How does your media product represent particular social
HOW DOES YOUR MEDIA PRODUCTREPRESENT PARTICULAR SOCIALGROUPS?
In our film opening we represent social groupsthrough different characters within the threeprotagonists. This is done by camera shots andangles, mise-en-scene, editing and sound so wecould show the ideas of social groups.
We come to the first character which is Scarlett, who is a‘un-employed’ and a lower class protagonist. Wedecided to represent her as an unemployed individualas this would reflect contemporary British society inrelation to the recession and economic crisis.
We were also aiming to represent her character asdifferent from the other two protagonists so the audiencewere able to understand her class and status. Throughcamera shots and angles we wanted her to seempowerless; we have a really high angle long shot whenshe is looking out to the sea, making her look smaller toeverything else around her and the audience lookingdown on her.
The characters dress codes were important too as we wanted her to look different from the other two characters in terms of status. The slight high camera angles in some shots like the beach scene were important to reflect her as a weak character and not dominant like the others. Sound was also important, her dialogue on the bridge and at the beach were verbally given out childishly, showing again her low class status. “What is there to sought out!?!”
For the character of Autumn we wanted to represent her as astereotypical higher class individual who are seen as bad peoplein many films like „The Devil Wears Prada‟ in which MerylStreep‟s character is a wealthy businesswoman who only caresabout her job and wealth, instead of the family and people thatsurround her.
Again, we did this through dress codes with her red blazer, jewellery and camera angles. The slight low camera angles of her in the shopping centre and also, during theconversation on the bridge which makes her the more dominant individual out of the three, representing her as a high status person but also in a bad way.
“Great, its you”Her verbal communication was also important and when saying “Bloody Hell” when receiving a text from Flo to get across she really didn‟t want to meet with thesetwo, connotes the differences in social classes. Also, the bridge scene when she sees Scarlett and says “Oh Great, it’s you”, showing she is not pleased to see her conveying the fact Scarlett is low class and Autumn is high, showing the differences.
We wanted to convey Flo as a middle class individual – aperson the audience would relate too – but a motherly figure tothe other two and ‘authoritive’. Many of the close-ups we usedwere to show the non-verbal expressions she gave, showing herworry during the bridge scene.
For Flo to be different from the others but not over dramatically, Flo‟s dress codes were „basic‟ showing her as a „down to earth‟ individual but still different from theothers. The editing came important to represent Flo is well, during the argument with Autumn and Scarlett, we have much more high angles on her to show she is being „downgraded‟ by Autumn, showing Flo does have weaknesses like all people but a strong woman also.
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