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Radio

  1. 1. RADIO DRAMA is a performance where there is no visual components but only sound. It is broadcasted on radio or published on audio media, such as tape or CD.
  2. 2. CODES OF RADIO DRAMA Words & Voices Speech Music Sound & Silence Ambience Aural Signposting
  3. 3. Words & Voices  There is no visual in Radio Drama so the only way the listener can get attention is from words and voices. The listener has to depend on the words and the voices saying the words to communicate with the listener.
  4. 4. Speech  This is how the words are spoken. This could be the pitch, accent or volume of the voice. This is important because it will give an idea on what kind of character is being described or used in the radio drama. It could tell us important information like where the character is from or what kind of lifestyle the character lives.
  5. 5. Music  Music will be helpful when setting the mood, tone and setting of the specific scene. This becomes more important and needed with radio as there is a lack of visual signs for the audience. For example you will be able to notice something bad is about to happen if the music changes and becomes more dark and you may hear an instrumental from the lower pitch side of grand piano.
  6. 6. Sound & Silence  The listener has only silence, this could be useful as it adds dramatic effect if used right. If the silence carries on for too long the listener, depending on their attention span, would probably switch off. It is also used to show where a scene ends in all the dialogue.
  7. 7. Ambience (Background Noise)  This makes it clearer to the listener where the location of the scene is as they wont have any visuals. It sets the scene. For example if the script said that the location of the scene was to be at a school you may add background sounds like children laughing, a school bell, the sounds of lockers closing and other relevant noises. Without the background the audience would have no idea where it is being set.
  8. 8. Aural Signposting  Used to establish location at start of a scene. Could be done using different effects, but it sometimes described. It’s likely that this effect is used before the dialogue begins. An example of this would be if the scene started off as a school bell, to show that the scene is set in a school, before the script starts.
  9. 9. Conventions Of Radio Drama Cliff Hanger Endings Flashbacks Use Of Scene Changes Narration Direct Speech
  10. 10. Cliff Hanger Endings  Cliff hanger endings make the listener feel like they want to listen to more. A cliff hanger is a way of ending the episode without telling the audience what is going to happen next or leaving it at an unfinished ending. The audience will start feeling curious and want to keep listening in to find out what happens next. It is a really good way to get your audiences attention.
  11. 11. Flashbacks  Flashbacks tell a short story to the audience which requires a short amount of time but explains a lot, and they are a good way of doing so. Many T and Radio shows use this at the beginning of an episode to explain what happened in the last/previous episode. It is like a catch up as even if you missed the last episode you are able to know the key events.
  12. 12. Use Of Scene Change  The audience will sometimes need awareness that the scene is changing otherwise they would start to feel a bit confused and lost. Some people do this by playing a specific tune (which only lasts about 5 seconds) where the listener will know that the scene has changed.
  13. 13. Narration  The narrator is able to set the mood for a scene. It is an easy way of making the audience understand the setting and characters in a scene. It is a quicker and more described way of informing the listener what is going on.
  14. 14. Direct Speech  Direct speech is repeating the words of the actual speaker. Nearly every radio drama includes it as it is almost the only way to explain what’s happening in the radio drama. It tells the listeners opinions from the character. It is mainly used by the main character.
  15. 15. Styles: Appropriateness to target audience  This is a very important feature when planning a radio drama. Once your target audience is chosen you have to make sure your script is aimed at that same audience. The script has to be ideal and interesting for the chosen target audience.
  16. 16. Narration/ voice of god  Narration can have both good and bad effect in radio drama. A good thing is that the narrator is able to give more detailed and interesting plot and description of characters and also explain an individual characters mood. The bad thing is that it makes it more confusing for the listener as they may start getting mixed up with who's talking.
  17. 17. Structures: Duration  Depending how long your radio drama is, it must be action packed throughout or have to build up to the action. A short radio drama which is only 4-5 minutes would have to have a small but interesting plot, but still interesting. A 25-30 minute long drama would have the plot leading up to the action so the audience in interesting throughout.

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