The definition of treatment. Treatment is an event that clearly outlines the detail and structure of a movie and its story, in simple terms, it is a breakdown of your movie story. The definition of script writing and theme is the basic aspects of narrative. For example, in batman we have a lone individual who saves a community from disaster. Another example of script writing is the “Fast and the Furious” movies, we have a group of people (close friends), they all have a passion for racing and making money by racing, they are also extremely loyal to their family members.
For the treatments, we have setting, protagonist/adversary, act structure, equilibrium, character type and binary opposition.
The setting of my movie trailer is going to be in a house living room, basement, office, bedroom and toilet. This is because it is going to begin in a house where one of my character is a child who is obsessed with a cartoon, I have chosen the house as a setting because it will be more natural and homely for a child to watch television in their house, this will make the setting seem more professional and accurate because it would be related to the scene, if i had used another setting, it would have made my film trailer seem less interesting and unnatural. The scene that will happen in the house will also make the child bond emotionally with my audience which is key for film due to the fact that we will be witnessing lots of engagement from the audience which means that they will be locked into the film opening. The basement is also another setting in my movie that I will use effectively. My character who is a child is going to be punished by her family, they will lock her in a dark, large and scary basement which will cause the child to be scared. The basement plays an effective role because it will cause the audience to feel empathy and sympathy towards the child since the dark is very frightening even for adults, the audience will be very despondent towards my character. Lastly, the bedroom and toilet is where the child and killer will go to reflect on their actions and also the killer will clean up his blood in the toilet, this will create an intense moment for the audience and will also allow the audience to realise that in fact the killer is a hero because he is saving the child from torment and torture. A movie which can relate to my movie in terms of setting is “Ouija: Origin of Evil” and “The Conjuring” which are both set in houses and basements, this is because the movie builds more suspense and horrifies the audience.
For the equilibrium of my movie trailer I have set it as the following:
- EQUILIBRIUM– An abused child is living a harsh life, her family are horrible people who neglect the child from basic necessities such as clothes, food and water. The only person the child is able to rely on is her dinosaur friend that she watches via a programme on television.
- DISEQUILIBRIUM– The child begins to interact with a very exciting programme that helps her escape the misery that she is experiencing at home. She also learns beneficial knowledge such as colours, numbers and shapes. This expands her knowledge and makes her smarter as a child. None of the family know that she watches this programme as it is on television very early in the morning.
- RECOGNITION OF DISEQUILIBRIUM– The character that the child connects with is speaking to the child and wants to help the child. They talk to each other and build a trust worthy relationship, it is as if the child is protected against the protagonist because he is always comforting her.
- ATTEMPT TO REPAIR– The character in the programme comes alive and murders the child’s family due to the pain that they are causing the child.
- NEW STATE OF EQUILIBRIUM– The child is finally free from the torture that her family made her experience, now she is left on her own watching her favorite television show of the dinosaur that saved her.
Vladimir Propp’s theory: Certain character have to be used in certain ways and have certain roles, also their are at least 8 of them. My character would be classed as the following.
- The villan – The family of the abused child (antagonist).
- The dispatcher – The feeling of empathy sets the protagonist to kill the child’s family.
- The donor – Their is no donor because I aim to subvert the genre instead of make the movie plain and predictable.
- The Hero – The murdering dinosaur.
- The heroine – Their is no heroine.
- The father figure – Their is not one.
- The prize – The child is free from abuse.
- False hero – There is not one.
- The helper – The protagonist.
- False villain – The protagonist.
Binary opposition (Levi Strauss):
In my film opening, my characters are going to be “normal”. Since my protagonist is meant to be an inspiration (he is in a children television show) he feels sympathy towards a child who is being abused and becomes a binary opposite to himself and helps the antagonist. Instead of motivating people and being smart and presentable on television, my character becomes a murderer and slaughters the antagonists whole family, leaving him looking like the opposite to what he actually is. The reason why the protagonist does this is because he sympathises for his viewer who is innocent and simply neglected. The antagonist wishes the abuse stops and wants her family dead. In the programme, the character wears a dinosaur costume however, when the character gets life, he is much larger and is in his dinosaur costume. The reason why the character is wearing a dinosaur costume is because he is fulfilling the child’s dream. Whilst the antagonist is glued to the programme the protagonist is slaughtering the child’s family (doing her a favour). before, the protagonist would encourage friendship and peace, now he is doing the complete opposite and is going against his actions, this is the binary opposite. A famous movie which follows this theory is “Ouija 2”. This is because the child in the movie is a normal child until she discovers the power of an Ouija board. This causes her to become a binary opposite of herself and because she is possessed, she does activity that is for people who are opposite to a child. The family who are in the conjuring also become binary opposites because they become possessed by demons and do opposite activity to humans such as self harm and climb walls.
The character types are going to vary. Firstly we have the murderer who is the protagonist in a sense because he will help the antagonist throughout the movie . The protagonist is a cartoon character who sympathises for his viewer (antagonist) due to the fact that she is being abused by a horrible family. His viewer is an innocent child who gets neglected and abused by her family due to the fact that the child does not speak, however, the family do not know that in fact the child can speak and is being educated by the protagonist in the television programme that she watches but chooses not to talk purposely. The protaginst is going to wear a dinosaur costume, the reason he is going to wear a dinosaur costume is because the child likes dinosaurs and in the programme, she watches the protagonist who comes to life and begins killing the family members who neglect the child in the house.
The antagonist is going to wear a white dress and will have lots of make up on her. The reason why I am going to use a white dress is so that the child can stand out like in other horror movies, this highlights the character in the movie and tells the audience who is who. Furthermore, the antagonist will also be wearing white so that I can utilise props such as fake blood. The use of fake blood on the white dress will demonstrate that the child has lived a tough life. The audience of my film opening will also be emotionally attached by the child because they will realise that the child has been hurt badly, this will cause sympathy from the audience. All of this is a strategy to make the audience vulnerable into feeling a certain way for my character, it will also make the child look more neglected and damaged because the family are all clothed nicely where as the child is wearing the same clothes. I am also going to put make up on the antagonist so that we can further emphasise the brutality that the character has experienced, this will be done via a professional makeup artist who is going to make fake bruises on the child’s arms and face. In the movies that I have linked, the character “Dorris” is a young girl who wears traditional 1980s clothes whereas, the girls in the conjuring, they also wear 1970 clothes such as printed dresses that are bright colours, the reason why the clothes are white ot shades of light colours is becuase it emphaises the fake blood effect on them whilst action in the movie happens.
To conclude, treatment is a vital aspect of making a film because it allows us to gather information and prepare/finalise everything before filming. The reason why treatment is effective is because it is a structure that shows us the basic aspects of the movie and the narrative of the movie. Treatment also covers the Mise En Scene because contains things like costume and setting which are vital. The costume that I have used in my movie are stated above and also the costumes that are used in the movies “Ouija” and “The Conjuring” are also mentioned. The treatment of my movie is also linked to the treatments of other movies that are of the same genre so they can guide and assist my movie whilst I finalise everything. Finally, the effective part of treatment is that it allows us to realise the mistakes we have made and things we have missed in our movie because it is a structure that covers all aspects of the media which is put into the film.
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2016 – Ouija: Origin Of Evil (Mike Flanagan)
2013 – The Conjuring (James Wan)