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  1. Discuss how Billy's character is presented. Does it develop during the course of the play?

    As the play unfolds this is emphasised by Billy becoming less able to distinguish between reality and fantasy. The impression that the audience gets of Billy before he enters from his family, is that he is extremely idle and doesn't take kindly to orders. 'I've shouted him three times...' (Act 1: 65) However, his Grandmother believes that Alice and Geoffrey, Billy's parents, are entirely responsible for his disobedience. 'They let him carry on just as he likes...' (Act 1: 57)

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  2. Exploring the conventions of quiz shows

    The wheel of fortune is also aimed at a family audience ,and has been running for about fourteen years. Set very old fashioned in about 1990. The wheel of fortune also started of on prime time TV on Carlton but has now moved to satellite television at about midday Both the host play the main roles in the dhows but they have completely different personalities. The host in the weakest link ( Ann Robinson ) isn't the nicest of presenters. She is very mean upfront and intimidating. She faces the contestants with a very stern face she never smiles or laughs which makes the contestants very nervous.

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  3. Discuss how editing and sound features create meaning and generate audience response in The Usual Suspects

    the least important and least useful of the 'Usual Suspects'. Kujan watches Verbal leave and then the camera cuts to the other side of the door where it slowly zooms out from the office with Kujan stood in the doorway. The slow pace of the editing implies a sense of calm during this scene, suggesting to the audience that the film is about to end. The scene changes back to the hospital. This point in the film involves a lot of cross-cutting between locations. Earlier in the film a man in the hospital was describing what Keyser Soze looks like to an artist.

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  4. Analyse the quiz shows,

    and is no longer made. It now seems very dated and is only shown on satellite television during the day. The weakest link is still produced even though its popularity is not as great anymore. It now has an early evening slot on BBC 2. Both the hosts play important but contrasting roles in the shows but they have completely different personalities. Ann Robinson hosts in the Weakest Link and isn't the nicest of presenters. She is very mean, confrontational and intimidating. She faces the contestants with a very stern face and she never smiles or laughs which makes the contestants very nervous and adds to the tension of the show.

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  5. Drama Evaluation of 'Revenge'

    To make sure that the audience could understand all that was said, I projected my voice in my normal accent, medium pitch, and relatively slow pace. This maintained throughout most of the play except for scenes such as 'The witch scene', where I used a booming and commanding vocal mannerism to cast the spell with Kate and Andrea on Tiffany. Overall, I would say that I projected my voice clearly so that all could hear it in the audience. I felt that in our piece, I moved very confidently as my character would across the stage in an independent fashion.

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  6. Theatre Review - Scorcher

    I liked all the character in the performance; they each had their own personality and attitude. I practically liked the teacher who was called Barry. He had a quiet and polite attitude and most characters disliked him. However he was a dedicated teacher who was determined that Darren, who is a 16 year old, was going to pass his art, GCSE examination. Barry was also, kind and helpful because he offered Darren's mum, Marie, a room in his house where she could live for a while. During the whole of the performance there was not really any form of masks or makeup.

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  7. "How did Hitchcock create sustain and sustain it in Psycho?"

    Knowing that showing a girl in her underwear was going to shock people, Hitchcock knew that this is what the focus would be on, he used this to show that she turned evil. In psycho black and darkness refers to evil and light and white refers to good this happens many times. Taxidermy is a very big part of the film, it hints to the ending, creates a scary atmosphere, describes Norman's character and is used before something evil happens.

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  8. Pre-production Thriller Sequence

    These include such topics as the dark side of life, conspiracies, murders, twisted relationships, danger and suspense. Since they carry symbolic/connotative meaning, colour coding adds to the iconography of thrillers as well. The use of black and white for example, represents or adds to the darkness and evil that is in the play. I will start my opening sequence by slowly panning across an isolated room. This creates tension already because the audience will feel unsafe in this location, and also because the audience want to see the characters and want to know what is going to be revealed at the end of the panning.

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  9. Critically analyse the opening extract of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet.

    This also suggests the story is over and we will be experiencing the events in a flashback. The scene is very measured as the director has been very deliberate in how the reporter uses body language, facial expressions and costumes to show her role. She looks very serious and in a suit which is what the audience would expect of actual reporter. Another use of mise en scene is the scene where the hip hop music starts and the Montagues appear driving down the street.

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  10. Gladiator - Film review

    Abruptly this changes to an area where it looks cold. The trees in the background look lifeless and this gives impression of the time of year. But the main feature point of this is Maximuses face cold expressionless and still. He had his eyes closed and this tells the audience that what we had just seen was his imagination in a day dream state. The colours that are used are dark colours such as grey and black in the surroundings with the exception of white which is shown by the snow.

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  11. Compare the films, 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Toy Story'. Showing the different ways in which they represent heroes and villains. How do they appeal to a modern audience?

    Both films appeal to a wide audience although Toy Story has some more mature humour and references to more adult-orientated films. DEVOLOPMENT Woody is a very stereotypical cowboy. The boots, cowboy hat and phrases his voice box say all add to his character. His costume makes you know straight away that Woody is a cowboy. Woody is the villain in Toy Story at the beginning of the film when Buzz first arrives in the bedroom. He is jealous of Buzz as he is not getting the same respect from his friends as before.

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  12. "Thelma and Louise" dramatises the ongoing battle of the sexes, or rather, women's struggle against men in a patriarchal society. This was the only reason for its success. Write a review of the film in which you comment on this statement.

    The authorities however have less compassion and so a cross country chase is set out for the two fugitives. Along the way, both women rediscover the strength of their friendship and surprising aspects of their personalities in the trying times. The film gained mixed reviews from the critics as people had very different opinions on the storyline. One critic said that "Thelma and Louise" was a female version to the film "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." The critic believed that the only differentiation between the two films was that the main characters were played by the opposite sex.

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  13. In this coursework assignment I will be analysing and reviewing the effectiveness of two film trailers. The two trailers I will be examining are

    The directors have not wasted any time in bringing the main storyline of the film into the trailer; immediately all football fans are interested in the production. The next scene encountered is of a young Jimmy, who one can guess is the star of the film; he is an obviously gifted youngster, shown dribbling the football with perfect accuracy. Over this a gruff adult voice is heard with a broad northern accent, "If you could have been a footballer, you would have been snapped up by the England Schoolboys two years ago."

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  14. The Truman Show And Pleasantville Review

    The opening sequences are different. The Truman Show starts off with short interviews of the cast and the creator of Truman's world, Christof. Christof (Ed Harris) says that people are tired of 'phoney emotions' and 'phoney actors', they need something real. Marlon (Noah Emmerich) and Meryl (Laura Linney) describe the show and give their own views about how everything is 'all true, all real, nothing here is fake,..........., things are just merely controlled', and how close their relationship is within the show and there is 'no difference between private life and public life, my life is my life, my life is the Truman Show'.

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  15. My essay will mainly focus on

    In the 1990's the birth of quiz shows with huge amounts of money such as "who wants to be a millionaire" and the "weakest link" became popular, some people criticise these are making the nation greedy by offering huge sums of money. I think quiz shows are popular as the public like to watch people sometimes make fools of themselves. People also like to feel superior when they know that they are right and the contestant is wrong. The now popular quiz shows such as weakest link and who wants to be a millionaire are so widely watched because of many reasons.

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  16. Shakespeare monologue evaluation

    But not only does it improve everybody's projection etc, it also brings everybody's energy levels way up, it includes everybody in a big group exercise and brings everybody together and really gets the energy levels up in those early morning starts, I think all of these things pushed together really make for better performances all round from everybody. But the most important part of the warm up exercises were pointing out the flaws in our projection techniques. One of the main points was our breathing, before the exercises we were breathing as normal and trying to project like that, however

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  17. Film Synopsis: The Stench Of Kerosine

    As they talk they discover they each have a particularly significant thing in common; both of their brothers had been killed in tragic car crashes. The stranger, Leroy Trilby then decides to help her to seek her revenge as an attempt for them to help each other to get over what had happened to them. They begin by going back to the basement to investigate and track down the owner, who had been renting it out for the last four years to an unknown man.

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  18. How would you direct the actor playing 'Vershinin' in order to make his motivation clear in Acts 1 and 4 of Chekhov's 'Three Sisters'?

    He seating during this questioning allows many opportunities for the actor to show his discomfort and desire to please. The tone of his voice needs to still be strong and confident, yet his body language telling us other things about the character. I would direct him so as throughout the entire play, Vershinin has a lot of feelings that he hides well, and this direction according to sub-text would emphasise his hidden depth. He seems to be a proud man, yet extremely discontent with his own life, leading him to philosophise regularly in order to make his life more bearable.

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  19. The Forms and structure of Vinegar Tom by Churchill

    With that base, a story line and characters emerged so the play centres around realism. However Brecht influenced Churchill and although there are no banners or headlines within the play's original script there is room to use them if felt appropriate by the company. Vinegar tom has traits of Epic theatre, through not trying to "fool" the audience, the actors do not arrive from backstage or try to cleverly bring on props. The idea that the audience are always aware they are in a theatre is a feeling strongly stressed.

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  20. Jaws - short summary

    A second example of how music and silence are used together to build up tension, is the happy cheerful music that was played on the beach at the start of the film to show people having fun and as soon as the shark is nearby the title sequence music begins to play which the audience know that the shark is near. Straight after the attack the silence make's people realise what has just happened. A third and final example of silence is when Robert Huber "the shark specialist" dives down to investigate the fishermen's boat and then he looks through the hole seeing the man's head falling in front of him.

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  21. AS performance studies - Drama

    We had the idea of him sleeping and voices of his worst nightmares surrounding him. With the use of proxemics to portray narrative, Robert lay on the floor as his nightmares stood up surrounding him, wherever he turned guilt was their. We gradually built up the pace and dynamics as the piece progressed, the dialogue being delivered much louder with a more aggressive, sharp tone to it. We then had a pause, breaking to a sudden silence which created a new kind of tension. The different characters had contrasting tones, pitches and pace. The child's voice was slow and quiet with a high pitch to it, whereas the soldier was loud, fast and booming.

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  22. Montgomery Clift's performance in 'Judgement at Nuremberg'

    After the angst he went through his decision to play the sterilized Rudolph Peterson in 'Judgement...' is both brave and cathartic. Although, his performance takes up only a small proportion of the three hour running time it remains a powerful memory within the film because of the intensity and painful honesty he brought to the role. The role represented personal anguish, and his pain and angst are filtered through into the character. Montgomery's performance as 'Rudolph Petersen' in 'Judgement at Nuremberg', directed by Stanley Krager, takes place in a court room where he is being questioned by the courts under suspicion of being mentally incompetent.

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  23. Stage Fright

    she said and continued her rounds. She stopped to talk with a little girl, younger than I named Francesca. I myself however, was a mere six years old at the time. I glanced over. Francesca seemed possibly even more terrified than even I was. She turned towards me also and I managed to muster a pleasant smile and an encouraging thumbs-up. She replied with a giggly grin, lowered her head and shuffled around sheepishly in the direction of the big black curtain. She was obviously rather shy, I also noticed that she looked so innocent in her bright pink outfit.

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  24. How is suspense created in the elevator scene in the film speed?

    We also have close ups of Harry and Jack showing them sweating to help convey the sense of urgency. Camera Techniques We see the finger of the bomber pushing a button on the detonator. The figure is anonymous. Unlike the eye level shots of the passengers that we are invited to identify with, this technique leaves the bomber as a dislocated figure, removed from view and leaves the audience with no means of identifying with him. This ensures our sympathies are with the passengers and not him. Shots of the lift shaft are alternated with shots of the passengers to underline how closely the fate of the passengers is connected to it.

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  25. Language analysis for Paradise Lost

    Personal pronoun: Personal pronouns such as the word 'we' is a techniques used in this extract eg. the word 'we' in "All circumspection, and we now no less". Another example is the word 'our' in "Choice in our suffrage". These personal pronouns help create a connection between reader and character, thus including the audience so that they are placed closer to the character's thoughts and feelings. This technique is usually used for the audience to empathise with the character(s). So basically personal pronouns help provide a link between reader and character so that there is an understanding of the character's actions/thoughts/feelings.

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