Outside of 160mc we had 105mc which taught 4 key concepts such as genre, narrative, representation and audience, applying these concepts can be applied to our project by comparing and contrasting our ideas to the theories within the four key concepts for instance according to Tzetan Todorov (Todorov 1977) structuralize theory we would begin our story with a equilibrium which would be represented as a state of normality, the disruption of the equilibrium would occur when Lisa Smith is reported missing, The recognition of the disruption would be when the police investigate her disappearance, unfortunately there is no reinstatement of the equilibrium as the story does not give a proper ending so Todorov’s theory.
However alternately one could view Lisa Smith fleeing Ireland as a disruption, the cult recognising her disappearance, the cult pursuing her and her eventual capture as the five stages are realised within the context of the stories narrative.
When applying representation to our story the group would need to consider how to depict /apply the cult. The symbol which the police would discover would instantly be recognised as alien, based upon the culture the audience lives in for instance modern day England the symbol would be associated with old outside forces not to be trusted. I applied Stuart Hall’s Theory on stereotypes“Stereotypes, in other words, is part of the maintenance of social and symbolic order” (Hall 1997: 258) to come to this conclusion. The police officers would represent modern law and order this can be seen as a clash of cultures, in terms of stereotyping the police would take the form of the insiders the ones the audience can relate to or belong with in the same cultural context the symbol is the outsider it does not belong.
Applying our story to genre it displays the generic conventions of a horror the implied supernatural goings on, a disappearing person, for boding atmosphere and fear of the unknown. Genre has been defined as an established set of conventions been repeated over a period of time and are equally recognised by its creators and its consumers. We see elements of this practise within our comparison between our project and the Wicker Man for instance they both feature the fear of the unknown in outsider cultures, both feature a Pagan deity that calls for a blood sacrifice in return for fertility.
Hall, S. (1997) Representation; Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. London: SAGE Publications Ltd
Todorov, T. (1977) The Poetics of Prose. Oxford: Blackwell. Cited in Branston and Stafford. (2010) The Media Student’s Book. 5th edn. Oxon: Routledge