Our Finished Film Opening Sequence

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

My film, ‘What Happened to Peter Smith’ follows a group of 5 schoolkids: Tyrone, Cherish, Lucy, Simon and Rajesh as they are interviewed by Detective Sean Mann about the disappearance of Peter Smith from Lucy Patterson’s party. Later on in the film we see the characters describe their last interaction with Peter and, unintentionally, their true colours and motives behind the murder of Peter.

 Throughout our opening sequence we took common conventions of the mystery drama genre. We carefully chose which conventions to follow and which we intentionally chose not to stick to. Despite our film being a mystery drama we were also inspired by the conventions of teen drama and crime drama. We referred closely to form and style, genre codes and narrative structure and media theories such as Barthes’ narrative codes.

Below I have analysed the form, genre, narrative structure and style of film openings.


Below I have made a slideshow showing how we used relevant media theories:


Here are the close ups we used as enigma codes:


Question 2: How does your media product represent particular social groups?

Due to our fairly large ensemble cast it was easier to convey the representation of ethnicity that we had intended. As our story took place in current day London we felt that it was important to have a wide variety of ethnicity and similar to other films that choose to represent ethnicity we thought it was possible to stick to and still subvert some common stereotypes.

Our choice of costume and makeup, dialogue, behavior and the overall demeanor of the characters were very important as it was how we wanted to obviously reflect the various ethnicity. 

Below is an emaze showing how we chose to reflect ethnicity in our opening sequence: