Monday, 13 May 2013

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Case Study

Look at the following PREZZI which will give you a fantastic case-study insight into 'C4 and Big Fat Gypsy Wedding'.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

A'level Media Collective Identity Study - Representations of 'Gypsies' past and present

1972 - Children's Film 'Mauro the Gypsy'

When chickens start to disappear and scrap metal litters the countryside, the time has obviously come for Mauro and his family to be moved on. But things are not always what they seem to be.Moscow Film Festival 1973. Special award for contribution to racial tolerance.

Mauro the Gypsy was made in 1972 by the Children's Film and Television Foundation

This dissertation about representations of gypsies is an interesting read:

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Press Coverage Links:

Other interesting Press Representations

Collective Identity Definitions:

"The concept of a collective identity refers to a set of individuals' sense of belonging to the group or collective. For the individual, the identity derived from the collective shapes a part of his or her personal identity. It is possible, at times, that this sense of belonging to a particular group will be so strong that it will trump other aspects of the person's personal identity. To put it another way, Collective Identity is the idea that through participating in social activities, individuals can gain a sense of belonging and in essence an "identity" that transcends the individual. Therein are the rewards and risks of Social Networking. One can derive great satisfaction and sometimes great risks from participating. Within a typical collective, agreement is often valued over debate, though even more often fierce battles may erupt."

Monday, 15 October 2012

Brilliant Expressionist Links - Tim Burton Focus

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Symbolism in Metropolis

A brilliant article rich in symbolic analysis;

Questions to provoke thought about Metropolis

Some thought provoking questions to frame your viewing of Metropolis, Fritz Lang 1. What are the binary oppositions evident in the film, and how do they become involuted (i.e., fold in on themselves) by the end? 2. How do the opening moments of the film create an ideological argument about industrial/post-industrial life? 3. What visual motifs are emphasized? Why? 4. How are the characters established? Name them and trace Lang's presentation of them visually. 5. How is city space imagined? Explain the nature and function of the vertical presentation of urban space in the film. How is this design element vitally connected to the plot and issues of the film? 6. How is the industrial context of modern city life presented and understood in the film? 7. How does the film use Marxist motifs to critique capitalism? 8. How is the issue of power treated in the film's design and lighting? 9. In what ways does the film comment on the nature of work in the industrial metropolis? 10. How does the film use the images and metaphors of the Babel story? 11. How does the film use science fiction to interrogate the industrial city? Discuss the "mad scientist" Rotwang. Discuss the "robot Maria." 12. How are acting, makeup, lighting, and script used to distinguish the Evil Maria from the Good Maria? List the traits of each character. How arethese distinctions related to gender stereotypes? 13. Trace the biblical motifs (Tower of Babel, floods, Edenic tropes, and Christian imagery) in the film. How are the architectural designs on the cathedral doorway brought to life? Why? 14. Describe the surrealistic techniques used by the film to show Freder's breakdown and the breakdown of civil society.