1 Who is being represented? A young successful woman who is doing quite well with her life and career as a Journalist. She sometimes comes across as a bit of a nerd. WHY? An intelligent, single-minded expert in a particular technical discipline or profession. We felt that a woman suited the role more than a male. (Even though males are represented as nerds usually) We wanted to get a reaction from the audience.
2 What type of social groups are you representing? The social group we are representing is a Nerd/Smart girl. Why? We wanted to show through our opening sequence that woman shouldn’t always be represented as vulnerable, inferior and inarticulate. We challenged conventions of thriller movies by instead of using a uneducated blond woman. We used a successful educated young lady. Supposed to films like “Scream” when shes on the phone while talking to her stalker in a casual manner. We used a form of technology to show that a vengeful killer on the loose is after her. Via Text and images.
3 How did you represent the character or social group (in a particular way) mise-en-sceneMise-en-scene RepresentationSetting • In her house alone. • Shows she is a single female possible always busy with work. • Her house is shown to be very neat and tidy. • Organised personLighting • Lighting is very calm • Everything looks like it’s going okay • Gets quite dark and shadowy in certain bits of the sequence (when she gets attacked)Colour • Colour • Orangish/Yellow – warm calm colours at the start of the sequence • BlackBody Language Posture is very lady like • Walking to her house in heels • Playing with her hair • Wears glasses all the timeGesture • Very feminine like • Drops her phone (harshly)Facial Expression • Puzzled / Concentrated • Confused • Frightened • WorriedBehaviour • Hostile (towards opening the door)Speech • Well spoken English • Respectable (no slangs)
4 Positive or Negative Representation The representation is positive and negative this is shown through her behaviour, how she is portrayed through her profession how she looks etc. 1. She’s successful (dressed in smart attire) 2. She is not blonde stereotypical lead female in Horror/Thriller movies 3. She is articulate 4. She lives alone (no sign of family)
5 Is it a stereotypical convention? Why? No it is not a stereotypical Our Character convention we avoided the ditsy like character… We avoided bright colours • She never escapes death. • She’s usually a very easy target • Her death is usually graphic
7 How does the representation relate to the Target Audience? Representations of a Nerd 1. Smart Attire/Fully equipped 2. Lonely 3. Boring (in a sense) 4. Shy 5. Quiet 6. Isolated 7. Obsessive interests with work