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An analysis of the title sequence of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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An analysis of the title sequence of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air In this essay I am going to analyse the title sequence of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I am going to talk about the camera shots and angles for each scene; the different mise-en-scenes and the unusual narrative in the beginning, I will also mention the different typefaces (text) used; the Characters; the language; colours and music The Fresh Prince of Bel-air is a typical American teenage show, with a big multi-media star. The show has been a long-running success and is famous all over the world. I am going to begin this essay by addressing the unusual narrative. This goes on for the whole of the title sequence. It explains the story in RAP (Rhythm And Poetry). It begins off by saying: "Now this is a story all about how my life got twisted upside down, and I'd like to take a minute so just sit right there and I'll tell you about how I became a prince of a town called Bel-air." ...read more.


The directors make the policeman look silly because many teenagers think people with high authority such as policeman can easily be made fun of. The third mise-en-scene is the basketball court scene, in this scene Will Smith is playing basketball when the ball swerved off course and hit some bullies in the head. The camera angle shows the bullies expressions as they approach Will Smith. Will Smiths clothes are bright and colourful and stands out against the bullies black clothes and complexion. The directors made the bullies dress in black to indicate that they are bad people. In the same scene the bullies grab Will Smith and start spinning him around. The camera angle is a high shot, the camera was placed above to make Will look submissive. The fourth mise-en-scene is Will Smith's ugly mother waving her finger at the camera saying" Your moving with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air." ...read more.


This show does target teenagers successfully because the RAP story narrative is what many teenagers will like and take more notice of. The colours are bright and loud not dull and boring to make the audience take more notice. The typefaces(text) are usually in graffiti style writing to attract teenagers to read it and to be more aware of what they are reading. The music throughout the narrative was an easy beat because its fun and easy to listen to. Many teenagers in America listen to RAP/R&B so the music in the beginning is similar to what they would usually listen to. All the mise-en-scenes have a meaning, they show teenagers things they associate with and things they would like to have. All camera angles are positioned to show either: Meaning to an object, Emotion towards the subject or link themes to their backgrounds. This show has been proved to target teenagers successfully because it is now very highly rated by many teenagers. ?? ?? ?? ?? Charmaine Hughes Media Unit English Coursework ...read more.

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