TV Crime Drama: Audience AppealC: To understand the 3 main audience groups Key words: for TV Crime Drama AppealB To explain with specific examples the appeal Identify of TV Crime Dramas for different audiences Engage Active audiencesA: To evaluate how audiences can actively Niche audiences engage with TV Crime Drama Mainstream audiences
Todorov’s Narrative Structure Stage 5: situation is resolved, Stage 2: Disruption (the crime) equilibrium is restoredStage 1: Equilibrium Stage 4: Character overcomes obstacles to repair disruption (solves crime) Watch an episode of a crime drama. Stage 3: Character Use your sheet to plot the narrative recognises the disruption (story) stages. EXT: What are the enigma codes and action codes in your episode.
TV Crime Dramas are very popular and attract a wide range of audiences Three key types of audiences are: Family/Mass/Mainstream Niche Educated/specialist 1 2 3
4 key ways that Bulmer and Katz- audiences enjoy TVUses and Gratifications Crime Dramas Escapism form own lives, exciting, Entertainment dangerous. Can make us feel better about our own lives-shock, fear, thrills Develop a close bond with characters Understand how they think/act. Relationships Complicated people that we learn about. Can also discuss with others Relate to characters, settings and situations. How would we feel, respond Identity in these situations-in the shoes of the detective solving the crime Learn about psychology, forensics and Information crime solving and also about the world around us.
Practice exam question 20mins to use all your knowledge and terminology so far to answer the following question: Explain some of the reasons why TV Crime Dramas are so popular with audiences. Discuss: Characters Settings Narrative and StorylinesA/B Extention:Use as many real examples as you can and discuss uses and gratificationsEg. One reason that TV Crime Dramas are so popular with audiences isbecause of the use of settings and locations. Urban settings such asLondon in Luther provide lots of opportunities for drama and excitement.This offers audiences escapism if they are not from a large city like Londonor identity if they are as they can recongise some of the landmarks.
14/03/12 What TV Crime Drama are you going to create?•To develop your own TV Crime Drama in preparation for theExam•To conduct “audience feedback”•To self assess current “working at” level God I hope my Crime Drama is good…
Planning your TV Crime Drama 5 mins on each section Programme Title: Genre: TV Channel: Genre Character 1 Character 2 ID Protagonist / Antagonist / Protagonist / Antagonist / PD Sidekick Sidekick CSP Character Traits Character Traits Costume Costume What is the Setting? What are the key locations? What genre conventions have (specific) you used? Country Detective’s HQ Look back at your genre, what Rural / Urban Detective’s Home conventions have you used and The Lab why? Era Crime scene (famous landmark) Specific building
Who is the audience?Swap with a partner and try to identify who their audience is.3.Family mainstream (conventional, closedendings) older Parents and children4.Niche / Cult (unconventional, open endings)media aware couples5.Educated / Specialist (Adult audiences,specialist language scientific and legal jargon)specialised professionals Partner Feedback 2 features that are effective about the TV Crime Drama 1 thing that you would improve
Self Assessment Success CriteriaHow many keywords have you used in your idea? Rough Mark Guide:Genre: sub-genre, Individual Detective, Procedural Drama, 50 – 45 A*Crime Solving Professional, enigma codes, action codes,cliffhanger ending, open-endings, closed-endings 44 – 39 ACharacters: protagonist, antagonist, binary opposite, hero, 38 – 30 Bvillain, anti-hero, quirky, rookie, sidekick, psychopath, detective, 29 – 20 Ccostume, props, angry, brilliant, heroine, 19 – 11 DSetting: rural, urban, audience, realism, escapism, crime,deviance, Wide open spaces, hills/woods/valleys, close 10 – 5 Ecommunities, limited outsiders, wealthy, quiet, sleepy, isolation,poverty, gritty Streets, alleyways, threat, noisy, crowded, 4–0Fcosmopolitan, exciting, mise-en-scene EXTENTISION TASK – what words did you use that you think should be on the list?
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