Thursday, 17 March 2011

Evaluation Question 2

How does your media product represent particular social groups?

For our main protagonist we wanted to challenge the conventions of a typical final girl, because Ellie is brunette and not blonde and is also quite studious, but from the feedback we got, it was clear that people didn’t understand what she was because the film is focused on her body and how vein she is, so we therefore changed it to a scream queen. She isn’t the stereotypical scream queen because she is quite studious and she manages to survive the tragedy that happens in the woods. This makes her a countertype. I would compare her to Mandy Lane in ‘All the boys love Mandy Lane ’.

Ellie: Brunette Scream Queen/final girl. (She is the last one to survive but is still a scream queen) (COUNTERTYPE). She follows the coventions of a scream queen because she is a very attractive girl and she wears a lot of make up and takes care of her appearance but also challenges them because she is not the typical blonde and is quite studious. Shot selection we have used is close ups on her face and her leaning back in the bath, the whole opening is quite revealing and can be seen as provocative (naked in a bath).

Abi: Blonde Scream Queen (She gets killed first) (STEREOTYPE)

Sophie and Ruby: Friends who die as well (Die because there sexually provocative) (STEREOTYPE)

Age: actresses are teenagers, we are teenagers and the target audience is teenagers

Ethnicity: Our product doesn't contain non-caucasian, this was not intentional and in the real world mainstream productions won't suffer from this

Gender: All girls cast, this attracts a male audience but also a female audience because they can relate to the characters

Socio-economic groupings: Actresses are middle class

Nationality and region: Northan english actresses

If I could do it again I would have a stereotypical blonde scream queen because it makes it more obvious for the audience. Also in the woods part I would have made the costumes more revealing (this wasn't possible because when we were filming it was extremely cold so couldn't expect the actresses to take off more layers) this would have looked better and again made it more obvious and clear who they were.


Our casting of a final girl, Ellie

Amber Heard as Mandy Lane in the 2006 film

Sandra Peabody plays Mari in the Last House on the Left (1972)

Jamie Lee Curtis: scream queen archetype for her roles in horror movies such as; Halloween (1978, John Carpenter), The Fog (1980, John Carpenter), Prom Night (1980, Paul Lynch) and Terror Train (1980, Roger Spottiswoode).
We are also including a mild scream queen, Abi, a blonde girl who is the first to disappear when they are in the woods. Her character is out going and inquisitive and it is when she goes off on her own that she is killed.

Amanda Righetti as the camp leader in Friday the 13th

Abi, our scream queen

Two extras have been used but they were not based on any particular character roles from existing texts because they are not the focus of the film and their parts are very brief as they are killed in the woods along with Abi.

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