Evaluation of our Media Product: Questions 1, 2 and 3
EVALUATION OF MEDIACOURSEWORKBy Megan Lawrenson
1: IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOURMEDIA PRODUCT USE, DEVELOP OR CHALLENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF REAL MEDIA PRODUCTS?
TITLEThe title of our film is Only Chance the title of our film helps to emphasise just how serious the band is to its members whilst also intriguing the audience.
SETTINGStereotypical college setting which sets the scene immediately and gives an idea of the films genre. The college setting is clear due to our use of props for example the environment has notice boards and other teenage extra’s with bags which make them appear they have lessons.
SETTINGOn the continuous shots Chesky walks down a corridor and past lockers clearly emphasising the college setting
COSTUME The two main characters have contrasting costumes to establish the difference in personality and their attitudes. The props are minimal except for the musical instruments in the band scene as they were a necessity for the films plot.The costumes of our characters aretypical casual clothing that studentswould wear on an everyday basis.The costume for Meg however hasmore of a rock look.
ICONOGRAPHYThe poster represents the group’s desperation to find a singer as they are now opening the auditions to anyone that wants to try.
CAMERA WORKI think for us it was very important to establish that the film was going to bedifferent from the beginning so rather than have the credits over long shots we decided to split sections of video into quarters allowing us to have two pieces of video playing simultaneously with the credits
GENREThe genre of the films was very clear from the offset the setting is veryclearly a college film as we thought the opening should have walking shotsto establish the location of the film whilst close ups of the guitar show thatthe film will also include a lot of music.
HOW THE CHARACTERS ARE INTRODUCED The first main character Chesky is introduced through close ups of her playing the guitar and close ups of her head bobbing along to the music her band is playing. When being introduced it would be hard to first recognise Chesky as one of the main characters as other members of the band have close ups too yet as the story progresses chesky is the only member of the band in the auditions emphasising how important she is to the band and how she is the key member
HOW THE CHARACTERS ARE INTRODUCED The character of Megan is introduced through walking shots. Her videos are filmed handheld which shows the roughness of the character and her edginess. The first contact between the two characters sees them barge into each other in order to establish the animosity between them.
2: HOW DOES YOURMEDIA PRODUCTREPRESENT PARTICULARSOCIAL GROUPS?
Megan, one of the two maincharacters from our film isreminiscent to the character ofJenny from Gossip Girl The appearance of both characters is very similar for example both girls have platinum blonde hair and have very similar make-up as we believe that the large amount of eyeliner conveys the girls rock attitude. Both characters are wearing similar style outfits, which are original and bold
Chesky portrays a charactersimilar to the one of Sam from‘Bandslam’ The characters are both brunettes and front girls Both characters appear happy and positive. Both characters are guitarists
The two main character’sfrom our film generally go In the majority of filmsagainst stereotypes as the brunette is portrayedthe blonde is as the more rebelliousstereotypically portrayed character whereas theas the nice girl yet our brunette in our film isfilm breaks the stereotype shown as someone whoand goes against the is nice and dedicated toideology of this by her band.portraying her as a rockgirl who isn’t thatinnocent.
Our film offers a much more realisticrepresentation of teenage girls byshowing them as girls who can benasty and bitches to each other. Thisidea will later by reversed as bothgirls will come together and becomefriends in order to be successful.
The portrayal of teenage cliques in this film is alsomore realistic than the usually over exaggeratedportals in many modern American films and ismuch more subtle in showing the contrasts ofcliques.
3:WHAT KIND OFMEDIA INSTITUTIONMIGHT DISTRIBUTE YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT AND WHY?
We believe that touchstone pictures would be the best option for distributing our film as they have released many films of a similar style to ours e.g. 10 things I hate about you and Step Up 2. The film would be a good release for this company due to the film’s target audience and the fact that Touchstone Pictures is part of the much larger Walt Disney Company and is known for releasing films with more mature films suitable for teenage audience.
We believe our movie could be produced in a major Hollywood film studio because the idea is original yet still fits with the genre conventions of a typical teen movie Our film wouldn’t be an indie film or a small British film as we feel it appeals to a much wider audience. Our film offers for franchise/merchandising as it features a band that would actually perform in the film. The featured band could do a tour, much similar to the likes of Miley Cyrus who is an actress and a performer. This would increase profit made from the film.