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101: Avatar

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Avatar is the story of a brave new world and being exploitative of said new world. Pandora is a moon of a fictional, being very loosely based in our own solar system. It is the prospect of brave new world, an idea seen in history and in fiction, many times over. The Na’vi people are analogues of the Native Americans, where their society is incredibly attuned to  the nature of their planet, it’s animals and the plant life, even to the extent that the trees can save the consciousness of their dead.

The theme of belonging is what my FMP shares with this soon to be franchise, Rohan takes his two brothers to the future, to explore, not conquer.  The consequence for Rohan for trying to  assimilate, his brothers are caught in a political scheme of a selfish ruler. Avatar’s main character, Jake Sully, is punished for converging with the Na’vi people, when trying to mine their world’s natural resources. Avatar is a prime example of excellent world-building, a story fitted around a world so cleanly. The idea of the mies-en-scene telling the story was always an idea, but one I had been reluctant to try at first, as I wanted tottery and fit more exposition into 2 minutes. lacking a sizeable duration for my film, focussing on the world-building as the priority.

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101: Doctor Who

Screen Shot 2017-05-24 at 09.46.29.pngDoctor Who is a cult classic sci-fi franchise that has lasted approximately 50 years. It’s main character is The Doctor, a rogue member of a race of aliens called Time-Lords.  the idea of the rebel, is something people identify with because there is the constant need to escape for the viewer. This Doctor character doesn’t reveal his true name, so it almost pushes the message that you can be capable of anything, as if the Doctor represents a person’s utmost potential. He can literally be anyone, as Time-lords can switch sexes, as shown in the episode “Hell Bent”, the finale of series 9 (promo photo below). He is intelligent and capable, a technological and historical genius, making for a far more relatable hero. For how we’d be safe with the Doctor, we’d also be in great danger if we travelled with him, as his adventures often deal with some deadly alien.  As such, the Doctor too has the potential to

Promotional_image_for_Hell_Bentbe as bad as anyone, making his humanity his defining feature  and a source of inspiration for the characters in my current project.

As of 5/6/17, i have opted to study the first episode of series 8 of the modern series, rather than the penultimate episode of series 9, merely for the reason I cannot access that series on Netflix, so as such need something more accessible with what I have. I will continue studying the series on a whole, but will focus on that particular episode for key instances of character development and storytelling, to see if there are any parallels between the result of my FMP and the episode in question.


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FMP proposal

Three key words, “Broken” , “Borders” and “Belonging” are the concepts behind the Final Major Project. For this unit, I have chosen belonging as the theme. The theme has to extend to  precisely 3000 frames, which is 2 minutes long in total, no more, no less. I understand it has to be a self-contained story, so very little ambiguity and a concise narrative will be heavily considered. i have challenged myself on fleshing out a piece of fiction and condensing it into this short, 2 minute span.

The story follows a legendary  warlock, Rohan Schmidt, who is tracking down the man who had his younger brothers killed for an assassination they didn’t commit. wanting revenge for his family being used as scapegoats, he journeys to the sands of the Sin-lands, what remains of the United States of America in the 31st century. Semblance Vein, second hand to the leadership, is the culprit. Rohan will steal his throne and identity in an act of revenge.

The theme of belonging will appear in association with family, as Rohan loses his family to a man who belongs alone race, they fight for different reasons; Vein for the many, Rohan for the few.