Evaluation 1 - In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

Throughout my film opening, I used many forms and conventions of the science fiction, and further the cyberpunk, genre.


Above are the nine key frames of my film opening, I will refer to them throughout my evaluation from frame 1 - 9, reading left to right.

At the beginning of my opening, I use the conventional bbfc certificate screen (seen in frame 1), this is a convention used in cinema which I used here to create verisimilitude with real media products. It also shows the cinematic convention of an age rating, which further likens my opening to a real cinema production.

The initial 30 seconds of my film slightly subvert science fiction conventions as it has no visuals, but rather a blank screen with just audio. This is subversive as the film openings that I have studied (such as The Matrix, Star Wars and Back to the Future) traditionally all begin with a visual exposition. However this idea was inspired by the conventions of 'Children of Men' - a dystopian sci-fi, so I did arguably follow a form of science fiction convention. I feel that although unconventional, it was the best thing to do as it concentrates the audience on what is being said, and consequently gives them context.
Furthermore within these first 30 seconds, I used the cinema convention of 'opening credits'. I credited the director, actors and musician in large sans-serif text which I found to be common in the science fiction genre.

As my film opening progresses and my initial establishing shot begins, I immediately indicate further verisimilitude with real media products. I do this by using the conventional 2.55 'Cinemascope' aspect ratio to frame my film (seen from frames 2 - 8). Furthermore, I also colour graded my film in a conventional dystopian blue and dark hue (frames 2 - 8). I discovered that these colours were conventional when I was researching the aesthetics of cyberpunk and science fiction films. 

Initially as I was researching the cyberpunk genre, I found that what these films had in common was a dystopian futuristic reality where people are controlled and dehumanised. 
I reflected this within my film throughout. For example, I made sure that the presence of the 'surveillance' robot was frequently reiterated (frame 3), I also showed the protagonist being forced to 'salute to his leader' (frame 4), this exemplifies the society in which the people are controlled. Furthermore at the beginning, a narrator states that 'it was deemed impossible for anyone to log out of the system' this demonstrates how the population's brains are controlled by an external force that cannot be 'logged out' of. These techniques therefore reflect the conventional controlling and dehumanising dystopian society.

Moreover, in the 'cyberpunk' and science fiction genre, I found that the protagonist always has something 'special' about them, that makes them want to rebel/challenge authority. This can be seen in Winston from 1984, for example. My protagonist follows these forms and conventions as he can be seen rebelling from the start. For example, as he runs in it is made clear that he is running from something/hiding and then as he gets the article from his notebook (frame 2), we see that he has found an indicator of what the government could be hiding from him. As my opening progresses he attempts to 'log out' (frames 5, 6 and 8) an action that has been made clear through voice overs and robots that it is a forbidden act, exemplifying his rebellious and out of place nature.

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