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2) How does your media product represent particular social groups?

13 Apr

Our product conforms but also challenges to the stereotype of the little girl as she is seen as being helpless in her situation and dependent on her mother which shows that she has always been protected by her mother and has been kept out of harms way this suggests that perhaps the mother has safeguarded the girl too much if she is that dependent on her mother. We chose Amy to play the little girl due to her childlike appearance which made her look vulnerable in our film. In our film opening, Alice is very dependent on her mother which may appear to be strange in modern-day society as 3-year-old girls are quite independent. Alice should be out with her friends instead of taking a walk with her mother which suggests to the audience that she may not be comfortable with social interactions with someone her own age. Alice doesn’t appear to be violent in any way which suggests that her anti-social behaviour may be due to her own vulnerability. This point is backed up by the shot in our film opening of where Alice is being threatened; she isn’t seen to retaliate or to fight back. This contrasts to her social group where people similar to her may attempt to defend themselves especially in the modern-day UK as a lot of new stories are published every week on the problems caused by youths today.

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However, the mother challenges the social groups as in most films mothers are seen as being very young or either very old. Examples of this may include, Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia and Rose Byrne in Insidious. Insidious-2011-Official-Site-rose-byrne-19863624-677-398THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

Meryl Streep is a well-known actress and is part of an older generation of mothers where their children may be grown up but may still rely on their mother. Rose Byrne is part of the younger group as in Insidious she has 3 children, all of which are under the age of 8 and one of the children is just a baby. It is very hard to find films that are in between these two social groups for women where the children are teenagers and the women are middle aged. It is very unusual to see middle age women in films now so our film opening is perhaps helping to create a market for middle-aged women.

Both characters conform to their stereotypes in terms of mise-en-scene, if we look at the costumes of these characters, they automatically build a picture in your head of who would wear them which could indicate their particular social groups.

black-cardigan-with-metallic-ribbed-vest-top-194622-300x450[1] This outfit may be seen as something a typical mother may wear.

IMG_2453[1] This outfit may be typical of what a teenager may wear and it is similar to what our actress wore in our film opening.

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