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Published on March 14, 2014

Author: caseyjefferies

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How does my film represent gender?

My main female In the opening shot, Isabel is pictured from a low angle walking confidently towards the door in a pair of patent black heels with red bottoms. The lighting is dark and ominous, also tinted red. (having connotations of danger and passion). This shows a modern representation of a woman as she appears strong and independent. However, she retains an element of traditional representation with her heels and provocative walk. The slamming sound of the door is loud and definite which gives a modern representation of women because she deliberately shuts it herself. In this shot, strong eye contact is being given to Sam. This is a modern representation of her gender due to it implying power and dominance. Her costume- a white shirt- is also masculine. However, a traditional representation is evident due to the makeup. Red lipstick is extremely feminine and so is mascara which exaggerates the eyelashes. This two shot of Isabel and Sam emphasises the difference in body language. While Sam is reserved, looking down and guarded with his arms crossed, Isabel contrasts this. She shows a modern representation of women due to particularly confident body language. She holds strong eye contact with Sam, leans onto the table and holds her cigarette in a relaxed, unapologetic manner. However, here we see Isabel’s low cut shirt which is provocative and shows a partially traditional representation of her gender. This shot included an object of significance in the foreground, a pool table. The game of pool is often considered masculine and for Isabel to be associated with is shows a modern representation of her gender. Isabel pulls Sam in by his brace, showing force and dominance which is a modern representation of women. However, the suggested seductive intent behind the move is traditional. This close up of Isabel includes a shot merged into the right hand side with a blend mode which focuses on the lips. This is a particularly femenine symbol and shows a traditional representation of her gender, despite the topic of conversation within the shot showing a modern representation. The shot that appears on the right of the shot transitions with a fade in and fade out, showing delicacy and a traditional representation of her. In the final shot in which filming fades to black, Isabel is sat in a large black office chair. This has connotations of business and importance, showing a modern representation of females. She initiates the fade to black by swivelling the chair, showing power within the shot. This again is a display of a masculine nature and is again a modern representation of her gender.

My main male In this shot, Sam’s body language is reserved and almost defensive as he looks down and has his arms crossed in front of him. This shows a traditional representation of his gender by acting masculine through hostility. His body language is also hunched which makes his arms appear larger and more masculine, which is similarly a traditional representation. This is the first shot where Sam’s costume becomes clear. A clean white shirt and braces are classically male and is therefore a traditional representation of males. Sam’s eye-line in this shot is at Isabel’s mouth, which shows that he is sexually intrigued by her and is therefore a traditional representation of males as he displays his heterosexuality. The levelling of this shot gives Isabel more power than Sam and therefore shows a modern representation of men as he lacks the power in this situation, stripping him of his masculinity. However Sam’s eye-line in this shot is at Isabel’s body, which shows that he is sexually intrigued by her and is therefore a traditional representation of males as he displays his heterosexuality. The lighting in this shot is particularly red due to the tone of the pool table and staircase exaggerating the tone. Red has connotations of passion and danger, two themes of the opening and therefore the sexual intent shows a traditional representation of males and his heterosexual nature. Sam leans over Isabel in this show and shows dominance which is traditional, although Isabel shows dominance by pulling him in and showing force, giving a slightly modern representation of males. This shot’s angle shows Sam in the foreground, making him appear larger and more dominating as he moves in closer to Isabel. This shows a traditional representation of his gender by appearing the more dominant in the shot. Sam moving slowly in towards Isabel shows that he is sexually intrigued by her and is therefore a traditional representation of males as he displays his heterosexuality.

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