The babysitter is the protagonist in the opening scene. She s centred in the majority of the opening shots.

The audience see her reading the child a story, and continue her evening downstairs in the lounge. Where she begins to hear noises upstairs, goes to investigate and is killed in doing so.

Emily Moore as

She s perceived as middle-class like our primary target audience.

We wanted to have her hair tied back so we could show more emotion on her face. And also make her appear a more practical person.

We felt that the babysitter shouldn t wear any distinctive make-up, we wanted her to look pure and innocent. Costume: Blue denim the Babysitter (COUNTER-TYPE) shirt over a dark green tube neck top and denim jeans. Quite old fashioned, connotes in the past. Also plain and simple clothing, not revealing or inappropriate. Makes the character seem more innocent. Although she has an American accent that was not intentional, however it means we can also target audiences in America with this for them to relate to. Camillia Belle as Jill Johnson in When a Stranger Calls.

Halloween s Laurie Strode represents the archetype for a final girl. Brunette, pure, brave... Comparing our babysitter to Strode, there are several similarities, both have brown hair, pale skin, and a blue shirt. These factors are key to signifying that this character appears to show conventions of a survivor.

We wanted to shock the audience by creating the babysitter to appear to be the protagonist of the film, by being the centre of the opening shots. And creating her character to seem strong, pure and innocent so why would she be killed? Which makes a bigger surprise for the audience when she s killed, for no apparent reason. This can also scare he audience more as they fear the killer has little reasons for his murders. We challenged the convention of stereotype scream queen the first to die.

In our final scene, in which Rachel is now grown up, we shot it in a school, to connote what age Rachel would now be. Whilst Rachel and Chase walk down the corridor we felt it would increase verisimilitude if we involved another actor to walk past them to emphasize the concept of it being a busy school. Holly simply walks down the corridor past the two and walks through the doors at the end.

Holly Rowe as an Extra (STEREOTYPE)

We had her in plain grey clothing so she wouldn t stand out as much to the audience as in this scene, the older Rachel and Chase are the key part of the scene. We involved props such as a school bag to increase the verisimilitude.

In a school, you will find a large variety of social groups present. We chose to suit Rachel and Chase into a more popular group of people to which the film could relate a punishment for their sins to her friends, who would be involved in alcohol and parties. Our extra does not define a specific social group, but her role to make the action taking place more realistic is accomplished .

Jessica Stroup star as Claire in Prom Night. She s not the protagonist in the film, she s similar to an extra We chose not to have a close up or a face shot of our extra as but has more of a role. it would distract from our main characters, Rachel and Chase. In the full shot Rachel is on the left side of the screen which the eye is more attracted to, which emphasizes the concept that Rachel is the antagonist.

The parents of Rachel, leave Involving older actors in a film, can thus attract older audiences to watch the film. They feel they the house in the opening can relate more to it, if they have someone similar scene, in a shot which appears someone might be to them within the film. That's why we felt it was key to involve them in the film opening. watching them. They say goodbye and Chris and Jenny Wholley as the parents of Rachel Inform the babysitter they ( STEREOTYPE) will be back late, and they will give her a lift home when they return. By mentioning they will return late, it signifies that a lot of trouble can happen in that time. The mother is white, middle aged, middle class also. Once again you do not see a clear image of her, but she is dressed in a black smart coat which covers the remains of her clothing. The smart clothing connotes that they are leaving to attend an event.

Although the image isn t very clear and you do not see a close up of the two, the father is middle aged, white and middle class. He s dressed in a white shirt, black trousers and jacket, to connote that they are leaving for an event.

We chose to create a middleclass image of the family, due to budget. We could only use family and friends as our cast. There isn t a clear accent present in this scene, And our location was restricted however as the film opening is shot in Yorkshire, they re might be a slight noticeable Betsy and Chip Heron (Ana Gasteyer and to where was available, hint of an accent, however we wanted to Neil Flynn) in Mean Girls these are just therefore we used Becky s home attract all audiences and to avoid the an example of average parents that play a and parents, as they stereotypically represent a stereotypical view of Yorkshire people and small role in a film found in the film middle-class family. make clear dialect which people can relate to. industry.

Rachel is the little girl. The older version of the character would be the protagonist for the rest of the film if we were to create an entire production seen at the beginning of our film opening. She is in bed being read to and tucked in by the babysitter. We wanted her to fit Rachel Conlon as Rachel (STERYOTYPE) the stereotype of a cute little girl. We did this by braiding her hair into plaits and we asked her to wear pink pyjamas, these also featured teddy bears. She has a conventional southern English accent which is easy to understand She is represented as cute and innocent as she is polite and smiley. She asks Please can you read it again? We wanted the audience to sympathise with her character as she has a scarring experience of witnessing a murder. The decorated bedroom and bountiful toys on display connote that she is a well looked after princess child, belonging to a middle class family. However her politeness diverts the audience s view from thinking she is spoilt.

Her name connotes popularity as there are examples of characters with her name in existing media products such as the well liked Rachel from Friends . Her vulnerability is signified in this shot as it is a high angle, making her look smaller and less significant. A famous example of a likeable child actor is Dakota Fanning. We wanted Rachel to be viewed in a similar light to the characters she plays. She plays a cute little girl in Cat in the Hat

We represented her as knowing the babysitter quite well as she must babysit regularly. Even though they have a good relationship, the exchange of a hug shows this, she still shows respect to her elder and does not argue back.

Teenage Rachel and her boyfriend Chase are featured at the end of the film to signify that the beginning was a flashback to her as a child and the rest of the film will be set in the present day.

Teenage Rachel and boyfriend Chase (STEREOTYPE)
They are presented as the stereotypical, popular couple. They are both good looking. She is pretty, well dressed and blonde which connotes the Scream Queen archetypal character. However she also has elements of the final Girl appearance such as her glasses and modest attire. This creates a balanced character, which can appeal to all kinds of social groups of audiences. They are a young, heterosexual couple which appeals to the mass youth audience. There isn t a distinct accent shown, which avoids expected stereotyping, and can appeal again to a wider audience.

We drew on the characters of Donna and her boyfriend from Prom Night to create the characters of teenage Rachel and her boyfriend Chase. It may be interpreted that Rachel would grow up to be a shy outsider as she is scarred from her childhood experience. However we wanted her to behave similarly to Donna in the way that she is popular and we did not include any signifiers to connote her traumatic experience. This would be left until further in the film if we were to create the entire film.

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