How is gender represented in this clip?
The representation of genders in this clip is not a stereotypical one where the man is stronger/superior to the woman. On the contrary, the clip shows women as strong, intelligent and as heroines there to save the day. Although the men still keep their stereotypical place where they are still seen as ‘leaders’, the position in which the women are seen in this clip is far more elevated and highly appreciated than what is normally seen in other tv dramas.
The camerawork used in this clip contains a lot of handheld/shaky material as well as pans, both to mark and accentuate the action going on. Panning is also used throughout the clip to show the surroundings of the characters, as well as the danger that might be approaching from behind them. Close ups, or extreme close ups are also used to mark important events in this clip – for example, when the blonde woman uses the excavator to tackle the tiger-like creature. This particular scene also highlights how the women are in an elevated position of power, contrary to the stereotypical view seen in most tv dramas. Some high-angel camerawork is also used to show that the man being attacked by the tiger creature is in fact the victim of the situation, thus, making the woman the heroine, playing with the typical gender roles once more.
Short cuts and long cuts are both used frequently in this clip to mark the ambiance and action happening on the screen. The shorter cuts, focusing around the attack in the forest, help create an urgent and fast-paced scene, representing the attack and having an impact on the viewer. The longer cuts, centered more around the end of the clip as well as the beginning are used to create and enhance intensity, as well as help the viewer focus on the dialogue and expressions portrayed by the actors/actresses. An important and prominent detail of editing in this clip would obviously be the tiger-like creature, created with CGI technology. The tiger creates a realistic, yet at the same time unrealistic feel to the clip, tying in with the theme of the series. (?) The beast also helps to establish the representation of genders in the clip, as the woman is ultimately the one who fights the creature off.
The score used in the clip sounds like music for warriors, which fits in perfectly with the slightly archaic surroundings and events displayed. As the woman is fighting the beast off, the music intensifies, and with some diegetic sounds heard as well, it creates an empowering ambiance (directed at the female character in particular). Sound effects are also used, such as ambient sounds to mark the forest surroundings, and most notably, on the CGI creature (roars, growls etc). Machine sounds are also heard from the excavator, marking the power of the machine as well as the power which the woman in her turn possesses.
Mise en Scène:
Clothing in this clip is used to show the ‘position’ or rank of the people. For example, the blonde woman (heroine) is wearing a black, fitted shirt, making her look powerful and ready to undertake any action or attack that might face her. The man she helps save, however, is wearing soft colours, perhaps marking he is in a way ‘softer’ or not as strong as the woman who helps him. His clothing is also slightly dirty, marking that he has stumbled around in the forest, making him look disorientated and lost. There is, however, a balance to this unusual male representation with the men at the end of the clip, who are wearing suits. These men are, both by clothing and by narration, represented as smart, well-behaved and well aware of the whole situation they are in. The surroundings seen in this clip, a forest with lots of trees, mud and steep hills, creates even more of an adventurous atmosphere. It also helps stir up the stereotypical view that men are stronger and more powerful (and, that being in a forest is more of a man’s thing) as the woman seems to be far more in control of the situation than the man is.
In essence, this clip has taken the stereotypical gender roles and given them a twist. Although the female characters are still to be viewed as you ‘normally’ would, they can still not be denied for their apparent intelligence and strength that the male roles do not always possess. This does not mean that the gender roles are equal, however, more so that the woman has an elevated position of importance than that what we usually see represented in tv dramas.