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This is the pre-production report for a screenplay I wrote about a crime genre series called 'Murder in Morton'. It is for AS media studies and received a grade B. Pre-Production Report In this piece of coursework the task was to write/draw the opening sequence of the first episode of a new crime series. I wanted my series to be a light-hearted crime series because there aren't that many of them, but I would still have it scheduled for after the watershed because of the crime content and because that is when it would get the most viewers. The target audience for the series would probably be young adults (20-25) because it is shown on channel 4 and people of that age watch that channel, and that is about the same age as the main character so they will be able to relate with him. ...read more.

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I have already mentioned that it will be shown after the watershed because this means it can include swearing and violence which therefore make it more realistic, after the watershed is also when most people will be watching television. In order to complete the task I had to do a lot of research. The purpose of my research is to identify classic codes and conventions of the crime drama series so my series conforms to typical cop shows. I researched the TV crime genre, screenplays and the function of opening sequences. I found out that the function of opening sequences is to establish the characters and to entice the audience into watching again. As my screenplay only had to be 600-800 words I found it difficult to entice the audience but I did manage to establish the main traits of the characters Mark and Judy. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think having a character like Mark as the main character provides my series with a lot of originality because my research has proven that the main characters in cop shows are older males/females. My artefact conforms to a lot of the typical crime genre codes and conventions because of its title, type of characters and settings. It isn't similar to any other crime genre shows in particular but the settings are similar to those in shows such as 'Midsomer Murders' and the types of characters are similar to those in most crime series (the maverick cocky cop and the female sidekick), but I think what provides the originality and innovation in mine is the idea of the city cop adapting to life in the country and learning the countryside cops how things are done in the city, the character of Mark is also quite original because from looking at him people get the impression he would be better suited to being in a band etc. ...read more.

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