Film Analysis “The Truman Show”
by Pallavi Rastogi
Truman Burbank is an average human being, who is confined to the reality constructed for him by a television company- Omnicom. He is unaware of the fact that his entire life has been and is being broadcasted ‘live’,twenty four hours of every day of every week of every year from the earliest moment of his life, to the world. Until the day, Truman counters a few odd incidents in this perfect world of his. He begins to question the reality of his seemingly perfect world. The world he lives in is fake. The events occurring in his live are somewhat planned, manipulated and controlled. From his birth, the producers and creators of The Truman Show construct Truman’s world and reality from the weather he experiences to shaping his deepest fears.The people he recognizes as his friends and family are all actors. The film functions as a media text and one may even apply the six key concepts of media studies, illustrated in the essay “Looking at the media” by Cam Macpherson. As sophisticated cinema audiences, we are aware that the world we are shown through media is a result of several constructions, used as a tool to add emotion and meaning to the media. The setting costumes of characters are artificial and are only made to look real. An artificial world is created for the sole purpose of this TV show, a world within a world. A dome shaped studio, built along the Great Wall of China, one of the only two manmade structures visible from space, known to all as the Seahaven Island. Set and costumes, however, are not the only form of media constructions to be seen. Film style, particularly the use of camera angles, is an important indicator of where the action is taking place. One of the conventions of film is that we never see the camera. These constructions works well in portraying the world of the production crew and television audience of ‘The Truman Show’ as it gives us the feeling that we are watching a ‘real’ world....
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