Elements of Design Essay

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Elements of Design: The Hunger Games “I Volunteer as Tribute” Tam ENG 225 Introduction to Film Prof. Ward September 30, 2012 Elements of Design The Hunger Games: I Volunteer as Tribute The Hunger Games was a book by Suzanne Collins that, before the movie adaptation, was popularized in the young adult literary world. The film was directed by Gary Ross, who also directed Pleasantville and Seabiscuit. Among the jobs of the director, providing purpose, course and motivation for all involved, from the actors to the gaffers, are chief among them. According to his interview for Vulture Magazine, Ross’s desire was to keep the scenes of the movie as close to the book, which was written in “ugent first person narrative” (Buchanan, 2012), as possible. These desires were made evident throughout the movie by the seemingly un-choreographed “shaky” movements of the camera. This paper will discuss the elements of design using a scene from the movie called, “I Volunteer as Tribute,” where the main character, Katniss Everdeen, volunteers in place of her younger sister to compete in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a barbaric competition of survival among girls and boys, where only the best and most savage competitors live, and go on to win. In order to follow the scene, there is a little bit of background information required. The movie takes place in the future, in what used to be North America, now known as Panem. Panem is the complete opposite of utopian. It is dystopian. The society of this story is basically set up as 12 districts of “have-nots” and one prime district, called “The Capitol”, where the other half lives. Two competitors are randomly selected from each of the 12 districts at what is called a “reaping,” by a representative from the Capitol named Effie Trinket. The team of art directors for this movie, John Collins; Robert Fectman;

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