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GCSE: Audience and Production Analysis

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    Truman Show essay . Analyse how visual techniques are used to develop deeper ideas in a visual text you have studied.

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    The main character alone has no idea that he lives in a giant TV studio, where thousands of cameras capture his every movement, which is teleported into the living rooms of a worldwide audience. Another ironic name in the movie is "Christof", a manipulative character in the show who maintains a God like figure throughout the film. We see the power of Christof from the very beginning as The film opens on a close-up of the face of Christof who speaks directly to the camera "We've become bored with watching actors give us phoney emotions.

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    Assess the pluralist view of the mass media Pluralism is the belief that power is spread widely throughout the world

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    Basically pluralists are saying that the mass media is a democratic organisation, as it is the public who decides which media product is successful. "If the media have any influence over people, it is because they reflect and reinforce society's basic values, not because they impose their ideas on the public." Pluralists also argue that not all media owners are trying to control the content of the media. There have been many disputes between Editors and media owners over the control of the content.

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    GCSE Media- Adele Vogue Cover Analysis

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    The serif font used for the subtext in the puffs also evidences the ?chic? way Vogue presents itself. A medium to close-up shot of Adele has been used, which is both artistic and easily recognisable as the singer; she is also looking directly into the camera lens. This direct mode of address is used to establish a personal connection between Adele and the reader. This is a common convention of Vogue magazine- and most magazines in the fashion and lifestyle genre- as it can play a factor in persuading a potential reader to buy the magazine once combined with Adele?s level of fame.

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    Analyse the opening five minutes of The Godfather II. How does the film attract the interest of its audience?

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    The chair looks formal and impressive, which shows power and wealth. This implies that the chair is an important part of the film, as if it is a symbol. * Shots 7 to 13 is a flashback of Vito's early life from 1900 and begins by showing a funeral taking place in Sicily. The extreme long shot shows us this is taken place on a extremely rough/dry setting. This scenery suggests what life is like Sicily; it is rough and uncomfortable and this implies poverty. The camera zooms into a long shot, of a band, choir boys, a coffin, woman and a boy.

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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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    Comparison between the front pages of Bella magazine and Trout Fisherman

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    Women are regularly perceived as the more emotional gender and these emotive images affect the target audience. By comparison, only one image is located on "Trout Fisherman's" entire cover, consisting of a background of nature with a figure fore grounded. This image shows a skilled, smiling man actively catching a trout. This attracts the target audience as men are more interested in adventure and nature. The smiling expression gives a sense of fulfilment and encourages the fisherman to buy the magazine as they believe it is the key to success in fishing. The background shown is extremely applicable to its content.

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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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    "The mass media today is part of everyday life" Using relevant theories and studies evaluate the role of the media influence on us as consumers. Almost all of us are affected by the media in one form or another, whether it is television

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    It is easy to see then why TV is the prime model of mass media. Television has modelled viewer's moral issues and ideals of life, it has the ability to make our subconscious soak up what advertisers want us to believe of their product. This is why millions of pounds are spent on advertising. Frequently, we are aware of more and more entertainment in the form of mini-films which are cleverly disguising an advertisement in a subtle way, whilst promoting their product they are also creating entertainment.

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    Analysis of LOreal Casting Crme Gloss Advert Cheryl Cole

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    Adverts are made to sell products, and this advert does exactly that. Using the nation's sweetheart Cheryl Cole, captures the eye of the nation. Cheryl Cole is conventionally attractive, and everyone in the nation wants to have hair and natural good looks like her. In the TV Advert many elements were used to make Cheryl stand out. In the first scene of the advert we see Cheryl open up a sliding door, this is very cleverly done, because it makes her stand out. This is because her face is framed once by the door that she has opened and then once again by the shot that the camera took, this is done so that the audience's eye goes straight to Cheryl.

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    Comparison of two newspaper articles. The two articles I have chosen to compare are from The Daily Mail and The Guardian. They are both talking about the incidents on September the eleventh and the Al Qaeda, as the date I bought the newspaper

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    Both newspapers present the story differently to each other, but they both aim to make the newspapers attractive. If they want to sell well, they need to make it look 'eye catching'. The layout of the article is essential when it comes to making an article look 'eye catching'. 'The Daily Mail' has used an image of Mohammed dressed up in white, wearing a turban which was taken in Guantanamo bay. 'The Daily Mail' says he was 'dressed almost exactly as if he were Osama Bin Laden.' This picture takes up seventy-five percent of the page. It is in the top-right corner and the text is written around it, in columns.

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    Serenity. Compare the poster of the film with the TV trailer of the firefly series.

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    hand parallel to her foot with a large knife, he brings the viewers attention to the axe above her head by having the sunlight hit the axe causing a big light. She's in a shift dress which you wouldn't normally see a warrior in but in a way it's very smart because she's able to move around swiftly. Her military styled boots indicate she is a warrior and has experience in fighting and can completely defend her self. Her hair is damp and stringy to show that she has already been fighting, her head is tilted down with her eyes looking upwards showing she is ready to fight again if she must.

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    James Bond Casino Royale Analysis

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    The movie begins with a shot of Daniel Craig in black and white; colour doesn't appear in the film until Bond receives his license to kill from M (Judi Dench). This is to reflect the history of the Cold War, when Ian Fleming actually wrote the novel 'Casino Royale' in 1953; his first James Bond novel. It was near the start of the film, in the action scene set in Madagascar, which we first get to see this new "Bond" in action.

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    Edward Scissorhand

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    while picking Kim up in his arms. The mid shot showed the way Jim was carrying her, it showed how he treated her as an object and that he has the ownership of her. The dialogue from Jim showed mockery and intimidates Edward that he is not welcomed here. Through the film, Jim started to show his true nature, the darker side of him and to add to the effect, his costume darkened too. In the scene 'Ice Angel', a low key lighting obscured over Jim's face, a mid shot showed Jim frowning and aggressive with his stance.

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    Edward scissorhands - setting

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    The long shot that introduced the suburbia created a calm and peaceful atmosphere. The identical house structures and the pastel colour paints showed the audience the idea of Bourgeois Utopia. This idea of suburbia was precipitated by the white flight trend in America in the 1950's. White upper and middle class people wanted to move away from non-white inner city neighbourhoods to predominantly white suburbs. And so William Levitt made the idea come true and created the first American suburbia called Levittown. He built houses in the same architectural style just like the houses in the suburbia in the film.

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    How does Steven Spielberg create tension to scare the audience in the film jaws?

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    The music in the film runs in sync with the shark in the attacks, for example, whenever the shark is near to or at the the point before attacking it's victims it has its own music which is made to build up tension. This is because when you hear that music you know it's the shark and that something bad is going to happen, although there are parts in the film where you hear the music but nothing really happens.

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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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    Film techniques used in Psycho

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    Marion is then horrifically murdered in the shower, and her body dumped. A week later, a Private Investigator goes up to the Bates Motel in search of Marion. He then is also murdered while he is there. Marion's sister Lana Crane also goes to the Bates Motel as she wants to find out just what has happened to her sister. There she discovers just who the murderer is as the film reaches its terrifying climax. Hitchcock uses black and white film throughout. The music in Psycho features a range of different shrill string instruments.

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    Breakfast Club

    In each of the films, teenagers were represented as all being social misfits who couldn't get along with their parents or each other. The main characters from both films had similar roles; Jim Stark in "Rebel without a Cause", and John Bender in the breakfast club, both played the role of the school rebel. Claire Standish1, and Judy2 played the role of the school princess in each of the films. Of course every school has a school geek, and this film was no exception.

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    Media Studies Representation Essay

    Representation is the way which the media represents the world around us in the form of signs and codes for the audience to read. For example 50 Cent is represented as a tough, hard rapstar as the media mainly talk about him associating with violence, weapons and money. As the media are representing him this way most of us think he is a bad person but he could be a very nice person. The magazine I will be analysing is Look.

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  20. I am going to compare two very popular films; Shrek and Snow White. I am going to show both the difference and the similarities between the two films by comparing the genre, the language, and the use of animation and the characters.

    This story is about an innocent princess who is cared for by her evil stepmother. The step mother is the bad person is this story. In the beginning of Snow White there is a story book that the audience can read on the screen. There is also a slow piece of classical music is the background and the pages turn slowly. This is the first difference between the two films. The Disney logo in Shrek has Shrek-like ears on it whereas the one in Snow White is very traditional. The opening scene in Shrek is computer animated.

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  21. Food Inc Movie review. FOOD, Inc discusses the downfall and degradation of Americas food industry.

    One of the issues raised is animal abuse: for example, chickens are inhumanely raised as factory "products". We are also introduced to human abuse, where farmers raising chickens are forced to comply with multinational organisations to raise chickens or face huge debts, incurred from the buying of modern machinery which is enforced by multinational corporations. Next, the film moves on to the production of corn. The American government subsidises corn production. In fact, corn is extremely cheap and scientists are coming up with many different uses for it.

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  22. With Reference to media texts, write about the representation of old age.

    It's because of the link we need between the product, model and ourselves that we end up buying the object in question. We also, more now than ever brand certain stereotypes with labels and tags that they are all, "Unruly!" or "Out of control little emperors!" to quote Jeremy Kyle in a magazine interview he did. Due to stereotyping mainly age ranges in Britain are looked down upon, such as the 13-19 age brackets. Most people within it are said to be rude, obnoxious, mean and always wearing 'hoodies'.

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  23. Text Investigation Coursework Explore how Hancock conforms to the expectations of a superhero film.

    Most superheroes also keep their "public identity" safe away from other people. This is mainly because "they just want to help people" and not necessarily be rewarded for the effort they put in. This means they all have a "secret identity" which would be something like Superman or Captain America and they're real names which are the public names. Most superheroes have super power too which would entail them having a special ability such as being able to conjure a fireball or fly.

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  24. Explore how far the representation of gender in Q magazine covers reinforces conventional points of views about men and women in the music industry.

    Despite having this divide between the roles and sexes, you still do have the music videos conforming to the general rules and conventions of having a music video, for example the conventions and rules from Propp and Todorov's. Two music videos that we have studied prior to this piece of coursework are: "Run This Town" by Jay-Z, where men are presented as stereotypical 'gangsters': wearing balaclavas to keep their identity their own, running around seemingly in a chaotic situation, they all seem to be wearing the stereotypical 'gangster' clothing, leather jackets, the balaclava and at some point most of the

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  25. An analysis of the effect of media techniques used in the opening scene of the film I am Legend

    The film opens, showing a news report with Alice Krippen and the journalist, discussing the fact that a cure for cancer may have been discovered. The Lighting in the background is blue, which is not a threatening colour but the blue is quite dark, so it may seem a bit more mysterious which suggests that something unpleasant might happen. A medium shot is used, which shows roughly half of the doctor's and the journalist's body. This shot does not show all body language but it is easy to identify the awkwardness in the doctor's face when asked the question if she has cured people of cancer.

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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?

    "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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