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    Analyse the opening five minutes of The Godfather II. How does the film attract the interest of its audience?

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    The chair looks formal and impressive, which shows power and wealth. This implies that the chair is an important part of the film, as if it is a symbol. * Shots 7 to 13 is a flashback of Vito's early life from 1900 and begins by showing a funeral taking place in Sicily. The extreme long shot shows us this is taken place on a extremely rough/dry setting. This scenery suggests what life is like Sicily; it is rough and uncomfortable and this implies poverty. The camera zooms into a long shot, of a band, choir boys, a coffin, woman and a boy.

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    Edward Scissorhand

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    while picking Kim up in his arms. The mid shot showed the way Jim was carrying her, it showed how he treated her as an object and that he has the ownership of her. The dialogue from Jim showed mockery and intimidates Edward that he is not welcomed here. Through the film, Jim started to show his true nature, the darker side of him and to add to the effect, his costume darkened too. In the scene 'Ice Angel', a low key lighting obscured over Jim's face, a mid shot showed Jim frowning and aggressive with his stance.

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    Edward scissorhands - setting

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    The long shot that introduced the suburbia created a calm and peaceful atmosphere. The identical house structures and the pastel colour paints showed the audience the idea of Bourgeois Utopia. This idea of suburbia was precipitated by the white flight trend in America in the 1950's. White upper and middle class people wanted to move away from non-white inner city neighbourhoods to predominantly white suburbs. And so William Levitt made the idea come true and created the first American suburbia called Levittown. He built houses in the same architectural style just like the houses in the suburbia in the film.

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    Breakfast Club

    In each of the films, teenagers were represented as all being social misfits who couldn't get along with their parents or each other. The main characters from both films had similar roles; Jim Stark in "Rebel without a Cause", and John Bender in the breakfast club, both played the role of the school rebel. Claire Standish1, and Judy2 played the role of the school princess in each of the films. Of course every school has a school geek, and this film was no exception.

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    Media Studies Representation Essay

    Representation is the way which the media represents the world around us in the form of signs and codes for the audience to read. For example 50 Cent is represented as a tough, hard rapstar as the media mainly talk about him associating with violence, weapons and money. As the media are representing him this way most of us think he is a bad person but he could be a very nice person. The magazine I will be analysing is Look.

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  6. A review of the film Bait

    Their house looks like a poor old house, there's not much furniture and the ceilings are peeling. They look a bit grim. We see JohnO ironing in the kitchen. We can tell that their home is a small terraced house, because everything is crammed into the kitchen. Also we see a close up shot of JohnO taking out money from a jam jar full of coppers and loose change. This is another indication of his poverty. The most interesting actor for me is Clint, because as we see the film develop, we see Clint learning serious lessons about life.

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  7. Essay on special effects creator Stan Winston.

    shock to the film industry and upset James Cameron greatly, various actors also grieved for him, Arnold Schwarzenegger made a public speech about his death. Jon Favreau who had recently won an award on Spike TV dedicated that award to Stan. Stan Winston's studios remain open to this day so that they continue his legacy and impact on the film industry, while the studio itself has recently been renamed Legacy Effects it still maintains the many aspects that Stan had taught to his students His Most Famous Work Stan has been credited on his visual work on various films such

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  8. James bond "Quantum of Solace" opening scene review.

    The film starts with a dramatic and exciting car chase which automatically makes the audience sit on the edge of their seats. The first piece of imagery we can see is a close up shot of a car close behind on Bond's car, and we are immediately put into his position which creates tension and excitement between us, as we hear the loud roaring of the engines and gun shots.

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  9. The Untouchables review

    and there was also Elliot Ness (the leader of the untouchables which was played by Kevin Costner) There were also other characters in the film however these are the people who mainly stand out in the film. The film demonstrates a lot of things well in the film like music and camera angles.

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  10. For the purpose of this assignment i will compare front pages of a broadsheet, Daily Mirror and a tabloid, The Times. Both the Daily Mirror and The Times are mentioning the departure of Scolari from Chelsea.

    The traditional 'coat of arms' also shows that the newspaper has a traditional past and still wants to be traditional today. This theme of traditional use of font and graphics appeals to older more mature people in the community, mainly people who may have a family and a job. The overall layout of the front page is a 5-column spread with 3 pictures, each taking up half a column. A 'strapline' spreads across the top of the page underneath the masthead.

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  11. Muscle and Fitness and Esquire. Compare and contrast how Arnold Schwarzenegger is portrayed in the two magazine front covers.

    'Esquire' is almost the opposite, the masthead appears to be handwritten which seems quite personal. This makes the reader feel as if they can trust the magazine and consequently Arnold Schwarzenegger as he is just in front. The reader will feel as if he is their friend, and someone who will be a good Governor of California. In 'Muscle and Fitness' there is no eye contact from Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is wearing sunglasses, and his face is not looking towards the camera.

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  12. Filmed in 1963 in the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, director Peter Brooks Lord of the Flies finally puts a face on every character in William Goldings masterpiece.

    Inevitably, they form two rival groups: the Hunters, led by Jack (Tom Chapin) ensure meat for the others, preoccupied with immediate survival, doing so while enjoying the castaway life they are imposed. The other group is led by Ralph (James Aubrey), who build shelters and collect food, waiting to be rescued. This clearly illustrates the difference between civilization and savagery. For such a low budget film, this was quite a great effort on Brook's part. It did not fail to capture the strong emotions and details of the novel. Perhaps, in part, this is due to the child actors who, for amateurs, were very natural and looked comfortable on set.

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  13. How the future is presented in Bladerunner

    These are in fact used. In addition to these items however, the city itself is portrayed in a very gloomy light. The very first scene of the movie is an aerial shot of the city at night. The audience can see noting but the outline of buildings and pinpricks of light that are the widows in these buildings.

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  14. Analyse the ways that the director builds up suspense and scares the audience in the film JAWS

    The music plays a significant role in keeping the thrill and horror in the film. It is use to symbolize the Shark and its movements. The music can be closely related with a heartbeat and it is also one of the factors in scaring the audience. For example in the title sequence music is played while the shark moves through the water and from there on we can always associate the shark with this movement even if we don't see its face. As the tempo rises the audience feel more and more insecure. Straight after the attack is ended the music goes from panic to silence.

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  15. Shrek is a film about an Ogre in a fractured fairytale. It opens with a storybook in an extreme close up shot.

    They also include some effects and story parts such as happily ever afters, a certain plot and unique music, usually non diagetic. The directors of this particular film (Andrew Adamson/Vicky Jenson) used the fairytale genre in this way as a first. It sold very well in the box office, gaining $484 million in total. There were many films that were inspired by Shrek, such as The Incredibles and Ice Age, which used similar concepts used in Shrek. After the opening credits, we see many angry humans, which seem to be angry with this Ogre.

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  16. Discuss the issues surrounding the awarding of a certificate 15 to Kidulthood by the British Board of Film Classification. Do you agree with their assessment?

    There is continuous strong language throughout the film including the consistent use of the "f" word and direct use of the "c "word. When classifying the film the board had to take into consideration whether the language will seem offensive to the majority of viewers. They must consider factors such as age, background, gender and religious beliefs. Overall the board concluded the language is a realistic portrayal of the youth today and correct use of language for its intended audience. I myself agree with the board's decision as the language is familiar and in use by the intended teenage audience.

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  17. Film review of "The Mummy".The opening sequence made me feel terrified. I think after watching the opening sequence the genre was action/horror.

    The people look like match sticks compared to all the building and statue. Mise-en-scene develops the interest of the audience further. When you see Imhotep, the black dress he is wearing represents him as the keeper of DEATH. Anak Su Namun was basically completely nude and she was painted in gold because she belonged to the pharaoh.

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  18. Rabbit Proof Fence. The skin examination scene is important to the rest of the film because its outlining why the girls and other campers were there in the first place.

    Natural lighting is used through out the scene to show the natural lighting of the bush which brings the bright warm colours. The many camera angles that are featured in this film include: point of view shot, close-up, mid shot and low shot. The camera angle point of view shot used in this scene was used on molly to show the audience what it was like through her eyes. This was significant because as the audience Phillip Noyce wanted to try to bring the audience into the film.

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  19. Production Report of Designing a Magazine

    For the masthead I found a 'Friends' font on the internet and then added in the different colour dots. The masthead 'Friends' has connotations of being warm and inviting. I then tried to find a picture of Jennifer Aniston on Google because she was the main headline for the date of my magazine. I chose a posed, medium close up shot. The photo also had to be cropped to fit within the page. I used a 2 different font types.

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  20. Response to Poetry

    The first sentence "Today I am going to kill something", is a very strong opening. Usually the first sentences of poems are catchy and set a mood and then they culminate up into something. The speaker uses a high impact sentence which appeals strongly to feelings, making it feel surprisingly or shocking. This means the reader will want to carry on reading to see why the person would want to kill. The poem is written in first person. Duffy changes from thought to thought so that the reader may develop sympathy with the narrator and see why he wants to kill.

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  21. The Big Bang Theory

    as well as allowing new audience to watch the show without getting confused, thus allowing for more viewers increasing the ratings of the show. The show targets teenagers. Proof of this would be the fact it airs on e4 a channel made to target the teen range. Along with people with an interest in science to accomplish this it uses witty humour and storyline that people may be able to relate to. Other ways it targets the audience is by having a myspace this way they can advertise the show virally and which the target audience may feel comfortable with this is similar to the way skins advertised its show.

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  22. Cross media: Music video/Promotional poster

    The band are in a stance that clearly shows that Gerard Way is the leader, he takes up almost half the poster, while the other band mates stand behind him. Gerard is also the only one who is stood straight facing the camera, where as Mikey way, Frank Lero and Ray Toro are all standing sideways. In previous promo posters the band has worn military jackets and similar outfits. However, here we can see that each member of the band has a different outfit on.

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  23. Why are soap operas watched more by women than men?

    The opera part comes from the fact that operas tell a story, just as the soaps do. What makes a soap opera unique is that the story never ends, that is why soaps like GL can be on the air (either radio or TV) for more than 50 years.

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  24. The A-Team Trailer. The trailer begins with a military gunfire at a funeral for the deceased. It then begins to set the scene of the film, after this it proceeds to introduce the main characters; who each have a specific stereotype.

    Stereotyping is used widely throughout many films; this action packed film follows the trend. It has a large black man who uses his size and power to his advantage to get his way, the rich white man wears a suit and speaks eloquently. Also, there is a slightly dim person who does stupid things for comical effect for example; he attempts to jump start a car using a defibrillator; and obviously to complete the foursome, a slightly older, grey haired man. His grey hair signifies his wisdom and knowledge. The trailer uses darker colours predominately throughout as it is firstly set in a prison.

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  25. Textual Analysis of James Bond

    One reason why "Quantum of Solace" is likely to target a younger aged demograph is due to the time difference between the two movies, the younger generation in the modern world is desensitized towards strong elements of filming. This includes violence, blood, and explicit scenes. Modern popular actions films are always editted to many fast-paced cut scenes flashing back and forth different characters in different movements, this creates tension. The Bond trailers each have very different pacing; the fast "cut-to"s used more in "Quantum of Solace", while "dissolve"s or "slide"s are used more commonly in "Dr.

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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?

    "In 1985, the American Psychological Association (APA) held that television can cause viewers to act aggressively. More recently, in its overall review of television and behaviour, the APA Task Force on Television and Society reaffirmed this view and asserted that media violence can contribute to two other outcomes, desensitising viewers to violent actions and fear of being the victim of violence. However, these studies alone are not sufficient evidence that media violence causes aggression. According to Grossberg (1998:301) 'it might be that people inclined to act violently are more likely to watch television violence, and so it is their predisposition toward violence that leads to viewing violent TV, and not the other way around'. In my opinion, APA took a wrong approach in its study, because they took the media as its starting point to explain the general problem of violence in society (which has many other"

  • In which ways do media representations construct our identities? Discuss using theories encountered on the unit, and relevant examples from the media.

    "In conclusion, it is clear that media does highly contribute in constructing a persons identity, as media plays such a vast part in everyone's life that instead of media reflecting society 'we now have a situation where society is reflecting......the imaginations of some in the media industry.' ((C,Beyer, 2002. pg19). This quote alone emphasises how powerful media has become in constructing one's identity."

  • Compare the newspaper article which appeared in 'The Guardian' with the BBC 'Panorama' documentary about Dr Harold Shipman. Discuss the different presentational devices used by each and their effectiveness as pieces of media

    "After reading through both 'The Guardian' newspaper article, and the 'Panorama' television documentary, I have come to the conclusion that the television documentary is much more effective. It included a much wider range of information, and showed coverage of the case right from when Shipman allegedly started killing off his patients. The information that it presents is presented in a very informative and effective way. It uses reconstructions of how Shipman is thought to have murdered his victims. There are also interviews with the family members of the deceased, and with friends and colleagues of Shipman. The voiceover in the program provides all the important information; he provides all the information in the newspaper article and more. I think what let the article down, is that it concentrated mainly on the final trial of Shipman. It didn't include much useful information about the murders. Even if the article was written by writers for 'The Sun' and was featured in that paper though, I still think that the television show would have been more effective. Television appeals to a huge audience of people, it's a part of people's lives. Newspapers such as 'The Guardian' are becoming a thing of the past, and are being wiped out by tabloids, magazines, television, and the Internet."

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