• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Analyse a five-minute extract of an episode of a soap, drawing reference to features which maximise the dramatic effectiveness as seen by the audience.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

9th December 2001 Laura Kelly First five minutes of EastEnders on Monday 26th November Analyse a five-minute extract of an episode of a soap, drawing reference to features which maximise the dramatic effectiveness as seen by the audience. The dramatic effectiveness as viewed by the audience is governed by many different features, for example the camera position and angle. During a peak of tension or drama, the director may choose a close-up shot of a zooming-out shot that fades to either the credits or the next scene. The way the camera captures the picture can either make a scene 'take off' or just blend in with any other. At the beginning of Eastenders, there was a birds eye view of the Square that was interrupted by different conversations about dramas going on in different people's lives. I thought this type of 'spy' camera method was fast moving and really effective in maximising the drama in the character's lives. Another 'spy' camera whisked through the market stalls giving you a feeling of being there with the characters and involved in their situations or dilemmas, whether they be good or bad. I wasn't aware of much editing in the scenes I was analysing, but I often heard sound from the following scene, while the current one was still in shot. ...read more.

Middle

Slang is used all the time in soaps, it is like the their own language. I also saw dialogue styles change when one person spoke to different people. A prime example is Beppe. When he talks to Lynne he has a soft, kind and friendly tone, but when Lynne leaves E20 (the setting of their conversation), Steve and Beppe are left alone. At this point Beppe lets out a sigh and his tone changes completely. His harsh and defensive attitude returns as he talks to Steve. Tension in the scenes can be maximised by shouting or screaming. I feel a scene would be far more dramatic and interesting if the characters in it were screaming at each other, rather than discussing things politely. Voiceovers are very subtly used in soaps so that viewers barely realise that they are being used. Sometimes a shot is held for a few seconds longer than usual, while the sound from the next scene is already playing. This tension-building pause is very effective, and maximises totally the dramatic tension present in the scene. This is the only type of voice-over I saw in my five-minute extract. Sound effects or FX are fundamental in the formula of soap operas, they are used in every scene almost. ...read more.

Conclusion

There are very few scenes set outside the specific location in this case the Square. If there ever is the writers will make that whole episode in that place. It just so happened that in the five-minute extract that I was analysing Roy had met his long-lost son Nathan. He had many of the scenes he was in, set at Nathan's mothers house. This is an unusual feature in a soap, and to be honest I didn't enjoy having the new sets and characters introduced. It didn't feel like the proper EastEnders. I feel that, that the location has a big part in the plots and dramas in soaps, as we know whenever a new location is introduced a new plot is too. Costumes add to our understanding of a character by reflecting their wealth and personality. You wouldn't expect Kat (tart) to wear the clothes Dot (pensioner) wears or vice a versa. I have been noticing now Billy has lost all his money he has ditched his designer suits for is old casual, trampy clothes. The costumes play a small part in maximising drama, as the audience wouldn't be too interested if two people in E20 were wearing tracksuits. They would be much more interested if they were wearing trendy, skimpy clothes ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Television section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Television essays

  1. I am now going to discuss the title scene of Brookside to see how ...

    In the next shot we see a building that is noticeably clean but we can also see that this building is quite old. This shows that Liverpool has pride in this as they have an architectural antique building still standing in Liverpool.

  2. Representation of gender in Primeval. Gender is represented in this extract of Primeval through ...

    The dogs barking make the farmer seem more imposing and threatening and suggest to the audience that even if Jenny tried to run he would only set the dogs on her. Slow motion edit of Jenny on the floor is used to suspend the time between her lying there alone

  1. TV - Lost. In the Previously on Lost section of Episode 21, light is ...

    Unlikely tendencies and supernatural themes ripple through Losts crystal blue waters. At a glance the island is seemingly pure and serene, but if you scratch the surface a little, the islands secrets start to taint its crystal blue waters. Watching Episode 21, the sheer genius of how the camera is used to create different effects startled me.

  2. In discussing two radio and two television genres with reference to two South African ...

    poses a question and opens the lines to receive feedback. The D.J is thus officiating a talk show, within a music show. Listeners of talk shows however, are required to concentrate on the discussion if they are to understand what is being discussed, thus ones attention cannot divert from one thing to another.

  1. Why are soap operas so popular?

    their 'direct' and 'indirect' knowledge of the world, and their awareness of the formal conventions of television. Viewers are able to follow a structure pattern recognising conventions such as the regular inclusion of new characters, typical of the soap genre.

  2. English media - soap operas

    An example is Sarah Plait in "Coronation Street. She was pregnant at 15 and she was abducted by an internet paedophile. This makes the soaps exciting and encourages viewers to watch them. Sometimes teenagers who watch the soaps can relate to situations like Sarah Plait being pregnant and it encourages them to watch the soap.

  1. Television industry is experiencing significant growth in the UK.

    All these companies are vertically integrated, which means that they are both the providers of content and its distributors. However with the development of satellite and cable television, their role as distributors of content becomes limited, as DTT becomes less and less popular.

  2. A soap opera is a drama typically performed as a serial on daytime television ...

    in any soap opera, because as you watch you like to believe that maybe this is what your community is like. The houses in the village are quaint, as you would imagine them to be, with small flower baskets outside the doors.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work