Tropfest - Cargo

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Cargo

The short film Cargo is directed by Ben Howling and written by Yolanda Ramke. Cargo is an influential horror film from Tropfest. It is intended for mature audiences and it is not suitable for children under the age of 12. Cargo was filmed in the NSW bushes; it is obvious when you hear the sound of the Kookaburra’s laughing in the trees. The main purpose of this film is to tell us that there is hope in the human spirit. Cargo is an interesting story that is mainly a tad scary, but the real meaning of Cargo is actually a very touching story about love.

Cargo is a short horror film, about a man that is trying to save his baby daughter’s life. He gains a lot of bravery and courage, and fights his urges all along the way and stays positive for his dear baby’s life for as long as he can.

This short narrative is a linear film. It is important to focus more on the sounds and what’s happening since it is also a non-dialogue film. This adds to making Cargo very intense. For the writer’s to make the audience understand what is happening and who people are, they introduce more characters. For example, as the baby gets introduced for the first time in the film, the man shows his love and care for the baby and the audience will then realise that it must be his child. The story is also told through the use of props and the way the characters use them. An example for this would be the map used in Cargo as he is writing all over it, you can tell that he is trying to find a safe place for someone since he is in for unsafety. Another two ways the story is also told is the gestures and facial expressions of the character, and the dramatic music used as it helps with it being a non-dialogue film.

Mise-en-scene elements that are used in Cargo are of course very important. These elements include setting, props, costume, figure behaviour and lighting. Costume in Cargo can help covey the meaning or message of the film in huge ways, including the zombie eyes and...
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