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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Essay Plan: Language

Rob Miller | Friday March 20, 2015

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Analyse use of Media Language in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing my thriller opening sequence which I filmed and edited as my main task which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied media language in existing Thrillers such as Seven, Psycho, Taken 3, Skyfall and Escape Plan. This enabled us to fully understand how cinematography, mise-en-scene, composition, editing and sound could be applied to our own productions to help understand genre, narrative and representation?.

  • Analyse visual language and connotations of diegetic and non-diegetic sound in your opening sequence – how it creates meaning for audiences and establishes conventions. You can use Roland Barthes’ narrative codes initially – deconstruct the technical (editing, sound, camera movement, framing, type of shot, special effects) and mise-en-scene (settings, costume, objects and props, lighting and colour, pose, body language posture….).
  • Example analysis – “excessive use of tight close ups encode claustrophobia and anxiety ensuring audiences deconstruct narrative enigma or the hermeneutic code?. Or, “ the colour palette is de-saturated with a blue filter. This gives clues to the hybridised genre of social realism but also adds a cold, detached feel symbolising the personality of the character?.
  • Remember, unlike other 1 (b) responses you will be expected to analyse your production in significant detail, fully understanding how it links with the other question topic areas of narrative, genre, audience and representation e.g. “body language, framing and type of shot can establish character representations as in Hitchcock’s Marnie. I have also tried to tell the story with limited dialogue, focusing on camera movement?.
  • Think about how you have used media language to construct a non-realist representation (if this is the case). According to Bordwell and Thompson – “meanings are constructed, never...

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