Welcome to media production and analysis
During this term our focus will be on production. Early in 2013 we will be going on a three day camp to Rottnest Island for the purpose of filming your own five minute film. Prior to this camp you will design and develop a storyboard, script and filming schedule. Your overarching topic will be Reality Television.
Introduction to Reality Television. We will be viewing British Masterchef, The Block, The Voice, The Cook and the Chef, X Factor, The Kardashians
The History of Reality TVhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6jz65YRCy8
Codes and Conventions
Symbolic and Cultural Codes
Codes vary according to cultural and societal mores. For example, colours may hold different meanings in different countries. In Australia, gold is associated with wealth, the sun and summer. Green may be associated with envy or jealousy and red is often seen as the colour of love and rage. In Australia black is associated with death or sadness but in China white is the colour of mourning.In China, Thailand and Buddhist countries red is considered of be a lucky colour and is often worn at weddings. Filmmakers need to understand these symbolic codes if they are using colour to create specific meanings.
Narrative Codes and Conventions
Narrative codes determine the way we organize and portray a story. How an audience approaches a story may be influenced by their personal familiarity with the codes of storytelling. A usual expectation may be that a story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Filmmakers may vary this sequence and its success will depend on the willingness of the audience to accept the change.
Television news programs provide a good example of narrative codes in action. Viewers are approached by the news reader who introduces items and reporters at specific scence There is a distinct order of presentation, major stories, Local stories, national stories and International stories,sport, the weather and quirky or novelty items.