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Q2: How does your media product represent particular social groups


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Q2: How does your media product represent particular social groups

  1. 1. Q2: How does your media product represent particular social groups?
  2. 2. Character representations • I have made a blog post on my production blog about the typical representations of characters in film noir, click here to check it out. • Comparison of our characters to the typical film noir characters: - As the typical femme fatale uses her seductiveness to manipulate men, we decided our femme fatale would be like that as well, in our OTS you can tell their is an attraction between the femme fatale (me) and our anti-hero (Danny). We decided to dress the femme fatale in tight clothing and heels to make her look seductive, and we used low angles on her so that she would be looking up through her lashes so that she constantly looked flirty, but also putting her in a vulnerable position which reminds the audience that she is less powerful which is why she uses her appearance to gain power. - Our anti-hero is a typical, working class man. This may not be totally clear in the OTS but he does in fact own the wedding dress shop, he’s a business man, who gets trapped by falling for the femme fatale and trying to save her from her suffering relationship with the killer. He is someone our male audience can relate to, as he is an ordinary man with flaws who wasn’t made to save the day and fight crime. We made him dress in a suit to show he has some wealth and power as a business man. His emotions are most often captured on camera across his face as he is a average man who shows his emotions, and this also helps the audience understand that he has feelings towards the femme fatale when he follows her to save her. - The killer is predominantly known to be psychotic and ends up punishing both the anti –hero and the femme fatale. Our killer has some psychotic qualities to him as he won’t allow the femme fatale to leave him and be with someone she’s happier with, in result to this he ends up killing her. We sometimes filmed the killer from low angles to emphasise him being psychotic an d having power over the femme fatale.
  3. 3. Location • Sophie did a blog post on our choice of location and I posted a link to it on my blog, here is the link to her post. • Location for a film noir production is most often, dark and abandoned to make the characters seem more vulnerable when they are there. Most film noirs are set in the 50s so the location is usually small and quaint looking. • Our choices of location: Prince Street Elm Hill • We chose to film some of it on a cobble street, because it was small and made it feel claustrophobic, so it made the femme fatale look smaller and vulnerable on her own when she is running away from the killer. In the end we chose Elm Hill because it had older shops on the street, this gave it more of a 50s feel. • We chose to also film in Camilla Brides the wedding shop as my auntie part owns it so she said we could, and it gave the anti-hero his business and helped the audience understand that the femme fatale and the killer are in relationship and due to be married.
  4. 4. Mis-en-scene • At the start of the year, we researched into the lighting and camera angles for mis-en-scene of film noir, to find my blog post to those click here. • Our choice of location helped with lighting as the cobble streets being small made them seem darker, and the wedding shop had a lot of low lighting with the chandelier creating shadows across the room, this kind of lighting gives the scene more of a tense atmosphere, and there was a mirror in there which helped with some interesting camera angles (I’ll talk more about this in the props slide). • The costumes were carefully arranged to represent typical film noir characters, hence why our femme fatale’s outfit portrays her attitude; seductive. And the anti-hero and the killer were both to wear suits to show how effectively they have more power over the femme fatale.
  5. 5. Props • You can see all the props we originally planned to use in the blog post that Sophie created with locations, I posted this link in my previous slide. • And in my Prezi for question 1, I mentioned something we had excluded from our OTS and that was the gun as it seemed a bit inappropriate to include just in case someone saw us using it while filming and misinterpreted what we were doing. • However, we did make sure the femme fatale was wearing red lipstick to amplify her seductiveness. • We used a mirror for one of the camera angles as they are featured frequently in film noir films, and we used this to make it more interesting and to show our creativeness, the mirror is used to show a conversation between two people and it creates tension as to why they won’t talk face to face.
  6. 6. Dialogue • We wrote out our script and from this link you can see we decided to not include much speech. • We chose not to have much speech in our OTS as the scenes developing on screen was enough for the audience to get an understanding of the relationships between the characters and also create an enigma for them. • Voice-overs are most often used to explain something or to contribute a third perspective/third person into the story. We included a voice-over in our OTS, this was to increase the enigma of the story, I said “I should learn to control my weaknesses, I destroy everything I touch.” and this raises questions from the audience as to what I mean. This follows the representation of a film noir as they most often have enigma to entice the audience to watch the whole film. • The little bit of speech that we scripted into the wedding shop scenes was just so the audience could understand why they were in that shop.
  7. 7. Semiotic representations through sound • One of the main semiotic representations through sound for film noir is jazz music, originally we did have some jazz music playing in the background of the opening credits for our OTS, if you look at this post you’ll see the first YouTube video in it is the jazz piece we originally added. However, we removed this after our first focus group, which you can watch here, because we had to change some of our opening credits which meant the music ended up only playing for several seconds and it seemed slightly pointless having it in there, you can look at the changes we made in this post. • Another common semiotic representation is voice-overs, they are used quite a bit in film noir’s because they set the mood. Which as you can see in the previous slide, we included a voice-over in ours.
  8. 8. Semiotic representations through symbols/icons • The symbols of semiotic representations that we used in our OTS that are commonly used, were things like red lipstick and the gun. In my slide on props you can see about props we used and if you click on this post, you’ll be able to see the outfits we chose for each of our characters which were carefully chosen for specific reasons. • We didn’t mention in the blog post that I wore red lipstick, which is typical for the femme fatale to wear, as it draws attention to her lips which is iconic as she is meant to be seductive and very attractive. • Danny and Zach were told to wear suits to show off their power, and to show off that Danny as the anti-hero is a working class businessman.
  9. 9. Analysis of the locations • In one of the previous slides about location I mentioned our reasoning for the locations we chose, and they went down well. We were able to film without being disrupted and we were lucky with the day we chose to film on Elm Hill as it had rained earlier on in the day before we’d started filming which meant that it gave the scene a dystopian rain, which is conventional for film noir’s. The cobble street made the running scene more tense and frightening, it made you fear for the character.
  10. 10. Analysis of the lighting • I have also explained this in one of my previous slides, another advantage of Elm Hill is that it is closely compacted meaning the buildings loom over everyone in the street, making it seem darker, this plays very well on the lighting in the street, making it more mysterious and effective on the audience as they fear what is going to happen just like the characters in this scene. • The lighting in the wedding shop scenes made it feel more warm, which shows how comfortable/safe the femme fatale felt with the anti-hero, it displayed the warmth between them.
  11. 11. The target audience and how we pleased them • Mine and Sophie’s choice of target audience was a mix between Impulsive Materialist and Impressionable Socialites. Our main consumers are people who have heard about the film from another, seen a trailer for the film and enjoyed it, or who are going with their friends to watch it. Click here to see my post on audiences. • We have pleased our target audience by making it an OTS that would interest a wide audience, their is enough action, violence and seduction in the film to entice men/boy, but there is also a romance story with emotion that will interest women/girls. Although, we know these aren’t the reasons for everyone as to why they would enjoy our OTS.
  12. 12. Audience theory • There are 3 theory’s: • Propp’s theory; - the villain. - the hero (he/she seeks something, motivated by an initial ‘lack’). - the donor (provides an object with magical property). - the helper who aids the hero. - the princes (the reward for the hero). - her father (who rewards the hero). - the dispatcher (who sends the hero on his way). - the false hero. • Strauss’s theory; - argued that so-called societies share similar elements. Strong Weak Romantic Emotionless Funny Dull Mature Childish • Equilibrium’s theory; - this says that all stories about the fight to return to normality, an event happens and everything after the event is about the attempt to return to normal or ‘equilibrium’. • I think that our OTS fits best with Propp’s theory, as it’s most similar to our characters. For example, we have a villain, a hero who seeks to have the femme fatale which he doesn’t have, and then the femme fatale is a reward to him but she isn’t just given to him by another person so this challenges the theory.