Deconstruction of The Opposites

The Opposites was a film created by myself and 5 others. We had to use many aspects of narratives including Propps 8 character archetypes, it is about a villain (Gaz) who is the false hero, He steals a valuable ring of the princess (Mercedes) but is stopped by the hero (Ralph) and his magical helper (Eugene). There are other characters such as Mamma T and the friend of Mercedes, but they don’t play a very big part in the film so didn’t have a special role. We used Todorov’s narrative formula which is where a state of equilibrium is disrupted by conflict, and a solution to this problem is found creating a new state of equilibrium. The beginning situation is between Gaz and Mercedes at the bike shed where Mercedes is showing off her ring. The conflict of the film is when Mercedes realises her ring is missing after her chat with Gaz and unknown to her Gaz has stolen it. Ralph and Eugene provide a resolution to the problem by finding the ring so a new state of equilibrium has been restored. We used Levi-Strauss’ theory of binary oppositions, we included the binary opposites such as Mercedes and Ralph, they are both gender opposites and are the stereotypical geek and chav opposites. The characters Gaz and Ralph are the hero and villain, so we used them as binary opposites as well. The last narrative aspect we used was Barthes narrative enigma, it was included by Ralph and Eugene’s conversation about how much Ralph loves Mercedes and how he wants to help her find her ring, Ralph knows that Gaz is the villain and that it only takes one person to be the hero, Ralph steps up to this role to help out his “princess”. This is shown by the hot of Mercedes crying into her hands and Ralph coming and comforting and supporting her. For the mise-en-scene we used different ways to communicate our narrative to the audience. The main theme of the short film was stereotyping, for example the costumes in which Mercedes and Gaz wear show them as the stereotypical “chavs” and Ralph and Eugene in typical geek clothes, but this also does create verisimilitude because the some of the audience could relate to the characters so it helps the audience understand more. There is only one main prop within the film, this is the ring we used it as the magical object, although we did use other small props such as the tissue, this is used when Ralph is giving Mercedes her ring back but accidently pulls the tissue out of his pocket, the main one was the ring. The location of the film was in a school, this is again similar to real life and can relate back to the audience, it also makes the characters (especially Eugene and Ralph) look as if they belong in the film, the main point of the setting was to engage the audience and make it feel like it could happen to them.

The main target audience aim was a young audience around 14-18 year olds because of the setting and the cast itself is young, so a young audience would be able to relate more to the film. The gender could be either, females might enjoy it because of the romantic element but males might enjoy it because of the humour and the hero/villain element but the main audience would be females because they can relate more to the film. The audience social class or status for this film would be lower/middle, because of the stereotypical chav characters this would relate more to a lower social class rather than I higher social class. The location and costumes which were used for the film doesn’t give an element of the lives of the characters being top class students with lots of money, this is portrayed it the main theme of stereotyping. For the sound we used a combination of diegetic and non-diegetic sounds but it was mainly dialogue through out the film, because the diegetic sounds that were used, for example the door opening in the scene where Gaz is selling the ring, gives an effect of verisimilitude and can relate more to the audience rather than false sound effects. We only used one non-diegetic sound which was to introduced the film at the beginning and to say the characters at the end of the film, this was only for introduction purposes and we didn’t feel it was necessary to use music during the film. Through out the film the sounds are all from within the world on the screen so there was no indicators to prompt the audience into thinking something was about to happen. The music that was used could relate to the young audience because its upbeat and has a good rhythm to it. In the first clip of Mercedes and Gaz standing by the bike shed, it was very windy which made it difficult to follow our preferred reading, because we wanted the shot to be of a young couple who are looking at something significantly important to the film, it was hard to capture this and to hear the dialogue. We represented different social groups through out the film, the two groups being chavs and geeks, all with an age of 16-17 year olds and all being heterosexual (this is shown by Gaz and Mercedes dating, Ralph liking Mercedes). We have used a countertype during our film because we haven’t used the stereotypical handsome man who saves the girl and is the hero, we have use Ralph who is just a normal geeky school boy. The representation of the chav Gaz is in a very negative way, because he steals a ring of his girlfriend but also has fights with Eugene the geek. The film is quite American, because of the different cliques and is set out how a typical American rom/com is usually. The film would be suitable to be shown on BBC Yorkshire because the film is based around Yorkshire accents and shows some of the culture that is in the north.

Through out the dialogue of the film, only one part provides obvious information about the character and that is when Mercedes is talking to Mamma T and says “so mum” the audience immediately knows that its her mum but also knows that the missing ring belongs to her originally. All though the dialogue wasn’t obvious, the costumes and settings were so the audience will have been able to tell what was going on and what the characters are about. There are lots of references to the characters names through out the film such as when Ralph is going to talk to Eugene, he shouts “Eugene Eugene”.

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