </li></ul><ul><li>Emotions (Close Up) </li></ul><ul><li>The amount of movement or action of the characters. (Mid-shot) </li></ul><ul><li>The detail of the surroundings (Long Shot) </li></ul>
  6. 12. Close Up
  7. 13. Over the Shoulder Shot
  8. 14. Mid-Shot
  9. 15. Establishing Shot
  10. 16. Long Shot
  11. 17. Camera Angles <ul><li>Camera angles are used to manipulate perspective. As an audience we receive messages about shots by the angles that are used. </li></ul><ul><li>High Angle – often used to make a character appear smaller or show a . </li></ul><ul><li>Low angle – often used to make a character look large and dominant. </li></ul>
  12. 18. Low Angle (Mid Shot)
  13. 19. High Angle Shot
  14. 20. Plot <ul><li>What is plot? </li></ul><ul><li>We will get an overview of the film, up to the convenient halfway point in the film. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a think about which scene you think could be the half-way scene. </li></ul>
  15. 21. For each of the following shots ; <ul><li>A . Name the shot type </li></ul><ul><li>B. Write who is involved </li></ul><ul><li>C. Describe what is happening in the film at this point. </li></ul><ul><li>D. Write why you think this shot is important in revealing information about themes in the film. </li></ul>
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  26. 32. A.Who says this? B. What is the quote’s significance? Important Quotations
  27. 33. “ Now I may be a mean cuss, but I’m the same mean cuss to everybody on that football field.”
  28. 34. “ Coach, I’m hurt. I ain’t dead.”
  29. 35. “ Left side!” “Strong side!”
  30. 36. “ You’re hall of fame in my book Coach.”
  31. 37. “ Now you start calling this game fair, or I’ll go to the papers.”
  32. 38. <ul><li>Coach Boone Shows Boone’s understanding of equality of races. </li></ul>“ Now I may be a mean cuss, but I’m the same mean cuss to everybody on that football field.”
  33. 39. “ Coach, I’m hurt. I ain’t dead.” <ul><li>Gerry Bertier </li></ul><ul><li>Shows Gerry’s perseverance and attitude towards life. </li></ul>
  34. 40. “ Left side!” “Strong side!” <ul><li>Gerry </li></ul><ul><li>Julius </li></ul><ul><li>Hugely important moment in the film, showing us that the two races have joined forces through the team. </li></ul>
  35. 41. “ You’re hall of fame in my book Coach.” <ul><li>Boone says it to Yoast </li></ul><ul><li>Shows Boone’s respect for Yoast, and indicates that racial issues have been overcome. </li></ul>
  36. 42. “ Now you start calling this game fair, or I’ll go to the papers.” <ul><li>Yoast </li></ul><ul><li>Indicates that Yoast has finally become entirely dedicated to the team even at the risk of loss to his own career. </li></ul>
  37. 43. Themes <ul><li>List all the ideas/themes/messages that you think this text shows. </li></ul>
  38. 44. Main Themes and Other Themes Friendship Teamwork Overcoming Racism
  39. 45. Key Moments for Teamwork <ul><li>The challenge – Team divided </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming – Team comes together </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution – Victory against other teams! </li></ul><ul><li>Note that this pattern is repeated! </li></ul>
  40. 46. Key Moments for Over-coming Racism <ul><li>The challenge – Initial Racism: Bussing protest, Gerry’s statement to Boone. </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming – “Left side, Strong side.” </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution – “Can’t you see that he’s my brother.” </li></ul>
  41. 47. Key Moments for Friendship <ul><li>The challenge – Racial issues - fight, societal issues: girlfriend, mum </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming – “Left side, Strong side”, mum, girlfriend. </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution – Girlfriend, mum, “Can’t you see that he’s my brother.” </li></ul>
  42. 48. Plot <ul><li>Films typically follow a basic Emotional Curve, and can be looked at from a 3 Act Structure. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of the time, a plot follows a pattern of; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Act 1: Set-up, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Act 2: Confrontation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Act 3: Resolution. </li></ul></ul>
  43. 49. The Typical Emotional Curve <ul><li>Act 1 Act 2 Act 3 Time </li></ul><ul><li>Set-Up Confrontation Resolution </li></ul>Tension
  44. 50. Question for Disucussion: Does this curve apply to Remember the Titans ? <ul><li>Some thoughts: </li></ul><ul><li>How does the camp functions as its own 3 Act Pattern. </li></ul><ul><li>What is the “Central Moment” in the film? </li></ul><ul><li>What happens in the second half of the film? </li></ul>
  45. 51. Characters Reveal Themes <ul><li>List the six most important characters. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the characters’ stories only make sense if we put them into pairs. What characters “pair-off” most easily? </li></ul><ul><li>For each pair, write down what what we can learn from their story. </li></ul><ul><li>Some characters teach a lesson through their own story. Who does this, and what is their message? </li></ul>