Children of Men:
Film plot –
‘Set in 2027, when no child has been born for 18 years and science is at loss to explain the reason, African and East European societies collapse and their dwindling populations migrate to England and other wealthy nations. In a climate of nationalistic violence, a London peace activist turned bureaucrat Theo Faron, joins forces with his revolutionary ex-wife Julian in order to save mankind by protecting a woman who has mysteriously became pregnant.’
Our very first instalment of film club and we start our NUA experience by watching Alfonso Caurón’s sci-fi film, starring actors like Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Chiwetel Ejiofor, following them through an intense battle to protect a pregnant woman and soon to be friend. Caurón creates a mysterious and unstable world to pull off this storyline, providing his audience with waves of surreal surroundings – with the help of various visual effects shots. Throughout the duration of the film, it’s easy to notice how the shot pans away from the main character Theo, played by Clive Owen, where the focus moves on to the background rather than the foreground, showing the audience what Theo is unknowingly oblivious to – you see the chaos, pain and despair emitted from other people within the scenes, drawing in the contextual side to Caurón’s work; immigrants travelling over seas, protesters, merciless executions and continuous violence, all shown and known all too well by the audience. By including events such as this into his work, Caurón gains a respect from his audience as it engages thought provoking messages that are otherwise forgotten in the real world, but with his unique style and approach, he has achieved this on a scale different to other pieces of work in the industry.
Together, these two videos show how certain scenes were executed, and the unique way in which set teams overcame issues with shooting – being able to still achieve the great shots that they resulted in (such as the car scene).