5. Make Your Own Tv Crime Drama


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5. Make Your Own Tv Crime Drama

  1. 1. Plan your own TV crime drama
  2. 2. First ideas The criminal(s) The victim(s) The crime- solver(s) The crime
  3. 3. Adding detail The criminal(s) The title The scheduling – channel, time The location(s) The sub-genre Other characters The victim(s) The main crime- solver(s) The crime
  4. 4. Main character <ul><li>For your main character, decide: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appearance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quirks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationship to other characters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Draw and label your main character. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Your other important characters <ul><li>For your other important characters (other crime-solvers, criminals, victims) decide: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appearance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quirks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationship to main and other characters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Draw and label your other characters. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What happens in your first episode <ul><li>List the five main events: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>how it starts (enigma and mystery, personal drama) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the crime (more enigma and mystery, action sequence) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>trying to solve the crime (suspense, clues, red herrings) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how this crime is solved (action sequence) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how the episode ends (personal drama, cliff hangers for the next episode) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Audience <ul><li>What kind of people will watch your crime drama? (demographics and psychographics) </li></ul><ul><li>What is it about your crime drama that will appeal to this target audience? </li></ul><ul><li>What uses and gratifications will the audience get from your crime drama? How? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Relationship to existing products <ul><li>Which crime dramas is yours similar to? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it a mixture of certain existing crime dramas (e.g. the humour from Sherlock mixed with the style from CSI?) </li></ul><ul><li>What is new and different about your crime drama? </li></ul><ul><li>How will your crime drama fit into the market? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it fill a gap in the market (e.g. the first and only crime drama with asian teen-aged heroes?) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Design Press photos <ul><li>Sketch out a press photo to advertise your new crime drama. Remind yourself of other press photos: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vk2lp </li></ul><ul><li>In your press photo: </li></ul><ul><li>What are the characters’ positions (facing the camera? Standing aggressively? Sitting shyly?) What does this tell us about what kind of person they are? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the characters’ facial expressions? (Glaring at the camera? Smiling? Laughing? Winking?) What does this tell us about what kind of person they are? </li></ul><ul><li>What props (things) are there in the shot? (A coffee mug? A new car? A gun? A pencil?) What does this tell us about the person? </li></ul><ul><li>What costume does the character have? ( A suit? Jeans? A flowery dress?) what does this tell us about the person? </li></ul><ul><li>Where is the location or setting? (in a front room? In prison? In an office?) What does this tell us about the person? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the lighting bright or dim? Full-on or from the side? What mood does this give to the image? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Design a website <ul><li>Look at the website for Law and Order UK: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.itv.com/lawandorderuk/ </li></ul><ul><li>Design your own, following the grid layout like the Law and Order UK site. </li></ul><ul><li>Include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>your press photo as the main image </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>episode guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>interviews with characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>navigation buttons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>institution information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>links with social media (facebook, twitter etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blogs by the characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>opportunities for viewers to leave comments / votes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a competition for viewers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>special ‘behind the scenes’ information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a banner advert across the top </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Design a magazine advert <ul><li>This will be a full page print advert, to go in a magazine like ‘Radio Times’ or ‘What’s On TV’ </li></ul><ul><li>Use your press photo as the main image. </li></ul><ul><li>Add a tagline that will intrigue the audience and grab their attention. </li></ul><ul><li>Give a brief description of your programme that makes it sound exciting. </li></ul><ul><li>Include scheduling information. </li></ul><ul><li>Include a web address. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Design a TV trailer <ul><li>Remind yourself of other trailers: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =R-ws050G6dk </li></ul><ul><li>Plan a ten-scene storyboard for a trailer. It should include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The title of the crime drama (Coming soon to ITV…) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The scheduling information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A voice-over to get the audience’s attention (can one man catch the killer….before the killer catches him?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exciting scenes from the episode </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some indication of the main characters and the appeal of the programme. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Design the opening sequence <ul><li>Watch the opening of CSI season 10: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =bkFtJSU7Gp4&NR=1 </li></ul><ul><li>Plan a ten-scene storyboard for the opening sequence of your crime drama. </li></ul><ul><li>It should </li></ul><ul><ul><li>introduce the main character(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>include the crime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>include some dialogue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>show the relationship between characters </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Summary <ul><li>In five sentences, sum up the main points about your TV crime drama and why it should get made. </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching TV Crime Drama www.devonldp.org </li></ul>