Presentation on theme: "THE TRUMAN SHOW BY PETER WEIR"— Presentation transcript:
1 THE TRUMAN SHOW BY PETER WEIR FILM STUDYTHE TRUMAN SHOWBY PETER WEIR
2 STUDYING FILM AS TEXT IN TWO ASSESSMENT TASKS 1. Oral Presentation - Due2. Essay – Due+ Viewing Notes –DueSTUDYING FILM AS TEXT IN TWO ASSESSMENT TASKS
3 EXAMINING How to view a film How to take notes on a film What narrative influence isWhat filmic style isEXAMINING
4 1st Screening – Just watching for first impressions and general reaction 2nd Screening - Several sittings, stopping after each chapter to note the filmic devices and narrative influence on characters and themes.VIEWING THE FILM
5 VIEWING WITH FILM-NOTES CHAPTERINCIDENTSCHARACTERSQuotesTHEMES/SYMBOLSFILMIC DEVICESOpening scene( )Meet Truman talking to himself in the mirrorCuts to other characters and their descriptions of the Truman ShowTruman Burbank as himself(TRUE-MAN)Christof – “creator’OF CHRISTCHRISTOF: “We’ve become bored with watching actors give us phony emotions… while the world he inhabits is, in some respect, counterfeit, there’s nothing fake about Truman himself, no scripts, no cue cards, it isn’t always Shakespeare, but it’s genuine, it’s a life.”MERYL: “there is no difference between my public life and my private life… it is a truly blessed life”MARLON: “It’s all true, it’s all real, nothing here is fake, nothing you see on this show is fake. It’s merely controlled.”God Motif – Christof talking about lifeLoneliness - Truman in front of mirror, telling an adventure story. Truman feels alone, wants some adventure in his life, but is scared.Reality – Marlon says that it’s ‘all real’, just ‘merely controlled’ – the screen writer Andrew Niccol is trying to challenge the way we look at the world. Do we ever challenged the rules presented?Close up shots of characters to reveal something about their characterMusic-
7 Truman Burbank The security guards CHARACTERSMajor MinorTruman Burbank The security guardsNARRATIVE INFLUENCE
8 NARRATIVE INFLUENCE SETTING Seahaven, USA (Symbolism or name?) Early 1950sNARRATIVE INFLUENCE
9 NARRATIVE INFLUENCE SYMBOLS A symbol is something that has come to take on additional meaning to what we know it to be or do. While some have come about through history and religious teachings, some have developed over time and with specific cultural references.NARRATIVE INFLUENCE
10 SYMBOLS USED TO MAKE MEANING The light crashing down from the sky ?The library where Truman & Sylvia meet ?The unfinished bridge ?The boat? The Eagle’s head on the boat ?The bathroom mirror ?The sea ?The door ?A symbol ADDS to the text and add to our understanding of CHARACTER AND THEME. The visual image or symbol adds to what we know about the text’s key themes and makes our appreciation of the film’s message greater/more powerful.
12 Reality – Are our lives what we think they are Reality – Are our lives what we think they are? Are we who we think we are? Are we living with self-awareness or dillusion?Freedom/Control – Do we really live free lives? Do we control our own destiny? What things control and influence our lives and our identities? Religion? Advertising?Creation (God) – Christof has created a mini universe where he is god-like, controlling everyone’s lives. In some ways he is like a father to Truman but he wants to keep Truman under his control. Is this fatherly love?Ignorance/Self-discovery – Truman’s personal journey is one that starts in ignorance and ends in self-discovery. What does he learn? Is it worthwhile or would he have been better off kept in ignorance his whole life?Utopia – Truman lives in what the tv creators present as an ideal world but is it really? What makes it a Utopia and what makes it a Distopia?Fear – Truman has to conquer his fears in order to risk finding out the truth about his life and the real world. Is it worth it? What are the rewards? What are the costs?Loneliness – How does Truman/How do we deal with being alone in the world?
13 FILM STYLE - Visual Elements of a Film FILMIC DEVICESAnglesFocusLightingColourSequence of FilmPoint of ViewCamera movementFILM STYLE - Visual Elements of a Film
14 FILM STYLE - Visual elements of a film Mise-en-scene = all the visual elements in a frameSettingLightingCostumesActing styleFILM STYLE - Visual elements of a film
15 FILM STYLE - Visual elements of a film Cinematography = the art of capturing images on moving filmCamera positionCamera movementFILM STYLE - Visual elements of a film