Dystopian Worlds: Non-Linear Community
The use of non-linear narrative is a technique that portrays events out of chronological order — often without an exact beginning and end. It dates back to oral traditions of ancient times and is increasingly common in contemporary media.
Dystopia: An imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic.
Three motion graphics portraying community through dystopian worlds based off of three well known movies: The Hunger Games, The Purge, and 1984. Each represent a certain word pertaining to a community.
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Inspired by The Hunger Games is a series of young adult dystopian novels and films. In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.
Inspired by The Purge is a 2013 American dystopian action horror film. In an America ravaged by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government sanctions an annual 12-hour period during which all criminal activity — including murder — is legal. James Sandin and his family face the ultimate test when an intruder drags the vicious outside world into their home. James, Mary and their two children struggle to survive the night while trying not to turn into monsters like the ones they are striving to avoid.
Inspired by Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel, often published as 1984, is a dystopian social science fiction novel by English novelist George Orwell. A man loses his identity while living under a repressive regime. In a story based on George Orwell’s classic novel, Winston Smith is a government employee whose job involves the rewriting of history in a manner that casts his fictional country’s leaders in a charitable light. His trysts with Julia provide his only measure of enjoyment, but lawmakers frown on the relationship — and in this closely monitored society, there is no escape from Big Brother.