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Evaluation Question 2

Evaluation Question 2- How does your media product represent particular social groups

Oonagh Turner

on 16 April 2010

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Evaluation Question 2 How does your media product represent particular social groups? In order to aim our final sequence towards our desired target market of adolescents and teenagers, we have ensured that the characters we used are of this age group. We decided to express Sophie's youth through her clothing, her friends, and her suburban lifestyle.

Overall, we wanted her to appear as a normal teenager, to emphasise how an issue such as stalking and rape can occur to anybody. Characters commonly associated with the thriller genre would be the male villain and killer. An example is Norman Bates in Psycho (1960), a young male psychological affected and killing people dressed as his dead mother. To ensure all round popularity, we have also attempted to appeal to other members of the public, and other social groups. We have done this via location, as it is set in a normal suburban town, which would, as anticipated, appeal to other people, not only teenagers.
Adolescents The main aim of our sequence, was not only to promote the thriller genre, but also to represent and highlight various issues within society regarding the safety of teenagers and adolescents. Therefore, naturally, our opening appeals mainly to teenagers and adolescents. We found that by including characters of this age, it would increase appeal and popularity among members of society this age. Costume Design One way in which we have depicted and represented particular social groups is through costume design. In order to express Sophie's character's friendly, happy and outgoing nature is through the bright vibrancy of the bold colours she wears throughout our sequence. The bright yellow top not only indicates her stained youth and innocence, but it stands out and illustrates yellow as a happy, youthful colour. Modern teenagers use fashion and clothing as a statement of their attitude to life, and therefore this would represent this age group. We believe that the shade of yellow shows Sophie's lifestyle well. It is evident from these two images that both characters have different attitudes to life. Sophie appears happy and youthful in yellow, whereas the grey shades express the other characters more depressing attributes. Either way, both teenagers use fashion and clothing to express how they feel. Another area in which we focused on in order to portray and represent adolescents was the use of location. We found that a suburban town would represent modern culture, and therefore youth. We found that the use of the train stations, and noises from cars added to the effect of modern day suburban London. As the sequence is set here, teenagers and adolescents can relate to issues that are common amongst these areas. Similar to the popular teenage themed program 'Skins', the Bristol city scape is featured within the opening credits of each episode. The effect of promoting youth is something that we have attempted to mimc throughout our opening credits. These four freeze frames highlight each section of our sequence that expresses and demonstrates youth through modern suburban life. Location Here we have clearly used the colour black to emphasise the sinister nature of our antagonist. Similar to Don Corleone, who is always depicted wearing black. The use of colour clearly depicts how the teenage antagonist is not to be trusted. The audience are able to recognise this from the beginning of the sequence. Psychologically effected sinister individuals. The villian throughout our sequence is psychologically effected, and of course the antagonist. We have attempted to represent this person through various techniques such as short and quick camera angles and movement, the colour imagery depicted through the choice of clothing, and also through the contrast in the camera angles used on Sophie, and the camera angles used on the antagonist. Costume Design. One way in which we have depicted and represented particular social groups is through costume design. Stereotypical images of the antagonist throughout the film industry are represent through the colour of their clothing. We have used the colour black to emphasise the sinister nature of this character, and to show how they should not be trusted. Unlike the character played by Sophie, who wears a variety of bright colours such as yellow and blues, to show her youthful, charasmatic attitude to life. The black colours not only represent a dark personality, but also express our antagonists lack of joy in life. Camera Angles and movements It is evident through our sequence that the two characters are extremely different. One way in which we have highlighted this to the audience is through the camera angles and movements. The beginning of the sequence ensures the audience immediately bond with the character through the concentration and medium close ups on Sophie. When Aneesa, who plays our antagonist, appears back in the sequence, the camera angles used are fast and abrupt. This creates a contrast, and therefore represents a difference within their personalities. Here, it is evident how we can't see our antagonist's face that they possibly have something to hide. The open nature in which Sophie is portrayed with camera angles that show her face clearly create a distinct contrast between the two characters. The angles therefore express how Aneesa is clearly the villain and antagonist throughout the sequence.
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