Not many people understand the concept of a Urban drama. This is mainly because it
does not conform to the other common Drama’s as an Urban Drama takes into
account the society. Giving the mise-en-sence a more visible focus as the common
skyline of the busy city might be substituted with the grittiness of area with elements of
graffiti and vandalism.
Urban Drama therefore become more about today’s urban society as well established
scenes depicted a sense of realism as the film might have a similar story to one which
might be heard on the news. These stories consist Racism, Gun Crime, Drugs,
Gangs, Music (predominantly Rap, R&B and Grime) and most importantly the lack
of money as this is mainly the reason why the characters are to seen to be in difficult
The idea in most Urban Drama’s it to simply “get rich” and live a
comfortable life. This is not only common in Urban drama’s but also the
Characters are seen to desperately turn away from bad, but due to the
environment they live in they are constantly dragged back with links
from racism, loyalty, friendship and getting equal.
In most Urban Drama’s there is always a happy ending however the
main character is often killed giving a sense of reality within the drama.
However even with such a story line there is always another positive
consequence to weight out and give balance. This allows the audience
to feel as their isn't always a negative outcome which we always hear
on the news.
Waist deep is an urban drama, which consists
of the common aspects an audience would
expect to see in a film like this. These aspects
include violence, money, drugs and women.
The background of the poster is black which
suggests that the plot is dark and has mystery
to it; it also improves the focal point and allows
the actors to be the main subject.
The trap line ‘His son, his life, his freedom, he’s
taking them all back’ this along with the gun
suggests the actor has loses so much and
finally gets fed up then, which forces him to
use violence to take ‘them all back’
This poster also hold the common aspects
which most posters hold, which is the title, trap
line and the actors names to help improve the
Tyrese Gibson is facing away from the
audience which show the total opposite to
Meagan Good, this could show that Tyrese has
more things to worry about as he is also
holding a gun which is a key prop in a film of
There are many other forms of media’s which also simulate an urban
vibe. The main form being music with artists such as Notorious B.I.G
and 2Pac both have song which express common events in “the
ghetto” and the consequences.
Gimmie the Loot by Notorious B.I.G. The song title alone has
connotations to robbery and possible casualties. This song delivers a
story about Biggy and another character stealing from a store for
Brenda’s Got A Baby by 2Pac, this whole song explains how a woman
becomes pregnant however due to the lack of education she has
she find it hard to survive.