How does Submarine represent British youths?
The youths in this film are neither living in council estates with a bad up bringing and parents on benefits nor upper class university going young people that have all the latest fashions and attend multiple parties. Oliver Tate played in the film by Craig Roberts is a boy living in Swansea in the 1980’s. The film is based around his coming of age and his relationship with Jordanna and his parents.
If you are going to have film that uses simple art house shots where there are no fancy camera angles or special effects such as in Submarine then you need to have the most interesting person in the shot. The person NEEDN’T be arteficially pretty they need to have interesting features. ELDERLY PEOPLE tend to make a shot interesting if they have wethered faces with wrinkles and glasses. There are characters in submarine who are interesting enough to make up for the simple shot angles. Such as the main character, Oliver Tate, he has a very pale face and dark features, he reminds me of a vampire however this may well be from him player a wannabe vampire in the cbbc childrens series Young Dracula. But he does have dark circles under his eyes and wears black long coats.
Oliver Tate has an unusual relationship with his parents. He and his Mum live in two very different worlds, they try to engage in conversation however it always seems to lead to Oliver making an awkward comment and his mum leaving.
“My mother is worried I have mental problems. I found a book about teenage paranoid delusions during a routine search of my parents’ bedroom.”
Oliver keeps a close eye on his parents sex life. He doesn’f find the fact that he does this at all wierd. Him and his father i feel have a special connection, they both have woman problems and can share a look that transltaes to a whole conversation.
This shot wouldn’t be half as interesting if the people in it were boring to look at, they are wearing statement colours and have pale faces and dark hair. The shot is a mid shot with no angle and the background is simply grass and trees.
When making the music video for our coursework we need to choose people to be in it that are interesting and quirky as this will make the shot more exciting menaing we won’t need to spend as much time trying to use origional and extravagant angles.