Angles of View

  1. Introduction
    1. Overview of movie and introduction into some of the basic themes
      1. race relations
      2. stereotypes
      3. controversy
      4. personal identity
    2. Thesis statement
      1. Thesis Statement: The series of camera angles, and editing effects used throughout the film gives the audience a hint at what is to come and characterizes some of the roles that characters will play in the future. The camerawork serves as an “aside” (referring to the Shakespearian usage of the word) to the audience of things to come, and what a character is currently thinking; thus giving the audience a better and more full understanding of the movie.
  2. Body Paragraph #1
    1. Thesis Supporting Point #1: The audience gets a full view of all of the [main] characters at the beginning. By being positioned as the TV while all characters are watching the same program we can tell, from the way they appear, how they will play into the story that is currently occurring. i.e. The Dean is drinking, Coco is smoking weed (as we are led to believe, yet never get a definitive yes), Troy is slouched over and looks exasperated, Kurt is eating an apple and seems to be quite calm, and Sam is recording the whole episode unfold, showing that she has a vested interest in the news as well.
      1. We are able to see the characters each out of the company of other people. While being alone they are able to exhibit their true self and not have to carry on any acts that they do for those around them. We see Coco smoking weed and not trying to fit in elsewhere, and we see Troy slouched over with his shirt unbuttoned now that he does not have to put up the act of being a well kept citizen ready for the professional world.
  3. Body Paragraph #2
    1. Thesis Supporting Point #2: By changing camera angles the audience is able to gather more information that may not be apparent to others in the film, or that is trying to be hidden from other characters. Such as Sam’s apparent nervousness when she is about to give her speech for head of house, or Troy’s bathroom moments to himself where he runs the water and smokes weed instead of actually showering. Moments such as these go to aid the audience in understanding the characters, as well as see that the acts these characters may put up are only acts and there is something lying beneath the surface.
      1. In addition to Troy in the bathroom we also see that everything is not as it seems when he interacts with his father. The weed smoking while letting the water running becomes a more clear cry for help or needed vice to get away from the stresses of life that his father has given him. It becomes apparent through his father’s scolding that Troy is not the one really running his own life, and that his father is pulling the strings to make Troy into what he wants him to be.
      2. Similarly, Coco and Helmut have a similar relationship where Helmut implants ideas and prods Coco along so that she causes mischief in order to obtain her fame. Helmut dangles the idea of fame in front of her, knowing it is what she wants in the end and that she will do almost anything to get it.
      3. Yet we also see scenes where Sam becomes worried or unsure. To everyone else she may seem to be a rock solid supporter, but she even gets confused or beaten down sometimes. She nervously fidgets with her hands behind her back before she gives her head of house speech; and even when she is in the dinning hall and people are getting kicked out she looks a little guilty. Another example comes from when she runs out of her class seemingly distraught and overloaded by everything that is occurring; as she tries to avoid Gabe.
  4. Body Paragraph #3
    1. Thesis Supporting Point #3 The usage of characters in the background, eavesdropping, and snooping gives new developments of character to the audience that helps build the plot for the movie. This is seen most clearly in Gabe being behind Sam when she is with Reggie, or when she gets the call from her mother; further showing that Gabe is behind her supporting her and in her corner. Or how Sam eavesdrops on the conversation between the President and Kurt talking about the party, which allows her to come up with the plan to send the invitations out and put her plan into action.
  5. Counter Argument
    1. What if we are not seeing the true story? We are seeing the whole story as it flows logically, and the film has been edited to convey the ideas of the director. What if the director is skewing our vision of the story by using these examples to falsely characterize the main characters.
      1. It would be more honest to see everything and make our own assumptions rather than to have one pushed towards us with editing and forethought.
      2. Human beings are supposed to form their own opinions and not just follow the status quo like lemmings
        1. that is one of the main ideas of the movie
      3. So shouldn’t we be shown all sides of a character and then be able to make our own decisions?
  6. Conclusion
    1. What can we gather from the movie?
      1. Characteristics are built from what we can see
      2. What we initially see isn’t always the truth and people are prone to putting up acts
        1. especially to people they do not know very well or are trying to impress
    2. Wrap up of points, and counter argument

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