Monday, 14 November 2011

My list of key terms that i've learned in Media that i will be updating throughout the year. :)

So here goes nothing -

Cinematography related shizz -
Noddy shot,
Weather shotm
Close up,
Camera angle,
Extreme close up,
Two shot,
Over the shoulder shot,
Soft/hard focus,
Long shot,
Full shot,
Mid shot,
Birds eye view,
Extreme long,
High angle,
Eye level shot,
Camera movement such as tilt, pan, steadicam, zoom in/out, reverse zoom,
Rule of thirds,
Cran (cherry picker),
Oblique angle,
Dutch tilt,
Tracking shot.

Sound stuffs.
No copyrighted music to be used in films.
That's really all there is to it i think. ;)

Editing yo work.
Cut (rapid/normal),
Over lap,
Jump cut,
Action match.

Mise-en-scene and all that jazz.
Production designm
Dominant (though i'm not sure if that's meant to go here),
Representation of gender, sexuality and race,
Contrasting foils,
Make up,
Camera proxemics,
Acting in general,
Body movement and language.

Theorists and their theories.
Roland Barthes - Enigma codes,
Claude Levi Strauss - Binary oppositions,
Chomsky - 'manufacturing consent',
Ferdinand De Saussure - semiotics,
Jenny Morris.

And that's all I have so far. Any questions? :)


So there was a picture of my iconography but I took it down for insecurity purposes. Although it doesn't actually look like a moodboard since it's only of my faviroute television programmes it actually does explain quite alot about me. In our first lesson of Media we were asked to write down how many hours a week we think we watch television and I answered that in a day I watch around 3 hours of television. That was a total lie. I'm ashamed to admit that I watch plenty more than that. Anything programmes that include sci-fi or fantasy have me hooked so I spend most of my time watching programmes such as Merlin, Supernatural and Doctor Who. Hence my iconography. I'm posting this blog to explain why I chose what I chose and how these images reflect me.

1st part - in the first part of my Iconography I mostly have images of Rory (played by the gorgeous Arthur Darvill) from Doctor Who. When I first started my moodboard this hadn't been my intention, in all honestly, but I chose to use his images rather than the whole cast of Doctor Who as he is currently my faviroute character on the programme. Rory is a character that I feel I can relate to on the programme because he's such an average guy, someone who has been dragged into the Doctor's adventurous land but still keeps himself and others grounded. Rory doesn't pretend to be something that he isn't and by that I mean that he never hides how he's feeling. If he's frightened, sad, insecure or just plain relieved he never tries to cover up his emotions. I added the angel wings and halo to his image to represent his protective nature as he is often shown trying to protect his wife Amy or watch over her just like an angel. Next to the picture of him in glasses i've stuck down the lyrics to One Directions song "You don't know you're beautiful." as Rory is a very insecure character and often feels second best in his wife's eyes to the Doctor when actually Amy is very much inlove with him and though she doesn't always tell him to his face there are scenes where she has mentioned to herself or others how much she cares/believes in him. She has once referred to him as a "hero" as she tells their child she knows he will save them both.

2nd part - the second part of my Iconography I based around my latest addiction Supernatural. Around the page I have scattered images of three main members of the cast and one signifier. In the top left hand corner I have a picture of the character Dean (played by the amazing Jensen Ackles) with tears swelling up in his eyes whereas on the right hand corner I have the image of Castiel (played by the dreamy Misha Collins.) grinning mischeviously and saying: "This is going to be so much fun." I chose these two images to show Claude Levi Strauss's idea of binary oppositions as the two images show two opposite emotions - happy and sad. Another binary opposition of these photos (if you watch the programme) is that Dean is the heroic (sort of) character whereas Castiel is shown to be evil as he has been taken over by a demon. In the middle of the moodboard there is a picture of Dean, Castiel and Sam (played by the hotness that is Jared Padelecki) staring out towards you. This is quite a serious shot of them unlike my other images which are all quite silly and fun of them. I chose this serious picture to contrast and represent the two sides of the programme - serious and comical. In the bottom right hand corner I have purposelly stuck the image of a trench coat. This is a signifier which is an idea came up with by Ferdinand De Sassure. The trench coat is there to represent the character of Castiel without actually showing an image of him, this is because Castiel always wears a trench coat and recently in the show has gone missing with the only thing they could find of him being the trench coat.

So that's my iconography and I hope you like it. I'm sorry that my analysis wasn't very good but I tried my best? :')