TV drama stills • Starter task : annotate the TV drama still shots. What technical aspects are shown and what meaning is created from the shot? 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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