BINARY OPPOSITION

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Ferdinand de Saussure himself.

Today in class we discussed BINARY OPPOSITION. Binary opposition originated in structuralist theory created by Ferdinand de Saussure and is a pair of related terms or concepts that are opposite in meaning, such as BLACK and WHITE, GOOD and EVIL, LIGHT and DARK, UP and DOWN. Binary opposition is an important concept of structuralism, which sees such distinctions as fundamental to all language and thought. In structuralism, a binary opposition is seen as a fundamental organiser of human philosophy, culture, and language.

This theory can be applied to film so lets apply it to my own work.

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With Screen Three, I think one of the most noticeably examples of binary oppositions is young and old however, our film subverts stereotypes in a way. Often in films, a young hero will rise against the forces of an old, evil villain but in this case it is the young who are antagonistic and the older character, Peter, who the audience supports and empathises with. Similarly there’s light and dark. Light is often associated with the protagonist and we adhered to this technique by lighting Peter brightly. His character contrasted with the youths who appear in more darkness and also wear darkly coloured clothes which we arranged prior to the shoot.

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