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Blood Brothers Still Image

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Still Image. In small groups we devised a still image combining our body language, facial expressions and other dramatic techniques such as proxemics and levels. We decided to create a still image based on a young soldier who has just been called up to go to war, and moreover the vast affect it has on the whole family. Several characters were shown in our still image; the mother (Rebecca), the father (Chadrick), the sister, who was also a nurse whom had seen the cruel effects of injuries in the war (me), younger brother (Sam), the girlfriend who was also newly pregnant (Laura) and of course the soldier himself (Rhys). Importantly, this still image highlighted this extremely poignant moment in a soldier's life and portrays everybody's thoughts and feelings in a powerful way. Firstly, we decided to have Rhys who played the soldier isolated from the rest of the family, which perhaps suggests that the family are resentful of his decision to go to war and consequently his anger. ...read more.


Also, on Rhys's face there is a sadness about him even though he is angry with his family for the lack of support offered, facial expressions played a central role in telling the audience which character was who in the still image. Carrying on from this, the younger brother whom was played by Sam was coherently shown, by the using of levels; Sam knelt down portraying childlike characteristics, what was also interesting about Sam's character was that he almost looked at Rhys as though he was heroic, which of course is what most younger brothers would feel about their older brother when they don't really understand the truth about things such as war, Sam highlighted this point by the wave of his hand, and the look of admiration on his face. Supplementary to his, the parents whom were played by Chadrick and Rebecca, were in close contact with Sam; holding him by the shoulder, nevertheless the levels were different between them both, showing contrasting body language. ...read more.


Surplus to this, due to Laura's body language and the fact that she was holding her stomach in her arms, clearly demonstrated the fact that she was pregnant, which highlighted the powerful effects a soldier going to war can have on their family and friends, the relationships that break down because of it, and the people who would be devastated if something were to happen as a result of Rhys going to war, i.e.- a child would be left without a father in their life. Overall, I feel our still image vividly displayed how not only the solider thought but the way in which the family were going through strong emotions as a result of war, and the way in which war can tear a family indirectly apart. In my opinion, our still image would awaken the minds of the audience to the wider view of the effects of war. ...read more.

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