Friday, 3 July 2009

The tudors title sequence

In this title sequence there are different shots and angles used throughout it. We see a clear medium close up of Henry sitting in his chair. This gives the audience a clear image of Henry in power. There are also lots of medium close ups on the characters faces, they then show the audience there personality through their facial expressions.

The editing in this cuts off into different things, showing different scenes from maybe the tv show. It has no story line in the title sequence but it just runs into a mixture of them all.
The lighting with some of character creates shadows on one half of their faces, this could suggest that they play a dark, sneaky evil character, making the audience drawn to see who that person really is.

When watching this I could spot different angles, for example there was a high angle shot while seeing people riding there hoarse. Birds eye view was used when someone was laying on floor. There were also a couple of wide shots used when having a lot of characters there.
The sound of the voice over could have been Henry himself as the person talks while seeing a close up of his face. This could suggest that he is explaining his side of the story through this show. The theme tune music was very traditional tudor type music but had a modern beat to it to make it sound more catchy to audience.

There was a part with when they fighting in heavy armor and then the next bit with the soft gentle touching this shows two extremes of the show and this appeal to both genders of the audience.

This title sequence creates an atmosphere of a serious and dramatic show and this suggests dramas would happen at anytime.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Friday, 5 June 2009


My Tv Drama Wellington High (Well High)

The name of show is Wellington High (well high).The Style/tone is realistic and social realism.
There are 7 key characters in the show;
  • Elley,16,white. She is flirty girl but also is a trouble maker. She has a Boyfriend called Jay, but she also has an affair with Jay's best friends Kai and ends up pregnant but she has no idea who the dad is.
  • Elizabeth, also know as lizzie, is also 16 and white. Lizzie is a geeky girl who is very smart, she gets peer pressured into things. The only thing she wants is not to live in such high standards set by her mum.
  • Krystal, 16 and she is mixed race. Everyone believes that she is a rich girl with her dad sending her lots of money but really her dad is in prison and she actually steals things instead.
  • Brooke, 16 and white. Brooke has a drinking problem and she gets into a lot of fights, she also tries to impress everyone.
  • Jay, 16 and white. Popular boy but his uncle gets him to fight other kids, he gets into trouble a lot, which makes it hard for him to make time for Elley his girlfriend.
  • Kai, 16 and mixed race. He has affair with his best friends girlfriend , he loves elley and decides to tell Jay but it breaks into fight which leads to someone being killed, but the audience will not find out.
  • Tyler, 16 and white. Tyler has an eating disorder and is also addicted to steroids. The mum knows about his problem and tries to help, he switches and they both fall apart.
Narrative Structure: 1 hour episode each week and each week its focuses on a character each week. This show would run for 18 weeks.

An example of one story line is about Jay , Kai and Elley a love triangle happens which has a nasty turn and things get ugly. Elley and Jay have been together for a long time, Jay's best friend and Elley have an affair , this leads to Kai falling in love with Elley who then decides to tell Jay and this leads to a fight and someone dies but we will never find out..............
Another story line is also about Elley who becomes pregnant but doesn't know who the father is.

The scheduling for this show is at 9pm on Thursday nights on Channel 4.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Cinematography on Grey's Anatomy

In Grey's Anatomy's Title sequence there are many different angles and shots used in this such as;
  • A low 3/4 angle shot is used at the beginning with only showing the bottom half of the person's body, we then see the camera move to the left seeing red shoes clearly standing out amongst the blue covered shoes.
  • Then a Birds eye view of the surgical tools and then a person with a glove on placing more tools down, while a women takes a eye lash curler of the tool table.
  • We then have a extreme close up of the women curling her eye lashes.
  • Then a mid shot of someone doing a zip on a dress, then it changes into someone tying a scrub gown, but keeping the same angle.
  • We then have a High to low angle shot on a medical drip in a medium close up shot, which also changes into a drink being poured into a martini glass.
  • A wide shot appears of two people in a hospital bed, only showing their feet and legs only.
  • The last thing we see is a mid shot of a curtain along the screen with a pair of red shoes of the ground.

Friday, 15 May 2009

What are the Codes and Conventions?

Remember, codes and conventions are the defending features of a Genre- they are what makes a media text what it is. With moving image texts (Tv shows and films) Codes and Conventions can be elements of:

  • Mise-en-scene- Everything in the scene/frame props, costumes, setting, lighting, performance, facial expression and make up.
  • Narrative/Structure-Story
  • Setting
  • Character
  • Theme- Ideas/Morals explored
  • Sound- Diegetic,in the world of the show.Non Diegetic, not in the world of the show.
  • Cinematography- Camerawork.
 Textual Analysis

Textual Analysis is the process of breaking down a text into its various elements and studying them to analyse how meaning is created. When analysing moving image media (such as film or television) we must examine the following areas:

Camerawork (shots,angles,movements)
Editing (how shots have been put together)
Sound (both diegetic and non diegect)
Special Effects (if there are any)
Mise-en-scene (costume,make up, facial expression,props, setting, performance)

Wide Shot/ Establishing Short
Long Shot
3/4 Shot
Mid Shot
Medium Close up 
Close Up
Big Close up
Extreme Close up

Low- Camera looking up at subject,making it look bigger.
Canted- Camera is tilted to make subject look slanted.
High- Cameras looking down on subject making it look smaller.
Worms eye- Extreme low angle, camera very low looking up
Eye level -Camera is pointed directly at subject
Birds eye/Aerial- extreme high angle,looking straight down.

Point of view shot 
- Camera shoots from a character point of view.
Over the shoulder shot
-Camera shoot over a character shoulder.


Crab -The camera move sideways,like a crab does.
Pan -The camera stays in the same spot but pivots left or right.


Tilt -The camera stays in the same spot but tilts up or down.
Dolly- Also known as tracking, the camera moves backwards or forwards.