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'patterns' A Short Documentary By Kirsten Sheridan.

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Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that shapes the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. People with autism have difficulties with everyday social interactions, learning disabilities and difficulty in making sense of the world. Kirsten Sheridan found an interest in this and chose to portray it in a brief documentary. She lived with her autistic cousin and he was a strong influence on her which got her interested in autistic people. The short film is about an autistic boy and the way he sees things from his point of view and how he interprets things.I will be analysing; the way Tommy acts compared to the other characters in the film, the different types of sounds used to represent what’s going on in Tommy’s head, camera angles, movement, lighting, colour and editing. Also, I will be looking at the patterns and shapes established or repeated throughout the film.At the start of the film, there is a homely rhythmic guitar chord playing when Tommy is walking down the corridor alone. By doing this, Kirsten Sheridan gives the audience the awareness that Tommy is a simple person and that he likes things in a pattern or order. You can hear children playing outside; this makes us assume that Tommy is different as he was isolated from everyone else. The long camera shots show us that Tommy is walking with his head down and taking heavy steps like he is trying to block out all the noises going on around him.At the beginning of ‘Patterns’ a plain, black and white check pattern is already established and gives us the notion that this pattern will be shown throughout the film. When Tommy was at school he couldn’t walk across the black and white tiled floor because he was puzzled and couldn’t understand the pattern. Kirsten Sheridan illustrated this by having a scene where Tommy is stood still, staring at the floor, trying to figure out the pattern. Jimmy helps him by telling him to look up and they both count in odd numbers whilst running across the floor. Most autistic people count in odd numbers, prime numbers and so on.In the film you can tell that Tommy is autistic or has something wrong with him because he doesn’t face people when they are talking to him, he tends to turn away. When Tommy and Jimmy are walking home from school, Tommy is talking to Jimmy with his back to him, when Tommy says ‘”What time is it Jimmy?”’ And Jimmy says ‘”Ten minutes past four.”’ Autistic people are likely to face away from the person they are talking to.Kirsten Sheridan uses a mixture of sounds and camera shots to show unusual aspects of Tommy’s autism. When Tommy comes home from school and his Mother asks him what he wants for dinner, Tommy hears a lot of different noises in the house, which results in Tommy shaking and holding his head and shouting ‘”I don’t want anything to eat.”’ Tommy’s Mother gives him too many choices and...

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