• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare The Representation Of Teenagers In The Opening Credits And Publicity Material/DVD Covers For Dawson's Creek And Skins

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare The Representation Of Teenagers In The Opening Credits And Publicity Material/DVD Covers For Dawson's Creek And Skins Dawson's Creek, an American teen drama first broadcast on January 20th 1998 on the Warner Brothers network. In March that year it was broadcast internationally and on Channel 4 in the UK however soon after this it moved to FIVE, possibly because it did not fit in with Channel 4's values. Dawson's Creek appealed to its target audience of teenagers by using several conventions of teen dramas such as storylines involving complicated relationships, storylines involving schools/colleges and also using easily identifiable character types so that teenagers could relate to the characters and situations shown on the programme. Broadcasting the show at 5pm also helped it reach its target audience due to lack of appropriate shows for teenagers at that time. Skins, a British teen drama, was first broadcast almost a decade after Dawson's Creek in 2007 on E4, a channel aimed predominantly aimed at teenagers as well as being a subsidiary channel of the Channel 4 Television Corporation, the same corporation that stopped broadcasting Dawson's Creek. ...read more.

Middle

faces, conservative clothing and body positions as well as the typical college background on the DVD cover and both the college setting and the inner city office buildings that represent corporate America and 9-5 traditional jobs in the opening titles. The characters from Skins are represented as being modern, independent, promiscuous and more like adults. They are represented like this through the editing and music of the title sequence, the fast pace of the music and changes between shots as well as the complex graphics and the frames all suggest the use of modern technology and a modern lifestyle for the characters of the show. Promiscuity of the characters is suggested by the positioning of the all the characters on the bed on the DVD cover as well as some of the characters kissing on both it and in the opening sequence this impression is furthered by the fact some of the characters are kissing more than one person. The narrative of Dawson's Creek is suggested through the mise-en-scene of the DVD cover. ...read more.

Conclusion

The opening sequence of Skins also provides more detail about the characters and narratives albeit different to Dawson's Creek. The variety of long, medium and short shots combined with computer graphics, jagged frames, colour inversion and shots of high rise towers give the impression of inner city, fast paced, urban jungle living which is less than perfect with more action and drama and a less than perfect, sometimes shocking ending. Teenagers are represented differently in both Skins and Dawson's Creek because each of the programs had a different generation of target audience to entertain so the social issues and issues affecting teenagers over the ten year period would have changed so the content and representations shown in the programs would have changed to reflect the change in those issues and to keep the new target audience entertained. There is also more pressure on Skins to remain cutting edge because it is not only competing for viewers with shows broadcast at the same time, but with any program or film broadcast on a wider range of channels thanks to Sky+ and online on demand services as well as other internet TV and radio Stations. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Audience and Production Analysis section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Audience and Production Analysis essays

  1. "How do the Metropolitan Police use video game codes and conventions to discourage violence ...

    The Metropolitan police use this to try and connect with the audience and acknowledge that the characters involved are stereotypically the type of person to become a part of violent crime. The music playing throughout the video game-style part of the advert is important in being able to understand the feeling of the advert.

  2. The lyrical, slow-moving opening sequence is a dazzling combination of cinematography, music and hallucinatory ...

    He encounters the commanding officer of the Air Cavalry as an American military archetype. Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore [Kill-Gore] (Robert Duvall) is a hawkish, lunatic, flamboyant commander, who wears a black horse soldier's Stetson cavalry hat with a cavalry sword emblem, sunglasses, and a yellow dickey (in the mode of Gen.

  1. How are good and evil characters presented in The Fellowship of the Ring?

    Haunting, deep, foreboding music is used whenever these appear in the film. It is a mixture of slow drum beats and harsh, blaring trumpets, almost like a terrifying marching tune, which emphasizes their war-like nature. The music is especially effective for the scenes in Isengard, where the camera swoops through

  2. How are teenagers represented in Eastenders?

    In Eastenders there are everyday problems that people will have to face, these problems may be: in relationships, peer pressure and family deaths. These types of everyday problems are those that people can relate to. According to the uses and gratification theory by Denis McQuail there are many reasons why people watch Eastenders.

  1. Discuss how the events in New York on September 11th 2001 have been adapted ...

    Will was first to jump and say "I got it Sarge". His tone and his expressions in his faces suggested that he knows he was scared but he was determined to hide it and prove his bravery. The pride of being an officer over-ruled his fear which nearly costs him his life at the end.

  2. Using the opening sequences of Bend it like Beckham and Yasmin compare and contrast ...

    Then we find out this is a dream scene, we get a glimpse of Jess's room which is full off Man United Posters, T-Shirts and football souvenirs. When Jess's mum comes into the room she says "you should be helping around with your sister's wedding."

  1. Analyse the appeal of two specific CD covers. Kanye west - Graduation

    He is sitting in a relaxed pose showing his lack of concern and his sense of self importance, seeming slightly angelic. The black background could symbolise all the problems in the world and him in white implies he is the world's saviour.

  2. The Representation of Women in Advertisements through the 20th and 21st Centuries

    This represent women?s in the 20?s society to have a simple goal that is to be married and have children and failing to have that met before they reach their tragic thirty mark would mean that something was wrong with them making them insecure.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work