RTF 317 Final Exam Review
RTF 317 Final Exam Review RTF 317
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RTF 317 Narrative Strategies Spring 2015 Final Exam Review Exam Format You must answer 2 out of 3 short essay answer questions and 2 out of 3 long essay questions You are expected to write a short paragraph 1 2 paragraphs in response to short essay questions Long essay questions will be based on TV clips that were gone over in lecture These clips will be shown twice during the exam once at the start once at the midway point These questions will usually ask you to consider the clip in relation to 34 specific concepts from lecturereading You are expected to write 34 paragraphs in response Exam Advice Be on time Entering the classroom late disrupts your classmates concentration and is incredibly inconsiderate You will miss important instructions at the start of the exam and you will have less time to complete your work Be specific and explain your examples Most points are lost on exams because answers are too vague or ideas are not followed all the way through to conclusion Answer your questions as if explaining the concept to someone who has never studied the concept before imagine your reader is a TV novice Budget your time Don t spend too much time on one question if you re having trouble move on to finish the rest of the exam and then come back Deploy the vocabulary that you have learned in class Take notes while watching the clips This will aid you in writing your long essay answers Scrap paper will be available if needed Follow the instructions Don t answer more questions than instructed and answer all required parts of a question Read each part of the question thoroughly circle or underline important elements Think before you write and be concise The points you make should be organized and easily understood Write in complete sentences and write Iegibly Ask for clarification If something about an exam question is unclear ask me Study Advice This is not a multiple choice or fillintheblank exam and as such cramming the day before and depending on fact recall is not going to help This exam depends upon your demonstration of a complete understanding of the topic at hand Some approaches 0 Write your own exam If you were the teacher what kinds of questions might you ask about this material This helps you divine what is most important and aids you in thinking through the topic o If possible review clips from class What did we discuss after viewing them Are there concepts from other parts of the semester that you can now apply to a discussion of this clip 0 Get together with a partner Write a sample exam question for your partner and have them write one for you Grade one another s answers and then discuss 0 Make flashcards of the most important concepts from class Get together with a partner and practice explaining the concepts to one another 0 Apply the concepts from class to a TV show from outside class Pull out your favorite series and look at it with a critical eye If you can do it with a show from outside class you should be able to do it with a show we ve already gone over in detail in lecture 0 Use penpencil and paper not your computer The exam will be handwritten and your thought processes while typing are different than when writing by hand Screenings Fresh Prince of Bel Air The Wonder Years Seinfeld Parks amp Recreation Community The Simpsons 3O Flock The West Wing Game of Thrones Twin Peaks Lost Dawson s Creek Jane the Virgin Survivor Jersey Shore Episode titles and s are listed below Key readings Butler chapters 2 and 6 Newman and Levine Upgrading the Situation Comedy Not a Soap Opera Legitimating Television Gray Domesticom Parody Genre and Critical lntertextuality Mizejewski Feminism Postfeminism Liz Lemonism Thompson From The Golden Age of Television to Quality TV Mittell Narrative Complexity in Contemporary American Television Thorburn Television Melodrama Holmes amp Jermyn Understanding Reality TV Poniewozik amp McDowell How Reality TV Fakes It Klein The Hills Jersey Shore and the Aesthetics of Class Butler Key issues regarding style technique and narrative structure Episodic vs serial strategies 0 Modified threeact structure episodic vs quotexpanded second actquot serial 0 Character as onedimensional quotplot functionquot episodic vs character as vulnerable capable of growth change longterm development serial Longterm vs shortterm stakes and conflicts o Narrative closure vs reconstituted conflict 0 Series as cumulative text seasonal text 0 Importance of balancing long and shortterm conflicts Proscenium vs cinematic style 0 Camera space performer space esp in terms of blocking movement set design lighting editing o Proscenium qualities theatrical tradition shot on stage in continuity live audience or laugh track limited sets and locales emphasis on comic performance 0 quotAxialquot character vs ensemble in terms of casting camera work story structure constellation of characters 0 Personal vs professional settings home vs workplace work family Commercial television s classical and postmodern qualities 0 Series text as television s classical narrative paradigm O 0 Modified threeact structure Socialpersonal conflicts resolved esp via episodic strategies 0 Television as inherently postmodern via 0 Viewer not as connoisseur but cultural decoder effortless consumer of a vast intertextual system Postnetwork era cable DVR PConline television consumption as fonrvarding timeshifting downloading assembling one s own viewing experience Semiotic excess rampant intertextuality radical eclecticism Random cannibalization of any and all kinds of texts via fragments citations homage etc from all kinds of sources ranging from high culture to low Textual coherence and integrity offset by fragmentation rampant recombination Overt commercialization blatant celebration of consumer culture Steady convergence of entertainment advertising and information Thompson Quality TV 0 Ways to identify quality programming Not regular TV breaks rules transforms genres Quality pedigree Blue chip demographics Struggle for class audience Ensemble cast Memory Selfconscious Controversial topics Docstyle realism Newman and Levine Legitimating Television 0 Upgrading the Situation Comedy 0 Singlecam viewed as cinematic amp class proscenium as non cinematic amp mass 0 Not a Soap Opera 0 Quality TV wants to avoid soap consideration 0 Gendered distinctions Essential ending Managing seriality Rejection of the feminine avoiding soapy content 0 Legitimating Television 0 Elevation of one concept at the expense of another 0 Old vs new passive vs active viewership mass vs class audience feminine vs masculine o Aim to break down hierarchies Holmes amp Jermyn Introduction Understanding Reality TV Unscripted Run amp gun shot on the fly Practical locations Nonactors Primary antecedents 0 Game shows 0 Observational newsdocumentary programs The bottom line 9 lower production costs Genre clusters of reality TV Docstyle treatments of habitats lifestyles Game shows 0 Talent shows 0 Datingbased o Jobbased 0 Athletic competition Selfimprovement Home improvement Poniewozik amp McDonald quotHow Reality TV Fakes Itquot 0 Frankenbiting 0 Fake settings 0 Misleading montage 0 Leading interviews 0 Overdubs Key issues per individual screenings Fresh Prince of Bel Air 1 06 quotMistaken Identityquot Proscenium style Axial character Will Episodic strategy The Wonder Years 101 quotPilot Single camera cinematic style Ensemble multiple characters multiple interwoven plot lines Nostalgia Music montage SEINFELD 514 The Marine Biologist Standup comedy logic random selfreflexive freeassociational Proscenium style but with rapidfire pacing multiple locations Multiple plot lines usually one per principal character primarily episodic strategy Modern comedy of manners Target marketing youngadult demographic PARKS amp RECREATION 404 quotPawnee Rangersquot Mockumentary style in tradition of The Office both UK and US versions Closed sets andor practical locations Domestic workplace sitcom professional colleagues as surrogate family III Axial character of Leslie Knope with large ensemble cast AD storylines Blend of serial and episodic elements Incorporates current political eventsissues into story lines open world COMMUNITY123 Modern Warfare Single camera cinematic style sitcom Noted for use of meta humor pastiche intertextuality THE SIMPSONS 221 Three Men and a Comic Book Animation style mimics single camera cinematic style Both satirizes and celebrates TV traditional domestic family sitcom Strong episodic emphasis Critical intertextuality postmodernism parody vs pastiche 30 ROCK 204 Rosemary s Baby Single camera cinematic style Filmed on sound stage and on location in NYC SelfreflexiveOften alludes to or makes direct reference to NBC s corporate practices open world Unlike more traditional workplace sitcoms where coworkers provide support Liz s coworkers present obstacles Feminism Postfeminism Liz Lemonism 0 Dominant reading of Liz Lemon as a satire of weakwilled self interested semifeminist and also as a critique of postfeminist culture 0 Oppositional reading of Liz Lemon as a celebration of semifeminism in postfeminist culture THE WEST WING 110 In Excelsis Deo The West Wing and the 1990s renaissance of network drama series Financial stakes quality demographics A writer s and writerproducer s medium showrunner as auteur An oralaural medium Updating the MTM style The Walk and Talk and the MiniScene Game of Thrones 109 Baelor HBO s paycable subscription model Lack of FCC restrictions Aggressively cinematic style Multiple genres fantasy drama political drama actionadventure medieval Highly serialized Twin Peaks 102 Zen or the Skill to Catch a Killer Large ensemble cast Multiple genres crime drama serial drama supernatural psychological thriller Play with genre conventions Lacks essential ending Victim of serialization Supernatural moments LOST104 Walkabout Reinventing the ensemble drama Distinctive blend of serial and episodic structure 0 Focus on individual characters in specific episodes via POV ashbacks o Steadily cumulative plot in terms of both backstory and serial arcs o Aesthetics of surprise confounded and rewarded viewer expectations Plot twists reveals and cliffhangers Genremixing Mittell 1990spresent as era of narrative complexity 0 Rise of cable 9 Niche or cult audiences 0 Appeal to upscale educated viewers 0 Rise of DVD DVR 9 Rewatchability amp Timeshifting 0 Rise of Internet 9 Era of collective intelligence The Operational Aesthetic o Narrative selfreflexivity calling attention to how the machinery of storytelling works 0 Toleration for confusion delayed gratification Forensic fandom amp Transmedia storytelling intensity of viewer engagement active parsing of the story Dawson s Creek 1 13 Decisions Combination of family melodrama and quality Reduced visual scale closeups Build of melodrama to commercial Genre familiarity plots characters Based in reality with heightened morals and emotions Cinematic style Selfreflexive Jane the Virgin 108 Chapter Eight 0 Influenced by telenovela but adapted into American style 0 Single cam aired weekly and seasonally o Comedic tone selfconscious narrator Survivor 3005 We re Finally Playing Some Survivor JERSEY SHORE 205 The Letter Historical origins documentary game show talk show TV39s narrative formulas quotLowquot aesthetics considered nonquality 0 Handheld cameras 0 Shot on tapeDV o Lowbrow humorcontent o Exploitation reality starsactorswriterscrew Poniewozik and McDowell on reality TV faking it
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