•Summarise your research into five sentences.
•Each sentence becomes your topic sentence for five paragraphs.
•In your paragraphs, explain exactly where you have applied what you have learned (specific shots/use of language etc.)
•Refer to facts and figures, where you can. Also refer to media theory, if relevant.
•If you have subverted your research – you must explain WHY, especially if you’ve only subverted it in places (e.g. I wanted the text to resemble the ____ genre through its use of iconography, but I didn’t want to follow all of its negative stereotypes).
My research informed me that men dominate the action genre, with over three quarters of action films featuring a male lead (source needed). This supports notions of hegemonic masculinity and reinforces a culture where “men act and women appear” (Berger, 1972). I decided to replicate this in my film poster by choosing a male action lead and placing him in the centre of the image, which connotes his importance. The gun in his hand signifies that he is a man of action, who takes control, reinforcing this notion of hegemonic masculinity. The blurb on the DVD sleeve furthers these ideas. My character’s name – Sam Steel – connotes something cold, hard and dangerous (steel signifying a blade). The blurb places Sam at the centre of the narrative, where he has to take revenge for the death of his wife.
I found that women were often depicted as victims in action films. For instance.... Therefore, the only female characters in my film....