Monday, October 18, 2010

Searching Genres for my movie

After my prelim, I decided that my final task will strictly emphasize on different social groups, how victims develop social impairments. So, therefore I decided that my movie will have psychological significance for the audience, but I will fully ensure that it stays mainstream. My movie is about a child who gets bad treatment at the hand of his cruel brothers, which has quite an impact on him. However, unlike Disney's Cinderella which had a similar them, this movie will not end like a fairytale fantasy, but will portray the grim reality which we are quite accustomed to.

In Cinderella, her step sisters and mother were extremely cruel to her, and treated her like a house maid. Families are treated as a primary social group and heavily thus influence the cognitive processes of the members of it. Because Cinderella was a children's movie, it didn't show such adverse effects on Cinderella who was victimized in the family.

So, the genre is Drama like Disney's 1950 Cinderella Movie, but it is more reality-oriented unlike Cinderella which had a thoroughly fictitious approach. This movie even though is Drama is for teenagers and young adults as the violence the victim (main character) receives at the hands of his oppressors may have a negative impact for extremely young audiences.

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There have been other movies however which have been linked more closely to my movie and less fantasy-oriented than the movie Cinderella, and the modern versions based on her. My movie excludes the genre Romance which was present in Cinderella and the movies based on it:
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Movies like the Karate Kid in which the main character Dre Parker was beaten up by bullies shows the adverse effects they have on him for some time since he starts hating his residence, his school and most importantly; his life. My character will have more major breakdowns because the people oppressing him are none other than his brothers. Similarly like the movie Karate Kid, the main character faces the grim reality. However, even in Karate Kid the main character had a positive ending as he learned to fight and defeated his oppressors in the end who then acknowledged him as a member of their own group.

In my movie, since the brothers aren't accepting the protagonist, this will have a more drastic effect on him and he will have more problems than children who face bullies in school. 

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