Half Term Independent Study

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Tim’s Block C: As you can see from the ISP page embedded above, please use your half-term break to complete and update your ISP tasks. Complete the screencast on the role of sound and music in AV media linked below, if you have not already done so, ready for lessons on Monday. It is also worth your while viewing and making notes on the vimeo analysis of the ‘beach scene’ from Jaws posted by Louise below, as it is a fascinating deconstruction of a notable scene from modern cinema.

Louise’s Block F:

Here’s some links that might help you with your write up of Jaws.



7.2 Write up your notes in bullet points from the Jaws analysis and include screenshots for that extra flair! πŸ˜€


Week 7: Assessment Week

Textual analysis of a television drama opening sequence: In your analysis you must discuss the following Visual and Technical Codes and suggest what meanings (connotations) they create.

Camera angle, shot, movement and composition.

Mise-en scene: Costume, Lighting, Actors, Make Up/Hair, Props, Settings.

Editing: Continuity and Non-continuity systems: Cutting: shot/reverse shot, eyeline match, graphic match, action match, jump cut, cross-cutting, parallel editing, cutaway; insert, , dissolve, fade-in fade-out, wipe, superimposition, long take, short take, slow motion, ellipsis and expansion of time

Week 6: TV Drama

In preparation for the next lesson, please view and make notes from the screencast linked below: The camerawork screencast explains the relationship of editing (cutting) to the role of shot-rs-shot and the 180 degreee rule (still important in TV studio productions) at approx the 6 min mark, but you may want to make notes from the whole screencast to refresh and reinforce your understanding on camerawork, framing and movement.

Week 5: TV Drama Conventions and Introduction to Editing.


Define the key TV drama conventions.

Suggest why TV Drama is appealing to audiences.


Produce a pitch for a new TV drama.

Complete the glossary of editing key terms for next lesson.

Task 1: Know your TV drama conventions!

You have been approached by a major TV broadcaster to pitch a new TV drama for prime time audiences.

In pairs you should plan your new TV drama around the following points:

  • Storyline: Is it typical of your subgenre?
  • Who are the key characters and what is their function in the narrative?
  • How will you establish the protagonist and make them appealing to the audience? (Identification)
  • How will you make the antagonist less appealing to the audience? (alienation)
  • How will you make your TV Drama appeal to young and older viewers?
  • What settings/locations will you use and why?
  • Scheduling? (Time and channel of broadcast)
  • Who is the target audience for your drama?
  • Length of each episode & number of episodes.

Task 2: TV Drama and audience appeal.

What makes TV dramas appealing to audiences? Use your own experience of TV Dramas and the feedback you got from your ISP interviews.

List as many reasons as you can.

Task 3: Introduction to Editing

Watch the following clips and answer the following question.


  1. What is editing?
  2. How important is editing in the storytelling process.

Task 4: Editing Key Terms

Find the correct definitions to the following key terms.



Privileged perspective


Linear Narrative

Non-Linear Narrative



Eyeline match


The 180ΒΊ rule

Shot/reverse shot