Monday, 7 May 2012

Representation of ethnicity in hotel babylon

The clip begins with a medium shot of the immigration officer and two policemen beside him, all three being Caucasian. These men are shown to be the danger in this clip due to the mise en scene of their clothing, creating authority and power, and the tone of voice sounds serious. The medium shot also allows the viewers to establish who they are and it is also stereotypical that the authoritative figures are from a white background and creates a superior feeling for these characters. The sound also builds the tension of the scene due to the non diegetic soundtrack complementing the men walking towards the member of staff at the hotel. It is common to use such a soundtrack as the audience would connotate this with some intense action that's about to follow. Furthermore, the focus, for now, is mainly on the immigration officer and we can tell this though the use of editing. A tracking shot of the officer walking towards the lady and the over the shoulder shot of their conversation emphasizes the importance of the man and thus increasing their power, representing ethnicity in a stereotypical manner.

There is also a positive representation of ethnicity from the scene where the black and white men are sitting, showing that their ethnic backgrounds does not matter and the two can integrate without any problems. However, the black man leaves and starts running down the stairs, which may show that his ethnic background is subordinate as he does the running around whereas the white man is still sitting in his seat upstairs.

The scene continues on to a panning shot of the black man running as he then tells Jackie about the immigration officers. Jackie is shown to be talented as she communicates to the illegal workers in their own different languages, and she is also from an ethnic minority, showing an atypical view of her ethnic background. She is attempting to save the workers from immigration and this is shown through a number of shots, some being a panning shot and medium shots. The mise en scene of the workers hurriedly running, the fast paced, tense soundtrack returning and Jackie shouting, all adds to the representation of inferior ethnic backgrounds. The long shot of Jackie and the workers running in the corridor is shown behind some sort of caged door, adding a sense that the workers are trapped and are in desperate need of help, which Jackie is attempting to provide them. The shouting workers are all talking in their language, further emphasising a subordinate ethnic background.

Another positive representation of ethnicity is that one black man in the room full of the illegal workers identifies the diabetic women's problem after she faints, showing that the ethnic minority are not all uneducated or useless. He talks about how to get the sugar into her body as fast as possible, showing a brighter side to the ethnic minority. Also, the worried faces of all the workers is supposed to make the audience empathize with the ethnic minority, which adds to the sympathy created for the workers.

The scene of Ibrahim getting caught is where the audience should most sympathize for the ethnic minority as he is shown through a close up to be innocent and doing his work and then he gets interrupted by the 'villains' who then take him away. This is shown by editing by changing focus of the character.
 The scene ends with the immigration officer looking down on the hover as the camera pans downwards. This could show that the officer looks down on the ethnic minority, further representing ethnic minorities in an inferior way.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

representations of age in skins

Age is represented in a stereotypical way in the TV drama skins. The setting of the house is shown to be a wild and care free setting, through the use of mise-en-scene. The first shot of the birds-eye view of Tony's bed sheets have a design of a naked male and naked female which represents the teen age of Tony as it would be unlikely for an adult to have such bed sheets dues to it being inappropriate. The setting of Tony's room seems to contrast with the bed sheet due to it being neat and tidy. This is a confusing representation, showing that teenagers can be confusing to understand at times. An over the shoulder shot of Tony viewing the naked lady across his house further represents a young teenage boy in a care free manner.

Tony's representation is contrasting at time due to him being a determined person who wakes up in the morning and does his routine workout as well as reading whilst he is on the loo, which is contrasted when he leaves his house, talking about partying and being up to no good. The audience may assume that he is putting on an image in front of his family and the real Tony is shown outside his house. Tony also seems to upset and frustrate his dad in the morning as he puts the music on max volume and locks his dad out of the toilet, portraying a mischievous character of tony who enjoys his dad's annoyance.

The genre of the TV drama is shown to be a teen drama. We can tell this by the importance of the two teen characters, Tony and his sister. Tony influence on the family and his friends show that this is a teen drama aswell as his behaviour. He watches the woman across his street change, his bed sheets are designed of a naked male and female, he disturbs his dad every morning through the loud music and locked toilet door. The sister also comes home in the morning, showing her wild lifestyle as we can assume she was up to no good. Tony also covers up for her through the use of the music, representing a helpful relationship between the brother and sister. All this indicate that he is the main character and tell us that this is a teen drama.

We can assume that the narrative will unfold into Tony continuing his mischievous acts and behaviour with his friends. Another way in which the narrative can unfold is the sisters lifestyle and how she acts with people in particular boys as she is seen to be provocative, because of the camera shots of when she is changing and her coming home in the morning.

Effy's representation is shown in a negative way due to her coming home in the morning looking scruffy and this questions the control the parents have on their kids. The age of Effy is represented here through the use of mise-en-scene, her clothing and her make-up, and through the use of camera shots, when she changes, the camera shots are mostly close ups of her body. The parents relationship is shown to be

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

'How does the extract construct representations of social class?

Social classes are represented in many ways by the use of micro elements. These elements include camera angle, shots and position, editing, sound and mise-en-scene.
The shameless tv drama constructs an image of a working class community from the start as the episode begins with an establishing shot of the area where the family live in. From looking at this screengrab, you can clearly see that the family live in a council estate which is a common habitat of the working class who seem to rely on governments help. This is a stereotypical view of working class people which was deliberately put in by the producer and director of Shameless. We can also assume that the people living in the estate are not affluent and cannot afford their own house, further emphasising the working class of the residents and characters in Shameless. All of this is a negative representation of the working class.

The voiceover from the man, we assume is the main character, is the father called Frank. He is represented to be in the working class through the clothing he wears which seems tattered and unclean. His look is also scruffy which is common amongst working class citizens and he is a lone parent with kids, another stereotype of a working class person.

The scene of the father Frank being knocked to the floor by his kids represent the family to be divided as we see the father on the floor on his own positioned in the centre of the frame with the childrens heads surrounding him, who seem to fear Frank. We then have a point of view shot from Frank, showing the expressions of the kids. Frank is left alone in the centre of the frame in a birds eye view shot, which creates a subordinate representation of him as a father as he was beaten to the floor by his kids. However, another perception could be that Frank is dominant in the family because the kids run away from him, showing authority or emphasising the fear in the relationship between kids and father.

The waste outside their yard shows the lack of care towards their house as it is evident that it is piling up. We can assume that they do not have the finance to remove the waste products, which is a negative working class representation through the use of mise-en-scene. The opening represents the tough life that working class people live in through the young daughter doing the house work and chores. The editing is used effectively to show the daughter being a nice angelic daughter who is innocent followed by a shot of her holiding a knife and another cutlery. This contrasting scene shows the representation of working class daughter who has heavy responsibilities on her shoulder at a young age.
The community burning a car and vandalising property show a representation that the working class community have spare time on their hands, choosing to burn property. There is a sympathetic representation here because even through the tough times the community may go through, they manage to have fun and still be cheerful. The vertical pan showing the empty estate to the burning of the car also attempts to create a sympathetic feeling because it shows that the working class here have a close relationship in the community as they all join up to enjoy each others company.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

how do the two extracts construct representations of social class?

The first clip from 'outnumbered' presents an establishing shot of a father and, most likely, his son playing on the nintendo wii. The house seems to be well managed and designed. The residents also seem to have a good amount of wealth, which is shown by the dad not being at work during the day and playing on a console which respresents a middle class family. There are a lot of medium, close and long shots of the two playing the console, showing the reltationship between the father and son. The two sons are also teasing their father indicating the relationship between the three are open and representing a middle class family. The relationship between mother and daughter is contrasting to the three males in the house. Whilst the daughter is doing her homework, she complains about the lack of time her mother spends with her, which is a stereotypical aspect of middle class families where the mother is always working and doesnt have time to spend with her family or children.

The second clip which is a clip from eastenders show a general lower representation of class. There is the motorbike scene where the sisters are together indicating a lower class representation. The looks of the characters are also scruffy looking which further indicates their social class, lower. Their accents are also a stereotypical accent of a white lower class status which is commonly used. There are eveidence of unrest between the family which also indicates a lower class representation. The following scenes are of two couples who are represented in a lower middle class social status because of the way they are presented and