Unit 12 – Part two – Focus area

I have chosen one specific media industry and topic that I would like to focus my Ted Talk on, and that is, ‘How are male and female comedian actors portrayed within film’. I have chosen this because I feel as though it will be really interesting to research into this topic as a whole, one of the main reasons to find out if within the media industry if males and females are not only portrayed equally, but treated equally as well. Through doing some brief research into Ted Talks already I have learnt that it needs to be started off with an attention grabbing, almost shocking first statement, that is why I have decided to title my Ted Talk as ‘Men are funnier than woman?’

I will not just be looking into this, I want to be able to give a knowledgeable presentation by the end of this unit and for that reason I will also be looking in far greater detail and each individual topic within the main question. I want to be able to understand how successful each genre are within the film industry, are they given the same opportunities, as well as looking into more personal cases. Finding out from people who have experienced this problem first hand whether or not there has been any change in the industry as a whole. I believe that this is a great opportunity for me to further my knowledge about the film industry and whether or not males and females are still truly unfairly divided in inequality.

I will be completing my research mostly through the internet, although I do realize that it is important to get a range of different research types, for example through books, or even conducting the research myself whether that be in focus groups or questionnaires. The main reason for me wanting to most of my research through the internet is due to the fact that I am most comfortable with it, I find it simple and easily accessible where ever I am. I believe that through doing my research that way I can give myself more time which in turn will allow me to have much more detailed research which will all help me towards creating a better Ted Talk.

I am also going to be looking into some different theories to help me with not only my audience, but for the whole project. I have a couple of theorists in mind already, David Gauntlett and Laura Mulvey. I believe that Laura Mulvey will be far more helpful to me due to the fact that her theory, ‘The male gaze theory’ is the concept of how men look at woman, woman look at themselves, and how woman look at each other. Mulvey believes that film audiences have to view characters from the perspective of a heterosexual male. I believe that furthering my research into this theory will assist me with my Ted talk, this is due to the fact that the theory is related to my Ted talk idea of how males and females comedians are portrayed within the film industry.

 

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Unit 12 – Ted Talk – Script

This is the presentation that I used for my Ted-Talk –

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This is the script that I used when presenting my Ted-Talk,

Why are men funnier than woman? These are a few examples, some of the biggest names in the film industry, Seth Rogan……….. from just looking at these names you can see big films like Mr Bean, The Hangover, Shawn of the Dead, Dr Dolittle, Bad Neighbours. These are all massive names in comparison to,

The Lego Movie, Gilmore girls, The Martian, The Help, and a couple more well-known names such as Bad teacher and of course friends. And in regards to the actual actresses themselves you can see a couple of big names such as Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston but again, they aren’t anywhere near as well known as the other male actors that I have spoken about.

So that’s just a bit of a comparison to start with so you can start to notice the difference in how males and females are portrayed as comedians in the film industry

The inequality – According to Forbes – only 25% of comedians are females and 75% male. So from looking at the names and pictures at the start you can start to relate them to these stats.

Sexism – so within comedy it has become acceptable for men to focus their jokes around sex, making jokes about their sex lives. However for woman, if they were to do the exact same they will be looked down on, and it is not regarded as socially acceptable. This alone immediately puts woman at a disadvantage to men, meaning that there straight away limited from a massive audience.

Income differences – Because of how it is not acceptable for woman to say certain things, this limits them in a number of ways, firstly limiting their audience, this leads onto them getting less gigs as comedians, which intern makes it harder for them to build their career and for the sake of it being socially unacceptable, they receive a lower wage.

Stereotyping – woman can’t be funny, this is the views of so many men who think that woman are just not able to be as funny as them. Men believing that they are just naturally funnier and much more outgoing. And because of this view that a lot of people have it just furthers the inequality gap.

Main theme – Because of the unfairness of what is deemed unacceptable for female comedians to talk about the only way that they can make successful careers seems to be through putting themselves down, 2 of the more well-known female comedians – dawn French and jo brand have become famous for exactly that, putting themselves down, what they have to talk about in order to have a successful career is about periods, their bras and making fun of their own weight to get a laugh.

Jenny Collier is an award winning comedian, apart from being well known as a comedian she also has a story about her job that went viral. Jenny had been cancelled from a show, because there was ‘too many woman’. This only goes to show that there is no diversity in comedy. Why should men primarily influence comedy in a world where woman are supposed to be equal.

Unit 12 – Part 3 – Research

IMDB (2016) The All Time Top 50 British Comedy Actors. Available at: http://de-beta.imdb.com/list/ls051783546/ (Accessed: 14 March 2017

The first research source that I have studied was through the IMDB website, I am aware that this is a well-known, trustworthy source as it quotes ‘the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, tv and celebrity content. As I want to base my Ted Talk around how males and females are portrayed in this industry I found this a great place to start as throughout this ‘Top 50’ list you start to gather some kind of idea as to the fact that more of the ‘Top 50’ comedy actors are in fact males.

The Top Tens (2016) The greatest comedian actors. Available at: https://www.thetoptens.com/greatest-comedic-actors/ (Accessed: 14 March 2017)

Even though ‘The Top Tens’ may not be as much of a reliable source compared to IMDB I wanted to add to my knowledge of this subject, I wanted to find out how well I recognise the ‘top comedian’ actors. And not to my surprise I knew exactly who each and every one of the people in the list were.

The Editors (2016) The 50 Funniest Women of 2016. Available at: http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/news/g3044/funniest-women-in-comedy/ (Accessed: 14 March 2017)

Similar to my previous research source I wanted to know exactly how well I could recognise a list of female comedian actors, after searching the internet I was unable to find the same list but for females. This in itself I find to be an unfair inequality, when I began to look through the list of the ’50 funniest woman of 2016′ (as this is the closest resemblance I could find to my previous research source) I could not recognise any of the females listed within.

Lynch, J. (2015) Amy Schumer says these are the biggest differences between how male and female comics are treated. Available at: http://uk.businessinsider.com/amy-schumer-biggest-differences-between-how-male-and-female-comics-are-treated-2015-7 (Accessed: 14 March 2017).

Continuing my research into how male and female comedians are portrayed within films I came across a source which began to talk about how male and female comedians are treated. I found this useful to my research as it gave me an insight as to how this industry is still male dominated and people still do get treated unfairly.

Leader, M. (2009) 20 comedians turned actors. Available at: http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/14247/20-comedians-turned-actors (Accessed: 14 March 2017).

With my next source I wanted to look slightly into the success rate of male/female comedians who turned their career into movie. Much to my surprise again this area was dominated by males who have managed to make more succession out of a career purely because of their gender.

New York Film Academy (no date) Gender inequality in film. Available at: https://www.nyfa.edu/film-school-blog/gender-inequality-in-film/ (Accessed: 14 March 2017)

After studying a new research source (New York film blog) I began to see factually how much of the inequality there actually is within film. This source has many different, detailed diagrams, just to take one as an example, the average ratio of male actors to female is 2.25:1. Just from that one example you can start to see just how differently genders are treated in this industry, this is going to be one of the more helpful research sources that I can use within my Ted Talk.

Smith, N. (2015) Jennifer Lawrence expresses anger at Hollywood’s gender pay gap. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/oct/13/jennifer-lawrence-hollywood-gender-pay-gap (Accessed: 14 March 2017).

Althought this is not directly related to my question of how male and female comedian actors are protrayed, I found this source pretty useful as it gave me some kind of insight as to how differently each gender is payed. From looking into this source it furthered my knowledge of inequality in this industry, it clearly talks about how females are being paid significantly less for doing exactly the same job as males.

Cipriani, C. (2015) Study on Women in Film and Television Confirms The Worst. Available at: http://www.indiewire.com/2015/02/sorry-ladies-study-on-women-in-film-and-television-confirms-the-worst-65220/ (Accessed: 14 March 2017).

I looked into my next source as it talks about how males are dominating the film and tv industry and females are left behind, treated unfairly purely because of there gender. This has been a helpful research source to me as it goes in to talk about demographics aswell as providing facts about what percentage of males and females get given specific roles in the industry.

Media Watch (no date) Gender Issues In The Media. Available at: http://www.etfo.ca/Resources/ForTeachers/Documents/Gender%20Issues%20in%20The%20Media.aspx (Accessed: 14 March 2017)

For this next research source that I looked into it just talks about the gender issues that people are faced with in media, this source hasn’t been as helpful to me as the others purely because it doesn’t include as much valuable information as the others. Not only this but it doesn’t seem to include much information that would be relevent to my specific topic.

Friedman, M. and Sebastian, M. (2015) 14 Ways Women Still Aren’t Equal to Men. Available at: http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/news/a15652/gender-inequality-stats/ (Accessed: 14 March 2017).

This next source was slightly more helpful to me as it included a lot of facts that I can incorporate into my Ted Talk, although it is not directly related to my topic it gives me more helpful examples of how males and females are treated differently not only in media, but in day to day life.

Shor, E. (2015) Why Men Receive Much More Media Coverage than Women. Available at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2015/11/03/why-men-receive-much-more-media-coverage-than-women/ (Accessed: 14 March 2017).

I knew straight away that from looking at this research source it was something I could use in my final Ted Talk presentation, not only does it go into detail about why males receive more media coverage than females, but it includes statistical charts which again would be extremely helpful when I come to putting together my Ted Talk.

Morris, G. (2016) A lack of female comedians. Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-08/morris-a-balanced-media-not-when-it-comes-to-gender/7228262 (Accessed: 14 March 2017).

This research source is similar to the previous one that I looked into, talking about how it is not a balanced media. It doesn’t include everything in as much detail but it has different views, a different way of showing the information. That is why I used this source because it is always best to incorporate as many different views as you can, which in the end will allow me to create a more balanced Ted Talk.

Driscoll, B. (2014) A lack of female comedians. Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/26/comedy-are-women-funny-lack-female-comedians_n_5028855.html (Accessed: 14 March 2017).

This was one of the more helpful research sources to me purely because it is about a female comedians experience of being treated unfairly, it begins to talk about what actually happened and the gives the evidence of her being treated massively unfairly because of her gender. It becomes quite apparent from looking into this about the real injustice females encounter and is definetly something that I will be refferring back to later on in the project.

Burnett, D. (2014) Why do people believe women aren’t funny?. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2014/feb/11/women-arent-funny-why-do-people-believe-this (Accessed: 14 March 2017).

I’ve decided to use this source as it discusses the stereotypical view that people have ‘woman aren’t funny’. First of all I know that this is a reliable source where I can trust the views that are put in place because of the big name ‘The Guardian’. This was helpful to me due to the fact that it really does go into detail about not onloy the views and facts of this topic, but it gives good examples to go with it.

Smith (2009) The male glaze theory. Available at: https://www.slideshare.net/fleckneymike/the-male-gaze-laura-mulvey (Accessed: 14 March 2017).

It is important for me to include a wide range of different research sources that are all helpful to me, that is why I have decided to include some theory that I can later apply to my Ted Talk presentation, this is something that I will constantly refer back to as ‘The Male Gaze theory’ can directly link to my topic.

 

Unit 12 – Part one – Critical frameworks

GenreIs quite a simple one, the best example to use would be Horror films. When watching a horror film it’s obvious what it should be, this is shown through the locations used (abandoned places), the colours and sounds used (darkness, sounds to build suspense), and one of the most important is the shots that are used (quick jump shots) to not only catch you by surprise you but to scare you.

Narrative – Could be quite an interesting subject as you can add narrative to anything, whether it be through the television, a film or even a magazine. I would look into why all stories effectively follow the same narrative (begining, middle, end). And why no matter what genre the narrative is it follows the same path of an antagonist and a protagonist going on a journey and coming into various obsticles. it would be interesting to find out if there are many narratives that follow a different path.

Representation – Is the way the media portray certain groups, communities, genders etc. A good example for me to use would be what I am planning to base my Ted Talk around, which is gender inequality within comedians in the media industry. The media has the biggest influence on everything, and in this case of inequality it can be manipulated in such a way that seems normal to everyone. This is why I want to choose this as a topic to base my Ted Talk around, I want to investigate the oppurtunities within the media industry and how successful certain groups, communties, genders can be.

Audience – With audience I feel as though something that would be an interesting as I could look into the differences or similarities that viewing a film in the cinema has to viewing the same thing at home. I could focus on what why watching a film in the cinema has such a different impact and can provide such a different experience to the audience.

Regulation – There are a lot of different things that I could look into for regulation, the most obvious being the BBFC age ratings that are put into place on films. I could look into exactly why these are put into place and why it is so important to maintain these, as well as this in some cases is it unfair? Or is it stopping people from seeing some reality that they should not be protected from.

Technology (including digital media) – There is a huge range of different topics that I could focus technology on, first of all is smart phones or more specifically social media, are they becoming to much of a distraction to people because they spend so much time on them. Because of smart phones are people stopping themselves from seeing the world and experiencing things properly. Alternatively I could look into how technology is helping the media industry grow, one major thign being youtube, where anyone can upload a video that they have made for anyone to see, these people being potential future employers.

Production/distribution/exhibition – I could look into the distribution of work that is given to people within the media industry, is an unfair amount of work put onto specific people who have just joined a business. Are they expected to do too much which then leads onto a lot of pressure, potentionally putting them off the media industry as a whole. Another interesting topic would be how media production has changed over the years, has it become more desirable to others?

Marketing and promotion – Soemthing that is largely linked with advertising which within the media industry is constantly changing and adapting to the world around it, it would be a really interesting topic to focus on Firstly because I would have the opportunity to research into adverts and find out exactly how much information in them is true, and do they try and bend the rules to allow their product to appear better than what it really is.

FMP Change

I have decided to change my initial idea of a corporate video, I decided to do this whilst researching into potential practitioners. I want to change my idea because I know that it will benefit me and allow me to create a better end product, I also feel more confident with my new idea of creating a promotional video, I want to do this as I feel like focusing on a specific product will be better for me rather than focusing on a whole business. My initial idea is to create an advert for a set of headphones, before I make a final decision I will be researching into pre-existing videos, abnd most importantly how I will make it become a reality.

FMP Research sources

Making a corporate video –

Fox, J. (2013) Video Marketing. Available at: https://onemarketmedia.com/2013/11/01/five-golden-rules-video-marketing/ (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Taylor, R. (2012) Corporate Video Tips. Available at: http://aframe.com/blog/2012/12/10-tips-for-producing-your-first-corporate-video-whilst-ensuring-it-s-not-your-last/ (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Landen, H. (2013) Tips for a highly effective business video. Available at: https://www.videouniversity.com/articles/ten-tips-for-producing-highly-effective-business-videos/ (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Sutter, B. (2011) Tips for corporate videos. Available at: http://www.waspbarcode.com/buzz/5-tips-creating-awesome-corporate-videos/ (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

George, E. (2015) Essential corporate video tips. Available at: http://www.videomybusiness.co.uk/blog/5-essential-corporate-video-tips.php (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Haynes, K. (no date)Producing the best corporate video. Available at: http://www.shoutcommunications.co.uk/blog/produce-best-corporate-video/ (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Shooting with a DSLR – 

Stirr, T. (no date)High quality DSLR videos. Available at: https://photographylife.com/how-to-use-a-dslr-to-shoot-videos/ (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Goldman, J. (2014) DSLR tips. Available at: https://www.cnet.com/uk/how-to/how-to-shoot-better-hd-dslr-video/ (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Horozek, S. (2013) Shooting tips. Available at: http://www.popphoto.com/how-to/2013/10/12-tips-photographers-curious-about-dslr-video (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Pike, C. (2017) Video for all. Available at: http://dslrvideoshooter.com (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Camera angles – 

Wilson, K. (2013) Camera angles. Available at: http://www.mediaknowall.com/camangles.html (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Meyer, J. (2013) Perspectives. Available at: http://www.techradar.com/how-to/photography-video-capture/cameras/camera-angles-5-ways-to-add-impact-with-unusual-perspectives-1320957 (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Bertalan, D. (2008) Framing and shots. Available at: http://www.thewildclassroom.com/wildfilmschool/gettingstarted/camerashots.html (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Freer, I. (2017) Camera shots. Available at: http://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/film-studies-101-camera-shots-styles/ (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Moura, G. (2014) Manipulation. Available at: http://www.elementsofcinema.com/cinematography/camera-angles-and-composition/ (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Brown, J. and Withey, J. (2017) Why camera angles matter. Available at: https://www.indy100.com/article/difference-camera-angle-crowd-inauguration-mike-pence-7538976 (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Editing – 

Scraps, K. (2013) Editing techniques. Available at: https://www.slideshare.net/kscraps88/editing-techniques-15915736 (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Maher, M. (2015) Editing techniques. Available at: https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/4-iconic-editing-techniques/ (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

Paul, J. (2015) Essential editing cuts. Available at: https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/8-essential-cuts-every-editor-should-know/ (Accessed: 11 March 2017).

FMP Proposal

Throughout this course I have looked at a huge variation of different media topics, everything from music videos, sound pieces to corporate videos. As I have covered this many topics it has allowed me to become much more diverse in media, allowing me to understand new theories and learn new skills within editing. Everything that I have learnt throughout this course has given me the opportunity to grow, has given me the confidence to be able to go out into the media industry without the feeling of being overwhelmed.

During the final stages of this course I worked on a ‘TV Studio’ project, this was hugely new to me because we worked a large group to plan, create and execute a lie TV show. This was extremely helpful to me as it gave me the opportunity to work as part of a large group where communication was the most important aspect of the project.

During the production of this corporate video I plan to include elements from all of the other projects I have created over my time on this 2 year course. The skills that I have learnt will help me incorporate new and interesting shots, engaging editing techniques and the overall concept idea for the corporate video.

Throughout this project I will be continuously evaluating my work, no matter what it is that I do, this is to make sure I not only give myself the greatest understanding of what I am doing, but to give me the opportunity to improve whenever I can, in turn allowing me to achieve to the upmost of my capability. If I make any changes at all during this project I will make it clear and document in detail through my blog and journal.

 

 

 

 

Unit 11 – CV/Personal Statement

Media CV

Personal Statement,

Despite being surrounded by the media everyday my interest only became significant to me once I started life at college. It came apparent to me here that media is what I have a passion for. For me, media is never the same. Each and everyday it changes and adapts to the ever changing world, and for me that is why it is so interesting. Media goes side by side in my life and I take a positive approach to anything in my path. I am a happy, and kind person and I look to take this into furthering my passion into education and eventually into my life.

Throughout my time studying media at college at different levels I have gained an unbelievable amount of experience and many valuable skills that I can not only use within the media industry but for the rest of my life. From an early age I have always been creative in everything I do, finding new and interesting ways to complete challenges in life. But it wasn’t until I started studying a BTEC Level 2 in Creative Media Production that I could put my skills to a real test. I began by feeling nervous, but I felt that because of my attitude towards it I hit the ground running. Each new topic in media that we tackled I was fascinated by, everything from advertising, documentaries, even music videos. I was so intrigued by it all that I just wanted to further my interest even more. That is why I decided to continue my studies to the UAL Creative Media Production and Technology (Film and TV) course. During my time on this 2 year course I have been prosperous in learning many new skills as part of a team as well as individually. Whilst working on all these different productions I found that they were a great challenge for me as I got to work on such a variety of different things such as animations, short films, music videos and what I found most interesting advertising and corporate videos.

In order for myself to progress and develop myself I believe that the best thing for me to do is to take a gap in education. I realise that this is a important decision that can affect my life but I know it is the right decision. I want to give myself the best possible opportunities that I can, and during my time out I ultimately want to create more of my own work, meet more people in the media industry and learn about new cultures. I believe that this will give me a different type of experience to that of which college has done. College has given me the skills and that knowledge and I intend to put that into practise. During my time at college I have made a lot of work that I am proud of, but the most valuable to me is a corporate video that I made for a real business, this is something that I worked on soul by myself. To which at the end of I was really proud of the finished piece, as were the business owners who decided to feature it on there own Facebook page.

I have chosen this course because ultimately it is specific in exactly what I want to pursue, which is advertising. I have a keen interest in not only creating work, but understanding the thinking behind it. Why is it so important to our everyday lives? I also have a real desire to have my own work in the real world, to see it out there visible to everyone. That is something I can be really proud of. I want to be able to prove that this is not only what I want in education, but in life.

 

 

 

 

Unit 11 – Critical Evaluation

I am happy with the decisions that I have made so far, this is mainly due to the fact that before I started the second year of this course I really was unclear on what I was going to do with my life after college. And since working on my progressions brief along with the other projects along side of it I have began to make clearer decisions on what I want to pursue next. Not only has it helped me with what decisions I can make after college but most importantly understanding fully each and every choic, for example with university I have learnt about the whole process of applying and how I can apply my skills that I have learnt in college to what I want to do in university.

I feel as though I have completed all of the goals that I have set for myself throughout this unit, due to the fact that I have been continously working towards my target grade or even higher so that I can continue to further my education within the media industry. My other goals consisted of researching into the different paths I can take once I leave college, whether it’s university, an apprenticeship or even a full time job. I needed to know exactly what each of these roles entitled so I can give myself the best possible opportunities in life, and most importantly to do something where I can maintain my interest in.

I have used my communitcation skills in a number of ways to help me present myself to employers and university, first off all through the research that I have completed I have found out about what they expect, and how I need to really prepare myself for an interview. I have learnt that I need to be confident in myself and what I want to do, and present myself in a positive way so that the employer/university know that I am serious in wanting to take that option as my next step in life. One thing that has really helped me in a number of ways to prepare for this kind of situation is having a part-time job along side college, it has helped me learn new and valuable skills that I can continue to use in day to day life and in the future.

I am now feeling much more confident about the future after this unit of work, this is for a number of reasons. First of all as I said previously, at the start of the second year of this course I was really uncertain about what I wanted to do after college, and now I am feeling confident and excited about what to do next. I have so many different options after college that I am fortunate enough to be able to have the choice of, and because of the work that I have completed throughout the course of this unit I am confident in whatever choice I may have to make next.