Friday, 17 July 2009

Friday, 10 July 2009

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

What are the Codes and Conventions?

Remember, codes and conventions are the defending features of a Genre- they are what makes a media text what it is. With moving image texts (Tv shows and films) Codes and Conventions can be elements of:

Everything in the scene/frame props, costumes, setting, lighting, performance, facial expression and make up.
Theme- Ideas/Morals explored
Sound- Diegetic,in the world of the show.Non Diegetic, not in the world of the show.
Cinematography- Camerawork.

Textual Analysis
Textual Analysis is the process of breaking down a text into its various elements and studying them to analyse how meaning is created. When analysing moving image media (such as film or television) we must examine the following areas:

-Camerawork (shots,angles,movements)
-Editing (how shots have been put together)
-Sound (both diegetic and non diegect)
-Special Effects (if there are any)
-Mise-en-scene (costume,make up, facial expression,props, setting, performance)

-Wide Shot/ Establishing Short
-Long Shot
-3/4 Shot
-Mid Shot
-Medium Close up
-Close Up
-Big Close up
-Extreme Close up

-Camera looking up at subject,making it look bigger.
-Camera is tilted to make subject look slanted.
-Cameras looking down on subject making it look smaller.
Worms eye-
-Extreme low angle, camera very low looking up
Eye level
-Camera is pointed directly at subject
Birds eye/Aerial
-extreme high angle,looking straight down.
Point of view shot
-Camera shoots from a character point of view.
Over the shoulder shot
-Camera shoot over a character shoulder.
-The camera move sideways,like a crab does.
-The camera stays in the same spot but pivots left or right.
-The camera stays in the same spot but tilts up or down.
- Also known as tracking, the camera moves backwards or forwards.

Thursday, 21 May 2009



He shaves his neck like he cutting his throat.
he ties his ties his shoe lace as if he`s strangling someone.
he cuts the orange like a murderer.
the first thing he does, is to kill a mosquito.
when he was putting on his shirt, he acts like a was suffocating himself.
he uses floss to clean his teeth.


-topless_ while shaving making coffee, whilst flossing, puting his shoes on.
-top_puts on [look like hes suffocating himself]
dressed in a white at the end, innocent.

Facial expressions:

Smiles: makes him look like he knows what he's doing
His eyes are mysterious and eyebrows are bent
His face is focused forward and it makes him look like a killer

Make Up:

His eyebrows are thick, his face is fresh - different colour from his beard
His face is greasy and his lips are shiny


Razor,tissue,meat,eggs,knife, orange,laces,flossing string,coffee maker,frying pan


Dark lighting in the kitchen
Bright in the bathroom
Daytime lighting at the beginning
Dark in the room, although it's daytime
Low lighting
Dark inside, light outside


Wakes up in bedroom
Shaves in bathroom
Cooks in kitchen
Flosses teeth in bathroom
Walks outside

Thursday, 14 May 2009


in the skins trailer teenagers are being represented in a negative way: i.e. as part lovers, promiscuous, violent, aggressive, drunks. druggies, riotous, loud, immature, destructive, ignorant, rude, disrespectful, obnoxious, energy, sexual, cheap/dirty and scrifty.

In the skins trailer, the representation are constructed by: music [loud + fast pace],
setting [pubs], costume, hair, action of the actors and the narrative content.

from my own point of view, i would say that these features represent teenagers in a negative way and not all teenagers are like that. so it is stereotypical and being exaggerated.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009


This is a list of different things that can be represented in television drama. for example....;
1] gender{ musculinity, feminity}
2]race {white, asian, black]
3]regionality {cockney, northen, irish, scotish}
4]sexuality {gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual}
5]personality {decent, stupid}
6}religion {christian, muslim}
7]class [first class]

In the media, teenagers are been represented as: intimidating, promiscious, troublesome, voilent, teenage pregnancy, emo, lazy, not bothered, rude and moody.