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To what extent are CSI: Vegas and The Shield representative of crime drama

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To what extent are CSI: Vegas and The Shield representative of crime drama Both 'CSI:Vegas' and 'The Shield' are popular "crime dramas", however there are many differences between the two which broadens the scope of what we view as being acceptable in this genre. 'CSI:Vegas' is seen as an innovative cutting edge crime drama as it focuses on the forensic side of crime to solve cases as well as keeping within conventional crime drama techniques, whereas 'The Shield' breaks this conventional formula and concentrates on a group of corrupt cops who make us question their morals and intentions throughout each episode. The settings of each of these crime dramas are both effective but contrast each other. 'CSI:Vegas' is inevitably set in Las Vegas which offers a wealth of opportunity for extreme characters and storylines and no boundaries for what could take place. Being a city of hotels and "getaways" there are multiple people that could be involved in each episode without constraint. As well as this advantage, Las Vegas is associate with glamour, money and gambling which often brings crime and fraudulence with it so not only can episodes be dramatic because of the setting, but also realistic. To communicate how important setting is, the establishing shot is of Las Vegas, an urban daytime shot to remind audiences of what ...read more.

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To go with the title sequences, the sonic codes are also significant. For 'CSI:Vegas' music by 'The Who' is used as this appeals to the target audience as it's from the 60's and 70's and they will be familiar with it. Furthermore the "who are you" lyrics used could be seen as the question they are asking each episode to find the criminal or murderer in question. For 'The Shield' the music is a lot more urban aggressive and industrialised, to fit with the rather brutal tone of the show and the fast action that takes place throughout. An advantage for 'The Shield' and receiving an audience is that the storyline is continuous so viewers will keep coming back each week to watch the next part, whereas 'CSI:Vegas' also has the advantage of each episode being individual so that new viewers can watch each week and not be confused or have to catch up on what has happened. Therefore the prologue must be used to draw an audience in and intrigue them enough to make them watch, At the beginning of 'The Shield' what has happened previously is shown in jump shots with a mix of narrative to remind the audience. ...read more.

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Plus the jump cuts and fast movement is a challenge for the audience and requires them to piece together each part of the story and keep track. The camera techniques in 'CSI:Vegas' are more common of crime drama, the camera usually follows the narrative and it's easier for the audience to understand, there is usually only use of fast panning at the height or climax of the show instead of throughout. Both programs show a distortion of the camera view when showing flashbacks or someone is remembering something; this shows their memory is not completely clear so we cannot trust the credibility of it. This technique is also used when no one was at the scene of the crime but the pieces of what happened are being put together or described in the narrative. Overall both shows are representative of crime drama, however 'The Shield' appears to be breaking codes and conventions such as characters and mis-en-scene that are being used. This has been done to attract a different kind of audience to the regular crime dramas. 'CSI:Vegas' is more reminiscent of what you would expect in terms of storylines, setting and crime, however it is one of the only crime dramas that focus on the forensics so like 'The Shield' it is deviating from the norm in some way. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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