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Having trouble deciding on an effective theme for this assignment, I first explored the concept of the time period of Modern Times and designed a perfume ad using the classic appeal of women in the 1930s, and Paulette Goddard herself. Wanting to focus more on clothes and being advised to explore a closer relationship to the movie, I took a screenshot from the movie during a solemn period and switched the outfits of Charlie and Paulette to create a comical situation, showing what a heavy weight we put on wearing the proper clothing for the proper situation, and turning a solemn situation into a comical one, as Charlie Chaplin did. When this was not effective either, I decided to re-explore different scenes from the movie and found that I was inspired by the food machine. Not only was it an interesting invention, it was something that truly spoke to “modern times.” It also however, showed the company owner’s greediness and borderline oppression that he was willing to do to employees by taking away their lunch break, in order to be more efficient. I decided to design “The Employer’s Remote Control” to represent another device that, who knows? Might be used in a future generations’ modern times when applied to some form of chip we may all have containing our current and past work experiences. It also represents the preposterousness of the food machine however, and how desperate Charlie would have been to keep a job no matter the conditions (Whether or not the boss pressed the benefits button or not, no matter the low pay amount entered under hourly wages). In creating this remote design, I hope I captured more greatly the essence of the movie and was able to relate the concept to our own modern times. 

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Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times,” is a black and white film from 1936. Music is the majority of sound in the film, with a very few voice clips from radio or other media devices in the film. The music is purely instrumental and mostly fast-paced to mimic that of the characters. The only other way the viewer is aware of the speech or thoughts of the actors, is through caption slides containing brief quotes form characters or descriptions of happening in the plot. These caption slides are used sparingly due to the very active and expressive body movements by the characters, especially Charlie Chaplin himself.

Scenes are shot almost always with a full body view of characters, and characters are generally positioned in the middle of the screen.  Lighting of the sets is very spread out evenly from the ceiling and causes no harsh glares on characters’ faces. In many scenes there seems to also be light facing the characters from behind the director.

The character of Charlie is especially interesting. His attire and mannerisms tie the whole film together. This occurs for a few reasons. He is supposed to represent an ordinary man in the Great Depression. This can be seen through the many ordinary jobs he is given and common treatment (and punishment) he is delt for his actions. However, in order to stand out to the audience, his attire is ill-fitting, most prominent being his oversized shoes. His eyebrows are darkened as well as his unique mustache, and he is of a short stature. This comes across as comical to the viewer. Had Charlie acted and dressed like any of the other male characters, the viewer may not have understood this film to be comedic.

Overall, the film succeeds in making a solemn topic (the Depression) very funny. It is successful in this by basing its plot on the many ridiculous events that make up one “ordinary” man’s life. To give a few examples; the food machine, the camera screen in the bathroom at Charlie’s first job, the way Charlie’s nervous breakdown came about, the shack he was going to live in, the amount of times he interacted with the police in a negative fashion etc.

IMage 1: Charlie’s clothing

Image 2: Front on characters and overhead lighting

Image 3: Another ridiculous event in Charlie’s life

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.. -Guns owned . -Crime

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These are to the environment, as gun laws are to our security.

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