Week 7: Representation in the Media – Unit 4

Introduction:

In this task I need to research into how different groups are portrayed in the media and find examples of when their is a positive representation of them.

The groups are:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Disability

I will be looking into two of these groups, Disability and Race, and will find 10 positive representations of them.

Race

1. Masters of None (2015) This Netflix original series follows the story of a struggling Asian actor trying to get parts in productions in New York. There is an entire episode based upon racism in the media industry and the number of Asian actors that could be in a TV show.

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2. The Walking Dead (2010-) This show contains Asian and black actors in the cast, but doesn’t make a big deal out of their skin colour at all and it isn’t to do with any of their plotlines.

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3. The Flash (2014-) This show has the main characters step father as a black man, he is a policeman which is the opposite of a negative racial stereotype that black people are criminals, also he raised his daughter and the main character alone as the mother abandoned them which is also a counter to the negative stereotype that black dads leave their families.

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4. East is East (1999) This film centres around a Muslim family which is rare for a Film 4 production in the UK. All of the main characters are of Pakistani descent which is good as there should be a more fair balance of races on TV.

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5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-) This series follows a precinct of cops in New York City and in particular one slacker cop who has to shape up when he gets a new captain. This captain is a black gay man, and the sergeant is also a black man which are both positive representations on TV.

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Disability

1. Lost (2004-2010) In large portions of Locke’s flashbacks he is in a wheelchair. Even though he is physically disabled he tries to go on walkabouts in the Australian outback and stays very active for a disabled person.

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2. The Theory of Everything (2014) This film documents the life of Stephen Hawking; who suffers from motor neurone disease, or as it’s more commonly known ALS. Even though he suffers from this he is able to be one of the most prestigious physicists of his time and create the widely accepted theory of the big bang .

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3. Forrest Gump (1994) The story follows Forrest Gump, a man that has a development disability and a very low IQ of 75. Despite this he is able to achieve many things in life, including being a decorated Army sergeant winning the Medal of honor and running across America multiple times. He is a good role model for people with disabilities, as it shows that anyone can achieve anything if they put their mind to it.

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4. Dallas Buyers Club (2013) This film follows the character Ron as he struggles with his diagnosis of HIV and can’t come to terms with his own death. The film is a positive as it gives awareness to HIV and Aids sufferers and how straight people can contract the disease.

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5. Breaking Bad (2008-2013) The character of Walt jnr has relatively bad cerebral palsy and can’t speak properly or use his legs very well. The actor who plays this character, RJ Mitte, also has cerebral palsy in real life, however a less severe version. He is a good role model for disabled actors trying to get into the industry, as there are not many parts for disabled actors.

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Evaluation:

In this lesson I learnt a lot about the different types of roles that are available for disabled people and ethnic minorities, and also how there needs to be more of a range of different people in acting roles. How also there are positive representations of these people, but not enough.

[1]Netflix, (2015). Master of None. [image]. Available at: http://instantwatcher.com/ca/title/80049714. Accessed 18th November 2015

[2] AMC, (2015). The Walking Dead. [image] Available at: http://comicbook.com/blog/2014/08/08/amc-leaves-daryl-out-of-the-walking-dead-season-5-picture-while-/ [18th November 2015].

[3] The CW, (2015). The Flash. [image] Available at: http://www.mtv.com/news/2139405/danielle-panabaker-flash-who-is-harrison-wells/ [Accessed 18 Nov. 2015].

[4] East is East. (1999). [image] Available at: https://enchantedbyfilm.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/movie-quote-of-the-day-east-is-east-damien-odonnell-1999/ [Accessed 18 Nov. 2015].

[5] Fox, (2015). Brooklyn nine-nine. [image] Available at: http://www.eggplante.com/2015/11/23/brooklyn-nine-nine-3-8-ava-review/ [Accessed 18 Nov. 2015].

[6] Bad Robot, (2004). Lost. [image] Available at: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/lost/quiz/show/289/how-did-john-locke-end-up-wheelchair [Accessed 18 Nov. 2016].

[7] Focus Features, (2016). The Theory of Everything. [image] Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/movies/in-the-theory-of-everything-stephen-hawkings-home-life.html?_r=0 [Accessed 18 Nov. 2015].

[8] Forrest Gump. (1994). [image] Available at: http://galleryhip.com/forrest-gump-bench.html [Accessed 19 Nov. 2015].

[9] Dallas Buyers Club. (2013). [image] Available at: http://www.mtv.com/news/2162580/matthew-mcconaughey-superhero/ [Accessed 20 Nov. 2015].

[10] Breaking Bad. (2012). [image] Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/jan/07/rj-mitte-walt-jr-nothing-compare-to-breaking-bad-cerebal-palsy [Accessed 20 Nov. 2015].

 

Week 7: Representation in the Media – Unit 4

Week 6: Introduction to Narrative – Unit 4

Introduction:

In this task I’ll be analysing film scenes to see how the narrative is told.

[1]

This scene is from Inception (2010). This scene can be interpreted as realistic, or non-realistic, as this scene has previously been shown in a dream sequence. Therefore when he spins the totem he is trying to discover whether he is dreaming or not, however the scene cuts off before it falls or keeps spinning indefinitely. This means they have used a cliff-hanger as a narrative technique to keep the audience guessing whether he’s back in the real world or not. The genre of Inception is thriller and a cliff-hanger is a very common technique used in these types of movies. This means that people will be thinking about the story more complexly when watching the movie.

[2]

This scene is from The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The scene begins with a voice over of Commissioner Gordon reading at Bruce Wayne’s funeral, whilst there is a shot of Robin throwing his police badge away. This helps to explain a situation without having to visually show it; so that something else can be shown. It is also a multi-stranded storyline, showing perspectives from multiple different characters. This is trying to show us that all these characters storylines are important.

Evaluation:

I found this task quite challenging, but I think that I understood it by the end of the lesson. This task has helped me for my future productions, as I now know many more techniques that I can use to tell a story.

[1] Warner Bros, (2013). Inception. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khYx7P2t59I&w=560&h=315 [Accessed 9 Nov. 2015].

[2] Warner Bros, (2012). The Dark Knight Rises. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvtJ_XC2bz8&w=560&h=315 [Accessed 9 Nov. 2015].

Week 6: Introduction to Narrative – Unit 4

Week 5: Sound and meaning; an analysis – Unit 4

Introduction:

In this task I will be analysing some scenes from movies that have sound in them that convey meaning and what kind of techniques they have used.

The first scene I chose was from Jurassic Park (1993)

It takes place in the kitchen with raptors. The scene contains only some background music that is in some action sequences. This is because the scene is trying to build tension as the kids are hiding from the threat of the raptors. Whenever they touch or hit anything its very loud compared to the silence of the room, and you hear the raptors reacting to it.

When there is music in the scene it is tension building and slowly gets faster and louder as the scene comes to an end. When the kids are hiding from the raptors and not moving then there is a silence so that you can hear the sounds of the raptors feet and the loud breathing of the kids.

The 2 characters in the scene are clearly very scared and so the lack of sound puts the viewer into their mind-set that they have to stay silent or die.

The next scene i have chosen is from Jaws (1975)

At the start of the clip we hear a girl screaming and it looks as if she is drowning. As this movie is a thriller this puts the audience on edge as it looks as if a girls life is in danger, however it turns out it is just her boyfriend picking her up and the audience is fooled.

Next when Brody is talking to his wife there is romantic music playing on the radio in the background; this is unusual for a thriller and you wouldn’t expect that kind of music. This could have been done to contrast the rest of the scene as Brody looks very awkward and uptight the rest of the time.

After that comes one of the most recognizable portions of a soundtrack of all time. It is so effective that even today, 40 years after release, it’s still known for an incoming shark attack. The sound increases in pace and volume as jaws gets closer to they boy in the water. This is one of the best tension building moments in the entire film. The tension builds up to the bloody climax of the death of the boy and screams all around him.

Lastly once everyone is out of the water and the mother is screaming for her son it cuts to a shot of a yellow board covered in blood and ripped up with the sound of calm waves crashing. This is a common effect used in thriller movies to confuse the audience.

Evaluation:

I struggled a lot in this task to find good scenes that I felt conveyed meaning, but I did find some in the end that I could talk about. The sound in these scenes do a very good job of making the scenes better and more immersive. This work has helped me for my future projects as I now understand just how important the sound is in making a great movie.

 

Week 5: Sound and meaning; an analysis – Unit 4