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How my media product represents particular social groups.

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  1. 1. How does prepresent paticular social groups? Naomi Angel
  2. 2. <ul><li>Another representation I decided to use for the male characters was their appearances not looking suspicious and just your normal ‘typical guy’. In American Psycho, Patrick Bateman acts like the casual guy in front of people when really, he is the ‘psycho.’ </li></ul>In Target, I decided to represent the men as being secretive compared to the women characters. I made this decision because from the Thrillers that I have analysed, I noticed that the men were always hiding something from everyone else. For example, despite Detective Somerset being seen as a protagonist in Se7en, he hides the fact that he cares for people deep inside but acts as if he’s strong about being alone with no one to love.
  3. 3. The women are represented seen as them being obstacles for the men to get over. ‘Target’ demonstrates this by our male character Brad, is dating the only female featured, Rachel. She ends up forcing Brad to chose between the love or money after confronting her true self, which results in her being shot. This also means that the women in Target are represented as the ones who are being treated badly because of them being immoral characters. Most Thrillers show the same representation because the majority of victims that are women in Thrillers are normally killed off and the audience know that the antagonists, despite what sex they are, most of the time get what they deserved.
  4. 4. With the costume being all in black, it was important to have someone who was tall and broad built as on camera, he would look hard-looking. But whist inside, his appearance must show that he is a normal guy and other people would not noticed that he could potentially be an assassinator. I made decisions on who would be right to star in my Thriller by thinking of who would be able to follow directions well whilst on set and be able to pull off the sort of characteristics an assassinator would use; like the smug look they usually have when they’ve completed a mission. The actor also had to be fit enough when it came to being able to run far distances a few times because of having to re-take shots.
  5. 5. <ul><li>The audience find out that someone does die during the sequence. However, they are never told who the victim it is and why they were killed. I used a technique called montage editing where I showed Brad crossing off someone on the corkboard and then turning on the television, seeing that on a news report, someone had been killed. The audience then puts the two pieces of information together and realise that Brad must of had something to do with the shooting as his reaction to the report shows that he’s happy and not showing any feelings towards the tragic news. </li></ul><ul><li>The death doesn’t only show that Brad is considered emotionless but also, the person who has been murdered must have done something wrong in Brad’s opinion. The audience don’t find this out until after the opening sequence. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>My product involves the social group of people with disabilities by the main character, Brad, having several mental disorders - Delusional Disorder and Hypnagogia. </li></ul><ul><li>This tells the audience that this certain social group may expand from people just thinking that they can’t do much harm because of them not being able to do some things that others can do. Sometimes it makes them go the complete opposite through being either aggressive/frustrated or just wanting the attention they may of never got when they were a child; which Brad experiences through being adopted as a child and also been beaten up, causing him to suffer greatly during his youth life. This includes the social group of teenagers. Target tells the audience that they are sometimes emotionless to other people by just thinking about themselves, despite people like Brad needing support. </li></ul>