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Transcript of Question 2
Certain aspects of the social groups we chose to represent were done so positively, such as the male and female romantic leads. This was because our female lead was very work oriented, meaning there is no imbalance in status between the male and female lead. We also tried to portray our main female lead as very headstrong and confident, rather than having the stereotypical representation of a clumsy or quirky lead.
Groups That Were Notably Absent
As our chosen film genre was romantic comedy, the social groups that are usually represented in this genre are:
the male/female romantic leads
the male is usually of a higher status (e.g. possibly her boss or part of a higher popularity group if it's a high school film)
the female in most cases begins with less status and is normally quite dopey as the film opens, typically the love interest of the male character (e.g working for the male lead, a less popular student) although there are exceptions to this representation (e.g the female romantic lead in The Proposal maintains the higher status throughout the majority of the film
the lead female character does often have a group of friend's she confides in (usually for advice on the relationship with the male lead)
usually predominantly white, may contain a tokenistic character from a non-white background to create diversity
as with the group of the female lead's friends, often the male lead
the female romantic lead tends to have a strong connection with the family, although not necessarily
may contain younger social groups such as children/teens but we chose not to include any aspect of that particular group
Representation of Social Groups
Representation is defined as
the way different social groups are portrayed
how different groups, communities, experience, ideas and topics are portrayed from different perspectives (i.e. in reality or fiction)
how different portrayals of social situations would be able to influence different audience interpretations, ideas or attitudes
different means of representation can be used to evoke certain emotions or responses
7 Areas of Representation
social issues/defects (disability)
Representation: What is it?
Groups Being Represented
How Did We Represent Them
Further on into the film, there could be a presence of condescending colleagues that affect the lives of the male/female leads that could serve as a possible catalyst for the plot. Although, it would not be a necessary addition for the story line to be able to progress and therefore was not added into the initial idea for the plot.
Another social group that we did not involve in the title sequence (but could do further on into the film) would be the younger group of children/teenagers. Even though it could have been a possible addition to the film (i.e. involving them with one of the lead's families), they were not represented in the actual opening that we created. Also, as the idea for our character was for her to be addicted to her work, involving this group would seem unrealistic.
As referenced from our title sequence, we represented her work oriented life by having her in office attire throughout the whole sequence, as well as reading a newspaper in the taxi on her way to work.
Groups normally represented in romance films