TV Drama conventions by mudoc123


									            TV drama stills

• Starter task : annotate the TV drama still
  shots. What technical aspects are shown
  and what meaning is created from the
TV Drama- Brainstorm Titles

    TV Drama
TV Drama & Genre conventions
• How would you define TV Drama?

• TV drama is a fictionalised account of a narrative
  in the medium of television. TV drama can be
  spit into several sub-genres.

• What does genre conventions mean?

• A set of rules that the genre uses repeatedly.
• A well used formula.
         Task : What are the genre
         conventions of TV Drama?
•   Characters
•   Stories/Narratives
•   Familiar settings
•   Dialogue
•   Key themes
•   Particular cinematography style
•   Music

• Look at page in handbook ‘TV drama Conventions 1
• Task: watch clip and identify genre conventions. Make
  notes on worksheet in handbook
          TV Drama Sub- Genres
• What are the sub-genres of TV Drama:

• Soap Operas or Continuing Dramas: ‘Eastenders’,
    ‘Coronation Street’…
•   Crime and Police Dramas: ‘The Bill’, ‘The Wire’, ‘CSI..
•   Medical/Emergency Dramas: ‘ER’, ‘Casualty’….
•   Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Dramas: ‘Dr Who’, ‘Heroes’…
•   Literary adaptations: Pride and Prejudice’, Oliver Twist
•   Contemporary melodramas: ‘Skins’, ‘Waterloo Road’
•   Comedy Dramas: ‘Shameless’, ‘Desperate Housewives’
       TV Drama and Narrative
• Continuing Series: a series where the narrative or plot
  doesn’t end. The official title for Soap Operas.

• Series: The main plot or narrative continues and is
  resolved at the end of the season. Key characters and
  plotlines are carried over to the next season. (Lost, 24)

• Serials: Are similar to series but each episode is a self
  contained narrative.( Shameless, Spooks, Hustle)

• One Offs: self explanatory, drama where the narrative
  begins and ends in one often feature length episode. A
  variation on this is the two part drama.
                     TV pitch
• Task : In your groups come up with an idea for a TV
  drama series.
• Use the genre conventions that you’ve discussed and
  consider the following:

•   The plot(s)
•   The setting(s)
•   The characters
•   The actors/stars
•   The technical aspects

• You must make notes in groups and present your pitch to
  the class. Your teacher will play the role of the network
  executive and decide whose series gets the ‘green light’.
• You can draw storyboard if you wish to aid your pitch.

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