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.