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The Vampire Diaries

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Maryanne Cambronero

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Transcript of The Vampire Diaries

Camera angles
and shots
Mise en scene
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries is developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. The show is based on the book series written by L.J. Smith.
The CW premiered The Vampire Diaries on September 10, 2009.
The show takes place in a town called Mystic Falls, Virginia.
Mystic Falls is a small town filled with supernatural beings such as Vampires, Witches, Werewolf, Hybrids and Doppelgangers.

Audience Figures
The Vampire Diaries pilot episode had the largest audience to tune into the show than any other CW shows. On average the first season of the show had 3.60 million views and remains the most-watched show on the CW network.
The show has been nominated 71 times and in total won 25 awards. The Vampire Diaries won 21 Teen Choice Awards, 2 People's Choice Awards and 2 Young Hollywood Awards.
Hair &Makeup
The Vampire Diaries
The Salvatore Brothers
Use of sounds
Choice of

Mystic Falls High school
Scenes at Mystic
Falls High school are
filmed at Templeton
Secondary School,
Vancouver, British
Gilbert House
Mystic Grill
Mystic Grill scenes
are filmed at Alexander Royston Law Firm. The Law firm is transformed into the Mystic Grill by painting the building green.
Production Process
Supernatural drama

Salvatore Boarding house
Pilot Episode
Salvatore house
Gilbertt House
Mystic Falls
Mystic Falls
High school

Pilot Episode Props
The Salvatore Boarding House
scenes are filmed in
North of Atlanta,
Sandy Springs, Georgia,
Glenridge Hall.
The residence was built in 1929.

The house used as the 'Gilbert House' is located in the Southern town of Covington, Ga., at 2104 Floyd Street NE, the five-bedroom, four-bathroom house was built in 1921
All Characters
Positioning of
The show uses continuity editing to put shots together.
Example one
Example two
A cut technique is used to go to another scene.
Scene 1
Scene 2
Close up and extreme close up
The show uses close ups and extreme close ups when it reaches a dramatic part to emphasize the characters emotions or facial expression.
This camera technique is also used to give out clues to the audience for e.g the camera does a close up shot of a diary, this could mean that the diary is important to the plot and the audience should pay attention to it because it could appear or link to an event.
Medium Shot
Pilot episode lighting
For the pilot episode, high key lighting and low key lighting are used to create a natural light and mysterious setting.
Low angle shot
The medium shot draws attention to the upper half of the characters. It could be used as a way of showing a body language for e.g. on the screen shot of Elena and Stefan, it shows their body language; how close they are to each other and they are both tilting their bodies towards the middle.
This screen shot shows a low angle shot from one of the scenes. A low angle show is used to emphasise power over someone or something for e.g. the screen shot below portrays Damon looking and laughing down at Stefan because Stefan is on the floor, weakened by Damon's strength.
Diegetic sounds and Non Diegetic sounds
The show contains diegetic and non diegetic sounds. Non diegetic sounds included in the show because background music is added on to suit the scene or the characters mood.
Also, sound effects are added in for vampire sounds as Stefan runs towards Damon.
In the beginning of the episode, it starts with Stefan's voice over explaining his story.
The characters talk to each other which is a diegetic sound. Also diegetic sounds are introduced in the episodes for e.g. a car braking.
Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore
Nina Dobrev as
Elena Gilbert
Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore
Candice Accola as
Caroline Forbes
Kat Graham as
Bonnie Benette
Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert
Micheal Trevino as Tyler Lockwood
Zach Roerig as Matt Donovan

No. of seasons - 5
No. of episodes - 100
Running Time- 43 minutes

Continuity Editing
Positive role models: The main characters have good core intentions, but their behavior (including underage drinking) isn't always exemplary. No one is entirely positive, although a few characters are obvious villains and entirely negative. Despite his innate thirst for human blood, the show's "good vampire" character fights it and prefers to hunt animals instead.

Positive Role Models

Violent conflict (including vampire attacks
and hand-to-hand combat that involves people throwing each other into buildings
and out of windows, etc.) is part of every episode -- and so is blood. Characters also experience life-altering moments of violence, including death.

Occasional use of words like "crap", "dick" and "ass," along with descriptive terms such as "tranny mess."

Some advertising (for Bing) appears on the screen during the show, and characters from the series are appearing in commercials that air in conjunction with the show.


Most of the main characters (including the heroine) drink alcohol socially on occasion, even though they're underage. Some drink to the point of being drunk, although there are rarely any consequences for their actions. Some characters smoke cigarettes, and one character has a serious drug problem, although he attempts to get clean over the course of the series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The Mystic Falls High School has a big effect on the show because most of episodes during season 1 was filmed there and this is where the audience gets a chance to see all the characters socialising together and getting to know them better.
The Gilbert house has a big effect on the show because it showed how Elena and Jeremy had to live on their own because of their parent's death.
The Mystic Grill also has an effect on the show because this is usually where new characters are introduced during an episode. Also, this is another place apart from the high school where the characters are seen together.
The Salvatore house has a big effect because on the show, the Salvatore house are owned by Damon and Stefan (who are vampires) and their house is usually entered by the bad characters on the show and the setting plays a big part on the storyline.
In the beginning of the show, Elena has lost her parents.
So for Elena's makeup, they did not put much colour on her face to represent how empty and lifeless she feels. Her hair is styled in a middle parting so it covers most of her face, this represents how she doesn't want anyone to see how sad she is and she uses her hair to hide that.
Radio Ad
TV Adverts/promo
Season 1
Season 2
Product partnership
with FORD
Bill boards
Bonnie's character is a witch and for her makeup they have used dark colours for her eyes to make her look fierce. They have used bronser to give her a glowing look . Bonnie's hair is also styled in a middle parting like Elena's but her face isn't covered, instead it shows off alot of her face.
The rings are used to protect vampires from the sun.
They are usually referred to in the show as 'daylight rings'. Daylight rings are important to the show as it allows vampire characters to walk in the sun, to prevent people getting suspicious. The rings are also assigned to an owner so it would only work on them. The spell for the daylight rings are cast by witches, which fits into the shows' plots.

TV adverts and promos are used to advertise the show. They are usually shown between TV breaks and video websites such as YouTube and they help attract audiences as they feature dramatic parts of the storyline, which could be intriguing and could capture the people watching the adverts attention.
The show features the characters driving FORD cars.
They are also stood in a circle, which symbolises their friendship group and no one is blocking anyone because they're all
facing each other which tells us how close they are.
In this scene, Elena is confronting Jeremy about his drug addiction. Elena is pushing Jeremy towards the wall which suggests that she has the power to tell him what to do and it shows how she's responsible.
In this scene, the characters are gathered together at the mystic grill. They are sat facing each other in a circle, which suggests how close they are. All the characters in this picture have their arms crossed which may suggest that they have something to hide although they look close.
In this scene, the characters body language are all tense which suggest some problems between them. Vicky is somehow placed in the middle and her arms are pointed towards Tyler, which suggests that she's protecting him from Jeremy. Jeremy is placed on a higher ground to represent how he has control over the situation.
For the pilot episode, the characters -excluding Damon, Stefan and Jeremy- are wearing bright colours to represent a new beginning as the characters start their first day of school.
It also contrasts the genre of the show (horror) and it covers the sadness that lays underneath the smiling characters such as Elena, who lost her parents that summer. The bright colours creates a happy environment.

For Stefan and Damon's clothes, they were dressed in black or brown colours to represent their dark and mysterious past. The dark colours may also represent their lack of happiness and the tragedy that they've experience throughout the years as a vampire.
Ethical, legal
regulatory issues
The Vampire Diaries

Since, The Vampire Diaries is an American show, it's been given an age rating of TV-14, meaning that the show contains material that are not suitable for viewers under the age of 14.
The Copyright Alert System (CAS)
CAS known as The Copyright Alert System is a private system that alerts, educates and punishes internet subscribers of the Internet service providers such as AT&T, Cabletelevision, Time Warner, Verizon and Comcast according on accusations of BitTorrent and peer-to-peer file sharing use to distribute copyright material from a list of specific entertainmemt corporations and their CAS registered content. It is limited to customers of those Internet vendors in the United States. The press has branded the CAS as a "six strikes" program.
The CAS sends up to six electronic warnings notifying the subscribers of alleged copyright infringement, as reported by a monitoring service working on behalf of participating copyright owners. If copyright infringement is reported after a final warning, the ISPs have agreed to implement "mitigation measures", which can include penalties such as bandwidth throttling.
The CAS framework was established on July 7, 2011 by the Center for Copyright Information (CCI), after 3 years in the making. After multiple delays, ISPs began implementing it in late February 2013.
Operating model
Originally, Kevin Williamson (the show's executive producer) was not interested into developing the series, as he thought it was too similar with other vampire tales but he later changed his mind when Julie Plec urged him to read the novels and Kevin Williamson was then intrigued by the story.
On February 6, 2009, The CW had green-lit the pilot episode for The Vampire Diaries with Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec as head writers and executive producers. On May 19, 2009, the series was officially ordered for the 2009–2010 season.

Home releases
Season one was released on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4 and on Blu-ray in Regions A and B. Both United States versions include commentary by cast and crew members on selected episodes, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, webisodes, and a downloadable audiobook of L.J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening. It was released on DVD in Region 2 on August 23, 2010. Following that release, Region 1 began selling DVDs on August 31, 2010, and Region 3 on September 1, 2010. In Region A, it was released on Blu-ray on August 31, 2010. Region B's releases varied; United Kingdom on August 23, 2010, Brazil on August 26, 2010 and Australia on September 1, 2010. The Vampire Diaries Season 2 will be available in DVD and Blu-ray on August 30, 2011. Region B's releases varied; United Kingdom on August 22, 2011, Brazil on August 25, 2011. The Vampire Diaries: Season 3 will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on September 11 and A and on September 5, 2012 for Regions 4 and B. The Vampire Diaries: Season 4 is available on DVD and Blu-ray in A as of September 15, 2013.
The Vampire Diaries faces a few competitors from similar genre shows such as:
-True Blood
-The Walking Dead
True Blood
The marketing decides on how the show is advertised and promoted. They also decide where and when it will be advertised.
According to Ad Age, the average price for a 30-second spot on "Vampire Diaries" is $61,887.
Offensive Material
-The show sometimes includes offensive language to insult another character such as "dick", which may be offensive to younger audiences.
-Also the show contains, sex scenes which may not be suitable for younger audiences.
-Violence is mostly portrayed within the show; showing fake blood which would upset audiences with the fear of blood.
-Sex scenes are also commonly shown episodes between characters which may not be suitable for younger audiences.
itv plays The Vampire Diaries during Tuesdays at 9.00pm and it's available on catch up (itv player or TV catch up)
itv player offer age restrictions to watch The Vampire Diaries.
The viewer must be 18 or over as it contains content such as violence, sex, drug use and strong language.
Younger audience
The show could affect younger audiences (aged 15-17) as the show portrays scenes where characters would have unprotected sex and it sends a message that it's acceptable, which could cause teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Some characters are also portrayed to have different sexual partners throughout episodes, this gives out a message that teenagers should ignore commitment and it promotes promiscuity. Scenes and actions from the show could encourage younger viewers to do the same.
Also, violent scenes and weapons are included in the show, which promotes ways of killing people to younger audiences, this could increase the number of murders to occur in the world. The shows characters are shown to escape punishments and consequences which could encourage teens to think they are able to get away if they commit the same thing.
The show also includes characters that are unable to feel pain which could encourage younger audiences to try and hurt themselves physically. This could affect teens as they are more vulnerable and prone to depression and what's shown on The Vampire Diaries could push them to think that applying pain on themselves is acceptable.
During season 1 of The Vampire Diaries, the show features some underage drinking from the main characters, which could glamourise drinking to teens as the characters don't think about how it could affect them and this could influence teenagers to follow their footsteps. Older characters are also shown to drink alcohol frequently just to have fun and that glamourises drinking which introduces alcohol problems to older audiences.
Also, characters are shown smoking throughout a couple of episodes,
The show portrays different ethnicity to categorize powerful, evil, characters such as Witches, they are usually played by people with dark skin (link back to the Salem witches). This could cause offense to viewers as it could be seen as people with darker skin are categorized as witches.
The Vampire characters all have the same power, no matter their gender and sexism isn't as significant on other shows. Both male and female vampire characters are presented as strong and equal characters in terms of sexism.
Although, women are made to look "sexy" to attract the male characters; women are still shown as 'sex objects' during social events on the show such as parties. Human characters that are used as victims for vampires to feed on are usually women who are in their early 20s, this could portray women as weak subject. As for male victims, it's quite rare for the show them as victims as males are seen to be the stronger character (physically and emotionally).
The show included only one gay character (Bill Forbes), he was shown in 6 episodes along with his vampire daughter (Caroline Forbes).
The Vampire Diaries are available through DVD. In the UK, Season 1, 2, 3 and 4 are sold in shops such as HMV.
Salvatore House
(Season 1- Pilot Episode)
The episode begins with a couple (Darren Malloy and Brooke Fenton) driving when suddenly they hit someone (Damon). The couple stops to take a look if the person was okay. The person then gets up and kills Darren and Brooke tries to escape but failed as she was caught in the air by an unseen force.

The show finally starts with the plot, including a teenager called Elena Gilbert (played by Nina Dobrev) and her brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen). The teenagers come to grips with the fact that their parents have recently died and their only guardian is their Aunt Jenna (Sarah Canning). Elena becomes emotionally withdrawn with hiding her grief and Jeremy turns to drugs to avoid dealing with his emotions. A mysterious new student called Stefan Salvatore then starts in Mystic Falls High school and he attracts Elena's attention.

During the middle of the episode, Elena visits her parents grave in a cemetery and realises that someone is walking towards her. Elena then runs and falls over causing her to cut her leg. Elena carries on running and suddenly bumps into Stefan. They converse and Stefan notices the smell of the blood from Elena's cut and his face changes which Elena notices and she then observed the cut but when she looks up, she noticed that Stefan has vanished.
Elena's friend, Bonnie (Kat Graham) feels something mysterious when she accidentally touched Stefan's hand.

Matt Donovan's (Zack Roerig) sister Vicki (Kayla Ewell) is bitten by something that's believed to be an animal attack. The ending shows that Stefan is a vampire (does not feed on humans) and he realises that he's not the only vampire in Mystic falls. Stefan's brother, Damon, appears and after not seeing each other for 15 years, the siblings get into a fight causing Stefan to throw Damon out the window but Damon seems to be stronger as he feeds on human blood.

Diaries are kept by characters such as Stefan and Elena. The Diaries plays a big part on the show as it features the characters writing their feelings and thoughts throughout the beginning of the show.
The stakes are used to kill vampires. They able to kill a vampire if it's stabbed through the heart. The stakes play an important role as it is usually a weapon that kills a vital character.
Elena's Vervain necklace
Elena's necklace contains Vervain, which is a plant that protects you from vampire compulsion. Elena's necklace was given by Stefan to protect Elena from Damon.

For the cemetery scene, high key lighting is used, which resulted to filler lights. The bright lights also contrast with the cemetery atmosphere as it is more brighter. The lighting also makes the obvious colours such as green and red to stand out more to create a cheerful atmosphere when the characters meet each other.
For the school scene, natural lighting is used as it takes place indoors and this creates a more realistic atmosphere.
For the Salvatore House scene, low key lighting is used. The only lighting that's used in the scene is coming from the fire and the light from the windows. Low key lighting is used to create a mysterious and scary atmosphere which matches the Salvatore Brother's lives. Also, the low key lighting could represent the lack of happiness within Damon and Stefan and the dark lighting could represent how they are lifeless because of how they have died and transformed into vampires.
For Elena's costume, she's wearing casual clothes: a top and denim jeans. This suggests that Elena is just a typical teenage girl. Her normal dress sense may also suggest that she's just a regular girl that's surrounded by supernatural creatures and she doesn't consider herself to be anything special.
Both Stefan and Damon's make-up are similar. They both wear to contacts to create the red vampire eyes and the cracks under their eyes are created by Computer Generated Imagery (CGI).
Dark colours and red eyeshadow is also used under the eyes to create a dark and scary effect. For the teeth, the actors who play Damon and Stefan wear costumised teeth that fits them specifically. For the hair, they are styled in modern hairstyles to help them create the illusion that they belong into that period of time.
The meaning of the show could be that anyone should accept each other even if they are unusual. Also, that family and friends should be appreciated and should not be taken for granted as the show portrays the tragedy and loss of loved ones.
The Vampire Diaries production process is based on the Vampire Diaries books by L.J. Smith. The storyline is inspired by the books but may be changed on the show.
The show's storyline is mainly written by Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson and the editors are Lance Anderson, Tyler Cook and Nathan Easterling.
The show is produced by the studios Outerbanks Ent, Alloy Ent, CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television.
CW Television Network (2009-) (USA) (TV)
Canadian Television (CTV) (2009-) (Canada) (TV)
GO! (2009-) (Australia) (TV)
Net5 (2010-) (Netherlands) (TV)
ProSieben Television (2010-) (Germany) (TV)
RTL Klub Televízió (2010-) (Hungary) (TV)
Star Channel (2012) (Greece) (TV)
Super! Drama TV (2012-) (Japan) (TV)
VT4 (2010) (Belgium) (TV) (Flemish speaking region) (up to 1.14)
Vijftv (2011-) (Belgium) (TV) (Flemish speaking region) (re-release up to 1.14) (1.15-)
Warner Home Video (2011) (Japan) (DVD)
Warner Home Video (2011) (Netherlands) (Blu-ray) (DVD) (season 1)
Warner Home Video (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (season 1)
Warner Home Video (2012) (Netherlands) (Blu-ray) (DVD) (seasons 2 and 3)
Warner Home Video (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD) (seasons 2 and 3)
Warner Home Video (2010) (USA) (Blu-ray) (DVD) (season 1)
Warner Home Video (2010) (USA) (DVD) (season 1)

How it's distributed in different countries
-The purpose of this show is to entertain its audience.
-To grab the book fans attention.

True Blood is an American television drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional, small town in northwestern Louisiana. The series centers on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality. A reported $100 million were spent on True Blood DVDs.
Posters could appeal to the target audience as it mainly features the three major characters.
Billboards help advertise the show as it is usually placed on main roads and by doing that, it could help the show attract a wider range audience and audiences that has never seen the show before.
Radio ads could help advertise the show as radio channels could be listened to by different ages and that could also help advertise the show to a wider range of audience.
By Maryanne Cambronero
Production Process
Starts with an idea....
The show starts with an idea which usually originates from a book. The Vampire Diaries show is inspired by the series of books by L.J Smith with the same title.
A network then agrees or disagrees to create a pilot episode and hires directors and editors to produce the episode.
A script gets written...
The writers on the show begin writing a script and
later approved by the network.
Writers produce drafts, storyboards of scripts.
-Hiring actors and TV Crew
-Filming locations
-Special effects
-Production schedule
-Set construction
-Finalising the script
-Script read by actors and directors
The show then requires approval from the Showrunner, Director and the Network before it is finalised and released to be aired.

Production begins
Role of relevant regulatory bodies
The Federal Communications Commission also known as FCC is an independent agency of the United States government, created by Congressional statute. The FCC works towards six goals in the areas of broadband, competition, the spectrum, the media, public safety and homeland security.
The Vampire Diaries is based on a book by L.J Smith and the network has to buy the rights from the author to produce the show.

How the copyright affects The Vampire Diaries
About the BBFC
BBFC is short for British Board of Film Classification. It's an independent, non-governmental body that classify cinema films, video and DVDs since 1912. The recordings act was passed in 1984.
Age rating by the BBFC
The Vampire Diaries was given an age rating of 15 by the BBFC as some episodes contain moderate horror, drug references and sex reference.

The Vampire Diaries is given a 15 for the language as it contain offensive language which may be unsuitable for younger audiences.

Violence such as murder and torture is also commonly shown on The Vampire Diaries.

Sex and nudity
The Vampire Diaries contain characters having sex and in certain episodes nudity is shown (usually the upper body such as the chest).

BBFC rating of The Vampire Diaries
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