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By Christopher Osbyrne
The social groups presented in our film seem to only be male and female
genders, due to none of our characters being of a different race, religion,
sexuality or ethnic background. However, we have subverted traditional genre
conventions by having female characters having more authority over the male
characters, unlike other action films were women are conveyed as damsels in
An example of this subversion of gender
stereotypes could be in this scene from the film.
From the first shot here, a high angle is used to convey each of the
characters as being vulnerable and weak. This shots mise-en-scene also
establishes the room as being an office of some kind; a place of
authority and power. Only diegetic sound is used to hear so that the
quietness increases the tension and suspense in the room.
With the use of a match on action cut, you are then introduced to a
medium shot of Brittany’s character sat in the chair and explaining
what the plan is to the rest of the crew. She takes up the most
prevalence in this scene, conveying her dominance over the other
If you then compare the previous shot with the current medium
shot of T’yan and Dale’s characters, there is a clear juxtaposition
of the powerful vs. the weak. Both these two characters seem
intimidated equally, therefore not conforming to gender
stereotypes where the male character would always establishes
power over female characters.