Tuesday, 25 May 2010


[clip update: blocked, so see http://www.220.ro/emisiuni-tv/Merlin-Season-1-Episode-2-Part-2-Of-5/c35gmxwI7b/ and http://www.220.ro/emisiuni-tv/Merlin-Season-1-Episode-2-Part-1-Of-5/kiGglys0UY/]

You'll be analysing a clip from Season 1 Episode 2 of the BBC series Merlin, which you can find at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdq3SsoumAU (from 09:04) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyFSue4ezMY&feature=related (to approx 4:08) [10:15 to 15:17 on my DVD]
Your Representation focus is: GENDER
You will be tasked with analysing each of the 4 technical areas in turn (sound, editing, camerawork, mise-en-scene), drawing in related points on gender as you go. When you've done this, we will be using the same clip for a mock exam, for which you will not be able to use any notes. We will move on then to consider some examples using sexuality as the focus, and getting further into studying Working Title, and the marketing of films. 
Remember, however, that when exploring one area of Representation you will often find it useful to make some points about some of the 6 other possible areas of Representation (eg when discussing a male you can denote as having several stereotypical feminine characteristics, a common cultural stereotype would make many viewers connote that this character is gay, just as a short-haired, physically strong and muscular female will often be viewed as lesbian, applying a common stereotype)

Its been a bit of a nightmare, a voyage of discovering what a pain it can be when one multinational conglomerate buys another, but I've eventually been able to upload to the clip in question:

Monday, 10 May 2010

David Gauntlett resources

DG has written (2 editions of) a great book on gender (Media, Gender, and Identity). Several chunks of it are available free online, eg at http://www.theoryhead.com/gender/discuss.htm
See also http://www.theoryhead.com/gender/more.htm