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Lost, How does it attract its audience?


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Lost, How does it attract its audience?

  1. 1. Film, Television and Music
  2. 2. The Exam The 3 areas of the media we cover are Film, Television and Music The question topics are, Audience, Industry And Genre/RepresentationMedia We choose exam Question on; Specific Question typesTelevision Audience Audience Response, Audience targetingFilm Text-Genre/Representation CRASH Genre ConventionsMusic Industry Digital technology, Industry success and importance, Internet Impact, Regulations
  3. 3. Exam Questions from the past 4 years, which link to T.V textsAudience Targeting1.Most texts target a range of different audiences, how true is that of your chosen text?2.How do your chosen texts attract their audiences?3.Explore the different ways your three main texts attract their audiences.. Audience Response 1.Explore the different ways in which audiences and/or users respond to your chosen texts Answering Audience Targeting Question To answer the audience targeting question you must ensure you consider who would gain a positive reading of the texts. You must also consider why that particular audience would gain this reading?Lost series 1 Episode 2“The Pilot part 2” You must back this up with theory andUse Pages 7,8,9 to record notes narrative descriptions (scenes)
  4. 4. gender, race, physical appearance, subcultures, dress and age Boon sayiid clare michael Hurley shannon john sun jin soya walt charly jack kate Representation stereotypes feminism
  5. 5. Audience Lost Use of Enigma CodesUse of the ScoreThe use of an ensemble cast The use of a neutral location within the narrative Creating lost as a hybrid genre Narrative Structure
  6. 6. 1) An Ensemble Cast An ensemble cast is a cast in which the principal performers are assigned roughly equal amounts of importance and screen time in a dramatic production. This kind of casting became more popular in television series because it allows flexibility for writers to focus on different characters in different episodes. A benefit of the inclusion of an ensemble cast is the fact that the audience can identify with Gender Age Nationality one or two of the narrative issues of differentRace cultural and society group. For exampleThis will of course attract a wider stereotypical view points of; Hurley-large,audience and conform to more areas of Sayid- bias representation of foreign muslims,the uses and gratifications theory. Shannon- “Vain unintelligent young Blonde”Compare losts cas to simply having a all Reiginol accents and stereotypedwhite, British, middle aged, middle characteristics that go with it.class male cast.
  7. 7. 2) The use of a neutral location within the narrative Lost is of course set on a mystical island away from settings and locations which could gratify the audience and help them gain a preferred reading. For example a office environment could alienate the young. A school/University environment could alienate the middle aged, a location such as Baltimor USA could alienate the British or even middle class, where as a location such as Cambridge could alienate the working class. This mystical environment/location could also act as a sense of escapism. Taking thw audience away from the familiar and everyday life Uses and Gratifications Theory Escaping, or being diverted, from problems
  8. 8. 3) Lost as a Hybrid genre Lost is classified as a Hybrid of; Action, Adventure and Fantasy. By creating lost in this post modern form, it mixes genre conventions to create a new identity and broadening its audience by not pigeon holding individual genre conventions and excluding viewers who hold an oppositional reading of themGenre Conventions; Action Fantasy Science Fiction*Frenetic chase scenes *Characters *The narrative explores undertake a Quest rationally alternative*High use of special *the use of possibilitieseffects supernatural *Unlikely events are*Fast pace cut durations phenomena as a justified by scientific*increase tension primary element of theoriesthroughout the text until narrative *Discovery or applicationa climax/ending of new scientific*Love interest that both principleshinders and supports themain quest.*Use of Enigma codes
  9. 9. The use of Enigma CodesAn ENIGMA CODE controls what the audience sees or knows. It is a question a media text will give to an audience and then proceed to solve whilst gaining the attention and interest of the audience.When the readers recognise these codes, they get pleasure of the text and this pleasure is enhanced and emphasised when there is overlap between the fictional narrative (what the audience is watching) and the real narrative of day to day existence. In other words, the closer the makers of the text come to representing recognisable codes from the audiences own lives, the more pleasure of the text the audience gets.
  10. 10. Narrative Structure – Todorov? Propp?
  11. 11. 6. The use of the Score-Non Diegetic Sound is sound where the source can not be seen.-A film score is the background music of a film. The term soundtrack may be confused with filmscore. A soundtrack, however, contains everything audible in the film including sound effects anddialogue. Soundtracks may also include songs featured in the film as well as previously releasedmusic by other artists. A score is written specifically to accompany a film, by the original filmscomposer. Each individual piece of music, within a films score, is called a cue and is typically acomposition for instruments.-The purpose of the Score is to help the audience feel the same emotion as a character within thetext at that particular time.