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  • Watch first 4 minutes of breaking bad episode
  • Conventions micro and macro

    1. 1. What is mise-en-scene? • It means ‘everything within the scene’. • When we watch film or TV we analyse everything we see within the frame. Connect
    2. 2. Mise-en-scene = • Lighting • Props • Costume (hair and make up) • Characters performance • Set Discover As well as identifying the shot type and angle, we look at what is in the scene:
    3. 3. Mise-en-scene can help us to understand different things. Such as... The time period (Costume) The emotion. (Lighting) Discover
    4. 4. Mise-en-scene can help us to understand different things. Such as... The genre (Props) The story. (Set) Discover
    5. 5. Discover Lighting. Props. Costume. Characters. Set
    6. 6. Micro vs Macro analysis When you macro analyse, you investigate the larger themes present (or connoted) within the work. The main themes we apply in media are G.R.A.I.N: Genre Representation Audience Institution Narrative The smaller (micro) aspects within the text: • Cinematography (camera angles, movement) • Mise-en-scene (Props, Costume, Lighting, Chara cter performance, Set) • Sound It is a two step process. Use Micro to support your Macro analysis. For example, how does the choice of set, props and costume reflect on the representations constructed in the clip?
    7. 7. Watch the first 5 minutes of the episode of Breaking Bad. You want to Micro analyse it to support your Macro analysis... Each of you will have one area to focus on. What do you notice about: • Costume • Props • Lighting • Camera angles and movement • Character performance • Set • Sound How does this support your ideas on REPRESENTATION (a Macro element)? In pairs, discuss your observations. Together you will write a PEA paragraph on how the characters are represented in Breaking Bad using the following key terms:
    8. 8. In pairs, discuss your observations. Together you will write a PEA paragraph on how the characters are represented in Breaking Bad using the following key terms: • Representation • Denote • Connote • Mise en scene
    9. 9. What are codes? A system of signs which can be decoded to create meaning. In media texts, we look at a range of different signs that can be loosely grouped into the following: • technical codes - all to do with the way a text is technically constructed - camera angles, framing, typography etc • verbal codes - everything to do with language -either written or spoken • symbolic codes - codes that can be decoded on a mainly connotational level - all the things which draw upon our experience and understanding of other media texts, our cultural frame of reference.
    10. 10. What are conventions? The widely recognised way of doing something - this has to do with content, style and form eg the conventions of a music video might include: • they are the same length as the song (somewhere around 4 minutes, say) • they present the band, who look as though they are singing • they have lots of fast edits
    11. 11. What’s the difference? • Codes might be individual to the media text you are analysing Eg: The music video might use a tracking shot that is significant, however, this might not be a convention for the genre. • Conventions are something that they ALL share within that genre or platform
    12. 12. What are technical conventions? Codes and conventions are used together. For example, the technical code of lighting is used in some way in all film genres. It is a convention of the horror genre that side and back lighting is used to create mystery and suspense – an integral part of any horror movie.
    13. 13. Genre conventions • You must be able to identify which conventions are associated with a particular genre. What genre conventions can you attribute to the ‘thriller’ genre?
    14. 14. Watch the opening title sequence Codes Conventions Technical Verbal Symbolic Film title:_______________ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEZK7mJoPLY
    15. 15. Use your notes to write an analysis of the opening titles to ‘7even’ Include: • micro analysis to support macro ideas • Denotation and Connotation • Technical and symbolic codes • Technical conventions and genre conventions

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