FINAL PLANNING FOR OURSOAP OPERA “FRESHERS” JOSH PALMER
MAIN CONVENTIONS FOR A SOAP OPERA- Big close ups are used to show emotion- Use camera as fourth wall- Filmed on a set and not on a location- Central place where the soap is based around i.e. Eastenders has the Queen Vic.- Conflict and disequilibrium in each episode in order to keep the viewers glued to the program.- A number of main characters that appear in every episode – this allows the viewers the make emotional connections with certain characters.
Here are the storylines me and my group came up with in our first share of ideas; beforehand we had decided our soap opera to be catered for a young audience therefore thisslightly channeled the type of storylines we were putting forward.
STORYLINESWe did not choose these twostorylines for a number of reasons.Firstly the prostitute scenariowould have been very hard to filmand to make it look professionalwould have been very challenging.The same applies to the ‘rape’storyline, this would of also beento graphic and very hard to getacross to the audience in shorttrailer.
DRUG STORY – STORY BOARD 1This storyboard includes Monica andSam with Monica playing ‘Mon’ andSam playing ‘Grimmers’.In this storyline Grimmers is forcingMon to take drugs against her own will.Mon looks very uncomfortable this isshown by her facial expressions and wehave chose to use certain shots torepresent her discomfort as well; suchas the over the shoulder shot that wehave used makes Grimmers lookoverpowering.
GAY STORY – STORY BOARD 2This story board includes Josh andSophie, Josh playing JP and Sophieplaying Soph.In this storyline JP confesses to his bestfriend that he is a homosexual as it hasbeen on his mind for a while now andstarting to feel like a burden. Thiscomes a shock to Soph therefore weuse a close up shot reverse shot whichhighlights the reaction on her face asshe is told.
RUN AWAY STORY– STORY BOARD 3This storyboard includes Shadia and Harrietplaying the roles of Shad and Hal.In this storyline Hal decides to run away due toher current circumstances. You see her leave anote on the table for her sister Shadia. When itgets to the point when Shad comes in the houseand into the kitchen she see’s the note and callsHal. As this happens there is a quick edit leadingto Hal at the train station rejecting the call. Idecided to leave the ending with somesuspense as from viewing the trailer the viewerwill not know if Hal actually got on the train –this is a convention of soap opera trailers.
SHOT LIST:On the right is a Shot Listwhich me and my group madeto help construct the soapopera FRESHERS. We used thison set in order to help set upthe positioning of the camerato the positioning of the actorsin the frame. Having thisstructure helped a lot and iteven allowed us to improvisewith shot types when weneeded to.
JP COSTUMES FOR FRESHERS- Pink polo shirt- Skinny jeans- Geek glasses- Small amount of make-upSoph-Casual clothing (white top & leggings)Grimmers- Big wintery jacket- Black cap- Black jeans- Make-up under eyes to darkenMon-White top- Leather jacket- Skinny jeansHal-Coat with furred hood- Scarf- Minimal makeupShad-Jogging bottoms- Scruffy Tee
PROP LIST:- Holdall Bag used in the scene with Hal & Shad.- Migraine relief tablets used in a small plastic bag to look like drugs in the scene with Grimmers & Mon (View health and safety video to see this).- Mobiles phones used in Shad & Hal’s scene.