Scripted realityScripted reality or structured reality as it is also known, is a televisionseries that has real people in that are not playing characters, that live reallives. Cameras and film crews follows the stars of the show around, filmingthere day to day lives, however some of the scenes and situations are set upfor the enjoyment of the viewers. Examples of this genre is the only way isEssex, made in Chelsea, the Osbornes, keeping up with thekardashians, Geordie shore.
History of scripted realityReality television began in 1948 with Alan Funts TV series Candid Camera. The genre became phenomenon around 1999–2000 with the success of such television series as Big Brother and Survivor programs. Now in 2012 scripted reality is much more common and there are many different shows being made such as ‘The only way is Essex’ and ‘Made in Chelsea’. Yet it is common in this day and age that reality is more scripted than real, and the stars are more likely to be put in artificial situations. The Osbornes and the kardashians are they orignal scripted reality shows. This genre started off in America and has become worldwide.• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iCpl_zDx yw
Conventions of stereotypical scripted reality storylines Fights Drama Bitch Group fights Objects of rivalries desire Love humour friendships triangles Love ratFake boobs and glamour features Gossip
Cathartic storylines Storylines that viewers can relate to that happen in everyday lifeThese story lines are all very realistic to people lives, especially young people whoare the target audiences. However because the only way is Essex and made inchelsea are very popular amongst younger people, older people start to becomeintrigued in the shows are they become a nations talking point. Scripted realityshows as usually aimed at girls rather than boys as the shows are more aboutvanity wealth and gossip which is not stereotypically interesting for boys.These storylines things that happen in many people lives everyday, however thestorylines are very dramatic, also meaning that the audience becomes hooked asthe shows are left on cliff hangers. This means that the audiences engage more inthe show and meaning they look forward to watching the show which also creates abigger audience and people then start to talk about the show. Storylinea resometimes humourised to make the show seem funnier making it seem less real.
• This example shows a storyline of a typical badboy in the show. This example also shows an argument in the scene.• This scene would of been set up however it may not have been scripted.• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnFW FFemtRE
Conventions of the scripted reality Set up scenes to Lighting make the lives around the face seem interesting to illuminate beauty. and to make a situation Empty tables around to Makes the make sure all locations seem focus is on the posh and characters. exclusive Show emphasises objects of desire making the Trailers like a audience want fantasy so what the stars have demonstrate the glamour of their lives
When filming a scripted reality TV show, the main stars of the show aim to go about their daily lives, with added dramas and problems of every day lives. However circumstances are set up to make their lives seem more interesting, making the audience want to know whats going on in the lives on the stars. Typically the stars of scripted reality TV have a regional stigma attached to them. For example the only way is Essex has a regional stigma attached of people from Essex being ‘typically’ stupid, wearing lots of fake tan, big hair, tacky glamour, strong Essex accent. However the stars of Made in Chelsea are perceived as a more classier, intelligent group of people as well as being more wealthier than the stars of the only way is essex. Tacky jewellery No obvious More fakeness natural look Big hair Fake tan Meant to be more Fake boobs intelligent
Stereotypes of scripted reality stars • One of the main stereotypes of a Scripted reality character is the accent from where the show is located, one of the main features of most scripted reality shows include where about the show is set. The accent and status and class defies what kind of area the stars are from. For example in Made in Chelsea; the fact that it is set in Chelsea means that already the audience will understand that the stars will be from very rich families and will be very wealthy. Orange/fake tan Looks more intelligent Tacky suitwealthier Styled hair classier Smug
Media languages in scripted reality shows• Lighting- is a key part of scripted reality to set the mood. If there was a sad scene shot on the program there would be low key lighting on the other hand there would be high key lighting if the scene being shot was happy. Using ‘TOWIE’ as another example of use of lighting, the starts on the show are mainly shot with high key lighting to make their appearance seem more attractive.• Sound- diegetic and non-diegetic sound is constantly used in scripted reality. Either being the non- diegetic opening tune which relates the audience to that particular show or the diegetic sound of the stars as they don’t have a script just a role to play. Using ‘Made in Chelsea’ as an example the non- diegetic sound used is to open the show and used within the show which is normally on-trend music to set the mood and used in-between or over scenes. Diegetic sound is the actors speaking, and on made in Chelsea this is in a strong, posh Chelsea accent. This shows the stars class and links with this posh and wealthy stereotype.
Close up shots are used frequently in TOWIE. In this scene there is aboutto be a fight and it has jump cuts to each star to build tension.The shots get closer and closer to show the fight is escalating, to add on to the tensionof the scene and show that something is about to happen and add to the drama. Then the scene quickly cuts to an establishing shot of the drink being thrown to show the fight has come to a end.