Who's doing the AQA Media Exam this year? the one about TV Crime Dramas?

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Really lost on what to do for this exam could use some advice

Posted Tue 20th March, 2012 @ 19:14 by clinpsych

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i am doing this exam. basically, we get the preliminary material almost a month before the exam so we have the whole month to create our own ideas on what they ask. i find that the easiest way to get top marks is to always refer to M.I.R.A - media language, institution, representation and audience.. media language includes locations, props, mise-en-scene, lighting, camera shots, soumdtrack. theories that you could use include Todorovs theory of equilibrium, disequilibrium, equilibrium. (where the narrative is solved by the end of the show) and Levi Strauss theory of Binary Opposites (so good v. evil, dark v. light, victim v. villain etc... two contrasting things) institution is who creates the show, and why its aired on there at a particular time, representation -of the characters, how are they shown as smart, or dum or high class, or snobby etc.. always give examples of a particular show and how it shows it.. of the location, same pretty much.. audience, who watches it, why, when, where, include primary, secondary and tertiary audiences. target audience too. theories you can use is blumler and katz theory of uses and gratifications - an audience will watch something to get something out of it. for example, identity, information, relationships, and entertainment. when trying to think of something you can produce for your practical, it may be easier for you to design something you would watch that goes along those lines given. 8/10 times, your audience will be families so be careful on what your narrative is-nothing too explicit or gory, programme scheduling should be before 9 for usually one hour (watershed - theres children etc...) i will see if i can do a video that may help, as there is a lot to cover. hopefully, these notes have helped prompt some things. 

Answered Thu 29th March, 2012 @ 21:19 by Khristine
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Im exactly the same, i have no idea what to do for the plot line, and how to make up our own crime drama, i thought of getting un-heard of crime programme and twisting it to suit me, or if you look online there are some useful sites, i've ended up not concentrating on media and more on other stuff like science and english. 

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 15:19 by fiona andrews
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I'm doing the exam to, my TVCD is set in London and the detective has a past history and uses mental instincts to work out the cases and the sidekick counterbalances her. I'm going against the sterotypical detective and making it a woman and to gain extra marks make the title of your TVCD the name of you dective eg Sherlock Holmes (detective) Sherlock (name of series). I doubt that it will help. Does anyone know of the main conventions of the crime drama just so i can revise from them?

Answered Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 18:27 by Shannon Gray
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to be honest, your title can be anything as long as it is catchy and and you can explain why you have chosen it.. ive chosen HIDDEN and some people in school are choosing SOLVED.

Answered Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 18:45 by Khristine
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That long paragraph really helped:')!

Answered Wed 13th June, 2012 @ 20:36 by Prit:)