I had never seen this film before, so while watching I tried to keep in mind the hyperreal aspects we've been discussing. At first, I saw Seahaven as a sort of Utopian society where everything was perfect. As Truman's thoughts of his life and what it had come to began to mature, I began to think of a dystopia of some sort. Although Seahaven did not go to turmoil (it was all a false representation), Truman's personal world did. What if you thought your whole world was fake? Would you react the same way Truman did? These questions often came about for me. I put myself in Truman’s shoes frequently, trying to gain a deeper insight of his emotions and his dream to get away.
One thing I really enjoyed analyzing was the editing and camera angles. In this clip, I counted around ten different places I saw cameras. For example, the camera attached to the old man’s trash can. It is so obvious, yet I never saw it until I was looking for it. This makes me wonder…was I so engrossed in the film that I simply didn’t notice? Or did the director, Peter Weir, do such a great job portraying this hyperreality that I believed what Truman did? In any case, the angles in which Truman was being filmed accurately showcased the fact that he was being watched all the time. These shots demonstrate that very well.
Truman from his car radio.
From his mirror...my favorite camera.
View from the ship he utilized for his escape.