Building Visual Language (Staging)

Film- (Science Fiction)

Back to the Future- The Back to the Future trilogy lands in the science fiction genre. Science fiction is described as ‘science-based depictions of phenomena that are not necessarily accepted by mainstream science’. The main sub genre that can be applied to Back to the Future is that of Space/Time travel. As the main focus of the film is time travel, which is clearly not currently possible in today’s world, therefore it could be described as involving ‘depictions of phenomena that are not necessarily accepted by mainstream science’. The film definitely gives the audience a temporary escape from reality and desire for the futuristic lifestyle of the main character Marty McFly. [3]

Jurassic Park- The Jurassic Park trilogy can be classified as science fiction because of its focus on genetic experimentation of dinosaurs. The common sub genre related to science fiction films of ‘Lost worlds’ can be applied to the Jurassic Park, as the main focus of the film is the character’s intentions to re-establish the pre-historic world of dinosaurs. [2]

Star Wars- “Luke Skywalker, a spirited farm boy, joins rebel forces to save Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader, and the galaxy from the Empire’s planet-destroying Death Star.” [1] The sub genre associated with the Star Wars saga is that of ‘Space Opera’. Space Opera films involve romantic and emotional drama set in outer space.

Photography- (Street/Urban) 

1) Brian Soko

Brian Soko grew up in Chicago surrounded by people who were struggling. He tries to capture the quieter moments in the busy city and tries to take pictures of people exactly how he sees them. Brian “it is a simple need for connection with his subjects, and with his viewers. And if he occasionally attains that connection, it makes it all worth it. That’s the reason he continues to take pictures.”

2) Richard Sandler

Richard Sandler began to photograph the streets of New York in 1977 when he was handed a Leica camera. “You are recording your time,” says Sandler. “You are looking for trends.  If you are in the street, you see it. You see everything on the street.”[5] Sandler has taken up film now rather than photography, as he feels ‘cell phones have robbed photographers of their subjects’. “There is nothing more boring, nothing more nondescript and vacant than a person on a cell phone walking down the street. They seem to be out of the game,” Sandler says. “People are walking around in bubbles.” [6]

3) Martin Roemers

Martin Roemers studied photography at the Academy of Arts in Enschede, in the Netherlands. He focuses on metropolis photography and the stories of war veterans. [7]

Paintings- (Surrealism) 

1) Salvador Dali

‘The Persistance of Memory” is widely known as the most iconic surrealist painting of all time.[8] Dali was born on May 11, 1904 in Figueres, Spain. He was well known for his ability to translate his dreams into artwork, and described his work as ‘hand-painted dream photographs’. He was also known as being a sculptor, writer, filmmaker, and theater actor.

2) Vladimir Kush

Vladimir Kush is a surrealist painting and sculptor from Russia. After studying at the Surikov Moscow Art Institute emigrated to the United States and eventually established his own gallery on the island of Maui in Hawaii.

3) Roberto Matta

Roberto Matta was a Chilean surrealist artist known for his abstract and expressionist surrealism. André Breton encouraged Matta   to join the Paris Surrealist Movement an began producing illustrations for journals such as Minotaure.  His work focused on multi-dimensional spaces and cosmic landscapes.

[1] IMDB <; [Accessed 14th February 2013]

[2] IMDB <; [Accessed 14th February 2013]

[3] IMDB <; [Accessed 14th February 2013]

[4] Jowy Romano, Subway Art Blog, <> April 20th 2010 [Accessed 15th February 2013]

[5] [6] Richard Sandler, Article Author: Caroline Smith, <;, August 3 2011 [Accessed 15th February 2013]

[7] World Press Photo,  <; [Accessed 15th February 2013]

[8] All That is Interesting, <; 22nd January 2012, [Accessed 15th February 2013]

[9] The Art Story, David Kupperberg, <; [Accessed 15th February 2013]

[10]<; [Accessed 15th February 2013]


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