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Zero - Short film analysis

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Michael Jee

on 18 February 2013

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Transcript of Zero - Short film analysis

Act I Act II Act III Zero Set-up/Setting: In a fictional world of numbered
figures, your value and social standing is
predetermined based on your identification number.
Thus, higher-numbered individuals dictate laws as the
chosen elite while lowered-numbered individuals must
abide by the society's rigid rules of hierarchy and
association. This numerical caste system creates an
environment where tension and conflict can naturally

Inciting incident: Zero's classmates, other numbers,
bully him at school and frame him to take the blame
for their mischief, so their teacher gets angry and
punishes him by smacking him.

Catalyst: Zero sees a bird feeding two baby birds, and
it gives him hope and the desire to find the same sense
of care and belonging.

Conflict: As a member of the lowest class, Zero is born
into a world where he is automatically pitted against the
rest of society. Nevertheless, the higher numbers actively
ostracize and persecute him. Zero must overcome their
opposition while not losing hope

Objective: Zero wants acceptance as a valued member
of society Rising action: Zero feels a connection for the
first time with a fellow number. They spend
time together, feeding ducks, find food and
eating together. They see other numbers mingling,
and Zero picks a rose to give to his new friend.
They are on the outside looking in together. The
other numbers see their illegal affection and
connection. Rising action (continued): Zero wallows inside
prison while the world continues without him. He works on a drawing on the cell wall by using a
small rock until his love drops the rose, dried up from the passage of time, through the prison bars. Zero sees his love standing outside the prison. She reveals her swollen belly, which confuses him. Other numbers see her and gang up on her.

Climax: Zero's love interest gives birth, surrounded by other numbers and obscured from Zero's view. The birth completely shocks the other numbers, and they respond positively by bowing then whisking her away.

Resolution: Zero sees his love has given birth to Siamese twins who bear the mark of infinity. His drawing, a portrait of his love, is revealed on his cell wall. He has created something completely new out of nothing: The Beginning. Turning Point 1 Zero meets a fellow
zero, who is female.
The event marks the first time someone helps him. Turning Point 2 The other numbers, societal police, discover Zero and his friend's love. They arrest and throw him in prison. Characters Zero: The film's protagonist. He is born into undesirable circumstances in a prejudiced world that has pegged him a pariah. Constantly persecuted he wants society's acceptance, but he really needs the love of a single individual to feel like he belongs. Embodies human emotions and the universal desire for love and acceptance.

Higher numbers: The higher numbers act as the story's antagonist and represent society. They represent a social hierarchy of strict rules that dictate a person's worth and level of connection.

Zero's love: She is also a 0, who is ostracized and persecuted by the higher numbers. She offers Zero love and a sense of belonging. She reveals Zero's need and embodies Zero's transformative growth from an insecure loner to an assertive loved hero. Dialogue No actual dialogue exists from characters. The action that results from the protagonist's conscious choices serves as the main exposition. However, a narrator's voiceover acts as the secondary expository device by filling in the details of the narrative that are essential and to also convey emotions. Imagery Numbers: Symbolize social standing

Birds: Symbolize and foreshadow the new family (twins).

Quality of the yarn: Symbolize status

Drawing on the wall: Represents Zero's optimism, persistence, undying love, and need.

Infinity symbol: The union between two zeros. Largest and most respected number. A new beginning without an established hierarchy. Stop-Motion Animation Keys to film's success Simplicity
Quickly established actionable objective
Empathetic character
Earned resolution with twist
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