In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
A title sequence is an introduction of a film, and in our case it allows the audience to be introduced to the main characters and the settings. One of our main focuses was allowing the audience to have enigma for the audience to reveal.
For my Title sequence i had used STINC to symbolise my micro-features: Cinematography, Sound, Editing and Mise-en-scene. I had also uncovered this with my Macro-features: Representation, Genre, Narrative and audience.
S = Settings. Setting is one of the key points for any film, making sure the setting is conventional and a very important matter, if the setting is not perfect for your genre this could really effect the whole title sequence. However choosing the Settings for our title sequence had turned out fairly simple, evidently the main setting was chose for use - A school, however we still had to plan out the different social groups settings. We had chose each characters settings by re-searching into other films and TV series that had represented characters with the same characteristics, one of the main TV series we had based a lot of our settings on was 'Gossip girl' for example the popular girls within gossip girls sit on the characteristics within the school had come to terms that this was their iconic place, therefore we wanted to do the same with our 'Elite' group of girls within our sequence, this is how we decided to placing them under the shelter. Thinking for a setting for both 'The Jocks' and 'The Geeks' was fairly easy, undoubtedly the perfect setting for the Jocks is the sports hall, and for the geek he needed to be in a area where it was clear that it was a American high school classroom, therefore our schools science rooms were the perfect idea. Where 'The Freak' would be placed was one of our hardest decisions, however me and my group had sat down and spoke about the most isolated setting within a school, after the discussion we decided that the schools toilet were the perfect place. Not only did we have to search for settings but we also had to make sure that the settings we had chose were conveyed to look like an American High school, rather than a secondary school, and i believe that all of our settings had looked American therefore were all successful.
T = Themes. Within our title sequence we have a recurring theme of 'American high school', me and my group heavily had relied on the setting and Mise-en-scene to help communicate the theme of an American high school. The other theme that runs throughout our film is the theme of 'Romance' however this was not shown throughout our sequence as its something we wanted the audience to uncover.
I = Iconography. Due to our film having a genre of 'High school drama/comedy' focusing on key iconography became extremely important and therefore one of the main aspects of iconography both me and my group had to focus on was the use of different social groups being used which in our title sequence i believe we very successfully achieved due to us having four social groups; 'The Geek', 'The freak', 'The Elite' and 'The Jocks'. A main iconic event you would see in high school films is a prom, which we was also able to place in our film, however not in our Title Sequence. The base of our title sequence was the use of the Yearbook being open, this was our main prop for our title sequence and what i believe also to be the set of the iconography as it perfectly fits in with our American High school genre.
N = Narrative. Within our title sequence we focus on the introduction of the characters and their relationships however something we do not particular focus on is the narrative of our actual film, however from the use of our iconography and settings it becomes very clear to the audience the narrative we may try to fulfil, one of the main reason we did not add a strong narrative to be shown throughout our title sequence due to us not wanting it to look more like a trailer. However the narrative we had pitched was a very conventional narrative for a High school drama, this is due to it showing drama, romance, partying and teen issues throughout.
C = Characters. Characters had played a huge role within our sequence, the most important iconography shown throughout high school dramas is the use of different social groups, however unlike most high school dramas the geek is normally outcasted from the rest of the groups but due to the link with the geek and the main elite girl the geek becomes a very important character within our film.
S = Style. Me and my group had used a very similar style to films such as Mean girls, Clueless and The breakfast club as it represents the different social groups of teenagers. With the help of post-production editing we was able to emphasise the high school drama theme.