A Definition: A story that is presented in a dramatic way and explores a range of genres, from soap opera to science-fiction to costume drama. A piece of film that engages with the issues of the day in an accessible fashion, i.e. through believable characters, through fantastic locations or plots.
Why do we watch Television Drama? In pairs, discuss the above question and come up with two possible reasons.Think about your own response to the drama you watch.Cranford, BBC1 Dr Who, BBC1
RepresentationRepresentation – How groups, individuals, institutions,places or social changes are portrayed in the media;how they are re - presented.The way someone or something is represented is notreality.It is a version of reality.Representations are subjective rather than objectiveand are constructed.
Representation Reality Mediation RepresentationThe real world The process of The text itself. producing a A ‘representation’ media text. of the real world.
If you could create your ideal man/woman, what would he she be like? Discuss this with the people sitting next to you.
Not all men/women look or presentthemselves like this. The producersbelieved these would be popular/sellableimages of men/women so chose theserepresentations over other possible ones.
Representation Key points to consider in terms of representation What is being represented? How is it being represented? Who is responsible for the representation? How can the representation be interpreted?
A Reflection of Reality? Remember: always from a particular point of view with a particular motivation behind it.
Key Skill Requirement Become an expert on how short drama sequences employ a variety of technical and symbolic elements at a micro level to create representations at the macro level Characters Narrative Genre