Q1. How do your products represent social groups or issues
- Our production team have looked closely at newspaper articles that relate to multi-million-pound art being stolen from galleries around the world, such as the Boston Art Heist.
- As well as this the research into fake art is also one which our production team found interesting as it has become aware to us that nearly 40% of art is fake.
- A main example is of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi which the Louvre in Abu Dhabi bought in good faith, however, the unveiling of it was postponed because of suspicions of it being a fake piece.
- As the prices of many art pieces increase, so does the incentive of world-renowned thieves to steal art pieces from galleries.
- In 1990, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum. Two men, claiming to be police officers, entered the gallery pretending to respond to a late-night disturbance when in fact they were actually there to steal 13 famous artworks, including Remrandt’s Christ in the store on the sea of galilee, all 13 pieces are valued at around $500 million. It remains the biggest unsolved art heist in history and recently have extended the reward to $10 million.
- As a result of these events many films have been made about art being stolen, one of these is called Monuments Men. This film is set in World War II, where the Nazi’s steal countless pieces of art and hide them away.
- From this, various art scholars, historians and architectures formed a unit to retrieve as many stolen art pieces as possible.
- Similarly, in our film Conned two organisations come up against each other where one group steals art whilst the other group has to then retrieve the art.
- As well as the increase in stolen art increases, there is also a big increase fake art, as nearly 40% of all art is fake.
- To many artists and collectors, it is their biggest nightmare that a piece they have painted has been made into a fake and/or that a piece which a collector has bought is in fact fake. As much as people try to stop this form of money-making the fake art will always litter the market.
- For example, the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, bought Leonardo’s da Vinci’s ‘Salvador Mundi’ in good faith, however before the unveiling of it, it became aware to them that the piece was in fact fake, meaning they had to postpone it.
- This idea of deception and fakes is presented in the Marielle Heller film, can you ever forgive me? In this film a celebrity biographer, Lee Israel makes her living by profiling big named people. When this doesn’t turn around enough money, she decides to deception by making fake letters about these types of people and selling them.
- This idea of deception is presented in our short film conned as the organisation that stole the art conned the Agents as they swapped the real stolen art with separate fake art.
What is a Stereotype?
A stereotype is a set of overly simplified representations, ideas or associations usually about people or places. Stereotypes might not always but can be created by the media. As well as this, stereotypes are certainly spread and reinforced by the media.
Patterns of representation form where you tend to see people of certain nationalities working in particular professions, associations of levels of intelligence with certain hair colours or genders, and many other examples that help accrue abstract, oversimplified and often completely false characteristics about people, places and concepts. For example in our film our Cuban buyer is represented as a shady and rather untrustworthy character from the scene you see him in. One way in which he is portrayed in this manner is because of how
- When creating our film, our production team knew that with focusing on these social issues that we were going to target different social groups.
- Due to the short space of time for content within short films it was very important for us to recognise the fact that in film narrative it is very important that you create identifiable roles that audiences will quickly be able to understand.
- With this being said we decided to follow Levi- Strauss’s principle of binary oppositions. This included having a hero type character as well as a villain figure.
- Firstly, we cast Agent Royce and Agent Briggs as the hero’s, as he is trying to retrieve the stolen art and we cast Vin Stallone and Tommy Hanson as the villain
- When presenting these two social groups consisting of Heroes and Villains it was very important that we made it obvious who was who in a short space of time.
- A way of doing this is by using certain visual codes which are typically used to establish these two types of social groups.
- This follows Barthes theory that visual codes create meanings with symbolic connotations.
- For example, the main villain in our short film, Vin Stallone typically wears a fedora hat. This presents two meanings, firstly, it creates the typical villain in a film and secondly, it allows the audience to quickly understand that it is Vin Stallone.
- The locations of some of the scenes we filmed were crucial when trying to create meaning.
- We set important scenes in Havana, Cuba, we introduced a whole world of location appropriate backdrops that reflected where we were such as the faded, crumbling hotels, cars from bygone eras and the obvious sense of “otherness” that a legendary place like Cuba has.
- The unidentified Cuban buyer is very mysterious and is in a world of internet scandal, he is very shady yet trustworthy, we never see his full face, but we get short frame of his sideburns and his sunglasses, the grey hair and the gold rimmed sunglasses helped add to the shady persona.
- The different settings which we include in our film are important and act as a reference point for the two social groups.
- Throughout the film we mention the warehouse which is the base for the criminal organisation the SANTAN Gang.
- The warehouse creates an unnerving effect due to the lack of light within it, as well as the emptiness of it. It also presents a feeling of the unknown which is made evident by the appearance of Vin Stallone appearing from the back of the warehouse when nobody expects it.
- As well as this we can also identify the wealth of characters through the setting and certain objects.
- Agent Royce is based in London and is seen getting into a Porsche which is his car, this portraying the wealth that he has.