Sunday, 14 June 2009

Channel 4

Channel 4 is a UK public-service television broadcaster which began transmissions on 2 November 1982. The channel was established to provide a fourth television service to the UK that would break the duopoly of the Licence Fee funded BBC's two established services and the single commercial broadcasting network, ITV. Channel 4 enjoys almost universal coverage in the UK and some neighbouring countries and a significant audience share, despite having seen new competition with the growth of cable, satellite and digital services. It also broadcasts Holloaks the TV drama i have researched at 6pm every week day. Channel 4 was established with, and continues to hold, a remit of public service obligations which it must fulfil. The remit changes periodically, as dictated by various broadcasting and communications acts, and is regulated by the various authorities Channel 4 has been answerable to; originally the IBA, then the ITC and now Ofcom.

Representation in TV Drama

A list of all the different things that can be represented in Television Drama. For example:

Gender ( masculinity/feminity)
Race ( white/asian/Bback)
Religionality ( cockney, northern, irish, scottish)
Sexuality ( male, female, gay, transexual, bisexual)
Religion ( christian, muslim, sikh)

Textual Analysis

Low: Camera looking up at subject, making it look bigger.
Eye-level: Camera is pointed directly at subject.
High: Camera is looking down on subject, making it look smaller.
Worm's eye: Extreme low angle, camera is very low, looking up.
Canted: Camera is tilted to make subject look slanted.
Bird's eye: Extreme high angle, looking straight down.
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 medai( such as film or television) we must examine the following areas: Camera ( shots, angles, movements)
Editing ( how shots have been put together)
Sound ( both digetic and non-digetic)
Special effects ( if there are any)
Mise-en-scene ( costume, make-up, facial-expression, props, setting, performance)

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Hollyoaks logo

The Hollyoaks logo shows a glimpse of what the show might be about, with the colours that are usedand it also suggests that there might be battle between the sexes. The pink and blue combined together shows that the two sexes both male and female are going to be involved. The typography is big and bold which might the characters are as loud too.


TV Drama sub-genres

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Textual Analysis of a TV Drama Title Sequence

What is the purpose of a Title Sequence?

To introduce the program.
To tell us the genreor subgenre of the film.
Tell us the location/setting of the show.
Warning that the shows about to start.
Gives the show a recognisable identity.
It can give information about the tone/style.
To tell the period of time it is set in.

Camera Movements

: The camera moves sideways, like a crab does.
Pan: The camera stays inthe same spot but pivots left or right.
Side: The camera stays in the same spot but tilts up or down.
Dolly: Also known as tracking, the camera moves backwards or forwards.

Friday, 22 May 2009


Dialogue is what the characters say.

Diegetic sound is recorded at the same time as the characters are speaking (or it appears to be).

Incidental music in drama is very important to the emotional landscape of a scene and is added.
Non- diegetic sound is voice over narration or music which is put over the top that the characters can't hear but, the audience at home can which is recorded seperately.
Sound effects (SFX) adds to the immediacy of a scene, and can often increase the intensity of the drama.
Cut- shot/reverse shot- jump cut- crosscutting-cutaway- matching eyelines.
Transitions- dissolves or mixes, wipes, fade-in and fade-out, superimpositions, CGI, visual effects, multi-screen.
Manipulating- time use of slomo (slow motion), or time lapse, or speeded up sequences are useful devices for the editor to speed up or slow down time.

Thursday, 21 May 2009



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

Facial Expression
His smiles at the end which makes us think that he knows something we don't know and he knows what he's doing.
His eyes are mysterious and eyebrows are bent to make him look like a pyscho.
His face is focused foward and it makes him look like a killer.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Case study

Hollyoaks shows on channel 4 at 6:30pm every weekday and an omnibus at 11:30am on sundays and, an episode on E4 straight after the one on channel 4. The soap first broadcasted on the 23rd October 1995, it was created by Phil Redmond and its production company is Mersey Television. The highest rating it ever got was on Tuesday 14 October 2008 with over 1.3million viewers. It's audience are young youth up to the age of 30. A critic reviewed and said "It is growing from strength to strength and eventually gaining the respect of the British public".

Holloaks is set around the fictional suburb of Chester which is north of England, with the characters been from their late teens to their late thirties. The storylines are based on serious life issues so viewers can relate to it.

This is the soap i am going to research about

Television Drama Project 3

A full thorough, beautifully presented research and planning and/ or a thorough, detailed research and planning blog.
A textual analysis essay, analysing television drama programme.
A story board for the title sequence for your own, original television drama programme.