Originating in the 1930s by a combination of advertising industries and American radio, the soap opera was a fictional show for “daytime… homebound housewives” used to pitch products to (Gledhill & Ball, 2013, p362). Since its origins, the genre has had decades to develop its conventions. In 1981, Christine Geraghty wrote ‘The Continuous Serial – A Definition’, an essay defining these conventions using the soap opera; Coronation Street (ITV, 1960 – Present). In this essay, I will be discussing Geraghty’s definitions of the organisation of time, the sense of future, the interweaving of stories and cliff-hangers that affect the texts of continuous serials using examples from texts of contemporary soap operas and determining if they are still relevant today.
My Darling Clementine (John Ford, 1946) follows the story of Wyatt Earp, an ex-marshal from Dodge city, and his brothers who heard a large flock of cattle across the wild west, the frontier, to California. They stop at the lawless town of Tombstone, leaving his brother, James, at their camp to watch over their cattle. When they return, they find James murdered and their cattle stolen. Earp suspects ‘Old Man’ Clanton and his sons and returns to Tombstone, becoming the Sheriff in an attempt to bring law to the land and get his revenge legally. While staying in Tombstone, Earp builds a life there and also falls in love with a woman, Clementine.
Nosferatu (Murnau, 1922) and Metropolis (Lang, 1927) are both very distinct films in several ways. One is set in the future, the other is set in the past. Both of these iconic expressionist films include similarities and differences in their themes and styles, and how they are used, which provide closure on the consistencies, and varieties of the German Expressionist film movement of the 1920s—and also their historical and cultural significance to Germany and World War One.
Lola Rennt in Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998) is an ‘experimental’ crime, drama and action film, which Tykwer said was “going to be an experimental film for a mass audience” (McCarthy & Halle, 2003, 401). The film’s post-modern narrative begins when Manni, Lola’s boyfriend, loses a bag containing 100,000 Marks that was meant to be delivered to a crime boss on a Berlin subway train, which is then stolen by a homeless man. Lola has 20 minutes to obtain 100,000 Marks, or her boyfriend will be killed for his blunder.
If you're gay, lesbian, bi, or anyone who may be struggling to come to terms with their sexuality, at the beginning of your journey, you may have a humungous mountain to climb before you get to the top. For some people, they will have to simply walk up a hill, while others will need to climb Everest. Coming out to others is a different experience for everyone who faces the challenge depending on who they are coming out to, where they are coming out, and of course their own thoughts and feelings.
Filmmaking is a challenging art to create, it takes heavy and hard work in every single aspect, you rely on others a lot for many of those aspects, and even if you do manage to create your art to your vision perfectly (which is a slow and unlikely process for beginners), you still have the pressure of the people critiquing the product your put your heart and soul into. As a college graduate in creative media production, I am an amateur and still have a long way to go...