Peter weir’s film “The Truman show” visually communicates his concerns about the power of the media and the impact it has on society and individuals, through the use of many techniques the composer attempts to engage and inform their audience about how through its manipulations the media affects society and individuals. Victor Kelleher uses manipulation of the visual to communicate ideas about his novel “The Ivory Trail” through the book cover.
Peter Weir’s film he Truman show is about how Truman Burbank’s life is being manipulated and is a television reality show. In the opening sequence the main characters in Truman’s life are presented, giving thoughts about what the Truman show means to them. In the introduction, Truman’s wife in the
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This event shaped the rest of Truman’s life as he had many dreams and aspirations of travelling the world, but was unable to do so because of his fear of the sea. This manipulation shows the extreme lengths the media are willing to go to , in order to maintain their ratings, it also demonstrates how the media show no sensitivity towards an individual’s feelings and emotions. Christof did not consider the physiological effect of ‘killing’ Truman’s father would have on Truman, to Christof this was just another plot in his television show. Truman’s father was not really killed, but was killed in character. This was done to give Truman a traumatic experience to relate with the sea so that he does not leave Seahaven. If Truman leaves Seahaven there would be no show, and therefore no ratings for Christof. This scene shows the extremes the media are willing to go to for ratings and highlights Weir’s concerns about how the media are not remorseful, and do not care about an individual’s feeling and emotions.
In the final scene Truman is seen leaving Seahaven by boat, this is done to show that Truman is finally facing his fears which were created by the manipulations of Christof. When Truman reaches the end of the Seahaven, he is spoken to by Christof in a godly and superior manner. Christof speaks to Truman via the sets ceiling microphone, this depicts a scene where ‘god’ is speaking to his people. Christof states that ‘I am the creator’