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  1. How is age represented in this extract of Monarch of the Glen

    This shows her naivety and the fact she lied shows she is immature which is stereotypical of her age. Clothes also make people look older - Headmaster, wearing an old tweed suit, reinforcing his high status and position of authority. Additionally he drinks brandy in this clip, displaying he is a sophisticated man. On the other hand, the 16 year old wear young clothes, such as a hoodie. She also runs away emphasising her lack of knowledge. After the argument with Paul we see Amy in her room. Her room is filled with teenage magazines, photos, teddy bears which has youthful connotations depicting innocence which is true to her age.

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  2. Free essay

    Proposal form

    We will all need to know how to work the camera in terms of recording, framing and positioning on the tri-pod to give the correct shot and angle Our story board needs to be finished in order to begin filming Editing style (how will the editing style carry the intended narrative/mood) Our editing needs to be in time with the music, begin slowly and increasing in pace in time with the beats so the video seems to fit naturally with the track We will limit the style of cuts inbetween shots to keep our video simple and fitting with the

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  3. Lifestyle documentaries -we decided we were going to use my partners production, Slap on Beauty being about a friend of hers who is always aware of the way she looks, while spending all her money on fashion and beauty products. The reason why we cho

    Marry, Avoid" and "Freaky Eaters" People could argue that lifestyle documentaries could be considered "Trash TV" and is "dumbed down" from traditional documentary formats. This could suggest that the narrative has been simplified in order to appeal to a larger audience. Lifestyle documentaries have also been said to use a level of exaggeration and manipulation to keep the audiences attention interested. When working on Sugar Rush, I watched examples of lifestyle documentaries which have already been broadcast on BBC3, one main one being "Snog, Marry, Avoid" because it showed what would be needed to make a successful programme which would attract a wide audience.

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  4. Textual analysis of Glamour Girls One example of a convention used in many documentaries which is seen in Glamour Girls is voyeurism. This is used because the audience are made to look in on something which they wouldnt usually do such as the model

    Glamour Girls explores the issues of body image and the ideology of beauty. This emphasis' the way that body image is an important part of the Glamour Girls lifestyles. This leads the documentary to explore the lifestyles of the models, getting up close and personal to show the reality of modeling to the audience. The message given to the audience in Glamour Girls is that to be a model, you have to be "size zero." It also shows that the industry is very harsh to models, especially if they aren't thin enough or because of the way they look.

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  5. A factual programme for television is a programme that use facts, not opinions, as a basis for making decisions, it also documents actual events and people. This term has been in programmes such as documentaries, observational documentary, fly on th

    As so, there are many issues regarding factual programmes for television, like accuracy, often audiences watch factual televison with a critical eye, judging the degree of factuality in each reality format, based on their experience of other types of factual programming, also audiences watch certain programs on a regular basis at least the most common ones, like documentaries and news and the way audiences react, for example to the documentary fakery is such that they become distrustful of the truth of what they were seeing in observational documentaries.

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  6. Discuss How Ethnicity is Represented in Moses Jones

    being lost as shown by a zooming out crane shot of him dressed in light colours with a fairly traditional looking hat, surrounded by a lot of white people dressed in black. More shots of this man are shown cross-cutting between him and the band. Most of the shots are quite obscure and obstructed and are mainly LS or VLS's which all make him seem lost, like he doesn't know where he is. There are also cutaways of large white and Asian men shouting.

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  7. Media Studies- What do you find irritating about a certain media text?

    The media have also become obsessed with the programme, and it is not unusual to see these contestants on the front pages of magazines, revealing shocking stories of their past. The fascination and ultimate obsession that the public has with these ordinary contestants has caused many unnecessary disagreements both on and off the show, which have dominated newspaper headlines when there may be something of greater importance to account. The idea of Big Brother did originate from Dutchman John De Mol, however the show's name comes from George Orwell's novel "Nineteen-Eighty-Four", in which there is a character named Big Brother who oversees all of dystopian Oceania.

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  8. Free essay

    Life On Mars

    The police do jobs in groups and appear threatening and intimidating. The camera work also makes the police look dominant and in charge, as the camera is often taken from a low angle shot, making them appear tough and not to be messed with. The attitude to work is forceful and unprofessional, which Sam Tyler finds unbelievable. The DCI, Gene Hunt disapproves of Sam's tactics and thinks he's too soft for the job. However, the work is more 'on the streets' than in present day where it is office based; which over the course of the series, Sam greatly appreciates.

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  9. In this essay I am going to be talking about the way the media conventions are shown in this Documentary The Man Who Ate His Lover.

    in this Documentary lets the audience imagine in their heads what Armon was like; the narration puts images of Armin's childhood, growing up with his mother alone, Armon's life in the army, his life at see to his imaginary brother. The Animation in the film just show you an image of imagination what the narrator is talking about and this will show you the image in animation. This animation image on this Documentary are only showing what it might have looked liked when it was back then and this also shows a view of the plot summary about this Armin Miewes.

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  10. Analysis of Coronation street Opening

    The music has an 'old-time' feel; this can suggest that this soap is intended for an older audience maybe 25+.

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  11. Analysis of Hollyoaks opening

    Hollyoaks' opening sequence starts with an 'ECU' of an eye with 'Hollyoaks' on the pupil. This establishes to the viewer immediately what they are going to be watching without having to wait for the rest of the opening. We hear very fast-paced, almost rock like music, which begins with a short guitar solo, that grabs the viewers' attention, this is a very recognizable tune that can always be associated with Hollyoaks.

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  12. Gender Representation In Vicar of Dibley

    Cecil as well, is a very strange character, void of any stereotype, other than that of a "weirdo." There are of course female characters who are odd, such as Alice, but the only normal character in my opinion is Geraldine. Going onto separate character's and how they are presented in this program, each character has traits, making them stereotypical, but often they also break the rules and have other attributes which make them counter-stereotypical. Alice is portrayed as a classic female stereotype, "the Female Blonde" which she plays up to.

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  13. nature of magazines

    The programme aired on ITV 1 Ofcom keep their eye on all these types of programmes. The presenters for my show are Fern Britton and Philip Schofield Transmission The programme starts at 10.30-12.30 and roughly lasts about 2 hours however with commercial breaks this may differ cutting off about 20 minutes of the show. The programme runs through Monday to Friday I think the timing is not shown over the weekend as most children are at school and its main aim is for adults. The programme is recorded live within a studio.

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  14. history of newspapers

    The Broadsheet Newspapers One of the most successful newspapers is The Times found by John Walter in 1785 which was the Daily Universal, and now owned by Rupert Murdoch or News International which also launched another longer version (broadsheet) The Sunday Times in 1864 but only came under common ownership in 1966 although The Times and The Sunday Times are both owned by Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp, they did not share the same staff but have the same owner since 1967.

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  15. History of soaps

    After getting the attentions and demands in US, the UK followed the same route and started doing these shows in a simlar way on radios here and they got popular and consequently were associated with the BBC radio. In UK Mrs Dale's Diary was the first BBC radio serial drama. It was first broadcast on the BBC Light Programme on 5 January 1948, and was then transferred to the newly-formed Radio 2 in 1967, where it ran until 25 April 1969.

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  16. codes conventions of tv

    There are a lot of graphics used throughout the program such as the symbol of the world revolving around different countries and this is in varied colours such as red, yellow and white. If you watch 'The News at one 2009 with Emily Maitlis', you will notice that all the presenters were dressed in red which helps the presentation of the show as a whole because by doing this the show looks in accordance and neat. Their presentation is also very formal for example their expressions are serious as they need to respect all issues and the way they dress is also smart and appropriate being featured mainly in suits or office attire.

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  17. Television. When the television was introduced in the 1930s, it had a huge affect on the American culture. It represented change and advancement.

    When the television was introduced in the 1930s, it had a huge affect on the American culture. It represented change and advancement. Before the television, people only had their radios or newspapers. Now, they were able to match faces with voices, and actually see what was being described during their programs. This also opened up people's eyes to the world around them. Audiences were able to view programs that were set on the other side of the country. They were able to see how different people interacted with one another.

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  18. Does desperate houswives offer new repesentations of women

    The story of Cinderella shows a character that is motherless and lives with her step-mother. Because she doesn't have a mother she is portrayed as being and outcast, rejected by the rest of her family and is kept away from society, thus emphasising the importance of a mother figure and the negative outcome if this role is not there. The typical mother figure is also represented in Greek mythology with Hera "Goddess of marriage, women, and childbirth, It is said that it was only when humanity discovered man's role in procreation that male gods began to be worshipped.

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  19. Crime Genre Report for Media.

    The audience expects to see the bad guy get caught at the end. Also unlike other film genres, crime dramas usually revolve around one character. The key stylistic element of the crime genre is melodrama. The identity if the show is determined by the personality of the law enforcer. Difficult material is being addressed much more such as police corruption, psychotic criminals, drug related crimes, serial killers, human trafficking and racial crime. I discovered the crime genre can be divided into four parts. First is the original crime drama "whodunit?" usually the central character has a troubled personal life, there are car chases, the crime always gets solved, and the camera has no point of view.

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  20. Key Issues In Digital Broadcasting

    Its big program channels like these make people want to have Sky. Such as nickelodeon is a kid's channel program, the history channel is for the older and more mature audience and the geographic channel is for the male teen audience with shows like American Chopper and American Hot Rod. Virgin Media is formally known as NTL and Telewest because Virgin Media bought the two companies in 2006 after they had merged together and inheriting all their main benefits such as NTL internet broadband is now Virgin.net and Telewest is now Virgin Media program with their logo at the bottom right of the screen.

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  21. Science Fiction Media Coursework

    The race was a way for each country to demonstrate their power and world supremacy. One of the films reflecting America's worries about the 'space race' was 'The Incredible Shrinking Man' released in 1957 as it shown technology was improving dramatically e.g. space technology. Another concern of America was the 'Arms race between them and Russia many were concerned of the consequences of the testing of nuclear bombs. The film 'The War of the Worlds' (1953) reflected the worries of invasion and the devastation of War. One of the recent narratives which reflect peoples concerns today was the hybrid genre 'Constantine' directed by Francis Lawrence tells the story irreverent supernatural detective who has literally been to hell and back.

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  22. Pre production report write up.

    I thought the title 'Murder in Morton' would be appropriate because it uses alliteration although I am aware that it isn't very original, so in my re-draft I may change it. The main character is a young maverick and he will be able to provide humour for the audience so I thought it appropriate for Noel Fielding to play him as he is known as a comedian and hasn't done any previous acting work apart from his comedy show so he isn't a very well known face.

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  23. Free essay

    Comparing Aileen - Life and Death of a Serial Killer & When We Were Kings

    Aileen did poorly in school and was promiscuous before even becoming a teenager. Shockingly we find out that she was pregnant by the age of 14 and was sent away to an unwed mother's home. Her son was then adopted in 1971. She was portrayed to be a sick and perhaps mentally un-stable person, making claims such as that she had sex with her brother at a young age. As the documentary continues we learn that Aileen never held a steady job, she simply prostituted herself out to men to make money.

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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?
  • To what extent do ‘Eastenders’ and ‘Neighbours’ represent reality?

    "In conclusion Eastenders appears to be more realistic than Neighbours, but both soaps contain realistic and fictional elements. The scheduling and aims of the producers of Neighbours explain the more humorous approach to the genre while the nature and principals of the BBC and of British soaps as a whole, give some explanation to the more 'gritty' approach. Looking at soaps on the surface, they do not seem to be very realistic at all, but a closer study proves that their success to some extent relies on the audience being able to relate to the characters' lives, which must therefore be realistic to be believable. At the end of the day they are meant to be fictional and they are not trying to be like documentaries, but their balance between the realistic sets and setting and the over exaggerated narratives and characters is what makes the genre so successful."

  • Evaluate the extent to which The Simpsons follow the conventions of a typical sitcom.

    "To conclude we have seen that The Simpsons follow the convections of a typical sitcom to a certain extent. The Simpsons is popular worldwide. Hate it or love it everyone has an opinion about it. One of these people is President Bush, 'the nation needs to be closer to The Waltons than The Simpsons'. I disagree with his view, as The Waltons is an outdated family that is not very realistic and is stereotypical, whereas The Simpsons deal with real life issues. Mel Gipson believes that 'you can learn all life's lessons from watching The Simpsons'. I agree with him because The Simpsons deal with real life issues and the run into problems as a realistic middle class family would and they resolve their problem at the end. The Simpsons I very successful and watched by people of all ages for many reasons. A reason is a comedy appeal to a wide audience is because The Simpsons is a family the audience can relate to, not on ideal family. The Simpsons depicts stereotypical images, but individual characters subverts stereotypes this creates humor which will be a form of escape from a busy lifestyle for the audience. By, Prithvi Boyinapalli"

  • To What Extent Are Soap Operas A Woman's Genre?

    "It is in my opinion an extremely female oriented genre, but that does not however make this genre any less progressive than any other form of television. Even with its lack of masculinity, the genre of the soap opera is one of the most progressive forms of television around. This is due to the fact that the audience contributes to the understanding of the drama and it is a form where the audience is always in control. This is what makes this genre so progressive and is what will keep soap operas a woman's genre. 1"

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