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  1. Youth representation in

    Also the youths in "10 Thing's...." lifestyles are basically going to school which we can relate to and also, they date, get drunk and have lots of friends which we can also relate to. However the youths in "10 Thing's...." are very privileged and we know this by all the places they can go and hang out, for example paint balling boating and all the sports that they are offered from school in which they can take part. Unlike "Stand By Me" which must be during the holidays because although the children mention school, we never see them in school,

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  2. In Muriel's Wedding identity is represented by numerous film techniques. The dominant ones being acting, music, design, camera angle and editing.

    by others as opposed to the undesirable truth that she is ugly and unwanted by others including her own parents who think she is a thief. Muriel's childish obsession with ABBA and the frequent playing of their songs addresses the transformation of her to a better person. In combination with designs of Muriel's bedroom which is full of ABBA posters and photos, it is clear that she often wishes to forget her true identity and dwell in her unrealistic and far-fetched fantasies.

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  3. Why did groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have such great impact during the 1960's.

    This was mainly due to some goods including foodstuffs still being rationed. Therefore, for the first time since the war, young people could buy records, go to concerts and enjoy more free time. They were able to support bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones because they were better off economically. As a result the bands became famous and themselves very wealthy because of the sales of their records and merchandise.

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  4. "All I Need" Analysis.

    In the case of "All I Need" is a high concept piece of product, however made with quite a low budget. With this project Mike Mills mixes in a great simple way video clip with documentary and film, without making the product complicated, but easy to watch and relax with it. The genre is supposed to be a promo clip; however it does not have all the characteristics of the genre. The clip begins with a girl (the main character)

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  5. Describe popular culture in Britain at the beginning of the 1960's.

    The music industry's expansion into the visual entertainment sector introduced an even greater number of people to popular music, mainly teenagers who were to become manufacturers' new target group for marketing. In 1962 the music industry was set aflame with the arrival of what was to be Briton's biggest contribution to the musical industry; The Beatles... At the beginning of the 1960's popular, or pop, music was almost non-existent on TV and radio. Two television programs, 'Jukebox Jury' and 'Six Five Special', were allocated for music, neither were intended for nor satisfied teenagers.

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  6. Describe popular culture in Britian at the beginning of the 1960's.

    However towards the end of the 50's and early 60's they were called 'teenagers'. America had a very large influence on Britain during the mid-50's to the early 60's. Music was one of the key areas dominated by the USA at this time. Most of the music in the late 1950's was by American artists. This was because the British music industry was out of touch with its audience as it only focused on London and not the rest of England.

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  7. Hello I am Alex Paraskeva and over the next few pages of this essay I am going to explain my life story, or what I have lived of my relatively short life.

    trouble for misbehaving, we both continued like this until year two when we were put into different classes and didn't really get to see much of one another. Whilst at school the thing I remember most clearly was running around playing with my friends, when suddenly an older boy and me had a head on collision and I received my first black eye. It didn't hurt that much. But my mum was quite shocked when she saw what had happened.

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  8. An Analysis of the X-files Episode.

    The camera then switches to a dark drain hole where out of the gloom appears two eyes. The eyes are yellow and have an unnatural look about them. Now the camera is looking from the perspective of the monster or creature, there is now colour now on the screen and the camera follows the man that was on earlier in the film. There is a thumping sound like a heartbeat and incidental music now builds up suspense. The scene now goes inside an office where the man works. As he walks near to some lifts the music builds up and up and suddenly the doors spring open but it is a false alarm.

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  9. Comparison and Analysis of the use of Camerawork in Friends and The Office.

    The camera often pans quickly and unsteadily in order to obtain reaction shots. There is little consideration to position of elements within the frame, this all adds to the raw docusoap style. Zooming is often done shakily in order to catch reactions. The Office is made up of many two shots and the camerawork is unsteady, also characters often slightly slip out of frame momentarily and the camera must quickly adjust when this character becomes active.

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  10. Popular culture at the beginning of the 1960's.

    There was so much more available to American youngsters and British teens just didn't have the spending power of their counterparts. The majority of British couldn't afford a car or they weren't old enough to drive so there was an extremely small amount of mobility. The legal age for people to drive was 17 in Britain and 16 in the United States. The most popular at the time for those who could afford it was probably the mini. Compact; box like, with a tiny wheelbase, the Mini appeared in August 1959 to climax a decade of British motoring design.

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  11. How does the director, Steven Spielberg, create tension in the opening scene of the film Jaws?

    As we continue in this motion, the music's tempo continues to increase. Then it stops. We feel safe. We find ourselves in the presence of a community of young, careless adolescents. The harmonised atmosphere, folk music and happy people, is a direct contrast to the fear that we just experienced which also sub consciously builds tension. The group are relaxing near the beach; it is dark so they have a fire, which, as it is a warm orange colour, symbolises safety and security.

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  12. The music industry has come a long way from when it began. One of the earliest forms of recording sound was invented by a person named Thomas Edison in 1877 which was called 'phonograph'.

    The process of getting a record deal can be one that requires a lot of effort, self-esteem (rejections are a big part of the business) and can be time consuming. Often, you can find yourself in the position of working for months on something but achieving nothing out of it. Bands usually start by practicing in their own time and playing at local venues. This is where most of the bands get noticed as people from record companies visit many of these local gigs to pick up young, new talent.

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  13. David LaChapelle pushes his colours to new extremes while reinventing the vivid palette that is uniquely his.

    initially distinguished by his campy fixation with white-trash culture, LaChapelle is also known for his groundbreaking use of computer manipulation and futuristic fashion shoots and for placing Hollywood celebrities-- from Madonna, Uma Thurman, Elton john to drew Barrymore to the X-files' David Duchovny -- in wildly imaginative and often compromising erotically charged settings. LaChapelle's monstrosities are that breed of gaunt, blemishes human built and enslaved by heavy makeup, lighting and the glorifying voodoo of photographic attention.

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  14. The Grimm Brothers "Snow White: A Tale of Terror".

    It may also provide a clue as to the part the character will play in the action." (Costume, Hair & Make-Up, costume) .He looks distressed. The camera moves closer and closer to the man. As he starts to move the camera moves along side with him slowly, moving down his body to reveal a dagger. The music changes to a faster and more action type of music. A chase begins. Snow White is being chased in a forest by her friend with a dagger.

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  15. How the internet has affected Music.

    However, in previous years, other companies have started to greatly affect the Internet side of this story. The most well known story of a company defying Microsoft's power is the story of Napster and Metallica. Napster provided a free file-sharing service which let millions of users across the Internet 'share' their music files, which meant anyone with this program could download any music that was on another user's computer. Metallica, a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981, are the second highest grossing Heavy Metal band after Iron Maiden. They filed a lawsuit against Napster in the US District Court, Central District of California, alleging that the company encourages piracy by enabling and allowing its users to trade copyrighted songs through its servers.

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  16. Explain the process that you went through to create and market your band, you must use specific media vocabulary.

    The words which detonate their band name, such as trouble, and sexy, also depict their 'bad - boy', 'gangster' image. Having decided on an image, and created a 'product', I took steps to create and gain publicity for my band. To start off I created a leaflet, advertising a gig where the band would be performing, including where and when it would be. I made my leaflet colourful, so that it stood out to passers by, our second step was to gain publicity for the band.

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  17. Elvis Presley had a big impact on music in the USA in 1956.

    2. The evidence in Sources C and D disagree with the evidence in Source B, which is very biased. Source B shows you all negative opinions of Presley from several newspapers. Each article describes that Presley has no singing ability and says that he "caterwauls", meaning he sounds like a cat wailing. The New York Times goes as far to say that Presley has "no singing ability". All refer to his appearance on the Milton Berle Show. These newspaper articles show us the opinions of the establishment, especially that of newspaper columnists. Also, the majority of the newspaper's audience were adults, and many thought that Presley was corrupting their children's minds.

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  18. Popular culture changed a lot during the end of the fifties and the beginning of the sixties as during the fifties the average weekly wage of an employed adult doubled.

    By 1960 it was being read by more than 50% of woman in Britain. Also for the first time there was magazines that were specifically targeted at teenagers. By 1959 British teenagers were spending eight pound a week on clothes, records, cosmetics and entertainment. By 1961 the first teen magazine successes, "Honey" and "19", they provided advice and information about style, fashion, and music. The British "pop star", Cliff Richard, was the "guy next door" type and many parents and adults had no problem with there daughters/ sons going to see him live. However music copied styles that were popular in the USA, in the forties and fifties using typical "boy meets girl" lyrics.

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  19. Descriptive Writing - Ayer's Rock.

    I managed to pull myself from my seat, grab my camera and head for this blister rising from the outback. My view had been that I was at the base of the rock already, and that my walk would be a short one, but the weathered lump continued to grow as I approached. More and more detail was becoming visible; small bushes surrounding the base from a distance were actually small trees, small cracks in the rock were the size of a block of flats, creating huge weathered tentacles reaching into the desert dust.

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  20. For our practical production, my group and I are creating a documentary on how music allegedly influences teenagers to do drugs, alcohol and cause violence.

    By now we would have hoped to have drawn the audiences attention; and then show an extract from the documentary. The documentary will include such conventions as interviews, archive footage, fly-on-the-wall and hidden footage, which are very common in reportage documentaries. I am working with Frank Holmes, Saman Parwez and Jitesh mistry. We are all going to share responsibilities for bringing in different equipment, props and other requirements. Frank will be supplying the camera, which will be used to film out of school.

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  21. Analyse the techniques used by the directors of the "Thriller", "Rock DJ" and "Son Of A Gun" videos and comment on their intended effects On their respective audiences.

    Everyone wanted a piece of Jackson's fame. Michael Jackson was the first black artist to have a video played on MTV with the song "Beat It" in 1983. Jackson's record company Epic/cps threatened to remove all of their white artists from the MTV play lists if they didn't play "Beat It" which subsequently boosted their ratings. "Rock DJ" by Robbie Williams is a video that focuses on the artist only. The video was banned from terrestrial and satellite television because of the cannibalistic scenes were seen as gruesome and because Robbie appears naked.

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  22. Compare and contrast the opening scenes of Romeo and Juliet (Baz Luhrmann) and Westside story (Robert Wise).

    The writing being in white backs this up as white has the connotation of being angelic. In the background though there is dramatic opera music being played. Opera music is associated with tragedy and from the following scenes we see why this music is played. The music then holds on a few long notes and a deep political voice speaks. This suggest something serious is happening or about to happening. The screen the flashes to a helicopter patrolling a city which looks to be in chaos, a statue of Jesus is shown then a mixture of images displaying death and violence, such as house on fire and gun fights, is intertwined with images of religion and holiness.

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  23. The horrible reality of the situation suddenly dawned on me.

    Short life when its over at the age of eighteen isn't it? None of us felt the same that day but we felt worse a couple of days later. The machine had been turned off and my friend was gone forever. The only thing that was going through my head was the good times we had together. Camping out in the summer, taking long walks out to the twenty-four hour station, and just three weeks before he died we ended our relationship.

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  24. A report on the Cultural Afternoon held at the IPBA's auditorium. It was organised by the MTCP participants.

    Ed. TESL students. They presented a compilation of the Malay Traditional Dance. The dance was choreographed beautifully and the dancers danced gracefully. The special thing about this cultural afternoon was the way the organiser changed the conductors. The next conductors were the participants from Tunisia and Gambia. The way they conducted the afternoon was very interesting. After they had introduced themselves, they called upon participants from Krygystan, Miss Ainur. She sang a song called Mahabbad, which means love. Even though the audience could not understand her, but the message of the song were well interpreted. Then, all the MTCP participants were welcomed to join the conductors on the stage to introduced themselves.

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  25. In this speech, I am talking about two very famous singers, Eminem and Craig David. They are both very brilliant at making songs but in there own and very different ways.

    He always puts her first. He believes that fame is nothing without being able to share it with his daughter and wife. Eminem has made many friends in the music industry, such as his prot�g�, Dr Dre. He has also made a pact with snoop dogg, d12, dido and many other singers. Whereas Craig David has not made a song with anyone and has not shown that he has any celebrity friends, at least in his songs, this could mean he is a true solo artist, or he is a lonely person.

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