Monday, 8 June 2009

Year 10 TV Drama Blog CHECKLIST

Here is a list of what you should all have on your blogs by now:

  1. Brief for this project.
  2. Case study of a TV drama of your choice (could be a Glogster).
  3. TV drama mind-map - showing sub-genres and examples (could be a Glogster).
  4. Textual analysis write-up - what are cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, sound?
  5. Dexter title sequence notes written up - whichever section you were analysing in class.
  6. All other class notes written up.
  7. Details of your own original TV drama written up (could be a Glogster or a
  8. A lovely banner, created in Photoshop and uploaded to your blog to make it look fancy.

For those who are keen to get the highest grades, here are some extension pieces that you could also add to your blogs:

  1. Analysis of another title sequence of your choice.
  2. Analysis of some TV drama logos.
  3. Research into a television channel of your choice, preferably the channel which broadcasts the TV drama you researched previously.

In addition, you should have written an essay analysing the title sequence of a TV drama of your choice (may be Dexter if you wish). Here's the helpsheet...

Textual Analysis of a TV drama Title Sequence

Analyse a television drama title sequence of your choice to discover how it communicates meaning about Genre, Character, Narrative and Style to the audience. You may wish to consider:

Key Vocabulary:
Camerawork – Long shot, mid shot, ¾ shot, close-up, extreme close-up, high angle, low angle, pan, tilt, track
Sound – diegetic, non-diegetic, foley, theme tune
Mise-en-scene – lighting, costume, make-up, performance, facial expression, setting, props
Editing – cut, jump-cut, fade, dissolve, titles, typography

State the name of and describe what happens in your chosen title sequence. You may also give some brief contextual information about the show.

Paragraph 1
Analyse how the camerawork adds meaning/creates effects in the sequence.

Paragraph 2
Analyse how the mise-en-scene adds meaning/creates effects in the sequence.

Paragraph 3
Analyse how the sound adds meaning/creates effects in the sequence.

Paragraph 4
Analyse how the editing adds meaning/creates effects in the sequence.

Overall, how do the elements of the title sequence combine to communicate information to the audience? When watching the sequence, what did YOU infer (guess) about the characters, setting, storyline and tone/style of the show? Do you think it is an effective title sequence? Why/why not?

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