Our Film Opening

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

R+P Post 6: Our opening sequence's characters and how we plan to represent social groups

In the film opening only 4 characters are introduced, the only key character being the antagonist. Despite this, all 4 characters have been created to represent both genders and ethnic minorities.

Our antagonist, Damien, is not seen throughout the entirety of the film opening. We see his body but nit his face. He is a quiet, introverted young adult who having been bullied all his life has now started seeking revenge against society as a result of his psychological issues. The xenophobia that stems from not seeing him creates a greater sense of mystery and fear whilst also putting the focus on the psychological issues surrounding this character than the character himself. Through this not only do we represent psychological issues but we also represent the pain that some people suffer having been shunned by society.

Jim Moriarty from Sherlock inspired us for Damien. Moriarty according to Holmes is a powerful criminal mastermind who can commit any atrocity to perfection without losing any sleep over it.

Our news reporter, Jean Smith, is a professional young black Muslim woman as connoted by her clothing and job. This therefore represents an ethnic minority group and the female demographic. In terms of the horror genre this is conventional as she is portrayed not only as the stock black character who seemingly dies first but also as the vulnerable young female.
A typical news reporter from real news programmes.
This is Fatima Manji from Channel 4 News.

This shows the manner in which black characters are under-represented in films, therefore by including a black character we are representing an ethnic minority.

Within our film opening, we have represented Jean Smith in two different ways. When we are first introduced to her she is represented in a very positive manner. As discussed above, she is a young professional, British, Muslim woman which positively represents females and Muslims, as it shows them in a high-level occupation, thus avoiding the traditional negative British stereotypes surrounding these demographics. However, the way she is represented changes to a more negative one once she becomes a victim. As discussed above, she is then represented as a vulnerable, female victim which reinforces negative gender stereotypes, as it shows her to be weak as opposed to the strong initial representation she had. However, having a vulnerable female victim is an archetype of the horror genre and therefore, despite being a negative representation. it conforms to audience expectations.

Richard May who is our news anchor is the typical young professional male. There is little opportunity for him to display any characteristics in our opening however his appropriate reaction to the disappearance of the news reporter, as well as his composure and professionalism to deal with the situation connote this.

A typical news anchor from real news programmes.
This is Huw Edwards from BBC News.

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