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Evaluation - How does your media product represent particular social groups?

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Jess Fells

on 9 May 2012

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Evaluation
How does your media product represent particular social groups? In our film opening there are three social groups which are represented through the use of mise-en-scene, sound, editing and cinematography. These social groups are gender (female), age (teenagers around 15-17) and ability/disability. GENDER How sound represents gender.

The non-diegetic scream used in the dream scene represents females, as screaming is associated with women as they are usually portrayed as feminine, 'helpless' and the 'victim', especially in horror films. AGE How sound represents age.

The voice over used in the dream scene represents age as the 'moody' sulky tone it is spoken in fits in with how society perceives teenagers to be. ABILITY/DISABILITY As this social group was represented a lot in our opening, we decided to film ourselves talking about it rather that type it all out. Here's the video, excuse my awkwardness. How editing represents gender.

The rapid cuts used in the death scene as well as the dream scene could represent gender, as women are often represented as indecisive or 'rash' when making decisions. How mise-en-scene represents gender.

The costume the characters are wearing represents gender, as Sarah is shown wearing floral garments as well as a dress, which are both stereotypically female. Jess is also shown to be wearing a pink top, and in one part has a pink/purple streak in her hair, which is also very girly. How cinematography represents gender.

We have used several close ups and extreme close ups in our film opening, which could represent gender, as stereotypically, women like to be the center of attention, which is represented through these shots, as they are very camera dominant. How editing represents age.

Similarly to gender, the rapid cutting used in the death scene and the dream scene could represent teenagers, especially teenage girls, as the rapid cuts could symbolise the stereotypical assumption that all teenagers have 'mood swings' or that they can't make their minds up. The impact the rapid cutting gives could also help to represent teenagers, as it gives off an angry tone, which could connote the temper of a teenager, which is stereotypically bad. How cinematography represents age.

Much like the close ups/extreme close ups represent gender, they could also represent age, as teenagers are stereotypically outgoing, which could be shown through the use of these shots, as the closeness of them could show the emotion on the character's faces very clearly. Although this could be shown, in our shots, the characters are usually very blank and emotionless. This doesn't fit in with what a teenager stereotypically is, which works well in our film, as the characters in our film aren't the stereotypical teenager. How mise-en-scene represents age.

The use of costume and makeup could represent age, as the characters are dressed quite boldly, which is how a lot of people think teenagers dress, as they want to be 'rebellious' and stand out. The notebooks and headphones being used by Jess also represent teenagers, as revision is something every teenager does (or should do..), and so is listening to music.
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