Removal (main project)

Preliminary Exercise

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Todorov Exercise

The clip I have chosen for this exercise is the opening sequence of Star Wars: Episode IV. The scene begins with a wide of several planets in space. We then see a small space-craft being followed through space by a massive star-destroyer. The smaller craft is then hit by the big craft, and we see inside the small spaceship and see C-3PO and R2-D2 are revealed for the first time. A fight then ensues between the Stormtroopers and the Rebels, ending with the dramatic entrance of the antagonist, Darth Vader.
We are not introduced to the main protagonist in this sequence, but we are shown the two warring factions, Rebels and Imperials. We are shown that the rebels are the underdogs and are being chased and hunted by the robotic-looking Stormtroopers, led by the very evil-looking Darth Vader. This immediately makes us see the Rebels as the 'goodies'.
The equilibrium is already disrupted as we are introduced to this sequence, and the scene is in turmoil with fights going on and lasers flying around. This means that things have gone on before we enter the story, and makes us eager to know how this world got to be in the state it's in.
The setting is established in the very first shot. It shows a wide shot of planets in space, then introducing some warring spaceships. This immediately sets the theme and echoes the title 'Star Wars'. The oppressive power of the Imperials is also shown by the vastness of the Star Destroyer.When the fearsome character of Darth Vader enters, the shot is at a low angle, to show his authority and power. He also emerges slowly out of the mist to heighten suspense.
There is no dialogue to outline a possible plot for the hero to follow, but we get a sense that he will have to vanquish Darth Vader and defeat the evil Empire during the film. The equilibrium will be restored by the fall of the Empire and the victory of the Rebel Alliance.