Ferris bueller's day off - Representation

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1. The use of an establishing shot as the beginning shot gives the audience an action code in the way that it gives a clear indication of where the film is set.…
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  • 1. The use of an establishing shot as the beginning shot gives the audience an action code in the way that it gives a clear indication of where the film is set. Furthermore, it tells us how important this setting could be at a later point in the film – an insight to the narrative. As well as the insight to a narrative, this shot could also establish an equilibrium. This is shown in the way that the house and cars are arranged in a ‘normal’ manner. This gives the audience a clear idea as to what is ‘normal’ for the characters within the film.
  • 2. The first introduction we get of Ferris is in this shot where he represented as weak and vulnerable. We see this through the extreme close up used to highlight the stunned expression on his face. This makes the audience sympathise for the character due to the fact that he is seen in this vulnerable state right at the start of the film. Furthermore, the diegetic sound used in this shot further reinstates the belief that he is a vulnerable character. The sound of adults conversing concern for the teenager shows us that he must be in a bad state. In addition to this, the dialogue shows us that there are other people in the room. This may put the audience at ease slightly because we now know that he has support around himand is not as vulnerable than if he was on his own. As a result, this represents the social group as weak and vulnerable to a certain extent but this opinion may be less relevant due to others being on set with him, shown in the way of diegetic sound (dialogue.)
  • 3. The representation of the middle-aged parents in this shot is one of naivety and an element of a gullibility. As a result, this social group may have a decrease of respect from other groups such as their children; which results in situations like this where the teen think they are able to trick the parents into doing what they want.
  • 4. Next, the representation of this character is slightly different to the other protagonist even though she is of a similar age. This clearly tells us that the gender of the character can completely change the representation of a certain age range. In this shot, the female character is represented as fairly stubborn and disapproving. We know this as an audience due to the angle of her head as well as her facial expressions. This representation effectively exploited thanks to the camera angle of a medium/close-up shot used. This is highly effective because not only does it include her facial expressions at a closer angle than a lower shot – it also clearly shows us the angle of her head which creates a stubborn impression give from her. In addition to the camera angle, the character ‘type’ also tells us how she is supposed to be represented by the producers. We know that she is strongly opposing the motive of the boy through the use of her facial expressions. However, from the establishing shot at the beginning of the sequence we also know that they are in a family house. As a result, the stubborn representation of this social group is continued because we know that the opposition between brother and sister is a commonly used binary opposite in films to create a the immediate equilibrium.
  • 5. In comparison to the introduction of this protagonist, we now see an extremely different representation of him. By changing his representation to one of misbehaving and mischief, we know understand the fundamental characteristics of him which allows us to begin to understand him more as a character. The editing used in this certain part of the sequence is of good pace and tempo. This gives it a slick feel to the opening and allows Ferris to act quickly before his parents to turn around to find out that he is lying about his illness.
  • 6. This final shot shows us how he as successful convinced his parents that he is unable to attend school. This represents him as an extremely manipulative character who is able to lie to his parents and thus get his own way. In addition, it represents his social group (male teens) as extremely immoral and unjust. This represents this audience in an unfair manner because it suggests that everyone within his social group is like this. As a result, the target audience of teenagers may feel aggrieved by this unfair representation and carry on watching the film to hopefully see a more fair representation of their social group.
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