Assignment 12: Individual PlanningTo complete individual planning before deciding on a group plan. Drama Chelsea Fashole-Luke
Inspirational filmsGirl, Interrupted:An 18 year old girl checks herself intoa mental hospital. Set in the 60;s. The Tracey Fragments: 15 year old girl runs away after being the cause of the disappearance of her younger brother.
Chosen Idea Timeline Flashback scene of her elsewhere Flash forward to Close up shot of main Disorientated in the park, them running character staring at lit flashback of A voice snaps her calmly setting fire around busy flame. Black out. walking down a out of it – teenage to a flower. streets, smoking busy street, late girl sitting beside and drinking, afternoon. her, asking for a causing trouble lighter. Sits on park bench, pulls out journal and begins to write about Flashes to another her thoughts and feelings of Girl gives back scene – Dawn is lyingMain character depression. Dawn pulls out her lighter and offers on a park bench,‘Dawn’ walking ‘signature’ pink Dawn a cigarette – hazily looking up attowards a park lighter. she takes it, even the sky which goes inbench. though she’s never and out of focus. smoked. Monologue.
Whole Film• Teenage girl lives with her grandma – parents died when she was a baby• She has borderline personality disorder (we don’t find this out until later)• Every time she wants to self harm, she sets fire to something ‘pretty’ or ‘happy’ (flowers, balloons, pretty pictures etc.)• Befriends a rebellious teenage girl who also has her own set of problems (we don’t find out what until much later, if at all)• She feels suffocated by her everyday life and decides to run away with friend• Participates in destructive behaviour, smoking, drinking, drug taking etc.• Feels she is becoming crazier being away from familiarity• Friend convinces her to go back to her grandma – her only family• Returns home by the end of the film after what felt like over a week in her mind, to find she had only been gone a day.• Ends how it began – writing in her journal on a park bench.
Style Of Opening Sequence• Start of film- Gives the audience an initial idea of the film, drawing them in, without giving too much of the overall story away.- Allows enigmas to be presented.
Narrative Structure & Theory• Non-linear- Moves back and forth through time between the present and the future.- Use of flash forwards – anachronic (Cameron).• Levi Strauss:- Binary opposites (mental health/mental illness)• Barthes codes:- Enigma Code (why does the main character do specific things)- Semantic Code (connotative meanings of objects – e.g. the lighter, and places – constantly outside)- Symbolic Code (opposition and antithesis – opposition within herself, the need to get better and the want to end it all)
CharactersName DawnRole Main characterActor ChelseaRepresentation Fearful, distant, unattached from people, doesn’t allow herself to be close to others, lonely, unsocial, has BPDBody language/facial expression Uninterested, timidTone/language Depressed,Costume/props Journal Pink lighter Black boots Black dress or Black skirt and jumper/top
CharactersName CarrieRole Supporting characterActor Laura or RosieRepresentation Rebellious, fearless, smart, social, natural leader, non-conformingBody language/facial expression ConfidentTone/language Confident, street smart, big personalityCostume/props Cigarettes Black jeans Silver studs and chains on clothing Black t-shirt/top/jumper Black boots
ConventionsConventions in Drama Examples from films Use/develop/challenge?• Real life, relatable issues ‘The Family Stone’- Death- Family issues- Self issues- Divorce• Shows development of characters• Family/friendship/self/inner conflict• Happy endings• Sense of realismCharacters: ‘The Sisterhood of TheMedium to large family Traveling Pants’Small group of friendsClass of studentsSetting: ‘17 Again’Equilibrium:- High school- Family homeDisequilibrium:- Friends fall out- Bullies- Family breakup
Conventions you applyConvention Use/develop/challenge Examples from similar filmsIssues with ones self Use – main characters has a mental ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ illness. - depression Is constantly in conflict with herself.Death Use – main characters parents and ‘Lemony Snickets A Series Of granddad are dead (not shown in Unfortunate Events’ opening sequence).Conflict with friends Use – has trouble trying to make and ‘Mean Girls’ maintain relationships. Attempts to resists potential friendships and push people away.Sense of realism Develop – main character is aware of ‘The Lovely Bones’ – the world around her but has a She watches her family tendency to see things in her mind from an unknown she perceives to be real. otherworldly place- Happy ending Develop – it is unclear whether the ‘The Pursuit Of Happiness’ – ending is happy or not for the main Happy ending character.
Titles/credits Opening Sequence Bradley hand ITCOpeningSequenceCooper black
AudienceAudience elements ExplanationAge 15+ Some elements may not be suitable for younger viewers (smoking, alcohol and drug use).Gender Female Main character and supporting character are both female. Audience able to identify with them.Ethnicity Western culture/society Problems/issues more common and recognised in western culture.Interests/hobbies Drugs, alcohol, mental health These elements are seen within the sequence – audience can relate.Social class Lower class Main characters are of lower class.