This makes me think about how the simple composition of a frame or shot can make a female character or character of color seem more or less important to a scene or narrative.

And I think this really drives home the point that there is a difference between viewing fiction as a window to another reality vs. a constructed story with meaning.

So many times I’ve seen what I story was trying to tell me about it’s characters, their roles, and their relationships. But the question you’re posing is one that I never thought to pose regularly when I view stories, how does the visual aspects of storytelling contribute to how the narrative and audience views a female character or person of color?

One thing I that’s very apparent is objectification. So,so many times, a female character will be introduced via the camera looking them up and down long before focusing on the face. We’re so used to things like that, it’s jarring when the same is done to a man, like the scene when Thranduil is introduced in The Hobbit.

One other thing we know as very apparent is when characters of color are placed in the background or off-center in group shots, leaving the white characters front and center.

Exactly. It’d be interesting just to go through a few movies or TV shows and examine their visual composition and see how that lines up.

This is colliding with a lot of thoughts I’ve been having lately vs. the idea of TV shows/movies as “this is what happened” vs. “this is the story of what happened”.

And also how protective the traditional Curators of Canon are against the more critical analysis and expansive views taken by (primarily female) fandom.

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