Friday, 1 April 2011

EVALUATION: Question 2 - How does your media product represent particular social groups?

The main character of our thiller opening shows some similarities with the main character of the film 'Captivity' starring Elisha Cuthbert. The similarities include the fact that they are both young which expresses their vulnerability, and that they look similar with their clothing and blonde hair (which conveys the blonde stereotype), including the obvious similarity of them both being held captive with no idea why or how they ended up there. The camera shot (mid shot) is similar but the angles are different. The mise en scene is similar, with the beds and the pillows.

In these two images the camera angle is the same but the camera shots are different, the top image is a distant mid shot and the bottom image is a close mid shot. The mise en scene is different. The dim lighting sets the tone and tells you that something is about to happen. It portrays a gloomy atmosphere which is why we chose to use dim lighting.

The social group that our thriller opening represents is mainly teenage girls, as the main character is a teenager herself. It may also attract the attention of teenage boys because of the fact that the film has an attractive main character, just like in 'Captivity' and many other films. 'Captivity' has been a large influence on our thriller opening considering the fact that there are many similarities with the film and our thriller opening.

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