This article was written for and published in the September 2014 issue of e.learning age. It was the first in a three part series (read part two on scriptwriting and part three on production values). It was written by Tom Hickmore, Creative Director and Founder of Nice Media. Learn more about how Nice Media work here.
An Historical Perspective
The representation of human archetypes is bound up with film history. Eisenstein consciously developed it to quickly communicate with audiences. The beefy Bolshevik Sailor, the Noble Mother protecting her child. Watch any modern movie and every character is still an archetype, albeit a customized one. The Nerd, the Good Wife, the Action Hero, the Warrior Princess, the Eccentric Scientist. Hollywood hasn’t arrived at this by accident – it works because we do judge people by appearances.