How does your media product represent particular social groups?
Our thriller opening sequence represents the victim as a male character which challenges the stereotype of men being the strong and dominating characters in contrast to women being the weakened victims. We did this to interest the audience as the switch up in gender roles makes the film more unique and puts it aside from the stereotypical ‘damsel in distress’ roles of women.
In contrast, the mystery behind the identity of the protagonist puts a question mark above what gender they could be and from our opening sequence, it is impossible for the audience to tell since the protagonist is never actually in shot other than the end where the leather gloves are shown. This makes the audience question who the individual could be as at this point they have absolutely no chance of knowing since even the gender is not revealed.
Furthermore, the victim of our thriller film is presented as a young adult which conforms to the stereotype of youths being troublesome. Moreover, it is common in movies for the victim to be quite young which conveys this group of people to be trouble-makers or perhaps the source of a lot of crime. In our opening sequence, the victim is presented to look innocent which slightly challenges this stereotype as it shows a young adult to be the victim of crime rather than the creator. However, since the protagonist cannot be identified, it is impossible for the audience to conclude an age for them and so this cannot be judged.
In the final scene, there are shots of the victim’s mobile phone which is being looked at by the protagonist. On the phone, there are messages from the victim’s girlfriend who is worried about his wellbeing and his whereabouts. This shows the audience that the victim is in a heterosexual relationship. Moreover, his girlfriend is shown as worried which conforms to the stereotype of women, particularly, being caring. Due to this, the audience can assume that it is not a hate crime because of the individual’s sexuality which can sometimes be the case. In contrast, the protagonist’s sexuality cannot be determined by the audience since the identity is not revealed at this point nor is anything else of this nature revealed which creates an enigma and a sense of mystery to the audience. We purposely did this as we wanted the identity of the protagonist to be entirely unknown to create tension since the ‘unknown’ can be seen as most scary as the audience don’t know what the victim is up against or about to face.