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    Stand By Me Essay

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    There is no music at the start of the scene, but there is music towards the end of the scene (once they have finished talking some music comes on, the music is 50's because it makes you feel as if the film is set in the fifties. There are sounds of birds and crickets (wildlife) at the start which makes you feel as if its real life. The Gang ask Gordie to tell them a story, so he tells them a story about a boy called Lardass, who enters a pie eating competition, he doesn't want to win the competition he just wants revenge.

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    Lady ga ga media assignment

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    On the other hand a rose could mean death also so it then creates some sort of mystery between love and death. Another signifier would be the mansion which is taken at a low angled shot to make it look a lot bigger than it is, this image denotes maybe a sense of wealth and richness within Lady Ga Ga. It then opens out to a huge chandelier and a gentle piano in the background to show some sort of elegance.

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    Michael Jackson Case Study

    He had nine siblings in total: Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Brandon (died at birth), Randy and Janet. The Jackson parents lead their children to their musical careers from young ages, with Michael and his brothers starting out in the Jackson Five. The Jackson Five became a popular Motown group who had many popular hits including "I'll be there" and "Who's loving you". As the group's success gradually declined in the 1970s, Michael Jackson left in 1984 to pursue a solo career, and eventually the group disbanded in 1989.

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  4. Coursework Evaluation- Music Video. My research investigation was based upon the narrative of the music video in relation the narrative set by the lyrics. When I began my media project, I had to do research into various forms of narrative and the ways art

    My song choice was I want you1 by Kelly Clarkson; this song has a memorable upbeat tune which therefore encourages the audience to enjoy the song. Another reason as to why I chose this song was due to the fact that, within the recent charts especially, the songs seem to have a depressive mood to them and I therefore wanted to go against what's in the current market. The narrative I used for my music video was a linear narrative in that each event is revealed one after the other in the order they happened in.

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  5. I will be analysing two different texts, Katy Perry One of the Boys and Tomb Raider Under World. I will consider three different things; Visual codes, mode of address language and layout design.

    Stereotypically boys are not associated with such feminine colours. This shows the text to be unconventional. Also unconventional could be seen in the fact that Katy Perry is the dominant figure in this picture, this is very unusual when an extreme long shot is used. When using the word pop artist usually the words perfection come to mind, however the text suggest imperfection, this could be seen with use of the cloud its covering the beautiful clear blue sky. This could be linked back to the title "one of the Boys" suggesting boys are allowed to show imperfection and this can hint towards the direction of the lyrics in this song.

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  6. The main focus of my investigation is the social function of popular music. The popular music genre helps us to prepare for adulthood and it is a factor in how our gender identity is formed.

    Now, it's no longer a picture of horses but Justin Timberlake that adorns our bedroom walls The main fan base is pre-teenage girls who are beginning to explore crushes and are starting to enjoy listening to music. As the girls grow up, the boy bands lose their appeal, but are still an impact on this stage of their fans personal development. The obsession of boy bands is not a new phase. The Beatles in the 1960's started a new craze, "Beatle mania" a specific group which consisted of obsessed fans, especially teenage girls.

    • Word count: 876
  7. Lady Gaga and Post-Modernism

    Additional references to 'Killer Bimbos', 'Thelma and Louise' and 'Kill Bill' are also made within these two videos. Post-Modernism in 'Telephone' Intertextual reference to Quentin Tarentino's 'Kill Bill' Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' begins where her previous video 'Paparazzi' left off, we then see Lady Gaga thrown into a prison cell where she is stripped and mocked by both the inmates and guards. An intertextual reference is then made when one of the guards comments, "I told you she didn't have a dick", referring to the media rumors that Lady Gaga is intersex. Additionally, 'Telephone' also makes references to Lady Gaga's songs 'Paper Gangsta' and 'I Like It Rough' in the exercise yard scene.

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  8. detailed semiotic analysis of a music video

    The relationship between the visuals and the music allows the cuts to be in time with the beat. There are no solo instrumental sections as the video is all-visual around the concept. The video also changes pace with the music; for example, through the build up there are less cuts and longer shots. This happens during the section 1:00 minute to 1:32 minutes.

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  9. Flautists Battle To Help Tiny Silent Losses

    Over a hundred and fifty musicians came forward ranging from beginners to professionals, young to old. Tiana said she was surprised at the amount of support that had been gained, as she was not sure if she would be successful. The Miscarriage Association is a charity set up to help raise miscarriage awareness. The charity supports grieving woman, be it soon after their miscarriage or a while after by providing information, support groups and helplines. It also offers a service in which mothers can be put in touch with other women who have experienced a loss.

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  10. Metallica - Compare 2 videos

    The narrative suits the sludgy music and James Hetfield's twisted lullaby lyrics. The lyrics are malicious and the song even includes a small prayer from the child. While the child is praying, the 'Sandman' is watching the child. In the first scene, a child is seen sleeping on his bed in his bedroom. Using lightning effects, the 'Sandman', fades in gradually into a close up shot. The lighting gets dimmer as the song progresses. The video keep changing shots from the band playing the song, to the kid having a nightmare.

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  11. Analysis of the opening sequence of To Kill a Mockingbird

    The piano solo loses us in a child's world, as the music has an element of innocence and simplicity. The camera then pans to an overhead shot of a worn box. The simplistic, childlike music is then accompanied by the child's effort to make music of which is very basic. The audience is unaware of the gender of the child. However the child's tone gives the audience the impression that it is a little girl, therefore it may be scout. A young pair of hands appears to open the box revealing a collection of valued treasures, including crayons (new and used), a mechanical pencil, two carved soap doll figurines - one male and one female, an old broken pocket watch, a skeleton key, a broken pocket knife, a medal, a few marbles, jacks, chalk and other minor objects.

    • Word count: 812
  12. School of rock review

    Living in his best friend Ned's spare room with the constant furious temper of Ned's fianc�, Patti, Dewey is desperate to find a way to put a new band together better than any other, in order to fulfil Dewey's dream of winning Battle of the Bands.

    • Word count: 376
  13. Why did Elvis Presley have such an impact upon US society in 1956 and 1957?

    For very special evenings he may have worn a suit, but still tried his best too make it rebellious. He would have his top button undone, which in the time was very sexual. Any other time except a posh night he would wear very strange clothing. He would usually wear the collar on his shirt up and have more than his top button undone. The other performers of the time usually just wore suits and dresses, never anything different. Many of his clothes were black or pink-which was a very feminine colour in 1950's America. On stage he was also quite a rebel.

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  14. Radar music journalism.

    Tyro haven't been together for even a year yet, and already they have A&R monkeys all over the country flocking to their modest Liverpool gigs and hide-outs. Scoring their first gig only 3 months ago at a friends birthday party, the Liverpool lads have come a long way since meeting earlier this year. 'I've been waiting for this', declares Joey about the thunderbolt of attention that's came upon these scousers. 'I mean, I always knew I was going to become famous in the music industry with or without a band'.

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  15. Jaws, a film review.

    However the Mayor of Amity Island is having none of it because the 4th of July is when they make most money, so whilst they have the beaches open they also have people patrolling the sea. I think that the many techniques Spielberg uses to build suspense and scare the audience is good because it's keeping people tense and on the edge of their seats. In my opinion he is hugely successful and I am going to show this in my essay.

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  16. Why did groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have such an impact during the sixties?

    In fact before the Beatles there were very few pop groups. The Beatles were a British rock/pop band from Liverpool. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Star and George Harrison started as the Silver Beatles, but soon became the Beatles in 1960 with their first performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg. Most parents liked the Beatles because of their clean cut, individual, innocent looks and romantic love songs; this made teenagers like the Stones more because no one liked to like the same music as their parents. Their 'mop-top' hair styles and their smart clothes, just lead to more of the older generation liking them, and less of the younger ages.

    • Word count: 738
  17. Music videos

    People help move the objects from the window, helping the injured motorist, where this is thought to be the shop getting robbed. We would expect to find music videos on TV, where certain channels show music videos, being named music channels. An example of a popular music channel being The hits. It is very important for record companies to produce videos for their songs as many people are influenced by songs which have good videos, with decent tunes.

    • Word count: 602
  18. CD Cover Conventions - Beg for Mercy

    The actual artists, are wearing a rather large amount of jewellery, which is also rather expensive, this is to show the person buying that they have lived the "gangster" lifestyle. The interesting part around the jewellery, is that, they are also wearing the most used Christianity sign in the world, Jesus' cross. This shows us that the artists are Christian and have some belief in the religion. The clothes they are wearing have all been fully customised, the centred artist particularly is showing his own clothing line, before actually hitting the shelves.

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  19. We had to listen to the sound track "She's leaving home" and we had make notes of what is the song about and then make a role-play about it.

    Parents were sleeping 3. Girl and dad (me & Roxi) out of the scene, mum (Jazzmin) very upset reading the note that her daughter left. Group 3 role-play: sara,roxi,jazzmin * We used well the space around * Good use of language * We could improve it by using stronger facial expressions Also we were given the lyrics of the song "she's leaving home" and we had to choose 3 lines. And we had to make up 3 scenes using mime and using the 3 lines I chose use them, one before the song, one during the song and one after she left home.

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  20. About a Boy film review

    She has to bring her best friend's son called Marcus Brewer (Nicholas Hoult). When they get back to Marcus's house they find Marcus's mother; Fiona (Toni Collete), unconscious on a sofa after a suicide attempt. Fiona recovers and Marcus realises two people is not enough. Marcus calls up Will and arranges them to go to dinner. Marcus starts to follow Will and finds out his doesn't have a child. Marcus starts coming to Wills; watching television and they become friends. Marcus and Fiona spend Christmas and New Year's with Will. At the SPAT group Will meets another woman called Rachel.

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  21. The 1960's

    The Beatles were performing on 'Juke Box Jury'. Juke Box Jury was Probably the most enduring of all pop panel shows and hosted by David Jacobs with his famous bell and hooter for 'Hit' and 'Miss'. From this quotation we can see that there was usually a crowd of people at the tube station, but today there was no-one and Joanna Lumley was surprised. I dare say that London must have been quieter seeing as the Beatles were on television, but considering that Joanna was only a young woman aged around 18, she maybe exaggerating just a little.

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  22. My use of ICT - iPod (personal)

    My brother uses the iPOD for the same reasons although he likes to play the games on it more than me. I like listening to music, I often listen to it while on my paper round every morning. I have found it invaluable on long journeys, with me and my brother stuck in a car together for many hours. For the occasion when both me and my brother want to listen to at the same time we bought a splitter and an extra pair of headphones.

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  23. "Why did the groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have such a great impact during the 1960's"

    Epstein made the Beatles wear suits with non-lapels (the Beatles jacket) and cut their hair into pudding basin style (the Beatles hair cut). The Beatles unlike many bands at the time, wrote and performed their own music, this meant that they were able to create a unique style, which was a mixture of rock and roll, rhythm and blues and Tamala Motown; it was this that made them different from other bands. More than anybody else the Beatles came to represent the Sixties. The point being made that the Beatles did write music with real lyrics that inspired teenagers around the world.

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  24. The Fairground

    Everyone crushed the fine emerald blades as they moved along the grass. Mild screams echoed from round the corner, there were miraculous rides. Hearing the increasingly powerful screams, you could tell the public were thunderstruck. By 2 o'clock the sun started to sway around the fairground as if it were a swing of light. There was a good atmosphere and as the people queued for rides, it made them over excited and there were noises of cheering, shouting and clapping! When people where whirling around on the merry-go-around their heads span round like spinning tops and when they came off they needed to rest!

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  25. GCSE media studies: coursework assignment

    One of the early pop videos was bohemian rhapsody by queen, being just them on stage with some digitally added features also. But now as the genre has evolved, so has the video aspect, with special effects, famous movie directors and time and money being used. Thriller by Michael Jackson has a short movie which cost �700000 to make, but sold 50000000 copies. 205 words Analyse the appeal of a specific pop/rock video as a marketing tool for the record company, you might like to explore: who owns the record company the artists' record is released on; how the video

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • With Close Reference to their recent releases, compare how Britney Spears and Sum 41 are marketed.

    "In conclusion, Britney is marketed more two audiences where Sum 41 appear to be marketed for the same type which is skaters and rock fans. Britney appears to be more interested in her fans, while Sum 41 aren't really bothered what anyone thinks and are more concerned making music and having fun. Finally, record companies are responsible for the artists image. Record companies use media for advertising and will have too as the public opinion of artists change when the media portrayal of them changes. ~~~~~~ Pop Music Marketing Coursework Charlotte Grigg"

  • analyse of title credit sequence of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    "Conclusion This show has been a success and it is famous all over the world. The "title credit sequence" attracted the audience and this made them to watch it because they wanted to know how he landed up living in Bel-Air. I hope they keep on making new series of "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" because many teenagers like it and it made people show what Black people can do as well."

  • Compare & contrast ''Pretty in Pink'' & ''Clueless''

    "I enjoyed both films but I preferred ''Clueless''. The colours in this film were much brighter than the colours in ''Pretty in Pink''. I thought that ''Pretty in Pink'' wasn't as good because the film was a bit dull and this made the film look less exciting. The reason why the shots in each film look different is because the camera technology is very different because the films were made just under a decade apart. With the camera shots being different it makes the film look a lot better and the camera angles looking a lot more advanced. Joe Coggin"

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