Monday, 30 November 2009

Merlin Season 1 Episode 2 looking at editing and representation of gender.

Fast paced editing is used when the two characters are fighting to build up tension and make the program appeal to a younger audience. Elliptical editing misses out time to cover more important points in the program and it would be boring if it showed everything that happened to the character, it is used in merlin for example there is a shot of the town in day, then at night, then at day again this is showed to signify that time has passed quickly. Match - on -action is used when Merlin is putting on Arthur's fighting equipment/ gear, it doesn't show him doing it all, it just skips a little bit of time to keep a steady pace to the program a speed up effect has also been used in this scene to make it even more faster and make it seem more interesting. Audio bridge's are used between some scenes to link them together as they might have the same characters or be to do with the same subject/ topic. When Merlin uses magic to clean the chain mail, helmet, boots, etc special effects are used to make it look like he is actually using magic and this adds to the verisimilitude of the T.V. program. There is a mixture of long and short takes included in the excerpt to add some variation and change the pace of the show,the length of a take can signify the set mood of that scene. For example in the fighting scene it's quite a short take because it is building tension, if it was a long take there wouldn't be as much tension and would get boring easier.

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