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Thuvaaragan Kuruparan

Evaluation 1 In what ways does our media product use,

develop or challenge forms and conventions of real
media products?
The task we had been set for our Unit G324 Advance Portfolio was to
produce a short film in its entirety, lasting approximately five minutes,
which will be live action, together with two of the following three options:
A poster for the film;
A radio trailer for the film;
A film magazine review page featuring the film.
My group and I had put together multiple ideas ranging from horror,
action, thriller but we chose to settle with drama in the end. The general
synopsis of the film was that of Daniel, an 18-year-old double amputee
who lost both his legs in an accident and is now on a wheelchair. He has
given up on life and has become a distant figure, doing his best to avoid
everyone and everything. One day he wakes up and decides to wander
about in his neighbourhood. His day keeps getting worse by the minute
and he only had one though in his mind; suicide.
The setting for the production was Daniels house and the general public
e.g. the train station. This was done in order not only put emphasis on his
disability but also to add a sense of realism i.e. showing how his normal
days are; waking up to an empty house and having missed calls from his
Generally speaking, the audience should have been able to distinguish
between the general settings in which the scene cut between which shows
that we had followed the general codes and conventions of the typical
genre of a drama as it was arguably a typical setting.
Costume & Props
We ensured that the costumes used throughout the sequence were of the
typical conventions, that a teenager would wear i.e. hoody, joggers,
trainers. This would allow the audience to keep up with the story following
the lead, a teenager life. We ensured that the clothes where either dark
colour or were dull, representing Daniels loneliness. Grey is a colour that
represents dullness and hence Daniel was wearing a dark grey hoody.
In terms of props, Daniel was holding a cigarette in the flashback. This was
done to put emphasis on what kind of a person Daniel was prior to the
accident; a stereotypical rebelious teenager. A bottle of alcohol was also
used to show him stealing from the shop, which lead to him being ran
over when running away.

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Editing had a massive part to play in the production. For example, we
used editing to make the audience sympathize with Daniel, using
emotional and slow background music. Also, we used freeze-frames at the
beginning and the end of the film and this played a massive part in our
final product being successful. Also, having used juxtapositioning of shots
allowed smooth continuity and the audience to make sense of what was
going on in the film. Moreover, using montages allowed us to fit in many
different scenes in the short five minutes and gave the audience a chance
to make full sense of the story. If it wasnt for the montages, we wouldnt
have been able to fit the whole story in, which then wouldnt have made
sense. The use of editing allowed us to meet the codes and conventions of
a drama, illustrated through the freeze-frame and the voiceover.
The representation we created of the characters in our production were
arguable stereotypical. For example, a teenager who is closed away from
the world and who was a rebel in the past. Also, the representation of the
other characters who had smaller parts in the production such as Daniels
ex girlfriend was also stereotypical as she seemed to have forgotten all
about Daniel once he lost his legs, representing her as someone who
doesnt care for others.
In conclusion, I am extremely pleased with our final production. I believe
that our narrative has all of the typical codes and conventions of a drama
and has a storyline that matches up to the standard of more established