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How does your media productrepresent particular social groups? AS – SPENT FUEL By Lilly Thomas
C.R.A.G.S• My media production represents the following: (relating to social groups) • C – Class • R – Race • A – Age • G – Gender • S - Sexuality
ClassThe audience that my production is targeted at would bemiddle class. Income bracket B.I have represented class within my production throughmy protagonist, as he can be seen to be middle classthrough the narrative, withstanding the disaster andhaving the knowledge to solve the enigma (the nuclearwar was fake, he is being used for scientific experimentsby the antagonist.)However, the way his he is dressed and presentedchallenges the stereotype that the middle class are wellpresented, clean and tidy – likewise the narrative issupportive of the stereotype as the protagonist has beenthrough a lot according to the storyline, thereforerelating to the costume.
RACE• The race of my social I am representing is white.• My production’s protagonist is white – the narrative suggests he is a survivor and a warrior as he withstood a disaster, this challenges the convention that black people are stronger than white people.• Also, my production has no black characters. This can challenge the stereotype that black people are stronger than white people as the audience are lead to believe the protagonist is the last man on earth.• My production does not contain physical violence, or gun crime (which is stereotypical for black people) and therefore casted are production with white characters.
Age• The age of people who would view my production would be aged 18- 28, 24% of moviegoers.• The protagonist in our production is a similar age, our actor is 19, however the character we believe is slightly older as we establish in our flashback shots that he has a young family. (wife & one baby.)• My production supports the stereotype that young people are stronger than old people as our protagonist was strong enough to withstand the disaster when no one else could. This is shown by the lonely and deserted long shots throughout our opening sequence, and the flashback to the death of the protagonist’s wife.• My production challenges the stereotype that older people are smarter than younger people, as my protagonist is smart enough to solve the cliff- hanger disequilibrium in the final shot. “You are not alone” – wrote by the helper, in the last shot who we vaguely see behind the door, who is much older. (Could be decided by his tall height, and long dark costume.)
Gender• In my production I represented males in a more modern way, as a female was featured in my production.• My production confirms the stereotype than man are stronger than women, this is shown through the fact the my male protagonist is the only character left, he withstands the nuclear disaster and continues to live. The audience are introduced to the female for a short amount of time, and it is not long until we discover her dead.• I confirm the common representation that men are powerful. In my opening sequence I portray the male protagonist to have power, whilst in the flashback shots he is escaping and lives, whilst the female does not.• Also in the flashback shots, the script reinforces that men are stereotypically meant to protect women. As the protagonists wife is panicking in the flashback car scene, she cries out “just do something” and the male protagonist replies “I’m trying” – this is stereotypical as it becomes clear to the audience that the women is relying on her husband. However, we then challenge this convention by showing her dead, suggesting he did not succeed in doing this.
Sexuality• The sexuality I portrayed in my production is heterosexual, as this is traditional.• This can be seen through the masculine role as the survivor which my protagonist has.• This confirms the stereotype that men are seen as masculine.