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Evaluation Question 2
Transcript of Evaluation Question 2
In my main brief, we have two characters who are male (19 years old) and female (18 years old) and they have the role of the protagonists. Stereotypically, females in horror films are portrayed as being ignorant, naïve, weak and rely on being saved by men. An example of when this stereotype was put to use is shown in the opening of ‘Scream’. As women are seen in the media as being weak and helpless, it is a countertype in any film that the woman would fight to defend herself. At the very start of my opening, the female is shown in my kitchen on her own at night which conveys the stereotypical characteristics due to the audience feeling as though something is going to happen to her. They are also conveyed in horror films as having a perfect female image which is shown though their clear skin, neat hair, perfect makeup and nice clothes. This then emphasises the fact that the female character is ‘girly’ and follows the popular stereotype. Also, by using this shot of the woman alone in the kitchen being unaware that she is being watched, this is evidence to the representation of women being oblivious and ignorant.
As the female walks out of the kitchen and in to the living room, it is revealed that she is not on her own and that she is accompanied by a male who is her boyfriend. The male stereotypes are that they are brave, strong and dominant. Due to these, we focused on making our male follow the well known characteristics. The male seems to have control as the female made him tea, he is in control of what they watch and when they go to bed as he leads her upstairs.
We chose for the clown antagonist to be male due to people believing that males are more violent and like to resolve situations through violence. The baseball bat held by the clown is iconography for the violent behaviour.
In our main brief, all three characters were British actors. We took into consideration the ethnicity of our film as we wanted it to be a traditional British film. This is shown by my research which says that over 90% of people in the UK are white British or other. Due to the stereotype which represents black people as being violent and perhaps associated with gangs, we decided against this idea as we wanted to connote as much innocence in our protagonists as possible. Also, as our film is based on the clown theme, the circus is a stereotypical event in Britain.
Berger’s theory on gender states that “men look and women appear”. This statement he made is the idea that women in horror films are only used for their appearance to benefit males. This is because Berger also believes that males are spectators and observe the female image. In our opening, we put to use this theory as one of our protagonists is a young female who follows the female representations and is dominated by the male.
Evaluation Question 2 :
How does your media product represent particular social groups?
Through the mise-en-scene, the girl wears a white, plain top which can be seen as portraying her ignorance and the fact that she is naïve. The colour can represent purity and innosence. This can be an assumption as her plain top can illustrate her thoughts. By making the tea, her ignorance is also portayed which is an aspect used in the opening of ‘Scream’. Another well known stereotypical aspect is known as someone being a ‘dumb blonde’. The female character follows the characteristics of a blonde, however, she has dark brown, curly hair. Furthermore, the male has blond, straight hair without a hair out of place and therefore, challenges this stereotype. This is a countertype which we wanted to include to defeat the automatic assupmtions and to make ours different from many other horror films. The film ‘Scream’ can also be used as an example as the female has blonde and straight hair.
The most popular sexuality in horror films is represented in a heterosexual relationship between a female and male character. This is popular because in many horror films, the woman always relies on the male to save or protect her. We decided to also use this in our film to convey the sense that something bad may happen to the female and she will need to be saved. In the horror 'Scream' when the woman feels hopeless and scared, she says that her boyfriend will be here any minute to protect her and fight off the antagonist which is a popular role for boyfriends in horror films.
Youth is represented in our opening as the scary clown is wearing a hoodie which is a stereotype of young teenagers as it conveys mystery and misbehaviour. This is how teenagers are looked at by other ages. As normal teenagers do, they think they are older than they are and capable of having the same responsibilities as adults. However, most teenagers make mistakes which we have shown in our film as they forget to lock the front door before they go to bed. This is an unlikely action from sensible adults as they are more aware of the consequences that can occur. This mistake made can remind people that they are still young and oblivious. An example of teenagers being immature is in the film 'Cabin in the woods' when all the teenagers care about is being with their friends and getting drunk. They ignore all bad signs in which they then come to realise that they have made a huge mistake.
Hebdige's theory is the idea that young people either bring fun or trouble with them wherever they may go. We included this stereotype as the characters youth has brought about trouble for them and put themselves in great danger.
When you think of Great Britain, tea drinking comes to mind as it is a popular aspect of the UK. Therefore, we included footage of the female protagonist making a cup of tea to convey the traditional values. This can help the audience identify the regional identity as the woman in 'Hush' does not make tea as it is an American film.
What i have noticed in horror films is that the antagonist is not normally physically disabled. This is because it defeats the idea and the image that the antagonist is strong and powerful. Instead, the audience will look at the antagonist as being weaker than the protagonist. However, many horrors include the protagonist to be mentally disabled as it can portray evil and mysterious. We have used this stereotype as the antagonist is has mental disabilities. However, this is not confirmed in the opening as the audience are unaware of the reason why the clown is going after them.
Richard Dyer - Star power
In our main brief opening, we did not chose to have any well know famous actors/actresses. This is because we believed that it could take away the tension and make it less scary. For example; Zac Efron is a popular young actor who has played many different roles is a variety of films such as 'High School Musical'. This is a childrens film which is not a horror. Therefore, many people would watch our film with Zac Efron in it and still look at him as a childs actor and not take him seriously. For this reason, we decided to use unknown actors and actresses to prevent the audience from making any associations with an other characters in other films. By preventing associations, it can make the horror more believable.