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TV Drama
REPRESENTATION
Literally a RE – PRESENTATION
ALL media texts have been carefully selected and
constructed in order to crea...
What we need to explore is exactly how a media text
has been selected and constructed.
In order to do this successfully, y...
Codes
 Technical codes
 Narrative codes
 Audio codes
 Symbolic codes
 Enigma
 Action codes
Conventions
 The generally accepted way of doing things
 Codes and conventions must be considered at the

same time
 It...
Technical codes
 Camera shots/angles
 Framing
 Composition
 Editing
Audio codes
 Diegetic
 Non-diegetic
 Score
 Sound effects
Narrative codes
Linear
Non-linear
Open and closed narratives
Multi- stranded
Narrative theories:
Propp
Levi-Strauss
Todoro...
Symbolic codes
 Delves beneath the surface of what we see
 Denotation
 Connotation

e.g. A woman wearing a red dress
Action codes
 How a character or an event is portrayed through

action
e.g. Body language, facial expression, gestures
Enigma
 Questions that are raised within the narrative. These

questions are not always answered.
This keeps the audience...
Careful...
 Some of these things may overlap

e.g. Music can be both an audio code (non-diegetic
sound) and a symbolic co...
Although you need to concentrate on representation,
you will also be marked for your use of correct media
language.
There is a lot to remember!!
Your analysis will be centred around how codes and
conventions are used to create meaning.
Yo...
Representation
 In order to understand what is being represented

and how it is being represented, we must first
question...
Key questions
 Does society influence the media?

Or
 Does the media influence society?
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  1. 1. TV Drama
  2. 2. REPRESENTATION Literally a RE – PRESENTATION ALL media texts have been carefully selected and constructed in order to create meaning
  3. 3. What we need to explore is exactly how a media text has been selected and constructed. In order to do this successfully, you need to be familiar with the correct media language
  4. 4. Codes  Technical codes  Narrative codes  Audio codes  Symbolic codes  Enigma  Action codes
  5. 5. Conventions  The generally accepted way of doing things  Codes and conventions must be considered at the same time  It is not enough to simply discuss codes. You also have to be able to identify a code and analyse how it is conventionally used in the genre.
  6. 6. Technical codes  Camera shots/angles  Framing  Composition  Editing
  7. 7. Audio codes  Diegetic  Non-diegetic  Score  Sound effects
  8. 8. Narrative codes Linear Non-linear Open and closed narratives Multi- stranded Narrative theories: Propp Levi-Strauss Todorov
  9. 9. Symbolic codes  Delves beneath the surface of what we see  Denotation  Connotation e.g. A woman wearing a red dress
  10. 10. Action codes  How a character or an event is portrayed through action e.g. Body language, facial expression, gestures
  11. 11. Enigma  Questions that are raised within the narrative. These questions are not always answered. This keeps the audience guessing.
  12. 12. Careful...  Some of these things may overlap e.g. Music can be both an audio code (non-diegetic sound) and a symbolic code (to portray the feelings and emotions of the characters)
  13. 13. Although you need to concentrate on representation, you will also be marked for your use of correct media language.
  14. 14. There is a lot to remember!! Your analysis will be centred around how codes and conventions are used to create meaning. You will need to consider the question: Does what is being represented reinforce or challenge stereotypical or commonly assumed notions?
  15. 15. Representation  In order to understand what is being represented and how it is being represented, we must first question the context of the TV drama.  You will only see a short sequence (about 4 minutes). But there will be a wider context to consider. Key themes, settings and narratives will help us understand representation.  Also, it is vital to consider the target audience. Why do you think this is?
  16. 16. Key questions  Does society influence the media? Or  Does the media influence society?

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