Monday, 29 June 2009

Textual Analysis of a TV drama title sequence

Title sequence:
- attract people with the theme tune - signature identity
- so people know what they are watching
- to show where the programme is set/time.
- name of the show
- alerts people that the show is starting
- shows the characters
- people in the setting
- tone/style/pace

Dexter Title Sequence:
- normal morning routine filmed to make it look wierd and scary
- normal with a hint of sadisium
- dexter - name of main character
- dark tone
- theme of murder
- he looks miserable/empty
- associates him with death
- casual killer
- music - sneaky but casual/jaunty.

Sound (digetic):
- emphasising sound
- foley track - when he is eating
- shaving
- cooking
- slicing orange
- when he killed the spider
- blood dripping
- flossing
- pulling out keys

- creepy music
- jolly music but the sounds he's making makes it sound creepy
- ding at the end
- music tune fades away when he gets outside (matches his facial expression)
- odd sounds within casual tune
- casual/jaunty
- rattling shakey noise makes it creepy
- music anchors the meaning of the image and other way round.
- tings, rattles - dischordant.
- unnatural, wrong.

- Start- focus on mosquito. kills it. camera refocuses on to dexter's face (smile)
- Extreme close-ups - e.g. cleaning blood, cooking, cutting orange - shows intimate detail.
- close-up on face before leaving house - air of mystery. don't see his face properly until the end.
- mysterious, there's a dark side of this face and a light - represents he seems like a normal guy but he has a dark side to him.
- When you see the meat it's like the camera's in the pan.
- focus on the lock showing he's locking away his dark side.

- Dexter is written in blood.
- Jump cuts - normal things have been cut out to emphasise death related thing.
- meat has been sliced loads of times -connotates slashing flesh.
- way he eats sounds crunchy - cannablism
- in control - doesn't seem like a crazed killer - calm killer plans well
- crushing grounding - coffee beans.

- blood - a lot of red = blood orange, ketchup, title, murder, violence.
- clothes - white t-shirt (normality) t-shirt ised to show smothering when being put on.
- facial expression creepy and seems like a psycho, but is the opposite when he leaves the house.
- props - the way he shaves shows the first sign of blood.
- normal things - morning routine - but the way they are being used and anchorage of music suggests murder and violence.
- way he does things e.g. putting knife in egg and twisting eating eating meat straight off the knife etc. shows evilness.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Monday, 11 May 2009

Camera Shots.

Wide shot/establishing shot

Long Shot

3/4 shot


Medium close-up


Big close-up

Extreme close-up

Sunday, 10 May 2009

textual analysis

Textual analysis is the process of breaking down a text into its various elements and studying them to analyse how meaning is created. When analysing moving image media (such as film or television) we must examine the following areas:
- camera work (shots, angles, movements)
- editing (how shots have been put together)
- sound (both digetic and non-digetic)
- special effects (if there are any)
- mise-en-scene (costume, make-up, facial expression, props, setting, performance)

skins trailer

In this trailer, teenagers are represented to be violent, hormonal, rebellious, rowdy, promiscuous and aggressive. There is alot of energy, showing them to be youthful and energetic. They look out of control. No respect.

These representations are constructed by an aggressive dog, showing that the teenagers are violent. You also see the teenagers fighting showing they are violent. You see two teenagers having sex, showing they are promiscuous and hormonal. They show no respect as when the police show up, they fight back. They are rowdy as we see them break things.

textual analysis - moving image texts

Different things that can be represented in television drama;
- gender (masculinity/femininity)
- race (white, asain, black)
- religion
- age
- sexuality
- appearance eg. blonde, tall, fat.
- disability
- class
- wealth
- regionality
- ethnicity

Ways in which teenagers/young people are represented in the media -
- hormonal
- emo/depression
- 'hoodies'
- teenage pregnancy
- american teenagers - bitchy
- promiscuous
- 'broken britain'
- violent - 'happy slapping'
- stupid, hormones, alcohol, pregnancy
- moody - 'am i bovvered'
- alcohol - binge drinking