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Unit: Television (PPT)

Downton Abbey

Desperate Housewives

 

Members: Melissa Gallardo- Karla Pineda- Nicol Tapia- Franco Valdez- Monserrat Yañez.

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Hypothetical case #1 (Drugs)

Questions

1.Hypothetical #1. You live in a small town where there is a relatively large use of heroin. In spite of the widespread use of heroin, there is little awareness of the situation by non-users, and there are few treatment options available to users. You want to remedy both situations by making a video documentary about heroin users in your community. Ask your students how do go about making this documentary? How would they present the activities of heroin users? The following issues should surface is classroom discussion

In the instance of making this documentary as journalists, we will use both types of cameras because, in one part, they permit us to see how the protagonists of our history act in real situations without the pressure of being recorded or living with a camera 24/7 around the person, and on the other side, normal cameras allow us to be closer of the characters, giving us the possibility to ask direct questions and create an interview atmosphere. They also give us the chance to speak and have a connection with the people that are drug’s consumers and they can show you their social reality and difficulties about their lives.

A negative point, independently of the type of camera, are the risks that a film-maker is exposed to. In the case of a drug consumer we cannot assure how this person is going to react, especially under the effects of these psychotropics that in one way or another are going to modify the perception and senses.

Illegal is when you violate or you don’t respect something that has a legal protection and background

Unethical is when you don’t respect values, beliefs, etc with your action

We must protect them because they are immersed in a society that most of the times discriminates those who act ‘against’ the normal ideas or paradigms. We have to protect their images, the person itself. As they are giving us information, is or duty to take care and do not violate their rights as a response of their willingness

In the case of minors we have to protect their identity no matter what, even if we have their consent. It’s a legal issue and we cannot expose them in such a violent form

The documentary is going to be for viewers with the necessary discernment in the topic. People who can differentiate the different actions and scenes of the documentary (14+) In the case of a drug consumer some of the fears or anxieties that he/she can suffer doing the documentary are the future retaliations (revenge) from others drug consumers. Maybe through the process of filming the documentary and his/her own experiences the consumer can reflect about the damage produced in his/her body and the fear of a possible death or murder can appear.

We, as film-makers, are going to look for rehabilitation centers in order to show a clear interested in the help of our protagonists, just in the case that they want and accept it. In any case this help will be mandatory

In order to protect our protagonists we can apply different techniques, the most common are blurring faces or showing the silhouette of the person, especially if they are kids, what has to be whatever the reason is. The technique will depend on how much we can protect the image of the people, in some cases it will be necessary change the voice. Moreover, if the person is comfortable giving its declarations in front of the camera we will not use any kind of filter. We don’t think that destroying tapes will be a good strategy because being a documentary it’ll be something to keep as data. As we said before, we are going to protect the identity of our protagonists, so in any case we are going to expose them to the police, and of course we are going to be responsible of all the videos recorded and keep them as private property

Documentary: Crack

Members: Melissa Gallardo, Karla Pineda, Nicol Tapia

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 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Reality TV

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  1. Libel:  To publish in print (including pictures), writing or broadcast through radio, television or film, an untruth about another person which will do harm to that person or his/her reputation.
  2. Invasion of Privacy: The intrusion into the personal life of another, without just cause, which can give the person whose privacy has been invaded a right to bring a lawsuit for damages against the person or entity that intruded. However, public personages are not protected in most situations, since they have placed themselves already within the public eye, and their activities
  3. Trespass: Any unlawful act committed with force or violence, actual or implied, which causes injury to another person, his property, or his rights
  4. Fraud: Deliberate deception, trickery, or cheating intended to gain an advantage.

               Sources: Wordreference and The free Dictionary by Farlex ( legal aspect)

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Scene Analysis Framework

Second Scene

Scene 2

• Is the setting authentic or constructed? Support your answers.
 During the scenes there are two Settings, inside the palace and outside the palace .It’s a kind of mixture of authentic and constructed setting.

When and where does the scene take place?  The first one takes place inside the Buckingham Palace at a kind of ladies room, and the 2nd one in the garden.

How does the director use color in the scene? Are there any colors that stand out? Support your answer.
In the 1st scene: There are many colours that stand out in the scene. Vivid colours, specially gold,and  yellowish. In the second scene the color which highlights the most is the Green.

Where is the camera in the scene? Is it moving or fixed?
In the 1st scene During the  camera is moving around the main characters are almost the whole time with a medium close. In the 2nd scene the camera is next to the queen and her aunt with a médium close shot also.

What is the effect created by moving or positioning the camera in this way?
•Makes the characther look as if they had the power.

Describe what elements you observe in this scene.
•1st Scene: Many chandeliers, books, pictures, sofás, tables.

2nd Scene: shrubs, tres,a water fountain, benches ( the palace at the back)

Are all the elements treated in the same way, i.e., does the camera focus more on some elements than on others? Why?
• The camera focused on all the objects generally while they were in the same shot of the main characters

What characters are involved in the scene? 
1st Scene: The Queen, Prince Albert, The Baroness.

2nd Scene: The Queen and the Queen’s Aunt

Briefly describe their function in the scene.
1st scene: The Queen was Reading smth, The Baroness and other girl were embroidering, and the prince was trying to look through the window.

2nd scene: Both Que queen and her aunt were talking about how prince Albert was settling down in the palace.

What is the general mood of the scene? 

1st scene: It was a tense moment. An awkward and uncomfortable moment for the prince

2nd scene: joy and confussion

Would you eliminate any elements from this scene?  I would not eliminate any element of this scene; despite the uncomfortable moment of the prince, which is part of the climax and story of the movie

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Scene Analysis Framework

First SceneImage

 • Is the setting authentic or constructed? Support your answers.
 It’s a kind of mixture of authentic and constructed setting.

When and where does the scene take place?  It takes place in the Buckingham Palace.

How does the director use color in the scene? Are there any colors that stand out? Support your answer.
There are many colours that stand out in the scene. Vivid colours, specially gold, read, yellowish. These colours represent the youth of the queen. She was a queen so young.

Where is the camera in the scene? Is it moving or fixed?
During the scene tha camera is moving around the main characters almost the whole time with a medium close.

What is the effect created by moving or positioning the camera in this way?
•Make the main characters  appear as if they were floating while they were dancing. Standing put them from the rest of the characters.

Describe what elements you observe in this scene.
•There is the orchestra, many pictures and chandeliers, flowers, the clothing related with the occasion

Are all the elements treated in the same way, i.e., does the camera focus more on some elements than on others? Why?
• The camera focused more on the type of clothing that people were using and the general background.

What characters are involved in the scene? 
The Queen, the Prince Albert, Lord Melbourne, Queen’s mother. People invited to the ceremony.

Briefly describe their function in the scene.
The Queen and the Prince Albert were dancing, while Lord Melbourne and the Queen’s mother were looking at them, in a misteriosly way. While the rest of the invited people were looking at the queen dancing.

What is the general mood of the scene? Respect, admitarion, Joy, envy.

Would you eliminate any elements from this scene?  I would not eliminate any element of this scene; all are well mixed together.        

Members: Karla Pineda.