Evaluation Question 2: How does your opening sequence represent particular social groups?
key character in our opening sequence is a 10/11 year old boy who is middle
class but low status as he is a child and they usually aren't respected that much
technical aspects we used suggest different things about the character for
example a tracking shot is used to represent spirits entering the house, and
allows us to find the main character. From this shot we could tell that the
character is unstable and is possibly possessed and gives us a reason as to why
he is weird and creepy. The long shot of his reflection in the mirror shows the
characters innocence being lost as he is not willingly doing what he is doing.
This represents the character as innocent but being controlled like how kids
are controlled by their parents but in a more severe, harsh, manipulative and
wrong way which leads to the character being messed up.
Also the props used in
the opening sequence which are dolls that have been dismantled emphasises on
the fact that the character is different and not like the other kids as usually
kids loves toys and keep them safe but the character from our opening sequence
cuts and abuses his dolls. The costume used makes the character appear as an
average typical boy, he is wearing a blue and white striped jumper with the
hood up which suggests his criminality, his real personality and his identity
character and opening sequence is inspired by Halloween, a film about a serial
killer, who kills his family when he was a child, known as Michael Myers, other
inspirations include To Kill a Mockingbird and Se7en. We didn't have any issues
with the cast, we chose Kyel to play the role of Axel in the opening sequence
because he has experience in drama and is good at acting, we required a male
character and he was available also he was excited and very good at playing the
character and so we casted him.
than dedication and reliability we were looking for enthusiasm, improvisation
skills and creativity which Kyel was expert in, we also found that he was a
good listener and we all had good communication skills which helped us further.
We asked Kyel to channel his inner child and guided him on how we wanted the
character to appear, from there he improvised movements and if we liked his
input we would keep it and maybe alter it a bit, if we didn’t like it then we directed
Kyel on how to improve his body language and facial expression in order to stay
true to his character.