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Unit 11 analysis of scripts

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Unit 11 analysis of scripts

  1. 1. Radio DramaFormat and Style – The scripts for radio drama are different to other scripts when it comes to layout.This is because things such as the slug lines are not in bold writing, they are more specific with the time(for example they specify when it is morning instead of just day or night.) The slug lines for the script arealso in the centre of the page instead of being on the left hand side. The dialogue is on the right to thecharacter saying it instead of being under and whenever there is a sound effect there is a line throughthe page and then it says the sound effect in the centre of the page, also the language used in the scriptis informal and they speak in past tense.Content – The content of the radio drama script is different to other scripts as there is no informationabout the characters who feature in the script, instead the script only uses dialogue and sound effects.Narrative Structure – The screenplay for the radio drama is fairly linear. The beginning of the scriptopens up with dialogue, the audience join in half way through a conversation and gradually learn what ishappening. In the middle we learn that the girlfriend is angry with the boyfriends for going out andgetting drunk, at the end we find out that he has a girls number in his wallet and she begins to accusehim of cheating until she makes him a smoothy and he collapses feeling sick, then it ends.Genre – The most obvious narrative genre used in the radio drama was obviously a drama, however italso uses aspects of a thriller as the storyline gradually prevails to the audience to show what hashappened previously.Target Audience – The target audience for this radio drama script would probably be for people aroundthe ages of 18 to 30 who are in relationships. The use of alcohol appeals to younger people as they canrelate to going out and getting drunk till late the early hours of the morning.
  2. 2. News BroadcastFormat and Style –There is only one page for the news script, this is different as any other script wouldhave more than just one page. The language used for the news broadcast is formal. Also for the newsscript the timing is on the far left, the video is also on the left next to the timing and the audio is on theright of the page.Content – The script contains specific information for everyone involved in making the news broadcast,for example the reporters, videographer and camera man. There is only one slug line that says video.There are no slug lines that say ‘INT’ or ‘EXT’ to indicate where the script is taking place and this makesit different to a master script.Narrative Structure – The news broadcast script doesn’t seem to have a beginning middle and end,instead it jumps straight into the news and information is passed on about Tagaytay Gambling until theend. For the news broadcast script 2 there is once again not much of a linear narrative as there isn’tmuch of a beginning middle and end. Instead it simply jumps straight into the news and finishes withthe news.Genre – The news broadcast is non fiction, it is real life and therefore doesn’t have elements from anyform of genre.Target Audience – Any person who has a general interest in the news or the specific topic that is beingtalked about in the news would be the target audience for the news broadcast.
  3. 3. FilmFormat and Layout – The general layout of the film script is fairly similar to the comedy sketch, howeverthe slug lines for the film script are not in bold. The slug lines and narration go on the left hand side ofthe screen and the names and dialogue of the characters is in the centre of the screen. The writing onthe script is also formal and the story is in present tense.Content – The script for the short film has the usual slug lines that specify whether or not it is day time ornight time. The narrative, the character names and dialogue.Narrative Structure – The short films follows a linear beginning, middle and end. It begins with Mariantravelling to New York to see her daughter, the middle consists of Marian meeting a motorcycle gang andbecoming friends with then, but her daughter feels like she is imagining things, then at the end she getson one of the gangs motorcycles and they drive her to the airport. The middle of this story is effective asthe audience are not sure if Marian is imagining things or if the events are actually happening , then atthe end of the short film the audience find out she wasn’t imagining and this is a pleasing moment forthe audience.Genre – The script seems to go by the basic themes of a drama film, however there could be slightelements of a thriller as the audience are unaware of what actually happened until the end of the story.Target Audience – The target audience to this short film would be any people (most probably above theage of 15) that like heart warming drama films.
  4. 4. TV Comedy SketchFormat and Style – The general layout of this script is similar to the layout of the short film script. The sluglines and the narration are on the left hand side of the page and the character names and dialogue are in thecentre of the screen. The language used for this script is formal and is in the present tense.Content – The script has regular use of the slug lines, much like the short film script. Also the slug linesspecify whether the scenes are in the day time or night time.Narrative Structure – the comedy sketch follows a fairly linear narrative with a beginning middle and endfollowing the story of a robot police officer (with cardboard armour). Seeing as the script is comedy it istherefore supposed to be funny. It does this by using silly humour to make the audience laugh.Genre – The comedy sketch script obviously uses comedy as it’s narrative genre, however people may say ituses sci-fi elements when the police officer is in the science lab at the beginning of the story.Target Audience – The target audience for this script would probably be younger people who enjoyimmature and silly humour, possibly people around the ages of 15 to 18. The general humour and comedy ofthe script is what would appeal to the audience.

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