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George Carey Generic Conventions – Comedy Dystopian What is Dystopia? A dystopia is a fictional society that is the complete opposite of a utopia, an ideal world. Dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, cackotopia, or anti-utopia) is a term that describes a society who lives in mass poverty, filth, suffering, or oppression. The society has usually brought this upon itself. It is also often used as an analogy for similar issues in our own contemporary world
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  George Carey Generic Conventions – Comedy Dystopian   What is Dystopia? A dystopia is a fictional society that is the complete opposite of a utopia, an ideal world. Dystopia (from the Greek δυσ - and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, cackotopia, or anti-utopia) is a term that describes a society who lives in mass poverty, filth, suffering, or oppression. The society has usually brought this upon itself. It is also often used as an analogy for similar issues in our own contemporary world e.g. political issues, lack of justice, freedom and happiness. Usually there is a hierarchal society, where the slaves/lower classes are conditioned to obey. An example of a Young Adult Dystopian Film is The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins. Video games often include dystopian view. Interesting visions of the Future, the End of the World, Outer Space and Wastelands. It’s always fascinating to examine the dark side of human nature, and studying the effects of power’s corrupting influence on mankind.  Dystopian Conventions are usually a hybrid of two or three other genres like; ã  Comedy ã  Action ã  Thriller ã  Sci-Fi ã  Drama ã  Adventure For the purpose of our film we are going to combine a comedic genre within a dystopian setting taking the elements of humour and experimenting with it and seeing how it would pan out in the setting of a broken world. What is comedy? The comedy film genre belongs to the groups of films that evoke laughter/humor from the audience. The three most commonly used types of comedy are;    Slapstick   - This form of comedy uses physical movement and gestures. Physical comedy is often influenced by clowning.    Dark Humour  - Deals with disturbing subjects such as death, drugs, terrorism, and war.  George Carey    Wit/Wordplay  - More intellectual forms of comedy based on clever, often subtle manipulation of language involving puns that can be crude and farcical. The lighting for a stereotypical dystopian piece is naturalistic in the sense that is needs to keep it realistic in order for the audience to feel that this could really be happening , or happen; a sense of foreboding/premonition. Lighting is often dark and gloomy to help emphasise the environment and the character ’ s feelings of anarchy and perhaps isolation. Using lights of different colour can be used to great effect especially in the same shot. This was used to great effect by James Cameron in “ Terminator 2 ” , in which he used blue and orange light. Lighting on faces is usually a harsh light causing one side of the face to be illuminated and the other left on shadow. This helps draw attention to facial expressions and makes them appear quite isolated and oppressed. Music helps convey the atmosphere to the viewer. It helps to enhance the oppression felt in each scene; the idea that everything is lost. In long wide angle shots that pan over a desolate landscape the heartfelt music adds to the effect of loss and what went before. For the oppressor there is often heavier, authoritative and aggressive tone. The music can at times be counter-typical because the expectation is that a dysfunctional is world is bad and therefore the music would be emotional and unhappy but sometimes it can be quite spontaneous with outbursts of positive, stirring, thrilling music that correlate to the action and build up the tension.  George Carey This was used to great effect by Marc Forster in “World War Z”.  Characters are usually a low class, close nit group of survivors with realistic human issues and personalities –  typical and easily identifiable. They are rebelling against the government/aliens/disease (Antagonist). Or they can be lone figures (the protagonist) , fighting for a cause. E.g. “I am legend” –  the character wants to find a cure for the disease. The main characters are believable but can be to some extent stereotypical in that they can save the day ,find a cure or sacrifice themselves thus being a heroic figure.  George Carey “I am legend” directed by Francis Lawrence. The characters make the audience think how they would act in the same situation. What would they do? How would they act? How would they feel? They are relatable characters that they can root for as they struggle through their personal journey. The acting is always naturalistic with sometimes recognisable characteristic features. The location is usually a desolate wasteland or an abandoned city or landscape with slum-like living conditions, safe houses and ruined facilities. The Matrix - directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski “Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.”  The Props used are often makeshift weapons and vehicles with the connotation that we are facing the end of the world as we know it. People have built ‘fort’ like safe houses to protect themselves and their families. Characters are seen wearing unwashed, threadbare clothes. This helps enforce the idea that these people are surviving and getting by with what they have…the  bare essentials that they can source.
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