Saturday, 14 March 2015

Textual Analysis of Title Sequence and Codes and Conventions related with it (EVALUATION PART FOUR)

This part of the evaluation involves me demonstrating I have a clear understanding of how to make a title sequence including codes and conventions of the genre. The codes and conventions that I deal with in my title sequence is of drama. I need to know what makes a drama title sequence.

The narrative was established with codes and conventions in mind. It involves a woman who is unhappy who progressively becomes happier. This is relevant for the genre of drama. Performance with facial expressions is used to show how she is unhappy. The screenshot below shows an example of how we used facial expressions to show codes and conventions of drama.

I also used editing to make the scenes look dim and gritty. This is a typical code and convention of drama to show how the characters who are in the scene's are feeling. The above screenshot is a close-up, these are used regularly to show emotion in drama's. In the shot we see a woman who is dressed in formal clothing. This is used to show the audience who she is and adds to the location of an office.

The sound used in the office scenes are sad and dramatic. It is a slow piano tone with light notes representing how Louise, the main character is feeling. The sound which is used when Louise starts to travel to India is uplifting with a bollywood style. This is to represent how Louise is feeling happier now.

The above screenshot shows a scene which looks like it is in a council estate. These are known to be grim and horrible places which represent depression with people who live in them. This is a typical setting for a drama as it shows how the character begins in a council estate but ends in a nice comfortable place that they like. The below is the setting from the film Kidulthood.

I used lighting to show codes and conventions of drama to show the conversion from being dark and dismal to bright and happy. This binary opposition is to show how Louise is unhappy because of her job at the start but happy because she is going to India at the end of the title sequence.

As part of research, I looked at The secret life of Walter Mitty, Forrest Gump and Eat Pray Love. The most similar narrative wise to TJOSD is The secret life of Walter Mitty. In both film's we see a person at work who dislike what they are doing so goes on a journey. They both concentrate on one character throughout showing their story.

This shot from The secret life of Walter Mitty shows how Walter is unhappy in his job and he has managers who he dislikes. this is very similar to Louise's story.

Drama's usually exhibit a realistic side to life which my title sequence does. It shows how not everyone loves their job but if you try you can do what you want in life. This is what the title sequence wants to show. This is very similar to other title sequence of a similar genre.

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