Thursday, 21 April 2016
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
How did you attract/address your audience?
As a producer and director I feel that my thriller will appeal to all types of people as not every individual can be categorised. That being said, there are certain groups, which I feel will that, my thriller will appeal more to.
Our target audience are between the ages of 15-25, yet the thriller opening can appeal to older audiences that experience the issues shown within our thriller.
One specific group that I feel that will be attracted to our thriller more are women. This is mainly due to our female protagonist playing a role where she is abused by her lover and becomes the survivor and heroine. As the thriller portrays her side of the story by following her throughout the thriller, and using point of view shots to help the audience relate and see the danger through her eyes. This leads the audience to despise the antagonist as they sympathise for the protagonist.
We chose our target audience between the age ranges of 15-25 year olds, as we wanted to enlighten the young adults that are more likely to get into dangerous relationships where they may experience abuse by both sexes. The younger group of our target audience may find it disturbing to watch especially in the last few shots of our opening thriller, where the antagonist confronts the protagonist. This is because it is implied that the antagonist will harm the protagonist but the slow track camera movement when the door is slammed. This type of shot is used often in thriller and horror films to create suspense and reel the audience in for a cliff-hanger or to keep them entertained and anxious to keep watching.
How does your media product represent particular social groups?
The groups represented in our film are the working class, and ethnic minorities. We have a female protagonist in our psychological thriller; even though this is a convention of psychological thrillers it isn’t familiar to see a female lead character across the every genre of the film industry. Regardless, overall our female protagonist still plays up to the conventions of female’s representation within the media today. She is still dominated by a man, and even though she is the heroine, she is still interpreted as a victim. This is shown through the many shots where she is running away from someone (the antagonist). Within the thriller opening she is seen doing domestic tasks around the house, that again, show how she fits the general gender stereotype of females being housewives.
The antagonist also integrates with the typical conventions represented in the media. This male portrays the stereotype of a man who is aggressive towards women and is the dominant figure in the relationship. Men are often shown as violent and tough; this is reflected in the media by many characters such as Al Pacino, Tony Montana, The Terminator, Rocky Balboa, Rambo and James Bond. The difference between the antagonist and these male characters is their cause and how the audience views them. Unlike my character those characters are shot in a way where they become likable and relatable to the audience. Whereas my antagonist is tainted in a way that he becomes hated by the audience, as they view the thriller through the eyes of protagonist.
Using an actor from an ethnic minority comes with the stereotypes where black males are often misinterpreted in the media with negative and violent roles as villains, and criminals. When creating the plot of the thriller we weren’t intending to portray ethnic stereotypes at all as we didn’t have a specific ethnicity in mind for our characters. We chose those who were available and suitable with the skills for the roles. However, we later realised the use of diversity may attract our audience as we wanted to reflect the familiarity of the multicultural London life.