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    Truman Show essay . Analyse how visual techniques are used to develop deeper ideas in a visual text you have studied.

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    The main character alone has no idea that he lives in a giant TV studio, where thousands of cameras capture his every movement, which is teleported into the living rooms of a worldwide audience. Another ironic name in the movie is "Christof", a manipulative character in the show who maintains a God like figure throughout the film. We see the power of Christof from the very beginning as The film opens on a close-up of the face of Christof who speaks directly to the camera "We've become bored with watching actors give us phoney emotions.

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    Assess the pluralist view of the mass media Pluralism is the belief that power is spread widely throughout the world

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    Basically pluralists are saying that the mass media is a democratic organisation, as it is the public who decides which media product is successful. "If the media have any influence over people, it is because they reflect and reinforce society's basic values, not because they impose their ideas on the public." Pluralists also argue that not all media owners are trying to control the content of the media. There have been many disputes between Editors and media owners over the control of the content.

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    GCSE Media- Adele Vogue Cover Analysis

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    The serif font used for the subtext in the puffs also evidences the ?chic? way Vogue presents itself. A medium to close-up shot of Adele has been used, which is both artistic and easily recognisable as the singer; she is also looking directly into the camera lens. This direct mode of address is used to establish a personal connection between Adele and the reader. This is a common convention of Vogue magazine- and most magazines in the fashion and lifestyle genre- as it can play a factor in persuading a potential reader to buy the magazine once combined with Adele?s level of fame.

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    Comparison between the front pages of Bella magazine and Trout Fisherman

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    Women are regularly perceived as the more emotional gender and these emotive images affect the target audience. By comparison, only one image is located on "Trout Fisherman's" entire cover, consisting of a background of nature with a figure fore grounded. This image shows a skilled, smiling man actively catching a trout. This attracts the target audience as men are more interested in adventure and nature. The smiling expression gives a sense of fulfilment and encourages the fisherman to buy the magazine as they believe it is the key to success in fishing. The background shown is extremely applicable to its content.

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    "The mass media today is part of everyday life" Using relevant theories and studies evaluate the role of the media influence on us as consumers. Almost all of us are affected by the media in one form or another, whether it is television

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    It is easy to see then why TV is the prime model of mass media. Television has modelled viewer's moral issues and ideals of life, it has the ability to make our subconscious soak up what advertisers want us to believe of their product. This is why millions of pounds are spent on advertising. Frequently, we are aware of more and more entertainment in the form of mini-films which are cleverly disguising an advertisement in a subtle way, whilst promoting their product they are also creating entertainment.

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    Analysis of LOreal Casting Crme Gloss Advert Cheryl Cole

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    Adverts are made to sell products, and this advert does exactly that. Using the nation's sweetheart Cheryl Cole, captures the eye of the nation. Cheryl Cole is conventionally attractive, and everyone in the nation wants to have hair and natural good looks like her. In the TV Advert many elements were used to make Cheryl stand out. In the first scene of the advert we see Cheryl open up a sliding door, this is very cleverly done, because it makes her stand out. This is because her face is framed once by the door that she has opened and then once again by the shot that the camera took, this is done so that the audience's eye goes straight to Cheryl.

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    Comparison of two newspaper articles. The two articles I have chosen to compare are from The Daily Mail and The Guardian. They are both talking about the incidents on September the eleventh and the Al Qaeda, as the date I bought the newspaper

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    Both newspapers present the story differently to each other, but they both aim to make the newspapers attractive. If they want to sell well, they need to make it look 'eye catching'. The layout of the article is essential when it comes to making an article look 'eye catching'. 'The Daily Mail' has used an image of Mohammed dressed up in white, wearing a turban which was taken in Guantanamo bay. 'The Daily Mail' says he was 'dressed almost exactly as if he were Osama Bin Laden.' This picture takes up seventy-five percent of the page. It is in the top-right corner and the text is written around it, in columns.

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    Serenity. Compare the poster of the film with the TV trailer of the firefly series.

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    hand parallel to her foot with a large knife, he brings the viewers attention to the axe above her head by having the sunlight hit the axe causing a big light. She's in a shift dress which you wouldn't normally see a warrior in but in a way it's very smart because she's able to move around swiftly. Her military styled boots indicate she is a warrior and has experience in fighting and can completely defend her self. Her hair is damp and stringy to show that she has already been fighting, her head is tilted down with her eyes looking upwards showing she is ready to fight again if she must.

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    James Bond Casino Royale Analysis

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    The movie begins with a shot of Daniel Craig in black and white; colour doesn't appear in the film until Bond receives his license to kill from M (Judi Dench). This is to reflect the history of the Cold War, when Ian Fleming actually wrote the novel 'Casino Royale' in 1953; his first James Bond novel. It was near the start of the film, in the action scene set in Madagascar, which we first get to see this new "Bond" in action.

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    How does Steven Spielberg create tension to scare the audience in the film jaws?

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    The music in the film runs in sync with the shark in the attacks, for example, whenever the shark is near to or at the the point before attacking it's victims it has its own music which is made to build up tension. This is because when you hear that music you know it's the shark and that something bad is going to happen, although there are parts in the film where you hear the music but nothing really happens.

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    Film techniques used in Psycho

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    Marion is then horrifically murdered in the shower, and her body dumped. A week later, a Private Investigator goes up to the Bates Motel in search of Marion. He then is also murdered while he is there. Marion's sister Lana Crane also goes to the Bates Motel as she wants to find out just what has happened to her sister. There she discovers just who the murderer is as the film reaches its terrifying climax. Hitchcock uses black and white film throughout. The music in Psycho features a range of different shrill string instruments.

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  12. Jaws - Throughout the film the director has used various media devices in order to create suspense, tension and fear in the audience.

    In this film, Steven Spielburg uses music to build tension before the shark attacks. Firstly when the Universal logo comes up there is a strange non-digetic sound of the sea along with the wind to immediately place the audience in a place of worry and fear. The audience is put into this state because of the wind; the sounds are unusual which makes the audience scared. After the universal logo has been displayed the film starts by plunging the audience into total darkness where the strange sound continues creating an atmosphere of wilderness and apprehension for the audience.

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  13. Video Technology Essay - equipment used in making a documentary.

    and the aspect ratio was set in 16:9, there are other options that can be considered however such as setting the camera to NTSC (National Television System Committee) and at the same time adjusting the aspect ratio from 16:9 to 4:3. Another important camera function that needed to be considered was Focus, focus is one of the most important functions for the PDX-10 because it enables you to adjust how you want a particular shot to come out whether that would be a blurry shot or whether it would be a clear quality shot it is very helpful as it helps you decide what type of shot you want.

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  14. Within the typical genre of a horror movie, there are many common generic conventions that are included in order to interest the audience and to create suspense.

    * Every horror movie needs to contain a victim and a villain. Villains can be anything from monsters, aliens, vampires, or just your average everyday people. Although, usually the victims within a story are women as they are known to be some of the most vulnerable people. This adds success to horror movies as young women watching the movie are going to be encouraged to find the movie scarier as they may imagine themselves to be in the same situation. * Modern horror movies contain many special effects in order to make the movie more realistic to the human eye, and therefore making it again scarier for the audience to watch as

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  15. India Aries Video is unlike many of the music videos of todays generation. India promotes an inward beauty reminding women that they are queens deserving to be cherished. It also encourages messages of self wort

    Additionally, music, films ,magazines and other forms of media all define how people see themselves and create images of what they aspire to be. If there is a continual insurgance of negativity in the minds of women then a negative conciseness will continue to create issues like: self esteem problems, anorexia, and bulimia and in some extreme circumstances suicide. All these things can be brought on by people's insecurities and their quest to adhere to the way society wants them to look.

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  16. An analysis of Baz Luhrmanns film versions treatment of William Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet Act3 Scene 1

    The use of the beach also includes contradiction which makes the angered action seem more powerful; a beach is a place where people go to have fun and enjoy themselves. But when the setting of the scene moves to behind the arch, you can see the poverty area of the town making the actions and the grudge between the two rich families unnecessary. There is a lot of tension at the beginning of the scene between Mercutio and Tybalt; the camera shots used to show this include close ups on their faces and spinning around them to show the audience the personal vies of the characters and the big picture.

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  17. Media Studies - Textual Analysis of Dr Who. In this episode of Dr.Who, the Doctor and Amy go to a museum, to a Van Gogh exhibition where they see an evil face in the window of a church Van Gogh painted.

    This convention appeals to the audience, and makes them want to watch Doctor Who because they like the science fiction element to it. At the beginning of the episode a narrative enigma is set up because the cornfields are recognized by some members of the audience as an element of a Van Gogh painting. This is not how a sci-fi traditionally starts but if the episodes of Doctor Who were always the same, the audience would get bored with it.

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  18. Baz Luhrmann. How does the director of Romeo and Juliet make the film appeal to teenagers and how has he used symbols, sound effects and music to affect the audience?

    Romeo and Juliet commit suicide as it says - ''star crossed lovers take their life'' which is the tragedy that happens in the play. It is their death that brings these two families together as the prologue states ''their death bury their strife''. (Romance and death are just two ways that Baz Luhrmann appeals to young girls and boys). The prologue introduces what will happen in the movie to the audience, but some of the information in this prologue is not necessary because it will not have an effect on the audience.

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  19. Jaws Film Review. Rather than waste the modest budget of $12 million on special effects, Spielberg relies on alternative tools to create tension and atmosphere. He uses many point of view and tracking shots alongside non-diegetic music

    However when several other killings take place, panic spreads like wild-fire and Chief Brody is joined by professional hunter, Quint, and ichthyologist, Mat Hooper to head out to sea on a hunt where their enemy seems more cunning than imagined. Unlike other films, 'Jaws' has a surprisingly insignificant screen time given to the enemy. Rather than waste the modest budget of $12 million on special effects, Spielberg relies on alternative tools to create tension and atmosphere. He uses many 'point of view' and 'tracking' shots alongside non-diegetic music to indicate danger and desperation, and gradually building up tension leading up to a kill.

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  20. Bella - Magazine Front Cover Analysis. The prominent display of the woman in the front cover is the first thing one notices at a first glance of the magazine. This, without further inspection suggests to the potential buyer that Bella is a womans magaz

    The background is plain blue and seems as a sort of foundation stone upon which the other details are placed (images, writing). This is contrasted by the radiant and more feminine colours such as pink and yellow which are used predominantly in the foreground. The use of blue which is thought of as a masculine colour, as opposed to pink as feminine, could be described as oxymoronic due to the target audience of the magazine being mainly female. However the use of blue as the background colour could be thought of as a clever tactic by the designers because of the feminine interest towards men albeit this reference being entirely indirect.

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  21. How are Teenager Stereotypes used to Challenge the Audiences Expectations in 'The Breakfast Club'?

    As the story progresses we realise that he is unpopular, after Bender makes fun of him, and he is upset. However, later in the film he reveals why is really in detention. He received a bad grade in one of his classes. Brian says that he feels terrible because he may not be able to get to a good college. He states: "I can't have an F, and my parents can't have an F". He then says that a teacher found a gun in his locker.

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  22. Analyse the ways that the director builds up suspense and scares the audience in the film Jaws

    Chrissy swims in the sea for a while, and her friend is trailing behind her and shouting for her (this is a diegetic sound). The camera then pans over the darkness and the sea and the theme tune which we are familiar with from the title sequence starts, suggesting oncoming terror. Suddenly, we hear screams and shouts for help from Chrissy in the sea, complemented by heavy, dramatic splashing noises. Underwater shots of Chrissy's flailing legs are shown to build up the suspense.

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  23. Analysis of the trailer for "Twilight".

    Why make it different? Nobody knows but this mystery is what makes the film so successful. These are all connected to one film. Which film is that? Twilight! The multi award winning film Twilight that was released on the 21st November 2008 shot up through the ranks when the British heart throb was known to be in the film. The film made $392,563,465 just in box office takings. When Rotten Tomatoes reviewed the film Twilight they only gave it a measly 5.5 out of 10.

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  24. Film review. The Last Exorcism is a truly alarming film, but doesnt leave you with a pit in your stomach, rather a smile on your face. Its scary, funny and entertaining and an excellent way to close out the summer.

    They repeatedly featured scenes that startle the viewer through the means of horrid and the supernatural. The last exorcism achieved this by creating a tensed atmosphere by events like lighting in an empty room, footsteps and candles extinguishing. Horrors also often overlap with the thriller genre. Plots written within the horror genre often involve the intrusion of an evil force and commonly of supernatural origin, into the everyday world like the horror movie The last exorcism. Plot The film begins and we quickly meet our main character - a somewhat scummy priest who is out to disprove exorcisms after he reads that a failed exorcism led to a young child's death.

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  25. A Directors Commentary for the film "Touching the Void"

    I chose to begin the trailer with really slow, close up action shots but it then turns in to quick rushed shots as Simon falls through the cavern. The main idea of these shots were to be used to give the audience a feel of what the film is about, as most of them wouldn't have first hand experience of climbing mountains. The first extreme close up is to show the frosty conditions and again, to give those in the audience who would not have had first hand experience the reality of how cold it actually could be.

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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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