AS Level Media Studies Evaluation Question 2

How does your media product represent perticular social groups?

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Evaluation Question 2
How does your media product represent particular social groups?
In my film I used two teenage girls, Beth and Jasmine, aged 17. I chose to subvert the
ideology of thriller films and not use a man as the films main antagonist or protagonist
because women are often overlooked in society, and in comparison to men are not normally
portrayed extensively. I for these reasons decided to subvert conventions and use women
so that the film could represent women in a variety of roles, both as an antagonist and
protagonist, to show that they have the capability of violence, as well as men who in society
are often portrayed as violent.
I used young actors to play on the negative stereotype of youth and gang culture which is
both real and perceived. In today's society the media is extremely damning of the youth of
our country, I wanted to show that, although some teenagers do comply with such
expectations, other don't; this was to suggest that the media portrayal and society's
opinion aren't always correct or informed. I've done this by using my antagonist to
represent the dangers of gang culture and the negative stereotypes, but have not made this
explicit, instead using the location of a home to suggest that this culture is overlooked and
hidden in society. I have also used my protagonist to suggest to my audience that not all
teenagers in fact are a part of a gang, but some instead choose to live as the rest of society
would accept as normal, and are not violent or anti-social as youth are often portrayed to
be, again, to suggest to my audience that society's stereotypes aren't always fair or
justified. I chose not to include older actors as youth are often not portrayed and are
isolated in society, something which I wanted to reflect by including only that age group and,
in addition, it allowed me to explore what happens to young people when left alone.
Also, one of my actors is white and the other mixed race. I did this as I didn't want to
discriminate, and wanted to represent the whole of the youth of society, not just those
who are white or just those who are black; this also subverts stereotypes of a thriller as
often the majority of actors are white. I wanted to represent that people of this age group
don't discriminate amongst each other, but instead tend to protect one another and stick
together since in society there is a divide of generations. However the storyline then pits
the antagonist and protagonist against each other; I did this to suggest that although youth
do stick together, they still have to face adult issues and there are often disputes and
misunderstanding that can escalate. By leading it to violence I wanted to suggest that youth
today find it difficult to communicate what they're feeling and instead act out, especially
when unsupervised as shown in my opening, when alone the youth of society are particularly
prone to escalation of
emotions as they try to
take on an adult role since
in today's society children
are forced to grow-up
A rural, isolated location (left).
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I filmed in a rural location, again subverting the usual conventions of a thriller. Normally a
thriller is set in a rough, urban environment to create unease in the audience however, some
films such as Alfred Hitchcock's `The 39 Steps' use an unusual, rural location to emphasise
the isolation of the protagonist from the rest of society.…read more

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I used younger actresses, since I wanted to represent that fact that this is a
problem mainly affecting the younger generation as they generally use social networking
sites and text messaging more than other groups in society. By not showing her face I also
wanted to suggest that people on the margins of society are largely over-looked by the
majority.…read more


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