Evaluation of final product: FRESHERS ADVANCED PRODUCTION Sophie Paige Griffiths Aquinas College Candidate Number: 3338 (With Josh Palmer, Sam Grimshaw, Harriett Couzens, Monica Mistry and Shadia Mokdad)
Planning and Final Pieces:www.AQ091131.blogspot.com I used “Blogger” to create a BlogSpot Blog to upload all of my planning for the final production of my final pieces; I have also uploaded my final pieces to my blog as well as my planning and research. My final pieces in the Blog consist of my Trailer, My two ancillary products which are; a Magazine Front Cover and Poster.
Key to Evaluation Question answers: If a question runs over to other slides there will be one of the Q1 following 4 symbols in the left hand side of the corner in order to indicate which question it is that I am talking about. Q2 Q3 Q4
Question 1 – How does your product use, develop andchallenge conventions of real media texts?
Q1 Soap Forms and Conventions: When creating my trailer for my Soap Opera: Freshers, It was important that I understood the conventions and codes and how they work. In order for myself to understand the Soap Forms and Conventions; Soap Operas must be evaluated. The next slides ahead will show some of these Soap Forms and Conventions, also how I have used them in my own Soap Opera Trailer (Freshers).
Importance of realism through out Q1 the soap/trailer: Story lines which Soap’s usually run all Recognisable popular reflect REAL issues for REAL people year round: “soundtracks/songs” - In Little makeup on female such as: Drugs, struggling sexuality, Continuous story line order for the audience to characters to create run away teens etc – Enables the relate to the soap through – Never ending. realism to the audience audience to RELATE to the soap the music. – Mainly non- that these are real people. from its realism. diegetic sound being using through out. CONFLICT – between characters displayed through body movements and facial expressions Soap Opera Forms and Conventions MISE EN SCENE – Costumes used toBig Close Up of one of reflect charactersthe main characters in identity andorder to show his personality.feelings through hisemotion in his face so Camera work:that the audience is PARRALLEL close upaware of what is NARRARTIVES – establishing shots,happening with out any Usually represent a Multiple story lines eye line, pull focus,sound. region for example displaying at the over the shoulder Coronation Street same time in order shots, pan shot, represents the North to link to each other Big close up, West of England. and also keep the Medium close up. audience hooked.
Q1 Evaluating an existing Soap Opera: “Hollyoaks” Episode researched from 4OD: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/hollyoaks/4od Over the shoulder shot: creates a third person perspective to the audience. Creates a certainMise en scene: With regards to feeling for the audiencecostume and props in this shot it is that they’re actually thereclear that the male character has and are experiencing thebeen in a scrap or fight from the drama within the soapcut being show on his face; the that is occurring.camera has purposely taken thisshot from the left hand side overthe females shoulder in order to Shot reverse shot – of the twomake the audience aware of the characters having an importantmale characters possible bad conversation. Over the shoulder shotbehaviour; this releases a small part used twice on each of the characters.of the characters personality Higher angle used in this shot inthrough the costumer – Makeup. order to show that the male character is in-control of the female character – camera work makes her look smaller and him bigger therefore making her look less in control which makes the audience/viewers aware from the camera work.
Q1 Evaluating an existing Soap Opera: “Hollyoaks” Sound: Female character begins the scene with “So why don’t you tell me what it was like in prison” – Starts the scene with the audience understanding with what is going on from the female characters dialogue; She is now in-control as she is asking the male character the questions.Mise En Scene: The scene isset in a home environment(dining table) – However ithas been made to look like aninterview room of a policestation. From the way the twocharacters are sat oppositeeach other and the femalecharacter is playing the roleof the “police officer” fromher notepad and pen in herhand asking questionshowever in reality it is justher asking questions to themale character about his timein prison. Camera: The camera is being shot from a very high angle; this enables the viewers to be able to see everything that is going on Lighting: The lighting in this shot is in this scene, including all of the props (food and drink) and also dull however the spot light is both characters that are in the shot. The main advantage of this lightening up the centre of the table is that it enables the audience to see both emotions on both in between both characters. characters faces through out their conversation.
Q1 Evaluating an existing Soap Opera: “Hollyoaks” Mise En Scene: Costume – School Uniform showing immediately that the character is a “teenaged girl” and possibly giving the audience a thought that she should be in School? This is also given away from the fact it is day-time from the lightening and also that she is in a school uniform. The tinsel also in the back ground of this shot there is also a man walking round in a “Santas outfit” which is another form of costume, there is also tinsel in the background over the left hand shoulder of the girl. This is a symbol that it is Christmas time and creates a sense of realism for the audience as it is a relatable time of year for the viewers and makes them feel as if they are celebrating Christmas with the characters.The two characters closest in this shot have made theviewers more interested into what they have to say andalso into what they are going to do; this is forced bybringing the two important characters closer to thecamera. The shot of the 3 characters in the back groundmakes them look less-important in this shot as they are further away from the camera. The costume within this shot is kept realistically casual and normal day to day in order to create a sense of realism towards the audience
Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and Q1 challenge conventions of real media texts?• How did you combine camerawork, editing, sound and mise en scene to create meaning and genre? Differences: Similarities: • In the Fresher’s shot there is lighting from the sun • Medium Close Up used in both shots in order to display glowing on the left hand side of the characters face the characters emotion and to get this across to the (Monica). However in the Hollyoaks shot it is a lot duller. audience – This creates meaning towards the audience as they are now aware of the characters emotion. • Both over the shoulder shots showing that there is two people in the shot however getting the person facing the cameras point across of what they are trying to say • As regards to Mise En Scene; Both shots have a brick wall in the background of the shot; This makes the audience aware that the shot is in an open environment; Outside.
Q1 Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and challenge conventions of real media texts?• How did you combine camerawork, editing, sound and mise en scene to create meaning and genre? Similarities: Differences: • Camera Angles – In the Hollyoaks shot the angle of the camera if more to the • Mise En Scene – Both scenes in both soaps are situated left hand side which is getting more of the characters bodies into the shot and in the same environment which is a home; this is made allows the viewer to understand that the characters are in a comfortable chilled clear for the viewer to understand from the way all the out environment at home, where as in the fresher’s shot it is a closer up shot characters are comfortably sat on the sofa’s. and is more focused on the conversation between the two characters. • Props – There are no props displayed in the shot of Fresher’s where as in Hollyoaks there are “girly” items such as nail varnish. This shows the audience that the shot in Fresher’s must be more serious from the facial expressions and lack of props.
Q1 Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and challenge conventions of real media texts?• Does the editing connote the emotions shown in the trailer? I zoomed in on the shot below so that it went from a Medium Close Up to a Big Close Up, this is so that my characters emotions come across through his facial expressions from my editing. I feel this is effective as I can relate as a viewer to how he is feeling simply from the face that He is pulling. Pan Shot used of female character walking away and left with blank expression of the male character, I have then extended this shot so that It shows his facial expression for an extra few seconds in order for Big Close Up of a Hollyoaks character it to become relatable shows her emotions clearer enabling and emotional towards the audience to relate to her issues the viewer. without any sound/speech needed; all from editing and camera close-ups.
Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and Q1 challenge conventions of real media texts?•what messages do your costumes and locations send to the audience about the class and status of the characters?COSTUME/PROPS: - For one of ourmain story lines within Fresher’swhich was with our character JPstruggling with his sexuality inFresher’s. In order to increase ouraudience’s expectations we focused alot on the costume and props ofmaking up his character and buildingup the viewers thoughts and hopesas to how his character is going to From looking at the locations andperform. For example; with regards costumers in both scenes; Hollyoaks andto costume we dresses him in Geek Fresher’s; It has become clear that bothGlasses, one ear ring, tucked in polo Soap Opera’s represent a similar classtop with tight light jeans. We did all which I would say is Middle class from theof this to create JP’s character and to clothing they have dressed both charactersmake it obvious to the audience from in which are similar and also day-to-daylooking at him that he has struggled casual.with regards to his sexuality on theprogramme. A Soap Opera that is similar to Fresher’s is Hollyoaks; Hollyoaks have shared a similar story line as with the issue of struggling with sexuality. Jasmine their female character also struggling with her gender/sexuality – They have dressed her quite “butch” and in male clothing in order for the viewers to get across that she is struggling with her gender/sexuality.
Q1 Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and challenge conventions of real media texts? • do the lighting, props, locations and costume reinforce audience expectations about your programme Costume: Costume in our Fresher’s trailer was important for the drug story line; in order to get across to the viewer/audience what the character personality and identity is – Sam/ Grimmers – With his cap covering his face and also big black coat and dull clothing: we made Sam become into his characters role which is being a “drug dealer”. The costume for Sams character has highbred the viewers expectations of how he is going to act as he has becomeLocation: In this shot of the trailer in Fresher’s; the location into his role from the costume ofwas fairly crucial as it was the “drug story” scene we needed becoming a “drug dealer”.to find somewhere appropriate for the scene as it had to be Lighting: The lighting on the shot of Sam and Monica is light, as we were filmedout-doors as it is un-popular for drug dealing/talking to be this scene in the day-time. This scene would have been improved if it wasdone in-doors. We chose an alley-way for the location of this filmed in darkness as it enables Sam’s character to come out as evil as he canscene. This increases the audience expectations as it is true be and the lighting can also reflect his evil side; for example if we filmed thisto say that anything could happen in an alley-way and it is scene in darkness it would have been morepopularly known that there has been crime in alley-ways Affective for the audience’s expectationstherefore it puts the audience on “edge” as to what is going As they would have possibly expectedto happen next in this alley way scene. Something more “dangerous” to occur. Props: The main prop used in this Scene was the actual “pretend drugs” – the drugs have been made out to look “real” to the audience; from being placed into a packet which is what drugs are usually passed onto into. We used constipation tablets in order to create the full affect of the “drug scene” – this gives the audience higher expectations as to what drama is to come from the use of creativity with props.
Q1 Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and challenge conventions of real media texts?• do the lighting, props, locations and costume reinforce audience expectations about your programme Differences: Similarities: • The camera angles are both different:- in Freshers • The brick wall has been used in both scenes and is we are framing the two characters against the wall. affective • The male character looks as if he is walking where • Both scenes have Mise En Scene consisting of trees, as in Fresher’s they arent. plants – Showing the audience that they are in outdoors • one character in the Hollyoaks shot where as two environment and out of their comfort zones at home characters in Freshers also they’re having a • Costume – Both male characters in Fresher’s and conversation. Hollyoaks are wearing jackets • Both filmed in day time – lighting is similar and not filmed in the night/evening.
Q1 Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and challenge conventions of real media texts? Evaluating an existing E4 trailer: SKINS series 1 trailer: “SKINS” Song Used: The Gossip – Standing In the way of controlThis trailer is a few years old however at thetime of this trailer being released the songwas new and a “party” song therefore it builtup the audience in a positive nature as theydidnt know what to expect from the Series. The song is particularly effective at this stage in the trailer after all of the chaos arises it goes silent and there is a BCU of this character being the only “chilled out” one.
Q1 Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and challenge conventions of real media texts? The beat of my song As here is no diegetic sound at the opening “Earthquake” particularly of my trailer it is only drops on this shot from the way non-diegetic it opens I have purposely edited it: this well with this “evil” is effective for the viewer as shot of Grimmers /Sam looking moody which is this is when Hal’s sister effective with the song discovers she has left home “Earthquake” as the and ran away therefore the end of the beat finishes music enables the viewer to when Sams eyes open. feel the shock of the character from the beat in the track, I feel that it worked exceptionally well through out the trailer, However my main appeal to this song was the actual music and beat to the song rather than the actual song lyrics. I particularly enjoyed the first part of the song before the lyrics enter the song. Therefore I experimented on "Garage Band" and decided to repeat the first part of the song before the lyrics come in and repeat that music throughout the 90 seconds of the trailer.
Q1 Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and challenge conventions of real media texts? CREATING THE CHARACTERSOur characters are University students therefore we wanted to create asrealistic names as possible; it was important to myself and my group tocreate names which delivered a “normal student life style”overall we decided as we are all students we decided to use OUR OWN nameshowever shorten them to “Nick Names” – Our main reason for wanting to use NICKNAMES for our characters names when creating them was because when researching other similar E4 programmes such as Hollyoaks and Skins they used “Normal names” however shortened them; for example – in Skins one of their characters names was “Jay-Jay” this inspired us with one of our people in the group having the name Joshua Palmer we thought that it would be Unique and REALISTIC to give him the character name of JP. This worked well through out the planning and creation of our final products.
Q1 Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and challenge conventions of real media texts? ---------------------------------------------------Characters of FRESHERS: Monica/ Mon - Sams Girlfriend: Sam/Grimmers - The Drug Dealer: Sam’s personality is moody and can get angry when he doesnt get what he wants. His girlfriend is Monica in the show (Fresher’s). Sam Monica is Sams drug dealer girlfriend, she is attempts to force Monica on frightened of Sam as he constantly forces drugs quite a lot which has drugs onto her in order to "have fun" caused a lot of conflict on their together. Sam is forceful onto Monica and she relationship with him forcing is known to be the vulnerable one in the her and also his drug taking. relationship
Q1 Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and challenge conventions of real media texts? --------------------------------------------------- Characters of FRESHERS: Sophie/Sophs - JPs Best FriendJosh/ JP - The Gay JP is best friends with Sophie one of the girls in the group of people in Freshers, he has been struggling with his sexuality for a Sophs is JPs best friend and has been for many years, while and has previously had she has always been around to give JP advise with girlfriends. Within the trailer of girls and any other issues which have affected him, Freshers it comes out that JP is she has always been a big part of his life and is aware gay and has been dating boys for a of everything going on in JPs life with being his best while, the shock hits Sophie quite friend. Within my trailer there is a deep shock for a lot and therefore creates conflict Soph as she finds out that JP has been dating "guys between their friendship as she for a while" which creates conflict in her friendship with JP as she has been lied to by her best friend. feels betrayed.
Q1 Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and challenge conventions of real media texts? --------------------------------------------------- Characters of FRESHERS:Harriett/Hal - The Runaway Teen Shadia/Shad - Hals Sister Hal has been struggling with family problems at home for a long time and also arguments with her sister and issues within home-life have made things unbearable for her to cope, Hal is Shad is Hals concerned sister in Fresher’s, she has in the movement of moving out also been struggling with family problems as well as of her family home and running Hal. However Hal is Shads only sibling therefore she away by leaving a letter for her is concerned about Hal leaving the house and Sister to find whilst she has leaving Shad on her own, this is effecting her quite a packed her bags and left for lot and she isn’t to sure what to do. good.
Q1 Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and challenge conventions of real media texts? LOCATION 1: THE ALLEY WAYMonica has herback to brickwall: representsa lack of escape GRUNGEYfor her as if she COLOURS: Thewalks backwards lower the alleyshe will go into gets the morethe wall. gruesome and scary it looks – dark grey colours, greys and browns. FRAMING used between the two characters - This increases the audience expectations as it is true to say that anything could happen in an alley-way and it is popularly known that there has been crime in alley-ways therefore it puts the audience on “edge” as to what is going to happen next in this alley way scene.
Q1 Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and challenge conventions of real media texts? LOCATION 2: THE TRAIN STATION Obvious for the viewer that it is a train station from the character stood on the platform and also the “train” coming in on the rail. DULL atmosphere: could represent the characters negative feelings; dull trees and cobbles on the train rail
Q1 Question 1 – How does your product use, develop and challenge conventions of real media texts? CAMERA ANGLES: This LOCATION 3: THE LIVING ROOM shot has been taken right in- front of bothThe neutral characters, thiscolours of the makes thewall colour: viewer/audiencould ce feel apart ofrepresent a the scene.universitycommonsroom or evena house thatthey have intheir secondyear; sharedlounge area. COLOUR CONTRAST: Contrasting colours between the plain coloured wall paper and chocolate coloured SOFA: Darker colour of sofa that they are sitting on can easily represent an argument between the two characters: this is also represented by the way they are sat – No eye connection, not looking at each other.