S is for...Separates
Yo yo yo! It’s been a while. Been busy, always busy, always something to do or something going on. Which is a good thing.
But, I figured I’d write a quick little thing just because it’s something I know about and something that I’m interested in.
This is my segue to writing about ‘The Fourth Wall’! Dun dun dunnnnnnnn!
For those of you that don’t know, the fourth wall is an invisible or imaginary wall that exists to separate actors and their audience. In the world of arts and entertainment the wall is there to aid in the escapist experience of the audience. It’s basically there so that you can fully immerse yourself in the show. That’s why typically actors don’t look at you while they are on stage, or actors don’t look directly into the camera when acting in a film or tv show. Because to do so would break the forth wall...and basically fuck up the whole experience for us.
Deadpool, one of the the reasons he’s cool as fuck is because he breaks the fourth wall. And he’s funny when he does it. But a lot of the time, the characters in the actual story don’t realise he’s breaking the wall. They just think he’s being a fucking weirdo.
There’s a bunch of other films and shows that the technique has been used in over the years. Now you know about it, you’ll possibly recall some films you’ve seen where it happens, or just notice it next time it does happen.
But this isn’t the reason I wanted to write about it. I wanted to write about it because I’ve just been watching the news and a journalist has asked a politician if they are being wholly honest with the public.
It’s one of the fun things to do when watching things like the news - yes, I live a hollow and shallow existence - is check out how someone conducts themselves when on camera, especially a ‘politician’, and especially a ‘journalist’. Because I’ll be honest with you, I personally find it really really really REALLY fucking weird when this crowd don’t look at the camera. I mean, as far as I’m concerned generally speaking actors aren’t supposed to break the forth wall, because they are supposed to help us engage in the escapist experience. But politicians and journalists are most definitely supposed to be engaging in realism; reality. Journalists typically will look at the camera, obviously. Which is no surprise; because they are informing us of some shit that is going on. They are trained to be in front of the camera. Politicians, maybe not trained so much. But yeah, some of them are probably shit scared. But, they probably need to get a bit savvy with reality and what is actually going on when they are on camera. Some of them are savvy and are snakes. You can just tell.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s a tricky thing to shoot and capture; the news. How else would you film it? Maybe just multi angle all on the same screen?
Anyway, that’s about it. The fourth wall. It’s a cool thing. But also a very weird thing. I would rarely encourage trusting anyone as it is, let alone a politician. But be especially wary of the ‘politician’ in front of the camera.
Something someone supposed said
“Drag breaks the fourth wall, which is why it's never been quite accepted, because nobody wants to be told that they are really a caricature of themself and to not take yourself too seriously.” - RuPaul
Somebody’s watching me - Rockwell
Another Brick in The Wall - Pink Floyd
Pendulum in a Peasant Dress - At The Drive-In
Confidence - Oscar Scheller
Thunder - The Prodigy