How hilm costume illustrates the character’s journey: an exploration into character development and class, character identification and genre

Oates, Caroline (2011) How hilm costume illustrates the character’s journey: an exploration into character development and class, character identification and genre. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation examines the role film costume has with character development. It focuses on three different elements to film costume: class, character identity and genre. Costume is a visual aspect of film which is not always acknowledged to be as important as other visual elements in film, such as set design, camera techniques, and so forth. None the less, costume has an important role in film; it plays an integral part in shaping and illustrating a character‟s journey and identity.

    The results show how examining specific elements of film costume depicts how an individual character may behave, and in turn affects how their journey will evolve. Social class constraints affect a character's life choices, different identities of the same character show altering levels of development, and characters of specific genres in film behave in specific ways.

    Film costume is a visual way of telling the character‟s journey; sign posting significant developments in the plot of a film and in turn a character's development. This dissertation concludes that the role of costume in film is important. It is not just a tool necessary for the narrative to be believable, although that is part of it. The costume of a character tells so much about them asides what lays on the surface. This dissertation also concludes that a character in a film does not just go on a journey but also embarks upon a transformation. Film costume illustrates a character's transformation with dramatic and iconic dress to portray the character being at the height of their transformation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 14:36
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/6993

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