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  1. With Close Reference to their recent releases, compare how Britney Spears and Sum 41 are marketed.

    Britney belongs to Zomba Records and Sum 41 belong to Britney has matured as artist over the years. At the beginning, she was a schoolgirl. This was reflected in her video "Hit Me Baby One More Time" She was dressed in school uniform. Although attracting pre teens as her primary audience, she was attracting young men (15-20). She has maintained her primary audience throughout her career and as my analysis will tell you, increased her secondary audience. Following a break from her career to make a film "Crossroads", she re-launched her career as an adult, moving away from school uniform. Her album release "Britney" opened new doors for Britney and new fans.

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  2. How does the director of "Friends" use the opening titles to promote a successful situation comedy and encourage the viewer to continue watching?

    3. Genre Explain what genre is and say what genre the programme "Friends" is. Give other examples of American situation comedies and British Situation comedies such as only Fools and horses. Now say why this genre is and of programme is popular with the public and why people enjoy comedies so much. Explain why "Friends" is so popular with the public. "Friends" is a situation comedy and this is a popular genre of television programme. Other examples of situation comedies are... 3. The opening titles Two paragraphs Explain why the opening titles of a programme are important- they need to grab iur attention if we're going to watch the programme.

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  3. Compare and contrast the distinguishing features of episode 2 of the mini series Changi and The Shoehorn Sonata.

    There are many influential characters in Changi. 'The Secret nine' are a 'band of brothers' who without each other could not have emotionally survived the Changi POW camp. Gordon is the most influential character in the show, being that this episode is based on his time in the camp and life after it. Changi needed to use alot of dialogue because it is a television program. Australian slang such as 'G, day', 'b****y h**l', 'Japs' and 'stick ya bib in' is used regularly throughout the show.

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  4. With shrek 2 due to be released on July 2nd this year Thomas looks back to the first shrek to explain its appeal and give his opinion of the film.

    It was a successful movie and was liked by all ages. To let you know what the film was like I will you give a quick briefing of the story. The film starts with an ugly ogre who liked to live on his own and was feared by humans. He eventually meets up with a donkey and he brings every fairy tale characters to Shreks swamp. Shrek doesn't approve of this and decides to go to lord Farquaad and get him to get all of the fairy tale characters off his swamp.

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  5. Why did groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have such great impact during the 1960s?

    They both had their different styles and were very much rivals in the music industry. In the early 1960s it was dominated by news about The Cold War with incidents such as The Cuban Missile Crisis and the U" Spy incident. Everyone was tired of hearing information about the war and the outcome of it. People wanted to forget about the war and instead of listening to the latest happenings of it on the radio they would hear songs about freedom and love. The younger generation became more interested in fashion and music because it was a distraction from the war taking place around them.

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  6. The life and works of Kurt Cobain Nirvana.

    ''Nevermind'' today still stands as one of the best albums, ever. It seemed Nirvana were doing pretty d**n good for them selves in 1994. Kurt Cobain didn't show up for recording one day, he was found dead in his flat. He was not murdered but had committed suicide and was found with a bullet in his head. Some Nirvana extremists say it was his wife Courtney Love, But then again, they are extremists. People today despise others for liking Nirvana.

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  7. The Value and Nature of Music.

    So I feel I have a wide taste in music. I have also played many different styles on my 3 main instruments as I play clarinet I have played classical and jazz on that. I also play bass guitar and I have played blues, rock n roll, heavy rock etc. on that and I am a drummer and I have played samba, rock, funk, jazz and many other styles of music. I enjoy playing all of these as I find it helps me to relax and control my emotions as I let my emotion out in the style of music

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  8. How do the makers of 'Shrek' use presentational devices to reverse this tradition to reveal the Ogre as good and the prince as evil?

    In this coursework piece I will be analysing the characters of 'Shrek' and 'Lord Farquaad.' The opening of the film is in daytime. It starts of with classical (traditional) music. All the images are computer generated. When 'Shrek' turns towards the book, the book is shrouded in bright lighting and a 'Scottish' voice telling the story, When the book opens, the camera zooms in, when the 'Princess up in the highest room in the tallest tower waiting for loves first kiss the soothing voice changes and he says, "Year, like that's ever going to happen" then the toilet flushes and rock music takes over.

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  9. Identify a local need, for a new small business; and prepare a feasibility study.

    Arcade Cinema Electronics Store Good Quality Clothes Shop Motorcar Repair Garage Music Shop of All Categories High Quality Shoe Shop Hardware Store Estate Agents Book Shop (This is a copy of the questionnaire I asked) The results of the questionnaire are shown in the table below. The evidence in the above graph suggests that the people in the area of Gravesend would like to see a new music shop. The next questionnaire that I shall ask is shown below. Questionnaire 1. Are you happy with the amount of services and amenities in your local area? Yes ? No ? 2.

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  10. The Musician.

    We always peeped through the window at the man inside. He interested us so much,not that we ever saw him but all the stories that we'd heard about him from our parents about the myths of his life before telling us we shouldn't come and torture that nice old man, well what were we to do? We were just curious. We approached the house as we did each weekend with a bag of stones..... Inside the house sits a musician trying desperately to write a decent song a song that's listenable to.

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  11. Showing emotions through music.

    If anyone else has a different view then please share it. Then I will express my views thoughts. First, what you've done for me by Planet Shakers. This is a gospel song, which was written two years ago. Planet Shakers is a young band, they are all between 17 and 28. I just thought I would let you know some information on Planet Shakers because you would not have herd of them if you don't listen to gospel music. I found the song to show happiness, celebration and a sense of triumph.

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  12. A Night To Remember.

    By the time fifty five minutes had passed, although it had seemed like days, a small acquainted girl, who when turned around looked at least thirty, noticed smoke effects coming from the ground of the stage as the florescent lights illuminated the entire audience which had now filled almost to the brim shouted "its begun!" Silhouettes of the and member, Stuart Cable and both Stuart and Kelly Jones appeared on the giant screens of paper behind there instruments before bursting through leaving the 'cannibalistic' like crowd roaring and urging forward, pushing against the dim steel rails lined with security guards.

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  13. Commentary on 'Foo Fighters Music Review' and 'The Birth of a Band, Waring Green'.

    In order to accomplish this I have deliberately used a number of techniques. In the title of my second production piece I have included some alliteration of the sound [ ] which catches the attention of the reader and helps to establish the main story. In 'The Birth of a Band' I used mainly first person pronouns such as 'my' and 'I'. This helps to show the reader that it is from my own personal view and it is an actual real life even that I have encountered. In the Foo Fighter review I used mainly third person pronouns such as 'their', and I also named people and attached the event directly to their name.

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  14. Media Coursework - The Weakest Link.

    This phrase is used every time a contestant is eliminated; this makes the contestant feel slow-witted and unimportant. The host Anne Robinson builds up tension and suspense throughout the game in many ways, including her own choice of clothes! They show that she is superior to the contestants, as they are formal and dark coloured e.g. black or brown and always a rigid, formal suit. Her voice is fast and stern and makes the contestants feel trepidation, as it is rude and over-confidently obnoxious.

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  15. Gateshead Quays.

    The Bridge weighs more than eight hundred tonnes, which is enough steel to build sixty-four double decker buses. It rises a hundred and sixty four feet above the river level. The bridge was lifted into position by the world's second biggest floating crane. The bridge will open in order to let shipping pass through, it is the first opening bridge to have been built across the Tyne in this century. The unique way in which it has been built allows it to tilt when it opens.

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  16. 'Popular' Music.

    This use of the media brought most styles of music that were popular to a mass audience. Later in the 1970's and 80's pop magazines were introduced. Some such as 'Smash Hits!' were aimed at the younger early teen end of the market while others such as 'NME' or 'New Musical Express' were aimed at older more refined music fans to popular music. The late 1980's saw a flurry of new popular music magazines, many of which are still popular today, rock magazine 'Kerrang!' being a leading example. I believe that the 1990's has seen a 'dumbing-down' of some magazines such as 'Smash Hits!'.

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  17. My Autobiography.

    Unfortunately his wicked parents did not agree and he continued getting beaten. This fragile and disturbed boy wanted to be a teacher, he wanted the opportunity to help children with their education and most of all he wanted to teach children that life is like a drop of rain, you can see it for a moment but eventually it goes. Throughout the story it describes Tom's feelings towards others, he was a kind and considerate person, even to his parents but most of all he never stopped believing in hope.

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  18. My Essay About Pink.

    She also hit a Top-5 singles in the US with the songs " Get this party started " and " Just like a pill ". At the end of 2002, Pink was established as the new face of US Pop singers!. " I'm a very extreme person. I went through a lot of phases growing up, and for everyone, I was extreme ". The song, ( Don't let me get me ) talks about Pink's negative part oh her life.

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  19. Music - My vocal composition.

    that the song is called 'Ev'rybody Loves You' and it was written to be in a musical called 'I'd Rather be Right' but it was dropped before the New York opening but still published with Richard Rodgers' music in September 1937. I did this background check as I wanted to insure that I had an original take on the lyrics and not follow the composer's intentions. I decided to compose my piece on 'Micro Logic' using a synthesizer as I wanted to use a variety of instruments which I didn't have access to.

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  20. "On the spirit of obligations" and "friendship" - how each text views friendship pointing out to the meeting points.

    The use of language in both texts differs, with relation to their purpose and their notion of friendship. In the essay, the use of language is more sophisticated, delicate more complex, almost as the friend or person Hazlitt is describing. The language also matches the nature of the friendship- more of the intellectual- "practical benevolence is not is forte", meaning that it wasn't a friendship on the day to day basis, or that he will offer help and favors. It sees this idea as "idle and vulgar".

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  21. How to make a number one.

    The music released by the artists after the TV show inherit some of the millions of viewers as music buyers, and instantly the song goes to number one. Another excellent example of mass marketing is the Spice Girls who created an entire phenomenon of 'Girl Power' just to sell records; in fact 75% of the Spice Girls promotion was based on merchandise.2 Creating a mass market of teenage girls who as well as the 'tacky' merchandise, also bought all of the Spice Girls music, rocketing them to number one on several occasions.

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  22. Piracy is an increasing problem.

    Last month, students at Princeton, Michigan, and Rensaeler we sued by record exsecutives. They're seeking 150,000 dollars per song shared. Recently, a court has ordered Verizon to release the information of one of their costumers who has allegedly 600 songs. It started with napster, now it's things like kazaa. These programs have definitely gotten smarter. There is no central server to just shut them off anymore. It's great. Relation to economy. The effects of the increase in piracy has already been witnessed around the world. Asia is the hardest hit. In China, 90% of the media sold is pirated.

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  23. The Theme of Music in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

    Pelagia cannot work out why it is that a talented musician would settle for a life in the army, and it is this mystique and talent that attracts her to the Captain. There are evident fronts that both Pelagia and Corelli both put on, Pelagia as the innocent and stern Greek who's duty it is to hate the Italians, and Corelli as the Italian soldier getting drunk with prostitutes. But it seems that when Corelli begins to play his mandolin, both these fronts disappear to be replaced by Pelagia's genuine admiration and Corelli's genuine love for the instrument.

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  24. Read the opening sequences of the BBC film of Junk - How do these sequences introduce the characters to the audience?

    The music has a mesmeric quality, an unstoppable cycle with a childish feel. We see that the cycle could be one of boredom as the empty beach looks like a run-down and deserted pensioner's paradise. Gemma seems to be above it all, detached, isolated and alone as she looks down from the bridge. In the next scene we see Tar entering his house. Music is blaring from a downstairs room so he heads towards the noise. His house is dark and smoky with little natural light. The music is coming from the living room.

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  25. Robbie the Reindeer - Evaluation of the scene in the woods.

    There are SFX of the wind rushing by and the rocket and the cars engines. The music is getting louder and louder to build tension. The music is quite fast and has a definite beat so that we can feel the tension. The strong beat could represent the tension before an army goes into battle or even the racing heartbeat of Robbie and Blitzern. Another good thing that I noticed was that the Reindeers ears even flapped in the wind. The fight starts and there is a struggle. Blitzern has Robbie down and says, ' Now is when you die'.

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