Monday, 29 June 2009

My Tv Drama Plan

TITLE: The other side of the street
INFLUENCES:Red Riseing, Britz, The last man standing, This is England
CODES & CONVENTIONS:Based in Yorkshire, Kind on blair wich camera work.
Narinder Singh(Baljit Biring):Indian man, he opens up a curry shop with his friend (Kulwinder Singh) in yorkshire and experiences racist attacks.
Kulwinder Singh(Anoop Nandra):Indian man, he opens up a curry shop with his friend (Narinder Singh) in yorkshire and experiences racist attacks.
Jack Sargent(Jack Sargent):Opens up a fish and chips shop in yorkshire with his friend (Adam brown) and begins to lose money because of indian take away across the road.
Adam Brown(Shaun Ransom):Opens up a fish and chips shop in yorkshire with his friend (Jack Sargent) and begins to lose money because of indian take away across the road.
Ben Moore (Ben Moore):English man hired to smash up and burn down indian shop across the road and to beat up the owners of the shop if they are there.
CONCEPT:This two day experience will explore the world of racism in a brown mans eyes this will also give you a good understanding of how hard it is for the ethnic minority.This program features two english men that own a fish and chips shop, and two indian men from india that open up a indian cuisine in yorkshire. thoughout this program you will see how the two indian men get assulted and get the shop burned down.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Shot Angles

Low: Camera looking up at subject, making it look bigger.
Eye-level: Camera is pointed directly at subject.
High: Camera is looking down on subject, making it look smaller.
Worm's eye: Extreme low angle, camera is very low, looking up.
Canted: Camera is tilted to make subject look slanted.
Bird's eye: Extreme high angle, looking straight down.

Shot Sizes

XLS: Extra long shot/wide shot/establishing shot
LS: Long shot
MLS: Medium long shot
MS: Mid shot
MCU: Medium close up
BCU: Big close up
ECU: Extreme close up
P.O.V. Shot: Camera shoots from a characters P.O.V.(Point of view)
Over-the-shoulder shot: Camerashoots over a character's shoulder.

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) er must examine the following areas:

  • Camera work (shots, angles, movements)
  • Editing (hows 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 and lighting)

Camera Movements

Crab: The camera moves sideways, like a crab does.

Pan: The camera stays in the same spot but pivots left or right.

Tilt: The camera stays in the same spot but tilts up or down.

Dolly: Also known as tracking, the camera moves backwards or forwards.

Boom: The camera moves vertically.

Dexter Analysis Notes

Cinematography:Start- focus on mosquito. kills it. camera refocuses on to dexters face (smile).Extreme close-ups - e.g. cleaning blood,cooking,cutting orange shows intimate detailClose up on face before leaving houseMysterious, only see his face clearly at enddark side

Sound:Foley track (emphasises sound) digetic sound-blood dripping- flossing- pulling key out- cooking- slicing orange- killing the fly- eating- shaving

Non-digetic sound- creepy music- jolly/fairground- ticking- casual/jaunty- click at the end- music fades away when he gets outside (matches his facial expression)
Mise-en-scene: blood, fruit and other red liquids murdercloths white t-shirt (normality) suggest smutheringFacial expression creepy and seems like a syco, but is the opposite when he leaves his houseprops the way he shaves shows the first sign of blood.Normal morning- Breakfast, flossing, shaving etc.
Editing: Dexter is written in bloodJump cuts : him waking up and him shaving, the blood drips in the sink and him wipeing the blood slithering down his neck, him wipeing his neck and him cutting open the meat, him putting the meat in the pan and him stabbin and twisting it, he then puts the meat into his mouth and begins chewing it, also the eggs he breaks the eggs and then stabs it it in the pn and twists it like painful stab wound.The part where he locks his apartment and walks away locking away

Dexter Title Sequence

Key Words

Mise-en-scene: 'Putting in the scene.' Basically everything you see in the frame.

Dialogue: Speaking (What the characters say).

Digetic Sound: Sound that's in the world of TV drama. (what they can hear).

Incidental music: Music that's added on.

Non-digetic sound: Could be sound effects, voice overs, theme tunes etc.

Narrative/structure: Story line

Theme: Ideals/morals explored

Cinematography: Camera work

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Skins Trailer

Teenagers in the 'Skins' trailer are represented as Destructive, Violent, Vandals that have no respect for authority (attacking Police). The girls are portrayed as promiscuous and both genders are represented as being Drunk/Drug Addicts. These representations are constructed with very loud, pacey music and no voices (you can only see what their doing which makes you focus on their actions) as the trailer progresses the characters get more and more out of control becoming more destructive as time goes on.

Youth Representation in Television Drama

  • Partying
  • Attitude Problems
  • Lary
  • Hoodies
  • Drinking - vomiting
  • Pregnancy
  • Sex
  • Emo
  • Happy-Slapping
  • Drugs
  • Violence - Stabbings,Fighting...

Represented in Television Drama

  • Gender (masculinity/feminimity)
  • Race (White/Asian/Black...)
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Sexuality
  • Appearence (e.g. blonde/tall/skinny)
  • Class/Wealth
  • Disability
  • Regionality (in uk e.g. North,South,Wales,Scotland)

Television Drama

A television drama is a soap opera/ series /one-off.

Key Words

  • Mise-en-Scene - 'everything in the frame'
    - props,costume,make-up,performance,setting,lighting.
  • Narrative/Structure - Story
  • Setting
  • Character
  • Theme -Message that runs throughout
  • Sound - Digetic: In the world of show. e.g. Dialogue, Background noise
    - Non-Digetic: Not in the world of show (characters can't hear)
    e.g. Voice overs, sound effects/music
  • Cinematography - Camera Work

Defining the Genre

Within the genre 'Television Drama' there are various Sub-Genres which each have their own unique Codes and Conventions (what makes it what it is).

Monday, 11 May 2009

Highest Rating
Hilda Ogden's final episode on 25 December 1987, remains the highest-rated episode of Coronation Street ever, with nearly 27 million viewers.
Soap opera: "Kitchen sink"-style working-class realism
Created by Tony Warren
Developed by Granada Television
Starring See current cast
Opening theme by Eric Spear (current opening credits introduced in 2002)
Country of origin: United Kingdom
No. of episodes: 7067(as of 1 May 2009)
Producer(s): Kim Crowther,Kieran Roberts (Executive Producer)
Camera setup is Multiple-camera setup
Running time: 22 minutes(excluding adverts)
Original channel: ITV
Picture format: 4:3 (1960–2001)16:9 Widescreen (2002–present)
Original run is 9th December 1960 – present
In the United Kingdom, as of January 2008, Coronation Street is broadcast at 19:30 and 20:30 on Mondays and Fridays, and at 19:30 Wednesdays on terrestrial / digital network ITV. There have been a few late night Coronation Street episodes starting at 10pm, because of the watershed. Repeat episodes and specials can be seen on ITV and ITV2, with an omnibus edition shown on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. ITV has offered this sort of catchup since the channel began broadcasting Coronation Street in December 1998. Since January 2008, the omnibus has moved back to the main ITV channel where it currently broadcasts every Sunday morning.
In Ireland, Coronation Street is simulcast on TV3.
In Canada, Coronation Street is broadcast nightly on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) at 19:00 local time Monday-Friday, with an omnibus on Sundays usually starting at 07:30. During NHL Playoffs, it is broadcast at 15:30 each weekday afternoon. The Sunday omnibus is broadcast except during the Olympics. Canada is currently 9 months behind Britain. In the US, it airs in border markets where CBC can be reached.
In New Zealand, Coronation Street is broadcast nearly every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on TV One, (TVNZ), at 19:30. New Zealand is currently 14 months behind Britain.
In Australia the show is broadcast on Cable networks Foxtel and Austar 6 days a week and is currently 15 months behind Britain.
Coronation Street is set in Weatherfield, a fictional town in Greater Manchester, based on Salford. The programme focuses on the lives of the street's residents, of varying age, class and background.
The Street itself consists of a row of seven early 20th century terraced houses with a public house, the Rovers Return Inn, at one end, and a corner shop at the other. On its southern side, there is a factory, two shop units, a garage and three houses, all constructed in the late 1980s. The programme also incorporates the residents of neighbouring streets, including Rosamund Street, Victoria Street, and Viaduct Street.
Production history
The show was created by Tony Warren and is still produced by Granada Television, holder of the ITV franchise for the northwest of England, and was shown by most of the ITV stations. It became fully networked on 6 March 1961, when ATV, the only remaining franchise then still not broadcasting the programme, began airing it. The working title of the show was Florizel Street, but a tea lady named Agnes remarked that "Florizel" sounded like a brand of disinfectant, so the name was changed. The choice of new name was between Jubilee Street and Coronation Street, with Granada executives Harry Latham, Harry Elton, and H. V. Kershaw deciding on the latter.

Monday, 20 April 2009


  • A thorough, detailed research and planning Blog.
  • A textual analysis essay, analysing an existing television drama programme.
  • A storyboard for the title sequence for your own, original television drama programme.
  • A filmed and edited DVD of your own original title sequence