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					Introduction to TV drama
               Your exam
• You have 2 hours to complete 2 sections A &
  B.
• One of the sections is about Audience and
  Institutions which is what Mr Ryan is doing
  with you, the other section is TV drama, in
  which you will watch an extract and write an
  essay focussing on how they director uses
  camera/mise en scene etc to get their plot
  across to the audience as well as discussing
  the representation of characters, props,
  settings etc.
          Representation
• The way in which the media presents
  the characters to us.

• E.g. teenagers may appear to be trouble
  makers on Eastenders but in Skins they
  may be represented as ‘cool’ street wise
  etc.
        Film language revision
• Take up a whole page and in each corner
  write the following categories:

• Mise en scene/lighting
• Camera
• Editing
• Sound
Underneath each heading write as many terms
  as you can remember that belong in the
  category.
             TV drama
• What TV programmes do you think come
  under this category?
• Brainstorm as many as you can.
       Analysing TV drama
• Write the following headings leaving 4
  lines between each one.
• Mise en scene
• Setting
• Characters
• Plot/events
• Length of episode
• Themes
• Next, choose a genre from the list
  below and make lists under the
  headings.

• Hospital drama (Casualty), teen drama
  (Skins/Hollyoaks), period drama
  (Cranford), crime/thriller (Spooks/The
  Bill), sci-fi (Dr Who)
• Then, choose a main character from the
  list and write a paragraph detailing how
  these characters are typically
  represented. Give at least one specific
  example from a programme you have
  seen.
• E.g. old woman might be a gossip,
  teenage girl might be a tart etc
               Soap opera
• Perhaps the most obvious, and popular of
  TV dramas.
•Discuss this question with a partner
What is the responsibility of a soap
opera? To present society ‘as it is’ or as
it ‘should be’

•What are the typical conventions of a
soap opera? Make a list.
   Soap operas employ some
 distinctive conventions (3 slides)
• The constant illusion of real time
• Precise continuity tease devices and cliff hangers
• Combinations of action (information for the
  viewers) and enigma (questions raised by the
  viewer) Eastenders murder plot
• The dominance of two shots and over the
  shoulder shots of conversation
• (over 90% of soaps and devoted to
  conversation)
• Establishing shots
(of locations)
 and tableaux (groups
of people composed
dramatically)
• Coverage of current social issues
• Narrative flow and a nostalgic and
  perhaps outdated depiction of community
• Meeting places that allow for
 gossip to circulate
• Interweaving storylines in each episode
• Partial closure of storylines
• Music used as a motif (e.g. the drums at
  the end of Eastenders)
• The dominance of diegetic sound (except
  for Hollyoaks)
• Highly symbolic costumes and set design
  (e.g. the type of curtains)
• A kitchen sink mise en scene
  (naturalistic, domestic, personal)
• As we watch this extract make notes on
  the following:
• Who (which characters) are in the shot
  and how are they represented?
• How does the mise en scene make the
  extract believable?
• What does the camera do and why?
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZyA2e
  zhtqA&feature=related
      Analysing soap operas
• Read through your notes and write a
  paragraphs answering this example
  exam question:
• How are the camera and editing
  techniques used to represent the
  characters to us?
          Example paragraph
• The men in this extract are represented as
  carefree compared to the women. Gayle is at
  home with the older ladies worrying about her
  release while the men are in the pub drinking.
  The camera starts on the pub scene as a
  medium shot to show the setting and the two
  male characters. We are positioned behind the
  bar so we can see the new character enter
  through the door. When the man says that he
  has some bad news there is a jump cut to an
  over the shoulder shot from the other side of the
  bar so we are made to identify with the speaker.
              Homework
• Write 150 word analysis of another scene
  in this extract on your blog or on paper.

				
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