Week 4: Consider the issue of composition/focus/depth of field:

  1. a) Watch the following clip (without sound) and identify the camera ANGLES, SHOT TYPES and MOVEMENT


  1. b) What does the camera work suggest is happening in this sequence? What is it telling us about the situation? – CONNOTATIONS
  2. Notice the speed of the editing (Cutting rate) in the elevator – How does it add to the scene?


 Challenge Task:

3.a) What music would you expect to hear in this sequence and why?

3.b) Now listen to the clip with sound, what effect does the music have on this scene?


ISP Week 4 Guidance

Iconography in the Opening Sequence

Study an opening sequence from a TV drama of your choice.

Iconography is very important to rapidly establish the genre and narrative and to give clues to the role and function of characters.

You should comment on the following:

  • Objects
  • Costumes
  • Actors
  • Background/Setting

How does the iconography establish the genre?

What are your expectations of the show/narrative/characters?

Is there anything else that you feel is particularly effective about this opening sequence?

How is sound and music used in this opening sequence?

How important is the opening sequence to any TV drama?

Week Four: Creating Realism in TV Drama: MES and Shot Types

Week Four:

Realism in Television Drama: Mise-en-scene and Shot Types.

Task 1: Recap Questions of previous learning:

  1. Why are opening sequences important to the producers of TV drama? Each table must give 4 points.
  2. What is Iconography?

Task 2: In pairs take one mise-en-scene area:

  • Setting/Location
  • Camera positions
  • Facial expressions & body language
  • Lighting
  • Costume/make-up & props

Watch the clips and make notes on the following:

  • What does the mise-en-scene tell us about the theme/s of the drama?
  • What does the mise-en-scene tell us about the individual characters
  • How does the mise-en-scene make the drama seem ‘real’?

Downton Abbey –

Happy Valley –

Rome –

Task 3: Watch a clip from any TV Drama and analyse it!!!

Use your newly aquired skills to analyse the mise-en-scene and shot types and angles. Evaluate the connotations of the things we see and how we make meanings from what we see.

Write a short analysis of your findings from your clip and upload to your new blog!

Task 4: Wordpress – New post: 6 things you’ve learned so far.

Task 5: Glossary: Make sure your Media Key Word glossary is up to date and that all the key words have a definition. Look back over your notes and put the key terms into a glossary if you have not already done so.

Task 5: Challenge Question: Why is it important for producers of TV drama to create a sense of Realism or Verisimilitude for the audience? All Students 2 reasons, High Grades 4 reasons.

Week Three: Task One: Analysing Shots, Angles and Lighting in Drive (2011)

Watch this sequence from the movie Drive (USA: Crime, Drama)

  1. List the shot types used and suggest what connotations they create.
  2. How does the mise-en-scene establish character roles?
  3. What is the significance of the low-key lighting in this scene?

Now watch the opening credits and answer the following questions:

  1. What do the lyrics of the song ‘Nightcall’ by Kavinsky tell us about the main character (protagonist played by Gosling)?
  2. How do elements of the Mise-en-scene (CLAMPS) establish Gosling’s character furthermore?

Week 1: Setting up your very own blog!

It is a requirement of the course that you keep an up to date blog which documents your experiences on the course, it will also enable you to prepare for your coursework unit by serving as evidence of research in term 1. See the Independent Study Pack for further guidance.

Don’t worry if you’re new to blogging, its a fairly simple process, all you need is a valid email address, use your college email if you prefer. we’ll also run blogging workshops to help you get started 🙂