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Series, serial and single camera dramas

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p chewins

on 10 December 2014

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A great example of narrative form through story telling, is in the film Leon the Professional. Leon begins, with the protagonist (hero) Leon as a lonely man with no family or friends. Then we are introduced with Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, play by Natile Portman who is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his apprentice and learns the assassin's trade. The film was critically acclaimed and noted as Luc Besson's best film.

Super Size Me
This example of film/tv is how documentary form exposes reality. While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month. The film documents this lifestyle's drastic effect on Spurlock's physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry's corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit.

by Worldwide Audiences
Super Size Me first premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where Morgan Spurlock won the Grand Jury Prize for directing the film.The film opened in the U.S. on May 7, 2004, and grossed a total of $11,536,423 worldwide, making it the 18th highest-grossing documentary film of all time.
Linear or sequentially means in which order the scenes are.

A non-linear or non-sequential film is when the order is messed up. A linear narrative is when everything's in order.

Most films are linear because the main big-name actors get paid to much money to be killed off at the start of the film.

An example of this is Sean Bean known for dying in nearly every film he's in.

Narrative form is the structure of which movies tell stories. When I speak of ‘going to the movies,’
I almost always mean that I are going to see a
Narrative film – a film that tells a story. but there are other ways to portray a film. Such as

Narrative form tells stories.
Documentary form exposes reality.
Experimental form experiments on the medium

Series, serial and single camera dramas
Super size me (2004)
The opening for “The Gold Watch” clip is long monologue this time by Christopher Walken. As time as its underlining feature, continuously being a key element throughout. This is why a flash back is key hear. it shows an audience key plot line or the significance in a characters life. The age of the watch being passed down through generations to end up in Butch’s hands. Walken acts as a bringer to time in this segment, he gives the watch it’s sentimental meaning to Butch. Shot in low angles, from child Butch’s perspective, he seems more like a wise man or diety then a man. His speech about the watch is more about imparting the wisdom of time to this young child. From now on the watch functions as a constant reminder of time ticking down, of every moment being of up most importance, of having an understanding of those moments and the importance they play. This whole scene couldent have been possable and had such a profouned effect without the use of flashback.

The use of flashback is normally used to show the contrast of age or a characters life. That should be re watched for the audience, for the audience to understand something prior to the story there watching. In this example it is used to show the history of a certain item.

Full lengh section. I used the first few minutes as an example.

The first shot is an establishing shot over the city going towards the right hand side with no tilt.

This shot is an hand held camera with very little sway but can be seen. properly done to bring realism to the shot by showing it’s a more realistic, gritty way of shooting the scene.

Using a tilted camera to show Jamie as the more dominant character in the scene they make the audience feel initially scared of him by having the camera look up into his eyes.

Using a long range shot capturing Jamie at the bar the audience is purposely made to feel Asif they should not be ‘in’ the scene while being so far away.

Camera Techniques

Used rarely in the opening. Its used more to establish scenes and give plot. As a soul purpose. The use of very little sound in this scene could be to attempt to build tension for the audience in the future.

Sound Techniques

The only times the lighting changes drastically is in the club scene. Other wise the lighting is mostly quite bright so in contrast, and imply life is going well for the budding couple. The audience will pick up on this subconsciously and initially think all is going well for them.

On the flip side the club scene, using very dimmed lighting almost masking the emotion on the faces of the characters. An element of mystery injects the scene to reveal info about the character for example this could imply the darker side to the relationship using only lighting.

Lighting Techniques
Series drama This is England 86’

Only used to slightly shade the leader of the bikers. In an effort to create a shady scary character to keep the audience on edge about the scene. Otherwise it is used as a set scene or an establishes to show a bright clear day and how the other group were having fun. until the bikers arrive, then the bikers come the shade is used to show they are darkening the mood and to show contrast between the two groups.


Starting with a eye level shot. You see the approaching bikers come from camera left. This is used to signify them approaching. Then deliberately right to left to show they have arrived. Before they arrive the camera pans over both group like a tracking shot to show both groups are close to each other and at the same location. All this happening at a medium distance shot purposely not to show emotion. As they arrive and meet the other group the camera tilts down on a angle making the bikers the more dominant prescience. Making the audience feel as in weaker position.


Deliberately using very nice, light heighten music to create an unsure atmosphere. To keep the audience entertainment and keep them watching.

Dietetic sound is also known as sound effects, these are things such as footsteps and rain bouncing off of the ground. The purpose of sound effects is to make the film sound real, this could be smashing a fake glass and add the sound of real glass shattering.

Non-dietetic sound is any sound which isn’t sound effects, this could be a soundtrack playing in the background or a narrator commentating. Non-dietetic sound is to add effects which will change your mood for example, if a character is walking down a corridor and happy music is playing you would presume he is enjoying life but if the background music is gradually getting faster and louder you anticipate something is about to happen.

There is a shot used hugely by films in Hollywood especially, called an enigma shot. If done correctly it could its should make the audience think to the character is. Such as hear, a man reading a news paper it hasn't fully showed his face on purpose to leave thee audience guessing to who the character is. This is purposely done to hide the identity of a character.

Enigma Shot
When the camera is looking down at a character it makes them look vulnerable. Where as if the camera is looking up at a character then they seem powerful.

In this segmental out of the film 7 psychopaths the woman identity is hidden at first. This makes the audience think of who the character is. This is used hear to show the significance of the woman and how important to the book she is .
ECU- extreme close up
MCU- medium close up
CU- close up
MS- medium shot
LS- long shot
MLS- medium long shot
ELS- extreme long shot

A realist drama is a drama which involves real people in real situations and therefor an anti-realist drama is not real like from the genre sci-fi or fantasy.

The main types of sub-genres in the drama category are classic & period, crime and sci-fi & fantasy. These different sub-genres are used often used by the BBC in shows such as Our Zoo for classic & period, The Driver for crime and Doctor Who which is for sci-fi & fantasy.

A hybrid is a mixture of two things in one, In film this is when two genres or more likely sub-genres are put together. A good example of this is the film Cowboys vs. Aliens because it mixes both the cowboy genre and the sci-fi genre together. This film is a story of a spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. Staring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde but even these big names could pull off a good hybrid receiving dreadful ratings.

In the film industry lighting is very important because long with sound it can effect a film and change the concept completely. There are different types of lighting to cause different effects.

High-key lighting is when there's lots of lighting being used on a character, for example, there is normally a main, filler and back light on the character to show happiness and a joyful mood perhaps.

On the other side there is low-key lighting, this is when not as many or no lights are being shown. This is to make the audience feel the depression of the character or to show horror/mystery.

Dead Set (2008)

Used as the audience in introduced to the first zombie 'protagonist’ appears. In a dark setting to scare the audience when its jumps out.

Starting in a big brother style set. The camera are peeing into the living life of the house mates. Using high up cameras to look down in to the house in an almost birds eye view. Used to in a way make the audience impose and look into the situation.


Eyre music and sound is play when the protagonist appear. To scare the audience and build tension. These range from the sort of distorted notes that come from a hi-fi cranked up too high, to the squeal produced by blowing too hard into a trumpet.

Single Camera Drama
Josh Foulds

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