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Unit 4 LO 1.2

Week 8,9&10- The Hello Project

In this project, I am going to be creating a video communication project. I have chosen this way of communication because it is the best way I could display my work. if is used something like radio it wouldn’t be as effective because I could only use sounds which this entire project is basically creating a narrative with the word hello. Personally, I prefer to do it in video form because it means that my work is based on visuals more than using just sound. Continue reading “Week 8,9&10- The Hello Project”


Week 7 Unit 4: Representation

In this blog, I am going to be discussing what representation is and how it is used in a lot of TV shows because of its how the media portrays us. Continue reading “Week 7 Unit 4: Representation”

Week4 Unit 4 Theory, Narrative

Different narrative techniques: Continue reading “Week4 Unit 4 Theory, Narrative”

Week 3 Unit 4:Theory,Meise-en-Scene

What is mise-en-scene?

Mise-en-scene is French from the theatre, it means everything on stage. this was transferred over to film and TV meaning everything in the scene. this related to things such as costume, lighting, locations, actors, props, editing and sound, these all have an effect on the scene and can tell us so much in a short amount of time a lot of information which the audience decodes. Continue reading “Week 3 Unit 4:Theory,Meise-en-Scene”

Week 2 Unit 4: Genre

What is genre?

Genre means type, it’s the type of film or TV show, genre has thousands of categories. it’s how we differentiate films and how we can set a target audience and thin about ages amongst other things. The first film genre was film noir, they said it was important because of how it’s artistic and how it was going to be the future. There are many categories such as fantasy, horror, action, thriller rom-com’s, sci-fi, western and of course film noir. There are many subcategories probably pages with the genres have expanded massively since film noir.

Genre expectations:

A few genre expectations are like:

Sci-Fi: we expect things like it to be futuristic, it to have aliens, space, robots and seemingly advanced technology.

Western: we expect horses, cowboys, hats, guns, tumbleweed and a saloon also to have lots of sun and lots of desert.

Thriller: we expect implied violence, a plot twist, relatable, to fear the normal and having a location to be feared.

This is a generalisation of what we expect from these genres they are not always displayed in the films however these are typical aspects of the genre type.

How to Analyse genre

  • Mise-en-scene, what is in a scene
  • Iconography- objects in the scene, props semiology analysing clothing
  • Narrative- how the story is told i.e. voice overs or indents
  • Technology- – how is it being used in lighting sound SFX

Film Noir

Some history and background

Film Noir originated from France after the second world war, where film from America started to be viewed on screens in France. Films such as the Maltese Falcon (1941), Double Idemnity (1944) and Gilda (1946), a wide range of films reflecting the resultant tensions and insecurities of the time period, and counterbalanced the optimism of Hollywood’s musicals and comedies. the criminal, violent, hard-boiled, misogynistic, or greedy prospectives of the anti-protagonist were a metaphoric symptom of society’s evils. there were rarely happy endings in Film noir.

Film noir – films (2016) Available at: (Accessed: 1 October 2016)



Week 1 Unit 4 Semiology

What is semiology?

semiology is the study of signs. e.g. a drawing of a tree you see it as a tree when it’s just 2 parallel lines and a squiggly but we see it as a tree because of its a symbol/ sign of a tree. its an encoded message which people decode without knowing it. Continue reading “Week 1 Unit 4 Semiology”

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