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Media practical production evaluation I feel that I have achieved the ability to portray typical soap conventions and techniques through my contribution in the making of 'Sheringham Way'; a 5 minute clip of a soap opera. I feel that I have achieved this skill because of the array of ideas I have suggested. I have put forward my opinions, both negative and positive, and I have also helped with the camera angles, movements, mise-en- scene e.g. in Bruce's house the connotation of the bottles of alcohol in the background could be that he may like a drink. I participated in the filming as I filmed the scenes where Jess is tied up and where we witness the brief encounter between her and Rob. The scene consisted of a range of camera angles and intense moments which automatically grip our target audience of about 15-27. The element of action that is the main narrative drive appeals to our target audience as many of our questionnaire participants aged between 15-27 said they preferred the sub-genre of action, however quite a few people said they preferred mystery and romance, which is why we incorporated these genres, along with other sub-genres into out soap opera. ...read more.

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These factors help us to meet the needs of our specific audience as we are giving them not only what they want, but what the need. We could use Roland Barthes' five codes to try and breakdown the 5 minute clip as many of his codes relate to our soap. The enigma Code- which refers to any element of the story that is not fully explained and hence becomes a mystery to the audience and the Proairetic Code- which also builds tension, referring to any other action or event that indicates something else is going to happen, and which hence gets the reader guessing as to what will happen next work as a pair to develop the story's tensions and keep the reader interested. This is relevant because the audience get minor hints as to why Jess has been kidnapped; however the full truth of the matter is never really discussed, leaving more to be uncovered, however the intense action shows the audience that this scene is important to the main narrative. Due to the wide use of camera angles we have helped the audience to establish the institution in which the filming took place e.g. ...read more.

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close ups as it would have helped the audience see the facial expressions and they would be able to see it from the others point of view. We also experienced some difficulties with the lighting in Jess' scene as it was dark, so we had to use night vision. This is a let down as it is not a typical soap convention, however there wasn't much we could do about this. Also we didn't manage to include the part of Delilah walking down the stairs and confront Johnny and Bruce. This would have played a significant part as she would have been the reason for Bruce admitting where Jess was; nevertheless the clip now ends on a cliff hanger which would be more enticing for the audience. Also, in the scene where Jess is tied up, it looks and feels In conclusion, I would say that my overall performance in our practical production was valuable and worthwhile as I managed to achieve what I expected to; create a piece of work that will magnetise my target audiences' attention. I am pleased with the overall outcome of our soap opera as I think we managed to grab and keep our audiences attention. 1023 ?? ?? ?? ?? Jodie Gray Miss Laughton ...read more.

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