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Denni Hepburn
Reception Theory
Stuart Hall came up with the theory that we
react to films based on our
age, gender, ethnicity, social cl...
Active Spectatorship
With films such as batman, it will already have it’s own fans. This will be people
who read the comic...
Batman Begins,
Batman The Dark
Knight,
Batman The Dark
Knight Rises
The bat man trilogy is a
thriller/crime genre. This is...
Synopsis:
After training with his
mentor, Batman begins his
war on crime to free the
crime-ridden Gotham City
from corrupt...
Batman Dark Knight
Director: Christopher Nolan
18 July 2008 (USA)
Synopsys:
When Batman, Gordon and Harvey
Dent launch an ...
Batman Dark Knight Rises
Director: Christopher Nolan
20 July 2012 (USA)
Synopsis:
Eight years on, a new evil rises from
wh...
Turning the logo into bats shows what
the trailer is going to be about. The
dark colours show it’s going to be a
dark, act...
Rush is about the revelry
between James Hunt and Niki
Louda and their fight to
become the world champion
in formula 1. Is ...
Director: Ron Howard
Rush
27 September 2013 (USA)
Synopsis:
The merciless 1970s rivalry
between Formula One rivals
James H...
Showing a race car crash shows
that the film is about car racing
and that it will show serious
crashes through out.
The wh...
This is the End
I preferred This is
the End because of
it’s comedy genre. I
do believe it was
star theory that
made me int...
This is the End
Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
12 June 2013 (USA)
Synopsis:
While attending a party at James Franco'...
Showing the destruction shows
what the storyline of the story will
be. Also, it could show that it could
be a type of acti...
This is Spinal
Tap
This is Spinal Tap is an old
classic directed by Rob
Reiner. I preferred this
film for it’s comedy and
...
Showing the band performing
shows the audience that it is
about a rock band. This would
make the audience decide if they
w...
This is Spinal Tap
Director: Rob Reiner
2 March 1984 (USA)
Synopsis:
Spinal Tap, one of England's
loudest bands, is chroni...
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  1. 1. Denni Hepburn
  2. 2. Reception Theory Stuart Hall came up with the theory that we react to films based on our age, gender, ethnicity, social class and cultural background. Producer Encode meaning is what the director decides to include in their films. What they choose to film could be based on their age, gender and cultural background. Audience Decode meaning is how we interpret the meaning of a film. This depends on our background too. Our opinion is either Preferred Negotiated Oppositional Preferred is when we enjoy a film, negotiated is where we see the good points and bad points to a film and oppositional is where we dislike a film.
  3. 3. Active Spectatorship With films such as batman, it will already have it’s own fans. This will be people who read the comics. Directors need to take this into consideration when making a film, specially a trilogy because they want to ensure they satisfy it’s already made audience. Films such as This is the End and Spinal Tap wouldn’t have to have this in mind. However, This is the End has many celebrities starring in it, meaning the film have to satisfy each group of fans. Spinal Tap is a film of it’s own. It has to create it’s own audience. This can be good because they don’t have to worry about disappointing anyone. However, this can be difficult starting it’s own audience. Rush is a film based on a true story. This has it’s own audience of fans of Niki Louda who was in the crash and James Hunt who was his rival. People who were effected by the crash, for example family members might not enjoy the film because they don’t want to re-live it. Also, Niki Louda is still alive, therefore the director would have to ensure he was happy with how the film was being filmed. B atman mainly would have fans going to conventions, dressing up as the characters. This would include kids to adults. Conventions like this help advertise and promote the films and would help people who are fans of the comic book and fans of the films to discuss the difference between them.
  4. 4. Batman Begins, Batman The Dark Knight, Batman The Dark Knight Rises The bat man trilogy is a thriller/crime genre. This isn’t a genre I usually like, however, the way it’s filmed, written and how committed the characters are make the film really enjoyable. These films I preferred based on my cultural background. I am influenced by my brother therefore I am influenced to see the good points to these films. These films relied very much on the batman fan base audience. The use of Heath Ledger as the joker was seen as a stupid idea because he was the pretty boy in 10 things I hate about you and A Knights Tale. So star theory didn’t really apply to the batman films. Although, this did make people discuss the up coming film. The trilogy isn’t just an action film. All three films link well together and relate. That’s what trilogy’s should do, they need to feed off from the one before. That’s why I enjoyed these films so much, they contained a lot. With the first two films to the trilogy had such a good reaction the 3rd had good expectations. This was a successful film and did live up to it’s expectations.
  5. 5. Synopsis: After training with his mentor, Batman begins his war on crime to free the crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption that the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. Director: Christopher Nolan Batman Begins 15 June 2005 (USA)
  6. 6. Batman Dark Knight Director: Christopher Nolan 18 July 2008 (USA) Synopsys: When Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent launch an assault on the mob, they let the clown out of the box, the Joker, bent on turning Gotham on itself and bringing any heroes down to his level.
  7. 7. Batman Dark Knight Rises Director: Christopher Nolan 20 July 2012 (USA) Synopsis: Eight years on, a new evil rises from where the Batman and Commissioner Gordon tried to bury it, causing the Batman to resurface and fight to protect Gotham City... the very city which brands him an enemy.
  8. 8. Turning the logo into bats shows what the trailer is going to be about. The dark colours show it’s going to be a dark, action film. Showing the costume will interest comic book fans, so showing this in the trailer is a good way to draw them in. Showing the villain in trailer will draw in fans of the Joker as well as fans of Batman. Showing an explosion scene shows the audience that it is an action film. Showing the villain shows the audience who batman will be up against in the film.
  9. 9. Rush is about the revelry between James Hunt and Niki Louda and their fight to become the world champion in formula 1. Is also shows Niki Louda’s crash and his famous come back. I preferred this film even though I’m not the target audience, yet, I found the film interesting because it is based on a true story. The characters looked like the people they were playing and did well to mirror their personalities. With the characters doing well with their roles they were able to add footage of the real people at the end of the film. Star theory could be applied to this film with the actor Chris Hemsworth. Rush This film is aimed at males as is Thor, which is who Chris Hemsworth plays. It also could be for the female audience too. The way this film is shot with the angles and the close ups adds to the excitement of the film. The races are captured really well. I don’t watch formula 1, however I enjoyed watching the ones in the film. The complicated relationship between the two main characters is what’s interesting. They’re both completely different people, going for the same thing just in different ways. The fun way they talk about each other you can see the respect they have for one another, but hate each other at the same time. It’s storylines like this that make me have a preferred opinion on the film. It’s not the action that grabs my attention. Therefore its hard for me to say I enjoy action films. This film is one of those films that are under rated. It should have been a very popular film, however, not a lot of people took notice.
  10. 10. Director: Ron Howard Rush 27 September 2013 (USA) Synopsis: The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. An unfortunate accident makes the drivers think twice about their rivalry and their driving.
  11. 11. Showing a race car crash shows that the film is about car racing and that it will show serious crashes through out. The whole trailer mainly shows Chris Hemsworth. This is using star theory to interest people into watching the film.
  12. 12. This is the End I preferred This is the End because of it’s comedy genre. I do believe it was star theory that made me interested in this film. I may not be the target audience for this film because it is mixed with gruesome scenes. However, because the actors are from the same genre of film they will have their own audience who are fans of Seth Rogan’s films. After watching this film I read a lot about how they made it. With knowing that Seth Rogan is in the film as well as directing it, I wanted to know if that made a difference, which it did. It was interesting to learn that most of the script was improvised. With the cast being friends in real life, you can see their close relationship with the way they do improvise. Going back to the star theory, it interested me seeing these actors playing themselves. This is the End is entertaining for comedy reasons and who stars in the film. They also mention other films they have done in this film which could be a way of getting the audience to watch them. With the references to their other films goes to show that their target audience for this film are fans of their films. With this film having so many celebs, it had very high expectations. For some it did, however it wasn’t for everyone.
  13. 13. This is the End Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen 12 June 2013 (USA) Synopsis: While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse.
  14. 14. Showing the destruction shows what the storyline of the story will be. Also, it could show that it could be a type of action film. Showing all the stars that will be in the film will help attract a wider audience. Through out the trailer you find out they are also playing themselves which would be a good reason for people to go and see it.
  15. 15. This is Spinal Tap This is Spinal Tap is an old classic directed by Rob Reiner. I preferred this film for it’s comedy and the look of it being a real documentary. Also, the music. The music, with it being a joke, is very enjoyable. That enjoyable to people that they wrote more songs after the film. The target audience for this film is for anyone who enjoys rock music and comedy. This is Spinal Tap is a classic because of it’s memorable quotes and lyrics. On the DVD bonus features it shows other actors and comedians discussing the film, explaining why they liked it so much and how many times they have watched it. Watching this I noticed that the majority, if not, all of the celebrities were male. This goes to show that the main audience for this film are older males. With my cultural background I have been brought up with the same humour as what the film includes. Also, the music, I have been brought up listening to rock music, therefore I enjoy the music in the film. In it’s time and for some, even now, it was a very successful film. It really stood out for comedians, which goes to show that it is an influence.
  16. 16. Showing the band performing shows the audience that it is about a rock band. This would make the audience decide if they would be interested in a film based on that genre of music. Clips of the band in an interview shows that it is filmed as though it is a documentary. This helps the audience understand what the films about . The clips of interviews gives the audience a chance to see what actors are in the film. However, the trailer is filmed as though it is advertising the band. It introduces them as their characters names.
  17. 17. This is Spinal Tap Director: Rob Reiner 2 March 1984 (USA) Synopsis: Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.
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