Costumes Survey - Responses and Actions

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Costumes survey – responses and actions :

Costumes survey – responses and actions

Our Survey: :

Our Survey: I have created a survey revolving around the subject of costumes , and asked 20 people to give their onions and expectations for our costumes in our trailer. The questions asked the respondees which specific costume they would prefer to see for different characters as well as what they would expect to see. This was carried out as we wanted to take the audience's thoughts and consideration when we decided on our costumes, so that they would be of acceptable and of expectation to our audience.


Our first question asked the respondents if they would expect a smartly dressed character to be a powerful or weak . 100% of those asked said that they would expect the character to be professional and superior . With this costume, we will be challenging the stereotype of smart clothes. As shown through the responses, many would not believe a smartly dressed and professional looking character to be weak or inferior . However, our protagonist is later viewed as weak and powerless , despite his professional costume.


Secondly, we asked an open question , of what the respondents think the connotations of the colour blue are. We received many varied results, including the most common which is “ sadness ”. This interpretation fits our trailer as our protagonist will be wearing various examples of the colour blue. This will emphasise his inner sadness and despair after losing his sister. Another response was “ loneliness ” which could link to Tim’s feelings of despair after his sister’s death, and his anger for the police, causing him to face the mystery on his own terms, presenting how he feels is the only one that cares. He is also the only person with the abnormal ability of time travel, presenting his loneliness. Other examples included “ tranquillity ” and “ calmness ” which would act as a contrast to Tim’s on edge character .


This next question was referring to our antagonist of the trailer: Jane. Jane is a character that desires power , and so we asked what costumes would be expected for this type of character. 100% of people asked all agreed that a smart dress would best suit a powerful character . Therefore, Jane will be wearing a smart dress within the trailer to subtly link to her power craving character, foreshadowing her evil manner and the negative events later in the film.


Antagonists are known to commonly be dressed in dark colours , to portray their negative and sinister characters to the audience. Although, we wanted to know the audience’s opinions on what they would prefer an antagonist to be dressed in . 55% of those asked wanted the antagonist to be dressed in black, linking to the traditional representation of antagonist’s. Thus, we will dress Jane in black when attacking Susan, so the audience cannot identify the dark and mysterious character. 35% chose the colour red . Therefore, we will dress Jane is a red dress to present her passionate and angry character. The colour white is stereotypically known to represent innocence and purity , however 10% wanted the antagonist to be dressed in white. Therefore, to hide Jane’s true character, we could dress her in white to contrast with her sinister character , linking to the mystery genre of the film.


For this next question, we wanted to identify if the respondents were aware of the representation of black . 100% said that if a character were dressed in black they would think them to be the antagonist . Therefore, we could dress other characters in this colour to cause the audience to think them to be evil . We wanted to present our detective character is a negative way , making him appear to be the antagonist . Thus, we shall now dress him in black to present him in a negative light , contrasting to his inner good character. This would therefore make the film more interesting for the audience due to the plot twist at the end of the film.


This next question linked to the victim character of Susan. Susan dies at the beginning of the film, causing her brother to focus on the mystery of her death. We wanted to know what costume was expected for a victimised character . 80% expect a female victim to be dressed in a dress and high heels . This creates a stereotypical representation of a female victim , as they are very feminine , which could be associated with not being able to protect yourself. Susan’s costume could have a stereotypical approach to link to the audience’s expectations. The remaining 20% of people associate a female victim to be dressed in a casual shirt and leggings . Susan could be dressed in a more casual costume in order to present her ordinary character and how this unfortunate situation could happen to anyone.


We also wanted to discover which colour would be best to emphasis Susan’s victimised character . 75% of those asked though that white would be the best colour for her costume. White has connotations with innocence and purity , which will therefore exaggerate her innocent character. The remaining 25% chose red . Red would be an anti-stereotypical colour to use as it has connotations with passion , anger and violence . Red could be incorporated in Susan’s costume as it foreshadows the violence that will later occur in the film revolving around her death, in a subtle way.


Within our trailer, we had the idea of possibly including a flashback from Tim to a positive childhood memory of him and Susan. We asked the respondents what type of costume they would expect a child to be dressed in on an average day . All of those asked said that a comfortable top and trousers would be best for the average child . Therefore, in the flashback scene we will dress young Tim and Susan in average clothing to enhance upon their normality and stress free lives, contrasting to the present .


Next, we asked which colours they imagine a happy and positive child to be dressed in. 100% said that bright primary colours are the best choice for the costumes. Primary colours are associated highly with youth , which would emphasis the youth and stress free manner of the children. If the colours were bright, this would enhance upon the children’s happiness , which would contrast with Tim in the present day.


For our last question, we wanted to identify which costume type would be best for our elderly character of Agnes. We wanted to physically portray her as a stereotypical elderly lady, however she has a negative and mysterious manner to her. 100% of those asked thought that she should be dressed in a headscarf , coat and comfy shoes to enhance upon her average elderly person portrayal. However, her headscarf would also add to her negative character as it hides part of her face as well as making shadows on her. Thus, adding to the mysterious aspect of her character.

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