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    Analyse how the music, camera angles, special effects and presentation of characters create a dramatic fight scene in the Baz Luhrmann version of Romeo and Juliet

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    Benvolio, the next character visible in this scene, is wearing an unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt which also portrays him as an innocent character. He is sitting in the guard's high chair, conveying his authority over the people at the beach. This authority makes his 'mad blood stirring' speech sound more sincere and more like a prophecy, a severe warning of events to come later in the scene, which eventually builds up to the dramatic fight scene. In the next shot Mercutio and the Montagues' are seen joking around, with Mercutio playing with his gun, yet again portraying his role in creating the dramatic fight scene, yet their outfits convey their innocence to prevent a fight from occurring.

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    Analyse an advertisement and discuss the imagery it contains. Evaluate the success of the advertiser's approach and give reason for your opinions. How would you adapt the advertisement to make it suitable for a different target audience? Explain your appr

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    Only the social groups could have made the brand a well known name. Therefore this makes the audience think it is a good product due to the name. The colour of the heading is black and white. This effectively connotes with style and sophistication. This is most likely the first thing the audience see in the advert. This is a success because people have already started to think that it is a good advert due to the name of the brand. The word Givenchy it self connotes style, fashion and delicacy. The next thing the audience can see is probably introduction of 'Liv Tyler'.

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    How the film Shrek parodies the traditional Disney fairytale

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    As the narrator read there was a lovely gentle music playing in the background. This is unexpectedly interrupted by a hand snapping. Then, abruptly, a large green hand rips a page out of the book and snaps it shut. We then hear the toilet flush as Shrek walks out the loo. This immediately signifies that Shrek had used the page that he ripped for personal purposes. I think that this suggests to the audience that the producers of Shrek are trying to put a statement out to the individuals in charge of Disney that fairy tales are worthless and that they have made a new film, which literally flashes traditional story tales down the drains.

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  4. Alfred Hitchcocks Creation Of Tension In Psycho And The Birds

    Hitchcock has done many films in black and white which have all been very successful because of the way Hitchcock was able to use specific camera angles to create a certain effect on the audience. In this essay I will be looking at two films made by Hitchcock. I will look at how Hitchcock creates tension and shock in 'Psycho' and 'The Birds'. The opening sequence of Psycho immediately sets the tone for the film. The opening sequence starts with a black background which gives a feeling of fear and vulnerability.

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  5. For this essay I have chosen to examine the domestic and international media coverage of the conviction of Amanda Knox, and its aftermath in three contrasting newspaper articles.

    To appeal to this demographic The Sun uses crude and colloquial language such as "sis" (informal contraction of sister), "mum Arlene", "snaps of Meredith" and "larks about with pals". This attempts to encourage the reader to identify with the victim's family, whilst also betraying the fact that the readership is not highly educated. As well as this, emotive language such as "caged" and "anguished", "brutal killing" and "exhausted" are used to denote the extreme emotions of the victim's family and provoke emotional reactions from the reader, as well as emphasizing their continuing suffering whilst portraying Knox as inhumanely as possible.

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  6. With reference to The Birds and Final Destination 3 analyse and discuss how the directors create fear in these two films.

    The storyline for "Final Destination 3" starts at a theme park somewhere in the USA. The films main characters are having their last night before graduation, and everything is going fine until Kerry tells Wendy that she's going to break up wit her boyfriend (Kevin) after graduation. Wendy then has a vision of the rollercoaster crashing and pleads to get off, then in turn saving half the people on the rollercoaster. After the rollercoaster crash, Wendy and Kevin watch all their classmates that survived the coaster crash and piece together that there is a certain order that they are going to die by 'accidents', and the remaining few realise that they will have to fight fate to stay alive.

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  7. I will now explain how conventions are used in my chosen trailer, and how effective they were to promote the film to the target audience. Cradle 2 The Grave, a film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak and produced by Joel Silver, was released in 2003.

    The opening shot shows a man walking into a diamond exchange, this type of shot is known as the "establishing shot". It is used in films trailers to give the audience a hint of the setting, and a hint of what might happen. It also tells you what genre the film is, because we know from films that when we see a diamond exchange, we think of a robbery. It is almost a clich� because these types of organised crimes hardly ever takes place in the real world, but happens to take place in films a lot and that these types of film are usually action based.

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  8. Edward Scissorhands

    This has the connotation of the homely Christmas feel, though they are quite deceiving as you don't know what the purpose of the cookies are, maybe it symbolises the childhood and love Edward never had. But, unusually away from this, it looks the exact opposite; it looks like the film is going to be along the horror genre. Many figures of spooky sorts and rusty robots can be seen, these figures are seen to be unsafe and a bit risky especially as many sharp objects like scissors are in view too.

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  9. Discuss how the events in New York on September 11th 2001 have been adapted into the opening of the movie World Trade Centre.

    The economy moreover took a huge downfall in NYC therefore affecting almost all the world. Some American stock exchanges were also closed for the rest of the week which cost U.S. stocks $1.4 trillion in value for the week. The attacks also gave other countries a kick to make their Airport securities water tight and very strict so that they don't face the same misfortune as USA. The event also triggered numerous hate crimes against Middle-Eastern and "Middle-Eastern looking" people in the days that followed. Some where even shot just because of who they were.

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  10. Analyse the methods used to make the opening battle sequence of Saving Private Ryan both shocking and realistic, and how effective you find it as an introduction to the film.

    The Longest Day was released in 1962, only seventeen years after the World War II. This film also tells the landing of Omaha beach and the invasion of Normandy on the 6th June 1944. The film was directed by Ken Annakin and is two hours and forty eight minutes long. Some of the actors starred in the film were Robert Mitchum, John Wayne and Henry Fonda. The Longest Day had won two Oscars because of the special effects it used in the film.

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  11. Media Studies Revision - Video production techniques. Film genres.

    To avoid this be aware of the position of the sun, try to have your back to it. Get closer to your subject Isolate the subject Place it higher in the frame Reduce the depth of field Alter your view point What is video and TV production? We must make a distinction between television production and video production. TV production: � Broadcast - the signal is openly transmitted � Shown to a large public audience � Transmitted via cable or over-air either 'live' or 'taped'. Video Production � Non broadcast programming. � Recorded closed-circuit � Edited � Video productions have to be distributed via DVD, tape etc.

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  12. The director used many different ways to build up the fear of the shark, the shark being the star of the movie, Steven Spielberg had to use the music in the film, the theme music

    There is an immediate connection between the shark and theme music in the film because the music helps to indicate that Jaws is about to attack and also shows that whatever the audience see's most of the time is the point of view of the shark at work. Whenever the theme music is played from the start you could hear the theme music been played and the camera shot been the point of view of Jaws moving through the water and immediately the music stops the camera shot changes from point of view of Jaws to a different shot, although

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  13. Sixth Sense

    The film revolves around nine year old Cole Sear and child psychiatrist Malcolm Crowe, played by Bruce Willis. Malcolm attempts to help Cole through his situation at first not believing that he can see ghosts, oblivious to the fact he is one himself. Once Malcolm believes that Cole can see ghosts he begins to help him, telling him that the ghosts come to him for his aid and that he should not be afraid. The first ten minutes of the film helps to set the atmosphere for the rest of the film by the director's clever use of music, lighting, symbolism and camera angles.

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  14. How does Casino Royale reflect the Media of Trailers?

    Whereas a horror film's music will be dark, ghostly and played by an orchestra to devise a dramatic mood. The Casino Royale trailer starts without any music; it is essential for the audience to concentrate on what is being said. This film introduces a new Bond and explains how he became a 00. This affects the viewers by having an eery and more serious effect than previous James Bond films. The music starts quietly and slowly gets louder. This affects the audience by building tension and excitement.

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  15. How does Dreamworks represent RJ as a stereotypical hero?

    We get frustrated because we know something that we really would like to tell the forest animals to prevent so many problems that happen later on in the book. In this part of the film RJ is a false hero. Due to this it makes the audience not want to copy his behaviour as they realise how unhappy and miserable they would make themselves and everyone around them. As the film progresses the viewers are able to see RJ build relationships with the other characters and start to help them rather than use them.

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  16. The Birds is a suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock based on the 1952 novella The Birds by Daphne du Maurier.

    So it would make no exception with 'The Birds'. At the beginning of the film there is an absence of colour and all you can hear is the diegetic sound of birds flying around. The sound slowly dies away and soon changes from black and white to colour, helping to revel the city of San Francisco. Throughout the film there is no non-diegetic sound, the film solely depends of the use of diegetic sound. So basically all you can hear in the film is the natural sounds.

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  17. Using the opening sequences of Bend it like Beckham and Yasmin compare and contrast the way the Asian identities of the principal characters are constructed?

    When the Adhaan starts, a young woman throws off her hijab and puts on tight jeans. She then sits in a convertible car and puts loud music. This signifies that the protagonist is not very close to her religion, and she changes herself from a stereotypical Muslim to a Western woman. The convertible car signifies that she leads a dual identities when the hood of the car is up she is mostly a stereotypical Muslim women and when the hood is down she is a western women.

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  18. Media Languages and Categories

    However, The Lion King has been able to do this more successfully with the fast paced lively music. Affecting the audience as they feel happy, relaxed and joyful. Disney uses music as a significant part of the character, when we see a hero, the music is jolly and lively which creates a cheery mood within the audience and signals to the audience the type of personality and mood the character reflects which they can relate to. ON the other hand, when a villain is shown the music is dark, sinister and ominous.

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  19. How effective is the film In the Valley of Elah in presenting a viewpoint of war and the military and their impact on contemporary American society?

    In an era such as now, the director showed bravery in producing such an anti-war and anti-military film, which not only presented how war and the army affect the young vulnerable soldiers, but also how it can break apart the American society. Haggis' film is vigorously effective in presenting this lasting anti-war posture through his authentic and truthful portrayal of the impact of the military on those living both within and outside the system. Moreover, the film in its beginning presents a very accurate view of what to expect from the character of Hank Deerfield.

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  20. 1984 Coursework

    The society in which Winston Smith lives is a dark, woebegone, dilapidated place. Airstrip 1 (London), is an unusually disordered place where every living soul is under surveillance by Big Brother. Big Brother is the leader of Oceania, in control of everything, including people's thoughts and what they do and wear. Society in England today has the power of speech, but Big Brother has taken that away from the citizens of Oceania. Our government today wants to protect us, but in Oceania they want to control everyone.

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  21. Review of the trailer for the movie 1408.

    The audience would obviously want to know more about these two estranged characters in the trailer, because of the ending, especially when the young girl approaches her dad, Mike Enslin. The very line "Daddy, Don't You Love Me Any More?" leaves the audience in high suspense, at the same time being intrigued, making them want to watch the whole movie. The director knows exactly what he is doing at this point to get people to watch the whole of 1408.

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  22. "How do the Metropolitan Police use video game codes and conventions to discourage violence amongst teenagers?"

    Maybe this is down to the presentation of the media, or maybe the fact that youth culture has changed a lot over the years, but springing to mind of the Metropolitan police is the effects of violent films, video games and music that are influencing young people. Using the effect videogames have on youths, the Metropolitan police decided to create an advert to address the seriousness of carrying a knife. "Knife City" is an advert commissioned by the Metropolitan police to warn the public about the dangers of knife crime in youths.

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  23. practical production supporting account

    Trailers will be broadcasted on 32 different channels including BBC channels, And Sky One including the Sky Premiers and many other channels on sky and Virgin Media including a 5-7 channels on NTL. These trailers will be broadcasted at perfect timings such as in the evening as in the evening most families gather together and usually watch T.V whereas iin the day time children are at school and college studying with adults mostly at work. The trailer will also be broadcasted on Sunday as Sunday most people are at home enjoying a day off with kids.

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  24. Analysing the Times newspapers

    Sections There are four sections (four pages) on the newspapers and the first page starts with advertisement although the writer point of view; information about ship wreaked or people who lost their lives on the sea and ship that just arrived or left the country other information on second page; on the right inside of page three a conclusion of the writer about is point of view of the newspapers to the public just under it, news about foreign intelligence which seemed to be the first proper news on the newspaper, poem and more news; the fourth page has more advert.

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  25. PSB vs Commercial Broadcaster

    Although a number of official bodies have attempted to identify the most important characteristics. Public service broadcasters generally transmit programming that aims to improve society by informing viewers. In contrast, the goal of commercial outlets is to provide popular content that attracts a large audience, maximizing revenue from advertising and sponsorship. For this reason, the ideals of public broadcasting are often hard to reconcile with commercial goals. James and Jim McDonnell (1990) show the characteristics and a list of possible goals of a public service broadcaster.

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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?
  • CRITICALLY ASSESS DEBATES ON 'MEDIA EFFECTS'

    "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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