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Call of Duty Black Ops: Call of the Dead - Ensemble Cast Achievement Guide
Call of Duty Black Ops: Call of the Dead - Ensemble Cast Achievement Guide
Published: 2011/05/10
Channel: Rooster Teeth
Top 10 Greatest Ensemble Casts in Sitcoms
Top 10 Greatest Ensemble Casts in Sitcoms
Published: 2016/08/05
Channel: WatchMojo.com
Top 10 Cartoon Ensemble Casts
Top 10 Cartoon Ensemble Casts
Published: 2015/11/06
Channel: WatchMojo.com
Top 10 Ensemble Comedy Movie Casts
Top 10 Ensemble Comedy Movie Casts
Published: 2012/10/24
Channel: WatchMojo.com
The Crown | Featurette: Ensemble Cast | Netflix
The Crown | Featurette: Ensemble Cast | Netflix
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: Netflix
Orange is the New Black | Featurette: Ensemble Cast | Netflix
Orange is the New Black | Featurette: Ensemble Cast | Netflix
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: Netflix
THE DESCENDANTS Featurette: Ensemble Cast
THE DESCENDANTS Featurette: Ensemble Cast
Published: 2012/01/04
Channel: FoxSearchlight
Video Game High School Wins Best Ensemble Cast | The Streamy Awards | VH1
Video Game High School Wins Best Ensemble Cast | The Streamy Awards | VH1
Published: 2015/09/15
Channel: VH1
Orange is the New Black wins SAG Ensemble Cast in a Comedy Series 2017
Orange is the New Black wins SAG Ensemble Cast in a Comedy Series 2017
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: BlackTree TV
Stranger Things Cast: Acceptance Speech | 23rd Annual SAG Awards | TBS
Stranger Things Cast: Acceptance Speech | 23rd Annual SAG Awards | TBS
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: TBS
What is ENSEMBLE CAST? What dos ENSEMBLE CAST mean? ENSEMBLE CAST meaning & explanation
What is ENSEMBLE CAST? What dos ENSEMBLE CAST mean? ENSEMBLE CAST meaning & explanation
Published: 2017/05/08
Channel: The Audiopedia
August: Osage County Ensemble Cast Honored for Hollywood Ensemble Cast - HFA 2013
August: Osage County Ensemble Cast Honored for Hollywood Ensemble Cast - HFA 2013
Published: 2013/10/23
Channel: HollywoodAwards
Perks of Being a Wallflower Ensemble Cast Talks On-Set Secrets
Perks of Being a Wallflower Ensemble Cast Talks On-Set Secrets
Published: 2012/10/03
Channel: Teen
Escape the Night Wins Ensemble Cast - Streamy Awards 2016
Escape the Night Wins Ensemble Cast - Streamy Awards 2016
Published: 2016/10/02
Channel: Streamy Awards
Best Ensemble Cast - Asians on Film Festival of Shorts 2017
Best Ensemble Cast - Asians on Film Festival of Shorts 2017
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: Asians On Film
Hannah Montana The Movie Ensemble Cast Featurette
Hannah Montana The Movie Ensemble Cast Featurette
Published: 2009/03/16
Channel: Disney UK
Call of the Dead - MAJOR EASTER EGG COMPLETED - Co-op Achievement Ensemble Cast Guide / Walkthrough
Call of the Dead - MAJOR EASTER EGG COMPLETED - Co-op Achievement Ensemble Cast Guide / Walkthrough
Published: 2011/05/10
Channel: Eddie100792
SAG Awards, Orange is the New Black wins Ensemble Cast Actor Award
SAG Awards, Orange is the New Black wins Ensemble Cast Actor Award
Published: 2015/01/26
Channel: BlackTree TV
The Crown
The Crown 'Ensemble Cast' Featurette | Netflix
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: FilmIsNow Movie Bloopers & Extras
Hal Linden on why the "Barney Miller" ensemble cast was so good
Hal Linden on why the "Barney Miller" ensemble cast was so good
Published: 2016/07/28
Channel: FoundationINTERVIEWS
Streamys 2013, Burning Love, Best Ensemble Cast, Acceptance Speech
Streamys 2013, Burning Love, Best Ensemble Cast, Acceptance Speech
Published: 2013/02/18
Channel: Streamy Awards
PONPONPON [pkmn sun/moon ensemble cast]
PONPONPON [pkmn sun/moon ensemble cast]
Published: 2017/01/28
Channel: pokespexy
O ELENCO DAS ESTRELAS! (ENSEMBLE CAST)
O ELENCO DAS ESTRELAS! (ENSEMBLE CAST)
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: Pipocando
Inglourious Basterds wins Actor® for Best Ensemble Cast at SAG Awards
Inglourious Basterds wins Actor® for Best Ensemble Cast at SAG Awards
Published: 2010/01/25
Channel: BlackTree TV
Ensemble Cast sing
Ensemble Cast sing 'One Day More' @ The O2 25th Anniversary Concert
Published: 2011/01/06
Channel: lesmiserableslondon
How
How 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Makes The Most Of Its Amazing Ensemble Cast | PEN | Entertainment Weekly
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Entertainment Weekly
Call of The Dead - Ensemble Cast Co-Op Achievement Easter Egg Completed How to Guide
Call of The Dead - Ensemble Cast Co-Op Achievement Easter Egg Completed How to Guide
Published: 2011/05/06
Channel: MrDalekJD
Three
Three's a Crowd--Ensemble Casts
Published: 2014/12/07
Channel: Aaron Gansky
Subplots And Ensemble Casts KalBashir.com
Subplots And Ensemble Casts KalBashir.com
Published: 2011/10/12
Channel: KalBashir.com
CALL OF THE DEAD: Complete Ensemble Cast Achievement Guide!!!
CALL OF THE DEAD: Complete Ensemble Cast Achievement Guide!!!
Published: 2011/05/13
Channel: YOTESLAYA
SUNSHINE: The Ensemble Cast Behind the Movie 2
SUNSHINE: The Ensemble Cast Behind the Movie 2
Published: 2007/07/20
Channel: FoxSearchlight
Nolan Gould on working with "Modern Family
Nolan Gould on working with "Modern Family's" ensemble cast - 2016 Primetime Emmys
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: FoundationINTERVIEWS
ensemble cast look
ensemble cast look
Published: 2016/12/28
Channel: Rahul Modi
Kate Winslet on Contagion
Kate Winslet on Contagion's ensemble cast
Published: 2011/10/17
Channel: TheCelebFactory
Suzanne Cryer on working with the ensemble cast on "Silicon Valley" - 2016 Primetime Emmys
Suzanne Cryer on working with the ensemble cast on "Silicon Valley" - 2016 Primetime Emmys
Published: 2016/09/22
Channel: FoundationINTERVIEWS
Holiday on Ice "Time" Ensemble cast
Holiday on Ice "Time" Ensemble cast
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: Kseniia Chepizhko
Call of Duty: Black Ops - Call of the Dead - Ensemble Cast / Stand-In Achievement Guide
Call of Duty: Black Ops - Call of the Dead - Ensemble Cast / Stand-In Achievement Guide
Published: 2011/05/08
Channel: SwaggersGaming
SUNSHINE: The Ensemble Cast Behind the Movie
SUNSHINE: The Ensemble Cast Behind the Movie
Published: 2007/07/18
Channel: FoxSearchlight
WEGO Health Activist Awards - Best Ensemble Cast Winner
WEGO Health Activist Awards - Best Ensemble Cast Winner
Published: 2013/03/28
Channel: WEGO Health
Brittany Furlan & Shira Lazar Announce Ensemble Cast - Streamy Awards 2016
Brittany Furlan & Shira Lazar Announce Ensemble Cast - Streamy Awards 2016
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: Streamy Awards
The Hateful Eight: Ensemble Cast Featurette - Quentin Tarantino, Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson
The Hateful Eight: Ensemble Cast Featurette - Quentin Tarantino, Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson
Published: 2015/12/08
Channel: ScreenSlam
The Phantom Circus: Ensemble Cast Hip Hop - The Oriental Theater | 27-April-2017
The Phantom Circus: Ensemble Cast Hip Hop - The Oriental Theater | 27-April-2017
Published: 2017/06/15
Channel: Phantom Circus
Ashley Clements and Chuy Bravo Present Best Ensemble Cast - Streamy Awards 2014
Ashley Clements and Chuy Bravo Present Best Ensemble Cast - Streamy Awards 2014
Published: 2014/09/08
Channel: Streamy Awards
SAG AWARDS 2012: Best Ensemble Cast Winners Revealed: ENTV
SAG AWARDS 2012: Best Ensemble Cast Winners Revealed: ENTV
Published: 2012/01/30
Channel: @HOLLYWOOD
Still The King
Still The King's Star-Studded Ensemble Cast – New Comedy Series Starring Billy Ray Cyrus, June 12
Published: 2016/04/20
Channel: CMT
Skullgirls An Ensemble Cast Trophy and Achievement Guide
Skullgirls An Ensemble Cast Trophy and Achievement Guide
Published: 2012/04/14
Channel: Admiral Vic
The Cast of "Moonlight" Wins Best Acting Ensemble | 22nd Annual Critics
The Cast of "Moonlight" Wins Best Acting Ensemble | 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards | A&E
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: A&E
회색도시2 OST #4 Ensemble Cast
회색도시2 OST #4 Ensemble Cast
Published: 2014/04/14
Channel: 4:33 네시삼십삼분
Academy Award for Best Ensemble Cast? - Collider
Academy Award for Best Ensemble Cast? - Collider
Published: 2016/02/03
Channel: ColliderVideos
The 935 Master Quest Ensemble Cast 1
The 935 Master Quest Ensemble Cast 1
Published: 2014/07/21
Channel: RADAUSTIN27
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An ensemble cast is made up of cast members in which the principal actors and performers are assigned roughly equal amounts of importance and screen time in a dramatic production.[1][2]

Structure[edit]

The structure of an ensemble cast contrasts with the popular Hollywood centralization of a sole protagonist, as the ensemble leans more towards a sense of "collectivity and community".[3]

Ensemble casts in film were introduced as early as September 1916, with D. W. Griffith's silent epic film Intolerance, featuring four separate though parallel plots.[4] The film follows the lives of several characters over hundreds of years, across different cultures and time periods.[5] The unification of different plot lines and character arcs is a key characteristic of ensemble casting in film; whether it's a location, event, or an overarching theme that ties the film and characters together.[4]

Films that feature ensembles tend to emphasize the interconnectivity of the characters, even when the characters are strangers to one another.[6] The interconnectivity is often shown to the audience through examples of the "six degrees of separation" theory, and allows them to navigate through plot lines using cognitive mapping.[6] Examples of this method, where the six degrees of separation is evident in films with an ensemble cast, are in productions such as Babel, Love, Actually and Crash, which all have strong underlying themes interwoven within the plots that unify each film.[4]

Cinema[edit]

Other forms of narrative for films with ensemble casts having more or less equal amounts of screen time is demonstrated in recent productions such as The Avengers, where the cast and their characters have already been established in individual films prior to its release.[7] In The Avengers, there is no need for a protagonist in the feature as each character shares equal importance in the narrative, successfully balancing the ensemble cast.[8] Referential acting is a key factor in executing this balance, as ensemble cast members "play off each other rather than off reality".[3]

Television[edit]

Ensemble casting also became more popular in television series because it allows flexibility for writers to focus on different characters in different episodes. In addition, the departure of players is less disruptive to the premise than it would be if the star of a production with a regularly structured cast were to leave the series. The television series Friends is an archetypal example of an ensemble cast occurring in an American sitcom. Ensemble casts of 20 or more actors are common in soap operas, a genre that relies heavily on the character development of the ensemble.[9] The genre also requires continuous expansion of the cast as the series progresses, with soap operas such as Days of Our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful staying on air for decades.[10]

In recent years,[when?] there have been numerous successes for television[clarification needed] in ensemble casting, including the epic fantasy HBO series Game of Thrones. The Emmy Award-winning series features one of the largest ensemble casts on the small screen.[11] The series is notorious for major character deaths, resulting in constant changes within the ensemble.[12] Other programmes include the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, known for its diverse cast, and flashbacks to almost all of the characters. British comedy television series Extras included a guest television or film celebrity who play fictional versions of themselves. Another include Skins which included a diverse cast of comedy actors among the family of the lead characters which are replaced biennially.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Random House: ensemble acting Linked 2013-07-17
  2. ^ Steven Withrow; Alexander Danner (2007). Character design for graphic novels. Focal Press/Rotovision. p. 112. ISBN 9780240809021. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Mathijs, E. (2011). Referential acting and the ensemble cast. Screen, 52(1), 89--96. Retrieved from http://screen.oxfordjournals.org/content/52/1/89.extract
  4. ^ a b c Smith, L. (2012). Ensemble film, postmodernity and moral mapping. Screening The Past, 35. Retrieved from www.screeningthepast.com/2012/12/ensemble-film-postmodernity-and-moral-mapping/
  5. ^ Filmsite.org,. (2014). Intolerance (1916). Retrieved 20 June 2014, from http://www.filmsite.org/into.html
  6. ^ a b "Silvey, V. (2009). Not Just Ensemble Films: Six Degrees, Webs, Multiplexity and the Rise of Network Narratives. FORUM: University Of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal Of Culture & The Arts, 0(08). Retrieved from http://www.forumjournal.org/article/view/621/906
  7. ^ Child, B. (2012). Avengers Assemble disarms the critics. the Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2014, from https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2012/apr/23/avengers-assemble-disarms-critics-joss-whedon
  8. ^ Bean, J. (2011). Joss Whedon talks in depth about the ensemble cast of 'The Avengers' - Hypable. Hypable. Retrieved 20 June 2014, from http://www.hypable.com/2011/11/19/joss-whedon-talks-in-depth-about-the-ensemble-cast-of-the-avengers
  9. ^ Ford, S. (2008). Soap operas and the history of fan discussion. Transformative Works and Cultures, 1. Retrieved from http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/42/50
  10. ^ Jenkins, H. (2010). The Survival of Soap Opera (Part Two):The History and Legacy of Serialized Television. Henryjenkins.org. Retrieved 24 June 2014, from http://henryjenkins.org/2010/12/the_survival_of_soap_opera_par_1.html
  11. ^ Campbell, S. (2014). David Cameron: 'I'm a Game of Thrones fan' - Telegraph. Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2014, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/game-of-thrones/10888519/David-Cameron-Im-a-Game-of-Thrones-fan.html
  12. ^ Abc.net.au,. (2012). The Game of Thrones: Nobody wins, everybody dies –Opinion ABC Religion & Ethics Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 17 June 2014, from http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2013/06/12/3780302.htm

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