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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama Age A Grade Exemplar

Rob Miller | Thursday September 17, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A in the Answer Booklet provided. Rule a diagonal line through your notes when you are finished.

Answer the question below with detailed reference to specific examples from the extract only.

Extract: Waterloo Road Series 7 Episode 5

  • G322 TV Drama - Waterlood Road - Age

1. Discuss the ways in which the extract constructs the representation of age using the following:

  • Camera shots, angle, movement and composition
  • Editing
  • Sound
  • Mise-en-scene (50 marks)

This exemplar is analysed in chronological sequence using only the above four criteria. It is assumed the student has taken notes on the second, thrid and fourth screenings and on each occasion added to his/her initial observations by splitting the notes page into one column covering textual analysis and opposite, in the second column, identifying how each aspect reveals a representation.

Alternative approaches are equally efficient and can involve taking notes covering each aspect separately by using a writing frame detailing camera shots, angle, movement, composition, editing, sound and mise-en-scene noting how each constructs a representation. The essay sould then be written up using each individual aspect.

A low angle shot of tan leather shoes walking slowly but confidently across the floor suggests connotations of authority. This then cuts to a medium shot of an older teacher and two young pupils. The teacher conforms to stereotypes of older age by analysing elements of the mise-en-scene including his dress...

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