Tuesday 23 September 2014

Actor Profiles

Amy Phillips
Portrayed by: Beth Deans
Age of character: 18
Age of Actor: 17
Height: 5'6
Character Description: Amy is the first character that we see in the trailer, focused in the bathroom portraying her bulimia. Amy is the character that is seen as quite confident and outgoing, however she is hiding her issues with her weight, portraying in the scene vanity, the first of the 7 deadly sins present in the trailer. Amy is practically the leader of the friendship group, but is connoted as one of the weakest characters in the Soap.
Propp's Stock Character: Princess - With a demon hanging over her, she is in need to be rescued.
Use of character: Anorexia and bulimia isn't usually connoted in soap operas due to the fragile content that it may include. If we portray this tastefully, with Beth carrying out the character well, the controversial topic can hopefully raise awareness for so many suffering from the illness and can try and reach out for help.

Billie Sales
Portrayed by: Sarah Ritter
Age of character: 18
Age of Actor: 18
Height: 5'7
Character Description: Billie is best friends with Amy and is one of the characters seen later in the trailer. She is connoting the sin of 'Sloth', due to her chronic depression. Unlike Amy, everyone in the group is aware of Billie's condition, and is seen in the trailer sitting on a sofa, watching the world go by. She isolates herself from everyone around her and soon deceives an unbalanced mental state which begins to take a toll on everyone around her, but most significantly herself, putting her future in danger.
Propp's Stock Character: Princess - like Amy, she is in need to be saved.
Use of character: The portrayal of depression can help audience members reach out and find help after we have advertised the issues and effects that follow; this can be recognised as helpful for audience members.

Ray Davies
Portrayed by: Joseph Peacock
Age of character: 18
Age of Actor: 17
Height: 5'10
Character Description: Ray is seen to be in a relationship with Ellena, however is still under wraps. We see both Ray and Ellena included in the young group of teens alongside Billie, Amy and others not seen in the trailer. Ray is portrayed as quite a happy character, however, keeping his and Ellena's secret from, not only his family but his friends as well, is starting to weigh on him.
Propp's Stock Character: The Hero - he takes charge and wants to fight for what he truly believes in.
Use of character: Along with Ellena, the use of the two is to create a conventional on-screen relationship, although we are trying to change the narrative by creating a plot that involved two close friends taking part in a secret relationship.

Ellena Fisher
Portrayed by: Sophie Byrne
Age of character: 18
Age of Actor: 17
Height: 5'10
Character Description: Ellena, paired with Ray, represents 'lust' in the trailer, although we are aware that the characters do not lust each other, but are more in love. They hide their relationship from everybody they know, although everyone is aware that they are best friends. Although Ray is willing to tell everyone about their relationship, Ellena is less confident in telling everyone.
Propp's Stock Character: Princess - She has trouble accepting her present, but with help from Ray, the hero, she is slowly working her way out of regret and sorrow.

Danny Gray
Portrayed by: Henry Ward
Age of character: 32
Age of Actor: 17
Height: 5'10
Character Description: Danny is much older than the previous characters and comes in as a prop to attract an older audience base. Danny represents 'greed', shown in the trailer when he decides to take his wedding band off to chase a younger female; he is known for his shenanigans surroundings his "taking" of women, and his wife is already aware of this.
Propp's Stock Character: The false hero - a character will be put in to place within the other episodes to represent Danny as the false hero; he believes that he is "rescuing princesses" from their turmoil, although pursuing them isn't the same concept.
Use of character: Every soap includes a character that is presented as the 'womaniser' which is why we decided to include Danny in our cast list. It is a stereotypical view of a "jack-the-lad", which fits in to the character list seen in other soaps, such as EastEnders, who has the character of Dean, and Hollyoaks with Ziggy.

Jackie Thorne
Portrayed by: Kira Stokes
Age of character: 42
Age of Actor: 17
Height: 5'6
Character Description: Jackie, also an older character, connotes 'wrath' in the trailer, portrayed by her holding a knife with her husband unfortunately dead on the chair behind her. She is mysterious to those on the street however, taking her husband's death as an accident, nobody believes that she is the murderer that she is.
Propp's Stock Character: Villain - her murderous ways causes her to be a villain, and being kept under wraps means that anyone could be her next victim.
Use of character: The murderous villain in Soap Operas are utilised particularly in the main story plots as they create entertaining storyline, especially when the audience members are always routing against them.

The Victoria family
Portrayed by: Shaun Klopper, Jaden Klopper, Laura Dunne
Age of character(s): Shaun - 36, Jaden - 7, Laura - 36
Age of Actor(s): Shaun - 17, Jaden - 7, Laura - 18
Height: Shaun - 5'7, Jaden - 4'1, Laura - 5'5
Character Description: The Victoria family connote pride in the way of 'keeping up appearances' to ensure that they are viewed respectively on the street. However, behind closed doors, Mr Victoria is extremely dangerous, especially towards Mrs Victoria and their son, who are under the attack of domestic violence. Mrs Victoria is trying her hardest to escape, purely to save her son, although she is portrayed as extremely frightened of her "loving" husband.
Propp's Stock Character: Mr Victoria; The Villain - inflicting pain on his wife, as well as child, causes him to fall under the category of one of the largest villains in the soap. Mrs Victoria; Princess - waiting to be rescued by anyone that comes her way, for the mean time she is stuck in the house with the villainous Mr Victoria. 'Child' - Princess - also in the state with his mother, he awaits rescuing from the grasps of his evil father.


Woman walking past Danny Gray [Henry] - Helping to portray his greed for other women

Portrayed by: Alice Smith
Age of character: 26
Age of Actor: 17
Height: 5'7
Use of character: As said before, we wanted to ensure that all controversial ideas were represented, so we decided to also cover a story based on domestic violence. Although this is a conventional story covered in soap operas, we think that by portraying this in our plot we can raise awareness on the issue that so many people suffer through.

Men walking past Billie Sales [Sarah] - Contributes to the scene's special effects

Portrayed by: Nathan Gower, Thomas Brown
Age of character(s): Nathan - 18, Thomas - 18
Age of Actor(s): Nathan - 17, Thomas - 17
Height: Nathan - 5'9, Thomas - 5'10
Use of Character: When editing our film, we will speed up the scene so that they seem to be moving fast whereas Sarah, portraying Billie, would not be moving at all. Her lack of movement in comparison to these two extras emphasises her depression that we are linking to the sin of sloth, providing an unconventional view on the subject.

[Kira & Alice]

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