In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions ofreal media products? THE EX-AGENTOur media production uses forms and conventionsof real media products, such as stock characters. Our first character, “The Ex-Agent” is animportant character and personality in a secretagent, action film (Not necessarily being an EX-Agent). Our character, “Will” (Played by PhilipMartin) may not look that part in this openingscene, but we have targeted the cliché personas ofa secret agent and somewhat based him on them.For example, he is a very clever man, picking outwhat he hears and quickly coming to conclusions.He is also confident about his views and abilities, asbest seen in the conversation scene when he doesnot cower from the confrontation from the agentbut rather rises to his challenge and fights his point. We decided to give Will a strong Britishaccent to indicate that he is a stereotypical Britishagent, who fought for his country in MI5 (untilmistakenly blamed for a failed mission). It also saysa lot about the character, the British stereotype ofbeing reserved is a goal we aimed to portray in ourfilm, carried out by showing him spending his timealone around the house doing not a lot.
In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions ofreal media products? THE AGENTOur next (And only other) character is the currentagent. This character is portrayed in the openingscene as almost the “Bad Guy”. This isn’t howeverthe case later on in the narrative, but with theopening scene portrayed from Will’s point ofview, we decided it was important for our audienceto view him like this as Will currently does. We targeted some of the stockcharacteristics of secret agents from other filmssuch as the “Bourne” or “Mission Impossible”trilogies. As his character is intended to be adedicated and trusted agency worker, we portrayedhim with little emotion and feeling. We wanted theaffect that he had been sent by someone at theagency with a mission, so to achieve this we tried tomake his lines sound more scripted than Will’s. We dressed him in a smart suit and somestereotypical sunglasses so that the character didn’tneed much introduction, as the audience wouldassume this characters position in the storyline. Italso highlights the difference between an agentcurrently working and Will, our ex-agent.
In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions ofreal media products? THE HOUSEOne way we challenged the stock setting of anaction film was moving away from the inter citysettings and moved to an average suburbanhousehold, away from much action. We chose to do this because itsuccessfully juxtaposes what an audience wouldexpect to see in an action movie. We wanted tooppose this expectation because we were using thecharacter of Will to challenge the stereotypical viewof a secret agent. In other words, because Will is nolonger a secret agent, we wanted to show that hewas living a normal life where he can relax.Combined with the short scene from the park, wethink we successfully showed Will living his privateand now boring life outside of the agency.