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Media Studies Spooks Commentary Charlotte McCaffrey Discuss the ways in which the extract constructs representations of social status and class using the following: � Camera shots, angles, movement and composition � Editing � Sound � Mise-en-scene [50] In Television Dramas, and Sit-Com's, the issue of social status and class is regularly portrayed. In the past, it had been quite neglected, but more recently, it has become a very common topic. From the way a program has been directed, we can usually tell a bit about the writers or director's view about social class. If we look at the major characters and the setting we can tell a bit about it. We have been asked to look at the depiction of social status and class in an episode of Spooks, so I have taken a short extract from the episode and will analyse the use of sound, lighting, camera and mise-en-scene. By analysing this part, I will show some of the elements about social status and class that are highlighted. The first section of the scene starts off in an office with a man and a woman conversing. ...read more.


A contrast has been created between the agent and the residents in the house, in that although both are dressed casually, the agent looks more groomed, and his clothes look like they would be better quality, which would suggest that they were more expensive. For the duration of the scene, it was mostly high angles being used. This may show the inferiority in relation to the residents, and the agent. The next scene takes place in the constitutional club in Mayfair. Even before we consider the building itself, Mayfair is a well known wealthy location in London. So before we even look at the building, we are getting a sense that it is a middle class to upper class area. My feeling was that perhaps the director chose Mayfair as a location, because it is one of the most expensive in Monopoly, and would therefore be quite well known as being very expensive. Moving onto the building, the building looks very big and extremely well made. From the outside of the building you can tell that it is the kind of place where important meetings would take place. ...read more.


They are dressed in all black suits, and seem very mysterious. This would lead us to believe that something bad is going to happen, and that perhaps they want the weapon that the boy has just given the agent. When the agent brings the boy back downstairs, we cans see just how small the house actually is. The hallway is very small, which we can see from the small distance between the living room and the kitchen, and the distance between the front door and the backdoor, is once again not very large at all. This suggests a lack of money. We are shown that the men have guns, which definitely suggests that something bad is going to happen, and perhaps whenever the men break the glass that would suggest a poor quality of glass, meaning that the window wasn't double glazing because they didn't have the money for it. In conclusion, we can see the high contrast between the lower and middle class through the way in which they are dressed, the area in which they live, and the way in which they talk. The director emphasises this by constantly cutting from a lower class environment, to a middle class environment, which makes the contrast a lot more noticeable. ...read more.

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