Thursday, 11 June 2009

Analysis of Another TV Series (Greys 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.

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 E4.

Class Notes

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.

Editing notes about the drama series Dexter

  • Showing him slapping a mosquito at the begining indicates murder.
  • Lots of jump cuts.
    The title of Dexter, writing is blood red the background is very pale like it has been carved on a dead body, this is show after he has opened his eyes to show hes awoken and ready for the sequence of his day.
  • Jump cut from one blood spot to another two, creates more drama and tension.
  • Lots of jump cuts adds mystery and addiction making you asking questions.
    Shows him locking the door maybe to show hes's locking away secrets, it shows him pulling the key out relating to him pulling aknife out of somebody.
  • The sequence jumps from one thing hes doing to another mainly emphasing things that relate to murder or are simlar that make you think of murder.
    Also using the jump cuts it makes the routine seem more odd and unatural which relates to the fact that he himself is a bit weird and unnatural.