Media Studies:Crime drama

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GCSE Media studies Mind Map on Media Studies:Crime drama, created by oliverwhitehead16 on 03/12/2014.

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Media Studies:Crime drama
1 Camera shots
1.1 Close up
1.2 Birds eye view/ Crane shot
1.3 Over the Shoulder Shot
1.4 Mid shot
1.5 Long shot/ wide shot
1.6 Point of view
1.7 Camera movement
2 Representations
2.1 Detectives/police men: usually with imperfect human characteristics, they make mistakes
2.2 Damaged human beings: usually become caught up in crime
2.3 Ordinary people: Innocent, usually become victims of crime
2.4 Villains: out to seek revenge, finacial gain, power or sexual domination
2.5 Police officers are usually seen in a "buddie" format. Sherlock, Scott and Bailey. They are seen to protect eachother and have eachother's back, as if they were family.
2.6 Age
2.6.1 Old: wise and sensible, do things by the book, sit behind a desk rather than do the physical work
2.6.2 Young; impatient, modern, physical action rather than behind a desk
2.7 Social class
2.7.1 setting
2.7.2 people's jobs
2.7.3 dress code
2.7.4 iconography: the objects, settings and clothing related to a particular genre. in a crime drama an audience may expect to see crime tape, the inside of a police station and police uniforms.
2.7.5 Stereotypes
2.8 Gender
2.8.1 Males: stereotypically police, main protagonists, usually seen in the "buddie" format
2.8.2 females: seen as support actors. this is turned on it's head by scott and bailey and new tricks as females are in the spot light
3 Audience
3.1 Prime time zone(normally 6-10) but most go beyond the watershed time(past 9 pm), the shows get more gritty as they go along.
3.2 Biggest audience found in the prime time and water shed zone
3.3 The audience (demographic) age can vary for each crime drama. It all depends on when or were it is set and which actors are in it
3.3.1 Sherlock: young demographic as it is modern, high tech and has young well known actors in it
3.4 audience are drawn in by the whodunit part of the narrative as most other dramas don't allow this. the satisfaction by piecing together the puzzle before the detective is part of the entertainment
4 promotion:
4.1 interviews
4.2 listings magazine may include double page spreads
4.3 adverts in magazines and billboards
4.4 trailers on t.v, draws audiences attetion
4.4.1 raises expectations
4.4.2 trailer may focus on "star cast"
4.4.3 narritive enigma codes, audience want to watch show to find out what happens
5 Blumler and Katz
5.1 1.Inform, 2.educate, 3.entertain, interaction 5.escapism
6 useful website:
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