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Release Date:
20 September 1999 (USA)

Filming Locations:
New York City, New York, USA
Director Dick Wolf has become known for the notorious opening scene to the TV series: Law and Order: Special victims Unit.

Acorrding to Brian Barjenbruch, a TV critic, says "This show delves into the dark side of the New York underworld as the detectives of a new elite force, the Special Victims Unit, investigate and prosecute various sexually oriented crimes, while trying to balance the effects of the investigation on their own lives."
Film Elements Highlighted in Law & Order: SVU

One major film/tv element that is portrayed in this TV series is music. While music or sound is not completely necessary it certainly adds something to the TV series/movie watching experience. Music can add a certain mood, tension and suspense to scenes that could otherwise be quite insipid. There are no rules on how a soundtrack should sound.

Story leads to the further development in a film. Story is the backbone of the film and it is hero of the film. Beautiful lighting, creative camerawork and smooth editing are pointless if the story/screenplay isn’t compelling. Dialogues are part of screenplay which is the part by part representation of the story. These are building blocks of the film.

(Director Dick Wolff)
The director is the head of the film unit. He has to know what he wants from all other departments. One who blends and uses all the elements effectively comes out as a successful director. The director should visualize the script in the perceptive of a camera keeping the audience in mind along the usage of all other films, satisfying all of them and finally getting what he wants. He has to be technically strong as well. Direction is the deciding factor of the film. The director is the ruler of the film.

Acting plays a key role in film making where the entire work of film making and the work of many departments is seen through the actors and their surroundings. In precise, they are the icon and representation of so many people who work for that film

Usage of camera, how one capture’s the frame is what cinematography is all about. It is all about composing, framing, focusing and continuity in the film. Good camera usage will work wonders for your film. The imaginative and creative camerawork will increase the connection between the audience and your story. So it is very important of film making which should show what audience what to see in sync with what director wants to show. Anything which is one side/one way will not satisfy neither audience nor film maker. The cinematography is an aesthetic are which speaks by itself through visuals.
NBC's Law & Order franchise chronicles the life and crimes of the elite Special Victims Unit of the New York Police Department. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf. SVU celebrated its 200th episode in April 2008. Although Law & Order: Special Victims Unit carries the brand name Law & Order, the newer program has established a strong and unique identity. It has proved itself as a hit in its own right. In the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons, the series broke into the Top 20. Mariska Hargitay has won a Golden Globe and Emmy each for her portrayal of Det. Olivia Benson. It also garnered Emmy wins for guest-stars Amanda Plummer, Leslie Caron, and Cynthia Nixon. The series' popularity was recognized with the People's Choice Awards, Image Awards, Satellite Awards, and the TV Guide Awards with nominations for Favorite New Serie

Like its sister series Law & Order (1990), SVU episodes are often advertised as being "ripped from the headlines". Many people mistake this to mean that they are based on real events. In reality, the slogan is referring to the show's practice of coming up with stories that are partially inspired by recent headlines. However, only a fairly small portion of the episode will resemble the real incident or incidents that it is inspired by. There might be a few scenes that resemble a well known headline while the majority of the episode goes in a different direction or there could be one character that is based on a famous individual but the circumstances the person encounters are largely made up.
About the Director Dick Wolf
Richard Anthony "Dick" Wolf is an American producer, specializing in crime dramas such as Miami Vice and the Law & Order franchise. Throughout his career he has won several awards including an Emmy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The New York Times
Caryn James
Feb 22, 2013

"A crackling-sharp spinoff...The show swiftly finds its balance. Not every series lends itself to cloning, but the essential qualities of "Law and Order" seem made for it: headline-generated stories resolved in self-contained episodes; a no-nonsense tone; a cast large enough to vary the focus."
Besides all the controversial cases on Law & Order: SVU....What makes it so addictive?... The Actors.
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