RepresentationRepresentation – How groups, events, places or socialchanges are portrayed in the media; how they are re -presented.The way someone or something is represented is not reality…Representations offer a version of reality.They are subjective rather than objective and are constructed.
Representation Reality Mediation RepresentationThe real world The process of The text itself. producing a film A ‘representation’ of text. the real world.
RepresentationKey points to consider when analysing representations:1. What is being represented?2. How is it being represented?3. Who is responsible for the representation?4. How can the representation be interpreted?
1. What is represented?Consider denotation and connotation - what information doesthe text give you about subject matter, place and characters?Draw on all your knowledge of microelements such as framingand camera angles, costume, colour, etc. - consider all thetechnical areas: camerawork, mise-en-scene, editing, sound.2. How is this representative of social groups?What does the text suggest is typical? Consider what it saysabout particular social groups (gender, age, sexuality, ethnicity,physical ability/disability, regional identity and class/status).Consider positives and negatives and use of stereotypes. Doesyour text reinforce or challenge stereotypes?
3. Who is responsible for the representation?Consider the filmmakers and the institutions responsible forproduction. What agenda do the producers have? Why wouldthey want to represent things in a certain way? - think abouttarget audience, genre, commercial aspect or artisticexpression, etc.4. What does the audience make of it?Taking all of the above into account what might the audienceresponse be? However, as we know not everyone will respond tothe text in the same way so there is not one answer to this!