CONVENTIONS OF ASCHOOL BASED DRAMA By Grace- Laura Rowe
CHARACTERS Characters in any drama are very important, dif ferent individuals have dif ferent roles to fill. In all school based dramas there is always an antagonist (enemy) , protagonist (main) & a rookie (new). All of these play a dif ferent important role and is shown throughout the drama. For example, the Rookie finds there way around and does something that makes them fit in with everyone. The antagonist provokes some characters to not to like them. In most School based dramas, all the characters have a certain ‘group’ for example, popular/nerds. Characters do certain actions to allow teenagers/audience to relate to them. They normally make the characters seem realist.
MISE EN SCENE A lot of school based dramas have a lot of the same properties about them. For example, most American school based dramas normally have a school bus, most scenes shot in the class rooms, school bells or intercoms. Also normally a stereotype of individuals are shown. Usually, the beginning of the film is outside to show the scenery and always get a long and close up shot of the high school where the drama is filmed. The dress sense of the characters are realistic as they wear what they like and allows people to relate. The behaviour of the characters fit the scenery. For example, normally violence/drug scenes are filmed near the beginning so at the end you can see that either that characters are okay with each other or they have solved there drug problems.
MUSIC/SOUND Music is a very important part of the drama/film because it tells the audience how they should be feeling and what emotions they should be experiencing. It not only creates ambience but it allows it to plot the story line. If the film is quite modern then usually rap music is played to show the type of people the individuals are. School bells, creaking doors or shouting are usually used throughout to create a sense of atmosphere. Creaking doors can be used in dif ferent situations and can create dif ferent moods/feelings. The sound in this sort of drama will be mostly Rap or something upbeat.