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    Describe the impact of television in the 1950s and early 1960s.

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    Adults took immediate liking to the shows. The programmes even changed the current trends. A prime time slot began between the hours of 6pm and 10pm. This was the time that workers returned home and settled down to watch the television with the family. Television had impacted the way people organised their time. People however thought television had a downside too. This was because the people of that generation were discovering less for themselves than previous generations. Television also had an impact on the world around it.

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    Types of documentary

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    There are no interviews and we cannot see the filmmakers or reporters. There is no voice-over telling us what to think. In this mode commentary or external music are avoided. One of the examples of fly on the wall documentary is Soldier Girls (1981) directed and produced by Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill. They follow the girls around during their basic training in Fort Gordon in Georgia. Some of the girls were forced to join the army. The film shows how they become harder and colder through the course of basic training. The audience see their everyday life, the relationships between the girls, how they struggle to survive and help each other.

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  3. The representation of men in The Jeremy Kyle show and The Maury Show

    The presenters of the shows soon allow the audience to know that this is not the 'right' image and attitude to have. 'Jeremy Kyle' and 'Maury' both show this, Jeremy states 'this is all very sad and wrong' directing this at the Nathan the main male in the problem, the audience are shown to already have been feeling such emotions. The host is always seen to support the women within the situation, who also always seem to come out on top.

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  4. How is age represented in this extract of Monarch of the Glen

    This shows her naivety and the fact she lied shows she is immature which is stereotypical of her age. Clothes also make people look older - Headmaster, wearing an old tweed suit, reinforcing his high status and position of authority. Additionally he drinks brandy in this clip, displaying he is a sophisticated man. On the other hand, the 16 year old wear young clothes, such as a hoodie. She also runs away emphasising her lack of knowledge. After the argument with Paul we see Amy in her room. Her room is filled with teenage magazines, photos, teddy bears which has youthful connotations depicting innocence which is true to her age.

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  5. Free essay

    This essay is based on the final episode of Blackadder Goes Forth, Goodbyeee, where they finally go over the top to fight the Germans. There are many different types of deprivation especially when it comes to the soldiers that are in the trench.

    The lack of training that the troops received was quite bad as they never had proper training in the field, they just had to bayonet sacks of straw as Baldrick explained which is not good as if they had of had more training with their pistols and other equipment there might have been a slight bit more of a chance of them surviving the war. Another big part of the physical deprivation is the conditions that they had to live in while they were in the trench.

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  6. Free essay

    Proposal form

    We will all need to know how to work the camera in terms of recording, framing and positioning on the tri-pod to give the correct shot and angle Our story board needs to be finished in order to begin filming Editing style (how will the editing style carry the intended narrative/mood) Our editing needs to be in time with the music, begin slowly and increasing in pace in time with the beats so the video seems to fit naturally with the track We will limit the style of cuts inbetween shots to keep our video simple and fitting with the

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  7. Comparison between House and Lie to Me

    Cal Lightman and occasionally Dr. Gillian Foster jumping between multiple plots. In Lie to Me there are six main characters that appear in almost every episode and are key to the Lie to Me plots. Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth), is a genius psychologist with an expertise in body language and predominantly microexpressions and founder of The Lightman Group. Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams), Dr. Lightman's colleague and co-worker in the Lightman Group. Eli Loker (Brendan Hines), initially an employee of The Lightman Group. Loker is academically educated and acquired his skills in "reading" people through practice.

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  8. Representation of families in animated sitcoms

    The idea of togetherness with the family effects how the audience will perceive stereotypical families on T.V. The setting also reflects how the audience sees the ideological family. Springfield is a fictional state based in America consisting of a close knit community and many other characters appear on the episodes. The family appear to look like a conventional family; however they have their individual personalities. Homer: - A Safety inspector at a power plant, he expresses a careless personality and dominates a crude, ill-mannered, and lazy characteristic, always providing for his family and heavily devotes his life to them.

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  9. Lifestyle documentaries -we decided we were going to use my partners production, Slap on Beauty being about a friend of hers who is always aware of the way she looks, while spending all her money on fashion and beauty products. The reason why we cho

    Marry, Avoid" and "Freaky Eaters" People could argue that lifestyle documentaries could be considered "Trash TV" and is "dumbed down" from traditional documentary formats. This could suggest that the narrative has been simplified in order to appeal to a larger audience. Lifestyle documentaries have also been said to use a level of exaggeration and manipulation to keep the audiences attention interested. When working on Sugar Rush, I watched examples of lifestyle documentaries which have already been broadcast on BBC3, one main one being "Snog, Marry, Avoid" because it showed what would be needed to make a successful programme which would attract a wide audience.

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  10. Textual analysis of Glamour Girls One example of a convention used in many documentaries which is seen in Glamour Girls is voyeurism. This is used because the audience are made to look in on something which they wouldnt usually do such as the model

    Glamour Girls explores the issues of body image and the ideology of beauty. This emphasis' the way that body image is an important part of the Glamour Girls lifestyles. This leads the documentary to explore the lifestyles of the models, getting up close and personal to show the reality of modeling to the audience. The message given to the audience in Glamour Girls is that to be a model, you have to be "size zero." It also shows that the industry is very harsh to models, especially if they aren't thin enough or because of the way they look.

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  11. Analyse the use of camera shots, mise en scene, sound and editing in the 'Jane Eyre' TV drama, with particular reference to the contrast between Gateshead and Thornfield.

    Even the children seem to have been positioned neatly for display to the Reverend. This shows Mrs Reed's anxiety to impress and also that she is quite a cold and unfeeling person. Her home seems more for show than as a comfortable place to live in. One of the daughters is playing the piano to a similar melody to the soundtrack at the beginning, linking the non-diegetic soundtrack to diegetic sound within the clip. Mrs Reed and her son are both wearing red, which connotes danger, while the girls are wearing white which could show purity and also their hypocrisy since their fake angelic attitude is dropped as soon as they leave the room.

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  12. I am writing an essay to find out if new technologies still have an impact on visual culture like it claimed to have back in the Seventeenth Century. I have decided to study between the periods of 1950-1990.

    Boys wanted to be like Elvis and the girls longed to be like the beautiful Marilyn Monroe. However, this whole rock and roll image was seen as "unhealthy by parents." Younger people disagreed as they wanted to look "new, stylish and a great way of being different." Not only was it the music that made this decade a rebellious one to teenagers but also films also influenced it, " young people wanted new and exciting symbols of rebellion," and that is what Hollywood did.

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  13. Evaluation of Production

    One of the conventions I used was formal interviews. When filming the interviews i had to learn how to frame them accurately, and therefore i had take into account the position on the interviewee. In order to do this I used the rule of thirds. Rather than having the interviewee looking straight into the camera, the eye line is positioned slightly to the side looking opposite at the interviewer. While expressing their views it shows that the interviewee is having a direct conversation with the interviewer making it look as formal as possible.

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  14. A factual programme for television is a programme that use facts, not opinions, as a basis for making decisions, it also documents actual events and people. This term has been in programmes such as documentaries, observational documentary, fly on th

    As so, there are many issues regarding factual programmes for television, like accuracy, often audiences watch factual televison with a critical eye, judging the degree of factuality in each reality format, based on their experience of other types of factual programming, also audiences watch certain programs on a regular basis at least the most common ones, like documentaries and news and the way audiences react, for example to the documentary fakery is such that they become distrustful of the truth of what they were seeing in observational documentaries.

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  15. Discuss How Ethnicity is Represented in Moses Jones

    being lost as shown by a zooming out crane shot of him dressed in light colours with a fairly traditional looking hat, surrounded by a lot of white people dressed in black. More shots of this man are shown cross-cutting between him and the band. Most of the shots are quite obscure and obstructed and are mainly LS or VLS's which all make him seem lost, like he doesn't know where he is. There are also cutaways of large white and Asian men shouting.

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  16. Media Studies- What do you find irritating about a certain media text?

    The media have also become obsessed with the programme, and it is not unusual to see these contestants on the front pages of magazines, revealing shocking stories of their past. The fascination and ultimate obsession that the public has with these ordinary contestants has caused many unnecessary disagreements both on and off the show, which have dominated newspaper headlines when there may be something of greater importance to account. The idea of Big Brother did originate from Dutchman John De Mol, however the show's name comes from George Orwell's novel "Nineteen-Eighty-Four", in which there is a character named Big Brother who oversees all of dystopian Oceania.

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  17. Free essay

    Life On Mars

    The police do jobs in groups and appear threatening and intimidating. The camera work also makes the police look dominant and in charge, as the camera is often taken from a low angle shot, making them appear tough and not to be messed with. The attitude to work is forceful and unprofessional, which Sam Tyler finds unbelievable. The DCI, Gene Hunt disapproves of Sam's tactics and thinks he's too soft for the job. However, the work is more 'on the streets' than in present day where it is office based; which over the course of the series, Sam greatly appreciates.

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  18. In this essay I am going to be talking about the way the media conventions are shown in this Documentary The Man Who Ate His Lover.

    in this Documentary lets the audience imagine in their heads what Armon was like; the narration puts images of Armin's childhood, growing up with his mother alone, Armon's life in the army, his life at see to his imaginary brother. The Animation in the film just show you an image of imagination what the narrator is talking about and this will show you the image in animation. This animation image on this Documentary are only showing what it might have looked liked when it was back then and this also shows a view of the plot summary about this Armin Miewes.

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  19. TV - Lost. In the Previously on Lost section of Episode 21, light is used very sophisticatedly to create moods. Natural light is what is seen on the beach,

    Season 2: Episode 21: ?, did not fail to meet my high expectations either. Tension was built up from the moment Lost crashed onto our screens with its intriguing advertising, gaining viewers' attention before the first episode had even aired and audiences were not disappointed. As the series developed each episode commenced with the usual 'Previously on Lost'. I am reminded of the unbelievable, unanswered and unfinished events from the previous episode. I feel like rather than watching a weekly drama I am viewing a blockbuster film each week. The tension in Lost is what keeps not only me, but the other millions of faithful fans hooked on Lost; in the same way that you get hooked on a cheesy song with a catchy chorus.

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  20. Analysis of Coronation street Opening

    The music has an 'old-time' feel; this can suggest that this soap is intended for an older audience maybe 25+.

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  21. Analysis of Hollyoaks opening

    Hollyoaks' opening sequence starts with an 'ECU' of an eye with 'Hollyoaks' on the pupil. This establishes to the viewer immediately what they are going to be watching without having to wait for the rest of the opening. We hear very fast-paced, almost rock like music, which begins with a short guitar solo, that grabs the viewers' attention, this is a very recognizable tune that can always be associated with Hollyoaks.

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  22. How has the structure and content of sitcoms been adapted to reflect the changing ideas and values of society?

    It's a comfort blanket of sorts allowing audiences to know what to expect. Another noticeable characteristic of British sitcoms in particular is the willingness to conform to as well as challenge social ideals. When watching a specific genre such as the sitcom, the audience has certain expectations as to how it is presented, such as the presence of a protagonist and an antagonist. These expectations allow the audience to watch a sitcom and take comfort in the repetition and the knowledge that any disruption to the status quo will be reconciled before the end of the episode.

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  23. Gender Representation In Vicar of Dibley

    Cecil as well, is a very strange character, void of any stereotype, other than that of a "weirdo." There are of course female characters who are odd, such as Alice, but the only normal character in my opinion is Geraldine. Going onto separate character's and how they are presented in this program, each character has traits, making them stereotypical, but often they also break the rules and have other attributes which make them counter-stereotypical. Alice is portrayed as a classic female stereotype, "the Female Blonde" which she plays up to.

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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?
  • To what extent do ‘Eastenders’ and ‘Neighbours’ represent reality?

    "In conclusion Eastenders appears to be more realistic than Neighbours, but both soaps contain realistic and fictional elements. The scheduling and aims of the producers of Neighbours explain the more humorous approach to the genre while the nature and principals of the BBC and of British soaps as a whole, give some explanation to the more 'gritty' approach. Looking at soaps on the surface, they do not seem to be very realistic at all, but a closer study proves that their success to some extent relies on the audience being able to relate to the characters' lives, which must therefore be realistic to be believable. At the end of the day they are meant to be fictional and they are not trying to be like documentaries, but their balance between the realistic sets and setting and the over exaggerated narratives and characters is what makes the genre so successful."

  • Evaluate the extent to which The Simpsons follow the conventions of a typical sitcom.

    "To conclude we have seen that The Simpsons follow the convections of a typical sitcom to a certain extent. The Simpsons is popular worldwide. Hate it or love it everyone has an opinion about it. One of these people is President Bush, 'the nation needs to be closer to The Waltons than The Simpsons'. I disagree with his view, as The Waltons is an outdated family that is not very realistic and is stereotypical, whereas The Simpsons deal with real life issues. Mel Gipson believes that 'you can learn all life's lessons from watching The Simpsons'. I agree with him because The Simpsons deal with real life issues and the run into problems as a realistic middle class family would and they resolve their problem at the end. The Simpsons I very successful and watched by people of all ages for many reasons. A reason is a comedy appeal to a wide audience is because The Simpsons is a family the audience can relate to, not on ideal family. The Simpsons depicts stereotypical images, but individual characters subverts stereotypes this creates humor which will be a form of escape from a busy lifestyle for the audience. By, Prithvi Boyinapalli"

  • To What Extent Are Soap Operas A Woman's Genre?

    "It is in my opinion an extremely female oriented genre, but that does not however make this genre any less progressive than any other form of television. Even with its lack of masculinity, the genre of the soap opera is one of the most progressive forms of television around. This is due to the fact that the audience contributes to the understanding of the drama and it is a form where the audience is always in control. This is what makes this genre so progressive and is what will keep soap operas a woman's genre. 1"

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