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Top Gear Analysis

Group E Analysis on Top Gear

Timothy Last

on 13 February 2013

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Structure/Format Story Sound Design and Music Teasers Voiceover/Presenter Lead OPENING TITLE SEQUENCE Captions Visual FX Top gear makes extensive use of visual effects throughout the program. In later series of Top Gear, more and more visual effects are used. The most noticeable visual effects used are of the pre-recorded material that they play throughout the show; such as the review sections of the program. In these sections they make extensive use of colour correction filters and effects as well as fast cuts to build pace and mystery around the vehicle they are reviewing. Re-branded Guitar opening title sequence, based on original song instrumental 'Jessica' by The Allman Brothers Band Cheering atmosphere from studio audience is used frequently, particularly during scene transitions. Engine rev is used to emphasize the cars power. This mixed with dialog and a fast Tempo soundtrack which creates a seamless sequence. Music relates to the car classification, for instance, a modern car is accompanied by 21st century music i.e. Electronic soundtrack. Music Genres are diverse and combined in articles, for instance the Bentley car article begins with adventurous music then cuts to heavy guitar. When examining the interior and exterior of the car, slow tempo music is introduced to create a calm atmosphere. The Tempo then increases and there is a crescendo as the visual cuts to a rally sequence. Editing Techniques Top Gear tends to use very interesting editing techniques. These specific techniques seem to create a more aesthetic viewing for its audience.

Extreme Close ups
Slow pans
Car brand logo
Interior/ Exterior

Sweep to the left
Straight cut

Slow pace
Target Audience, 25 onwards
Car Appreciation The title sequence makes use of visual effects by cropping video layers down and key framing them so as they reveal themselves in bars at different times. The use of visual effects in the program are mainly used to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of the sequence. This ties in with the very large and diverse target audience. Even if they do not understand what is being shown, they like the overall look and therefore stay interested. In this review of the Bentley continental, it has been edited so a boxer has been over-layed into the frame. The background appears to have been removed by keying or roto-scoping. The opening title sequence has become almost as well known as the show - it's now a TV icon, along with the remixed theme tune from the rock instrumental. 'Jessica'

After early attempts at aerial shots over the Hanger, they went for the now famous sliding video strips, overlapped with silhouettes of the presenters. The title sequence video has recently been updated to reflect some of the more modern road trips and escapades, but the construction of the moving graphics remains the same. Graphical Breakdown:
Dramatic Shots - sets up
the show's characteristics
of cool/dramatic cars and

Colourful and contrasted,
connotes vibrance and life,
hints of excitement/drama

Slick, smooth movements
are more of a modern trend,
because of technological
updates. Feels modern,
unlike 'Old' Top Gear. "This is a syphilis plant.
I don't mean syphilis, do I?" Jezza Trivia: There was a remix for a 'Top Gear Ground Force Special' which replaced the cars with plants and tractors and added gardening implements to the presenter's silhouettes. Top Gear is a British television show about motor vehicles, primarily cars, and is the world's most widely watched factual television programme. It began in 1977 as a conventional motoring magazine show. Over time, and especially since a relaunch in 2002, it has developed a quirky, humorous and sometimes controversial style. The show is currently presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, and has featured at least three different test drivers known as The Stig. The programme is estimated to have around 350 million views per week in 170 different countries

The show has received acclaim for its visual style and presentation, and criticism for its content and often politically incorrect commentary made by its presenters. Columnist A. A. Gill, close friend of Clarkson and fellow Sunday Times columnist, described the show as "a triumph of the craft of programme making, of the minute, obsessive, musical masonry of editing, the French polishing of colourwashing and grading" Each Season is preceded by clips from the show, usually edited together in a humorous fashion, in order to promote attention for the new series. A famous teaser of an excitable
family who saw the Top Gear team
filming a segment for a new series. "Ooh, Richard. That's not gone well." Captions are provided for Top Gear by the BBC. As the show is broadcast across so many countries and for so many different TV Channels, there are often subtitles available in many different languages. Look at The Edit - Presentation "What could possibly go wrong?"

Car Review
Star in a Reasonably Priced Car
Power Laps
The Cool Wall
Top Gear Awards
The News

Occasionally, there is a change in the format and an one off 'special' episode is broadcast, usually a road trip across a foreign country. "Fine, no-one likes the
cool wall, so f*** that!" Jezza Top Gear is broken down into segments
in each episode. These vary between: Top Gear's presenting team that came together in 2003 has become legendary across the world, with many critics praising the team as being one of the main factors for the show's worldwide success. When introducing a car in an article, various diagetic and non-diagetic sound effects are used i.e engine revving & tire screech but also power drills and loud bass echo's. PTC audio is inserted which then cuts to the PTC visual, creating split edit. Viewing Figures - 7 to 7.5 million on the BBC. However, the global viewing figures for each episode are estimated to be 350million or more.
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