2014 Exam Television Drama (Crime)

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The topic for the 2014 Media Studies examination is TV Drama (Crime Genre). This is a fascinating genre having emerged from the Hollywood Studio System of the 1930s when the HAYS CODE came into operation so as to 'curb excess violence.' At this time, the WARNER BROS GANGSTER FILM ruled but given the ruling, the focus of films had to change from THE LAW BREAKER to the LAW ENFORCER. Hence the CRIME GENRE was born via FILM NOIR and later as a popular (possibly THE MOST POPULAR) TV genre of all time. Remember that the exam will be 2 and a quarter hours long and you are likely to see an audio visual clip (5mins) at the beginning of the exam, which will be repeated three times. Remember that this has to come from the CRIME GENRE although we cannot be sure which SUB GENRE. Our main focus will be BRITISH TV but given the huge success of American TV Drama (AQT- American Quality Television- Especially work produced by HBO) we will also want to consider these crucial imports.

Overall and based upon the experiences of students over the years, we would suggest the following 10 step approach for preparing for the exam. (40%)


STEP 1- Read your own notes...highlight important notes in bright colours...make notes and shorten onto cards...ask parents/peers to test you...the vocab & theory is KEY...
STEP 2- Use this wiki...read through all the pages...check the notes on the MOCK EXAM (Link to be added later)...try to remember your teacher's voice as you revise. How would they express analysis, concepts etc...
STEP 3- Go to the glossary of terms...general theory...TV theory & terminology...
STEP 4- Revise reception theories...how are texts received by audiences...Uses & Gratifications, Participatory Cultures, Maslow etc
STEP 5- Have 1 or 2 TV dramas (Crime) analysed in detail and in your notes (Note the use of camera, palette, soundtrack etc)
STEP 6- Choose 1 sub-genre (Nordic Noir, Soap Opera, Murder, Mystery, Suspense, Postmodern, Law Court, The Psycho Drama AQT/HBO etc) and revise your notes on sub-genres, the influence of genres, why they are important etc
STEP 7- Be ready to discuss representation...again, have 1 or 2 case studies ready...
STEP 8- Choose 1 star and revise how they are marketed and promoted (NOTE: STEPS 4-8 CAN BE ON ONE or TWO TV DRAMAS/CRIME ONLY)
STEP 9- Be an expert on one MAGAZINE...practice deconstructing the Magazine, find out who owns it (think subsidiary texts) and apps etc (Use the glossary to help you)
STEP 10- Design your own TV Drama related magazine and annotate it...read the feedback from your teacher!

SECTION A:

Q1- TEXTUAL ANALYSIS of TV DRAMA (CRIME)

Q2- CRIME GENRE SUB-GENRES

Q3- REPRESENTATION/NARRATIVE STRUCTURE IN TV DRAMAS (CRIME)

Q4- ADVERTISING & MEDIA CONVERGENCE IN TV DRAMAS (CRIME)

SECTION B:

Q5- MAKING A MAGAZINE FOCUSING ON THE CRIME GENRE



MOCKS:

Y10 MOCK MAY 2013

Y11 MOCK MARCH 2014

THE JOURNAL OF POPULAR TV