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  2. 2. Representation of Females Within early thrillers, females were often under represented. They were often characterised as being: • The victim • Weak • Dependent on the male protagonist • Often sexualised However, it is not unusual in modern thrillers to see females being represented as: • Stronger individuals compared to their old representation • Less easily intimidated • Independent • In some case, the antagonist Psycho, 1960 One of the most famous thriller scenes shows a female victim in a very vulnerable position at the hands of a male. The fact it is in a shower reinstates the idea of sexualisation. Hanna, 2010 The main protagonist in this modern film broke conventions due to her non-sexualised codes of dress and the amount of action she participated in.
  3. 3. In our thriller the antagonist is female and has power and dominance over the male character as the male becomes vulnerable and runs away when the female is in shot. This means that female representation within in our thriller is: • Complying with the more modern conventions of female representation • But, is unconventional in the lack of compliance with the more traditional representation of females in thrillers
  4. 4. In most thrillers, the role of the protagonist and antagonist are both usually taken by a male lead and they are usually represented as being : • Strong and dominant • Powerful • Intelligent especially in mystery thrillers and usually the one to solve any enigma • Generally the one to survive or cause deaths Representation of Males The Imitation Game, 2014 The males greatly outnumber the females and are dressed in smart suits showing professionalism. Although sitting down, the main male character can be identified as he is being surrounded by others and appears to be the one intelligently solving a problem.
  5. 5. In our thriller the protagonist is male which conforms to the expected conventions however his power is weakened towards the end of the production. • In compliance with the stereotypical representations of males, upon the first sighting of our male character the audience is under no false misconception of his weakness. • However, when the ghost appears, it is here where the male connotes weakness and inferiority
  6. 6. Representation of Age The main character is a young male aged 23 as this is around the age of our target audience so there can be a connection made adding to the realism of the production. This young age is not necessarily common to find within thrillers. Although the this character is playing a role of an estate agent, it was important to keep his age represented so therefore we decided to • Dress him in a suit but not to have a blazer • Have rolled up sleeves • This downplays the seriousness of his profession • It also shows the aspect of young naivety • He also wears an expensive looking watch and slicked back hair to connote that appearance and materialism is important which are traits connected to modern day young people
  7. 7. Representation of Professionalism Professionalism is represented in Forbidden by through the male protagonist as he is playing the role of an estate agent. • Estate agents are often deemed untrustworthy and often quite sly/slick • To represent thus we have chosen to use a suit without the blazer, rolled up sleeves, slicked back hair and an expensive looking watch which represents the stereotypes of an estate agent • However, we wanted the audience to feel empathy towards the main character as he is the protagonist and is the one that put in a vulnerable position • To do this we used many high angle shots of him and close ups to fully see his worried expression