Research plan

Film: The Hurt Locker

Research points:

How realistic the interpretation of bomb squads are compared to real life

The policies in relationship to the middle east of the 2 presidential candidates in the 2008 US presidential election

PTSD in soldiers after returning from Iraq/Afghanistan

What other films were produced before this set in afghanistan

How The Hurt Locker affected peoples views on the war in Iraq/Afghanistan

Research sites: (McCain and Obama positions on iraq and Afghanistan)

Donald Trump Talks Tougher Tack in the War on Terror


Previous movies to look at:

Home of the Brave – PTSD

Jarhead – Not afghanistan/iraq in current times but deals with emotions/ptsd

Fahrenheit 9/11 – 9/11 and the motives for the war in iraq and afghanistan

Research plan

Depth of Field Task

f/5.6 | 1/320 | ISO 100


f/11 | 1/80 | ISO 100


f/32 | 1/80 | ISO 400


I took these shots to demonstrate the difference in using different levels of aperture when taking stills or filming. A lower aperture like f/5.6, as seen in the first picture, gives the focus point an in focus area whereas further out the image is blurred. The second image is in f/11 and shows a medium depth of field where the second pole is more in focus but still slightly blurred and the third pole is completely out of focus. The last image at f/32 has everything in the frame fully in focus.

Next we were tasked with recreating shots from films to show one with shallow depth of field, one with medium and one with deep depth of field.

Scene: Boyhood(2014)     Shallow DoF


Scene: Submarine(2010)     Medium DoF


Scene: Boyhood(2014)     Deep DoF



Depth of Field Task

Contextual Analysis


Goood article about film

The Equal Pay Act 1970

equal pay act of 1970 / important for womens rights [1]

sex discrimination act, not brought in until 1975 [2] [3] [4]

womens role in the 70s


I will be doing a contextual analysis of the 1970 film Deep End. I’ll be looking into the social and political aspects around the period when the film was produced and released.

I am going to look into the social aspects around the time of 1970 and to start with the rights and roles of women in the 70s and how they differ to the modern day. I thought i’d start by looking into the legal rights that women had during the time of production and release. I found that during production there was no act in place at all for equal pay. The equal pay act of 1970 wasn’t given royal assent until just before release on the 29th of may 1970 and didn’t actually come into force until late 1975.

[1] This act gave women the right to equal treatment in terms of conditions at work and equal pay. This was a groundbreaking time for women as this was probably the biggest thing to happen in women’s rights since the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 [2] which gave all women over the age of 21 the right to vote in general elections.

The character of Susan (Jane Asher) is not how the majority of society expected women to act at the time this was set. She isn’t faithful to her fiancee and openly allows and encourages flirtation with men and even Michael the main character who is only 15 year olds. The period of time this was produced was a time in which women were becoming more and more independent; especially young women.

There was a general election in 1970 which elected a conservative government lead by Edward Heath. Previous to this there had been 6 years of a labour government and after the election there had been a level of economic uncertainty at the time. As seen in this graphic here:


One of the main concerns around the time was the potential economic instability of joining the European Economic Community (now the European Union) and whether it was a good choice for the UK to join it. Once the conservative government in 1970 was elected it was in their manifesto to join and so it was all but decided until the British people had another choice in 1975 in a referendum on whether to stay or leave the community.


Next i will look into the chronological aspects of Deep End and find out what films of similar genre and themes influenced this film. I thought i’d look at The Graduate(1967) to start with as it was a suprise hit in 1967 grossing over $105 million on a $3 million budget[4]. The Graduate is one of the most influential films of the 1960s and as a coming of age tale not unlike Deep End. I think there are similar themes in the two films and that Deep End has been influenced when talking about things like complex feelings of love between a young and an older person and how that can change the development of an adolescent person.

Another groundbreaking film that really brought films with teen protagonists and that dealt with issues that teenagers had to mainstream audiences was Rebel Without a Cause(1955). The film broke social barriers of the time in the United States and gave way for films like Deep End to be created in the future.

Contextual Analysis

How the message of the text is communicated – Black Mirror

I will be looking at Season 1 Episode 2 of Black Mirror(2011). I chose this show as each episode has an individual story and I thought that the message would have to be established even quicker in this than an average TV show.

From the opening shot it’s clear that this is not set in the present day. The room that Bing is asleep in is covered in black walls with no windows or light coming in except artificial light. The technology used is meant to represent the “near future” as things like hand movements in the air to control things are things that are currently in development but not yet fully utilised like they are in this.

It’s clear that Bing is not happy in his current situation, and when we are introduced into other people everybody looks unhappy except one character who seems to find a show about shaming fat people is particularly funny. Another sign that something has happened in the world that we are yet unaware of is that a show in which fat people are sprayed with water and forced to eat food would never be produced for general viewing today.

The reason why people are forced to ride the bikes is never fully explained, but it’s clear that there is some sort of energy crisis and humans are being used to harvest energy to power the world. It seems farfetched, but not impossible to ever happen to us and that makes the story more compelling.

There are small clues to what happened in the outside world throughout the opening of this episode. Small comments about apples being made in Petri dishes give clues about what kind of event happened in the outside world to cause all of this to happen.

The show “Hot Shots” seems to have some significance, as it seems to be setup a few times and from the interview with a winner of the talent show, it looks as if being on the show can get you out of cycling and the place where they live.

I think that the target audience for this show is more of an interest in sci-fi and dystopia than a specific age range, as age doesn’t factor into the story too much. The only characters aged over about 25 are the judges on “Hot Shots” because the cycling seems very physically demanding and most likely older people can’t meet that demand and so cannot do that job.

The part of the show about advertisements reminds me of ads on phone apps in which you have to wait a period of time or pay to get rid of them. I think potentially Charlie Brooker took influence from this.


How the message of the text is communicated – Black Mirror