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From Dusk Till Dawn, Genre

Content:

This film was created for thrill seekers who like varied genres, basing around horror (with the vampires and the gore), the crime, (the men are bad men) and the action (the family and the men fight to try to stay alive, with all the shooting and stunts). In a lot of horror based films women within the story are always made to be weak and unable to fight but in this one, the female is taking the lead and defending herself and her family from the dangers, if she fell down she wouldn’t cry and moan and struggle to get up, she got back up and fought. The film had the typical action package, with the amount of fire then the petrol station blowing up as they walk away towards the camera. With the crime they use the typical hostage situation, but turns it around so instead of the bad guys just needed them to smuggle them out, the family needs them just as much when they are facing death.

Style:

Within this film there are many camera angles used that influence the shots for instance in the store when George is talking to the clerk the shots get closer as his voice gets more deeper, but smoother “you be cool”, then again as the camera pans with the officer going into the toilet it still keeps panning which then reveals George is in the same location. When they are in the bar the colour of the theme suits really well, as bars tend to be dark and musky, and it’s the same with this one, however this one was dark for a reason.

Technical:

This is based on the shots used, and angles and the ways it’s edited, for example when the trailer was created it used fast paced cuts to match with the music, same with a lot of horror type films. The shots and angles all match the theme, so if there was something happening, i.e. when the son threw the water bottle at his father you see his reaction before you saw the fathers face, showing the audience that his father may look distraught or scary.

Symbolic:

This is when there would be meaning within the shot, so when all the action was brought in within the bar fights; there was blood all over the place (red meaning danger). Also with the character and their expressions, which then determines whether the audience likes that person or not, i.e. with Quentin’s character he’s seems quite shy and very quiet (lost), so this could make the audience want to believe his character is not all bad.

Cultural:

This is based on what should and shouldn’t be included i.e. with the horror genre, there’s an increases with all the gore and blood that added to films, for example the Evil Dead remake, as there are a lot of gory bloody aspects. Again with women in horror, crime or action films they used be known for being weak and easy targets, to not fight back, but there are more female strong characters who are easily defendable and can do as much damage as men, i.e. Buffy: she is a strong character who defends the world of vampires, Planet Terror: when the women loses her leg she fights back and in From Dusk Till Dawn the daughter is defending herself and her family.

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Doctor Who: Analysis of a TV product over the years: Evolution of the show from 1963-2013

‘Doctor Who’ first aired on 23rd November 1963. Another version of it’s pilot episode (‘An Unearthly Child’) was shown the following week due to not many viewers watching it’s orignal transmission due to them watching the news about President Kennedy being assassinated. The ‘Doctor Who’ program itself was interrupted at one point to, and this was to broadcast yet more news coverage on the Kennedy assassination.

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Media Effects Theories

The hypodermic needle model is when people get constantly injected with content on a daily basis, whether the content is pointless or not is another subject. Most of the time time some of it is pointless whereas other parts of it are not. It’s in a similar fashion to a doctor injecting someone with a needle.

Uses and gratification involves how people use content in a different way and how people are gratified by content in a different way. Reception theory is how people receive content and cultivation theory is how people cultivate content. Cultivation theory can also be does the content a person consumes fit into popular culture. Passive or active consumption can involve people passively ignoring content or actively engaging with content.

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Selection & Construction of Content, Modes of Address, Codes & Conventions

Image

‘Doctor Who’ is much more colourful nowadays than it used to be. Obviously when it first started off it was in black and white but even when it went into colour in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, it still wasn’t as colourful as it is now. Also the fonts used are a lot more prominent and bold on screen and they stand out more, not just in the title sequence, but in recent episodes it has even given the year and the location away at the start of the episode in the form of bold text. Obviously in the title sequence the font is much larger and centered as that information is more important than the year and location information, which is small and at the side of the screen. In the title sequence you don’t just have the ‘Doctor Who’ logo, but also the name of the episode and the name of the writer after the ‘Doctor Who’ logo has been displayed, and the actresses and actors names before the ‘Doctor Who’ logo is displayed. Target audience comes into it too, as when ‘Doctor Who’ first started it was quite moody, dark and mysterious whereas nowadays it’s more cheerful and it has more comedy elements, and the colours and font being different in the program over the years were used to reflect this.

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Production Research

Production Research

Production Research is questioning the product in hand and ensuring it covers the requirements for use and of the target market.  This covers all the areas when producing the product and distribution, you know the market and the audeince is there now time to actually make the idea.

Content

This is what the end product will consist of.  In terms of a music video the elements that convey the story, urban backdrop to a man in a suit singing his troubles away.  This can be shown as a storyboard and props list, what elements will be seen?

Viability

How likely the product is to becoming a reality, costs, availability, location and distribution are all major factors.  A mission plan and schedule will help give an overview into the project and from this you can determine if it is viable.

Placement Media

This can often be easy ways for productions to increase their budget with little effort.  Product placement is inserting the product or brand into the music video for a fee.  Images of the product and points on the storyboard where it will be shown will need to be drawn up.

Finance

A spreadsheet will need to made showing the outgoing costs and the incoming funds with a breakeven point.  With any production there should always be a reserve amount of money as a back up incase one of the other production days doesn’t go according to plan.

Costs

The expenditure of the production will be put into a spreadsheet.  For a music video these cost may consist of: location, actors, crew, props, equipment, post-production and distribution.  This can be weighed up against the budget and then the variable costs can be negotiated, these would usually be days on location or studio and equipment hire.

Technological Resources

Software, music, design and text, these are all intellectual property protected by copyright.  The laws over these are slightly different depending on which country you’re in but to use a piece of music will cost the production company, as they have to pay a fee to the copyright owner.

Personnel

All employees employed in the company or for a service should have a contract of employment.  The type of contract can vary depending on the individual’s position.

Locations

All of the locations used for a music video shoot will have first been scouted by the locations manager and reported back to the director with recce notes and pictures.  Once the director has seen the sites and approved these will be used.  Movement orders, risk assessments and release forms will need to be filled out as part of the official paperwork.  If the location of the production office is not close to the shooting location and so accommodation may be needed.  Should the end result go out in a physical form rather than online and digitally, the location of the distributer will need good transportation channels.

Distribution

The product is made and works great however if no one can view it, it wont be successful.  Audience research will indicate how people like to view media content, on the move on their mobile, laptop, television and so on.  To grab the audeince the content needs to be shown where they will see it.


Audience Attractions & Choices

You have to think very carefully about what attracts an audience and the choices you make when making a media product. First of all you have to think about genre. Is it just one genre or a combination of genres? Is it action, adventure, a soap, science-fiction, fantasy, drama, documentary, comedy, romance, rom com, horror, thriller or something different? You also have to think about style (meaning the sets, locations, clothing, costumes and the use of camera) You have to try and make sure the use of the camera makes most of the shots ultra crisp.

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Update 1 on the Critical Approaches/Responses Unit

First of all one of our original ideas has slightly changed. Originally, we were just going to show focus groups 1960’s ‘Batman’ and ‘Doctor Who’, but now it appears that we might show them modern day ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Batman’ too. This is to get a larger comparison between the two as some people might forget some elements of the modern versions. Also we might show it to people who aren’t fans of them and/or people who have never seen them before. Probably most people will think they are rubbish before they watch them, but after they have watched them they will probably like them.

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How Science-Fiction Has Changed: ‘Star Wars’ Romance Video 2

Now this second video is drastically different to the first one. This one is on the video game ‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ rather than on the film ‘The Empire Strikes Back’.

Suddenly interactivity is involved, the relation to the characters is still there but in a slightly different way, as you the player are making the decisions now and it makes you feel more emotionally attached, connected and driven by it.

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Audience Profiling & Quantitative Audience Research

In order to define what group of people go into what socio-economic group on the socio-economic scale we need to determine their socio-economic status first. With the question examples in my previous posts I have covered genres, ages, gender and looks so far. But no it’s time to get to the very core of it all, deep within people’s mind sets and tap into their psychology of why they do certain things and why they watch, use and read certain things. Also their personalities come into it too.

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