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DISASTER MOVIES Outline Conventions

DISASTER MOVIES Outline Conventions

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Published by Julie Thrasher
A blank proforma ready for details to be completed about any film in the disaster genre. The main elements are outlined with space for detailed annotation on their presence and details in the studied film
A blank proforma ready for details to be completed about any film in the disaster genre. The main elements are outlined with space for detailed annotation on their presence and details in the studied film

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Published by: Julie Thrasher on Oct 08, 2009
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DISASTER MOVIES OUTLINE CONVENTIONS.DOCXGCSE FILM
DISASTER MOVIES – Codes & Conventions
FILM LANGUAGEAREADETAILS – what are the conventionsfor the genre?Present in the film? Give Details
CHARACTERS1.A main Hero he leads the groupto safety2.A false Hero – he tries to lead thegroups to safety but his ideas arewrong3.The Maverick Hero – he goesagainst the ‘proper’ rescueattempt/or/breaks lots of rules tosave all the group4.A reluctant hero – the situation‘happens’ to them – they do not just take charge5.A ‘bad’ guy6.A ‘bad’ guy who turns good7.Someone who doubts themselvesbut eventually findscourage/strength8.A strong Woman9.A ‘damsel in distress’10. The rescuees – Support to the hero andusually:1.A woman1
 
DISASTER MOVIES OUTLINE CONVENTIONS.DOCXGCSE FILM2.A child3.A religious figure4.A professional (doctor, lawyer,Businessman)5.Someone weak6.At least 4 characters there just todie7.The mass of people who die(Victims)8.A mass of people
threatened 
withdying9.A wife/child of the hero10.A wife/child/family of the maingroup of characters11.A character who has lost a closefamily member and thus may beprepared to sacrifice themselvesOther characters:1.A voice of concern initially notlistened to – often known as ‘avoice in the wilderness’2.Someone who knows who’s toblame for some human error thatcauses risk3.An expert on the location orproblem4.Scientists5.A couple with a brokenrelationship2
 
DISASTER MOVIES OUTLINE CONVENTIONS.DOCXGCSE FILM6.A family with a brokenrelationship7.A history with the catastrophe8.A bureaucrat or other person inauthority who knows of thethreat/danger but ignores it dueto greedNARRATIVE OVERVIEW OF STRUCTURE1.A linear narrative that movesaccording to TODOROV’s theoryof equilibrium, disruption,recognition of disruption, repairand new equilibriumPLOTTING DEVICES1.Framing Devices (these set uphow the situation hasemerged/developed)2.Flashbacks3.Parallel Narratives4.FormulaSTARSStars need to match the persona of therole they play, most especially for thekey protagonists There needs to be’ unknown’ actors tobe killed off INSTITUTION1.Part of a Cycle?3

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