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The text begins in the home of the protagonist.

The sequence is filmed in the kitchen: relaying the


convention of a normal, everyday setting. The
scene pans to a long shot of the American street:
showing us the familiar setting of a road.
Moreover, the setting outside and in the kitchen is
effective in anchoring the convergent theme of a
realistic setting. There is a clear separation
between the kitchen setting and the family party.
The black screen signifies this change and
separation and mirrors the convention of separate
teenage identity when with parents vs when
alone/with friends. All three of the different

The characters arent very


varied. Unlike many texts of
this genre, friendship isnt
shown in a traditional way. This
doesnt mean it isnt shown at
all, though. The text makes
effective use of the annotations
denoting the teens
conversation: relaying the
stereotypical teens excessive
use of technology. Also, the
only character we see for the
majority of the opening is the
female protagonist (Annie)
showing her importance to the

Themes like obsession with teen appearance are


conveyed. For instance, one of the teens text message
is show coach your best shape of anyone on the team
reinforcing the stereotype that teen girls obsess over
their bodies due to their insecurities. Not only is this
key to the plot, but conveys the convergent theme of
more serious issues being conveyed in the thriller
genre. Other themes include an individuals story,
separate teen identity and common teenage problems
like body insecurities.
The narrative begins with an equilibrium due to
signifiers like the high key lighting and diegetic music.
The primary function of the opening seems to be to set
up key themes like insecurity to enhance the later

THE ICONOGRAPHY IN THE TEXT IS EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE


IN CREATING MEANING. PROPS LIKE THE SMOOTHIE
MAKER, BANANA AND OTHER FRUIT CONNOTE THE
OBSESSION WITH BEING HEALTHY THAT ANNIE SEEMS TO
HAVE. THIS IS ANCHORED BY THE TEXT MESSAGES
APPEARING ON SCREEN BECAUSE WE IDENTIFY THE
ICONOGRAPHY TO BE REPRESENTING WHAT KIND OF
PERSON THE PROTAGONIST IT. REGARDING COSTUME, THE
TEXT IS FAIRLY CONVERGENT DUE TO ARCHETYPAL
EVERYDAY CLOTHING OF EVERY CHARACTER. ALTHOUGH,
THE CHARACTER WEARS A BRIGHTER, MORE VIBRANT
COSTUME WHEN NOT IN THE COMPANY OF HER PARENTS:
POTENTIALLY RELAYING THE STEREOTYPE THAT TEENS
RESENT ADULT AUTHORITY. OTHER ELEMENTS EG THE
HEADPHONES ARE EFFECTIVE IN CONVEYING MORE TEEN
STEREOTYPES: PERHAPS ANNIE USES THEM TO BLOCK OUT

The CREATION OF ENIGMA IS QUITE UNCONVENTIONAL


OF MYSTERIOUS FILMS. I WOULD SAY THAT THE
MAJORITY OF THE ENIGMA COMES FROM THE
CONFUSION AND ALSO EMPATHY FROM ANNIES
INSECURITY. ELEMENTS LIKE THE JUXTAPOSITION OF THE
HIGH KEY LIGHTING AND BLACK SCREEN MAY CONNOTE
THE STARK CONTRAST BETWEEN THE EQUILBRIUM AND
DISRUPTION- FORESHADOWING THE ENIGMA THAT IS TO
COME. THIS CONTRAST ALSO SHOWS THE CONVENTION
OF SERIOUS ISSUES BEING DISCUSSED AS A TWIST TO
THE INITIAL NARRATIVE.
MOREOVER, THE INTRODUCTION TO CHARACTERS IS
ALSO FAIRLY UNCONVENTIONAL. THE MAIN FOCUS OF
THE OPENING IS ON ANNIE, INSTEAD OF OTHER TOPICS

SETTING UP PLOT IN THIS TEXT


IS CONVERGENT OF THE GENRE.
THE MAIN PLOT OF THE TEXT IS
THE ABUSE OF TEEN
PROTAGONIST. THUS, THE
ISOLATION THAT ALLOWS ANNIE
TO FALL INTO THE TRAP OF THE
ADULT ABUSE IS CONSTANTLY
FORESHADOWED. THE
CHARACTER BEING ALONE FOR
THE MAJORITY OF THE
SEQUENCE SIGNIFIES THIS, AS
WELL AS OTHER ELEMENTS LIKE
THE FITNESS ICONOGRAPHY AND

THE PACE OF THE MAJORITY OF THE OPENING IS


FAIRLY SLOW DUE TO THE CONTINUAL EDIT. THIS
ENHANCES THE VERISIMILTUDE OF THE TEXT
AND RELAYS THE CONVENTION OF A REALISTIC
NARRATIVE. THIS SLOW PACE IS REALLY
EFFECTIVE IN AGAIN JUXTAPOSING THE TEENS
EXPERIENCE WHEN SHES ALONE COMPARED
WITH AROUND THE FAMILY. MOREOVER, THE EDIT
TOWARDS THE END OF THE SEQUENCE, WHEN
WE SEE ANNIES FAMILY: IS MUCH MORE OF A
MONTAGE STYLE WITH QUICKER CUTS. THIS
REINFORCES THIS CONVERGENT SEPARATE
IDENTITY.

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