Importance Of Realism In District 9

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While what constitutes as film realism is a debated subject, as it depends on the social understanding of the person viewing the media (Branston, Stafford, 1996). “District 9” (Blomkamp,2009) can be considered as a film which encapsulates aspects of realism such as social realism and documentary realism. It is because of this “District 9” (Blomkamp, 2009) challenges audience’s expectations of science fiction films with its hybridized narrative which weaves in and out of storytelling styles/modes to create realism. Blomkamp uses the four elements of film style such as cinematography, sound, mise-en scene and editing to create and shift between film styles such as the reflexive/ mockumentary documentary style (Ward,2012) and a standard classic …show more content…
In the opening scene the audience is introduced to “Wikus Van De Merwe” the protagonist of the story. The framing of the shot is set up as a medium close up of Wikus and he is positioned central to the camera. The composition of the shot does not look like the usual glamourous Hollywood shot, instead it looks plain and average. There is nothing special about the shot, the colours are muted, the video quality is pixelated and there is visible film grain and noise. This shot conveys realism as it’s a standard documentary shot that audience are used to seeing (Branston, Stafford, 1996). The shot looks as if it was set up quickly and that Wikus was one of many employees that was interviewed during this day. This is an important aspect to the films realism as it feels as though Wikus was not selected or chosen by a filmmaker planning everything, he just happened to be involved in a sequence of events that the filmmakers did not have control …show more content…
While these elements may come across as making the film more formalistic than realistic, these moments are brief and are not too jarring. Because of this, these elements can be considered as an acceptable realist convention or form (Branston, Stafford, 1996). As an audience we still believe these sequences are set in the movie/world that has been created prior, because the aesthetic of the film has remained the same. These scenes are more of an extension to the narrative rather than an overhaul to the style. While a major shift of style could affect the believability of the realism created, it is because these scenes retain their grittiness, grounded feeling from the sets and props that the film still feels based in our

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