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.


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