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

Soaps Opening Sequences.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Soaps Opening Sequences I am going to analyze the opening sequences of two soaps. Home & Away and Eastenders. Eastenders is set in London and the opening sequence reflects this. The opening scene shows an aerial photo of modern London. The camera gradually zooms out whilst moving slowly clockwise. In the aerial photo we can see famous landmarks like the Thames River and the Millennium Dome. The Dome is fairly modern. This is done to make sure the viewer knows where the soap is set and that it is modern. The music during this is designed to act as a trigger to grab the viewer's attentions. So if a viewer has the TV on and is in another part of the house, in the kitchen making some tea for example, they can hear the familiar theme tune and come in to watch. With Eastenders, they also have a loud, heavy drumbeat because the music kicks in. ...read more.

Middle

In contrast Home & Away is set in Australia so its opening sequence is very different to Eastenders. The music is very different to Eastenders. Its faily modern pop music and it is very light and airy and sung by a boyband, which will appeal to young teenage girls. The music isnt heavy and has no great emotion which makes it very laid back and easy going, which may remind the viewer of being relaxed sitting on a beach, or on holiday. The song has lyrics about love and being close to each other, which could be about possible storylines. The lyrics wouldnt appeal to many males. This is very different to british soaps who dont usually have any lyrics atall, wish an exception to the newer soap 'Night and Day' which breaks this convention of british soaps. When the theme draws to an end and the title comes up on the screen the music changes tone and finishes by saying 'Home and Away' the ending ...read more.

Conclusion

They stop when the theme tune draws to a hault saying 'Home and Away' and the main title comes up on the screen. There are 22 actors i counted and they are of equal sex which will help appeal to both females and males. The charactors are shown near each other. For example famils would have each characters photos next to or very near to each other. This would help a new viewer to establish the characters relationships with each other. Anouther big difference to Eastenders is that Home and Away has a reprise. In the reprise they show a scene, possibly the last scene of the previous episode. Often the actors mention each others names which helps new viewers to understand better what is going on. In the reprise i studied they also established the profession of the characters in the dialogue, which gives a new vewer even more understanding of the soap. Home and Away would be better for getting new audiences because of this. ...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. Do Soaps Represent 'real' life?

    [Livingstone.S, 1990, p53]. This statement from Livingstone is suppositional. It depends on how you view life. For example, if you see life as holding no certainties or future certainties then you would agree with his statement. However, if you are more positive thinker and think life takes a particular form

  2. English Media Coursework: Comparing the Opening Sequence of Two Films - 'Clueless' and Pleasantville'

    and 'that was so five years ago'. Although she may appear completely stupid, there are clues to suggest that we underestimate her, such as her wide vocabulary (using words such as 'impotent' and 'rebuffed', as well as words lawyers like her father often use such as 'negotiations' and 'alleged'), her care taken at school to try to

  1. Creative writing - 2033.

    Most people found this really interesting, including myself, with so much fighting, blood and gore, keeping my attention was no problem. The teacher didn't give us any homework today, but said to expect some on Friday. Break was always fun.

  2. Review of British soaps

    Coronation Street is the longest running, and also one of the most successful British TV soap operas. It was first shown on ITV on Friday the 9th December 1960. Its broadcasting duration has a lot to do with its retained popularity as many of its viewers are loyal and have continued to watch it since the beginning.

  1. Compare and contrast the codes and conventions of soaps.

    Workaholic, Little Mo Slater, has her own cleaning business. The bad guy Andy always has his enemies and everyone looks up to. The issues in the different plots of Eastenders include, rape, abortion, teenage pregnancy, homosexuality, drug addiction, prostitution, divorce, extra marital affairs, unmarried mothers, mixed marriages, murder, gambling, adoption, teenage runaways, HIV/AIDS and many others.

  2. How is suspense created in the moving image sequence from 'The Untouchables'?

    The shot used is a mid-ranged long shot. As a result of the chosen shot, this becomes the first occasion on which we are able to see Ness and Stone's clothing in full. They are both wearing suits of different colours. Ness's suit is blue, and Stone's is beige.

  1. Are Soaps Still Women’s Television?

    Watts family but now is owned by Phil Mitchell and managed by ex convict Alfie Moon. Like Coronation Street, Eastenders portrays women as being the dominant ones. The narrative structure invites the viewer's involvement in the personal relationships and family lives of the characters.

  2. Comparing the opening title sequences of two British soap operas

    EastEnders is set in the East End of London and this area has a lot of history associated with it; it was bombed heavily during the Second World War and people 'pulled together'. Hollyoaks on the other hand has no sense of history attached to it.

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