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Television Vocab

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1. Can be incidental (footsteps or crown laughing) or artificially enhanced. creates a richer environment

2. When the camera is angled. provided a disorienting slant perspective

3. Documentary staple - less steady and jumpier. attempts to be realistic

4. Low cost of live production with the repeatability of telefilm. recorded on videotape and saved for a future broadcast

5. Puts shots together into a larger program. appears almost unnoticeable

6. Space that exists inside the frame.

7. Aka the master shot. offer more details of a scene. typically show the entire body-- hard to read gestures or convey emotion

8. A (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor

9. Filmed TV show - sold to stations and syndicators to reduce financial risk. better quality than kinescope. allowed for flexibility in editing as well as single camera

10. When the viewer can become lost in the story. even in sci-fi as long as the world they are in seem relate-able to our world. realistic in form vs. content

11. Establishing shot of entire scene

12. When a shot had a narrow depth of field and part of the image is out of focus

13. Footage sent to a control room and director indicates when to cut back and forth from each camera. 4th wall-- doesn't feel natural. rooted in theater

14. From black to action. common when retuning from breaks. gradual- naturalistic. signify shift in time or space

15. Based off industry's conception of how audience relate. Assert as set of ideas to unite viewers in their national identities as Americans (hegemony)

16. Targets media to specific segments of the audience

17. When images overlap - one to another. gradual- naturalistic. signify shift in time or space`

18. Designed to mimic the sounds that would be created in the environment depicted on screen. can heighten impact of staged actions

19. Live - filmed - in-studio - on-location. form is linked to specific genres

20. Viewers expect content to be believable and relate to their world-- tricky b/c TV is inherently unrealistic

21. Represent the program as a whole. become part of the identity (iconic)

22. Motion of a given sequence

23. Found in live edit programs - sports and new. viewers are able to consume multiple streams of information simultaneously

24. Space that exists outside the frame. can still be a part of the staging or when a character walks out of a room-- the story still follows them

25. Allow a high degree of intimacy and emotional expression

26. Rhythmically edits a number of visual sequence over a song that signals an emotional response

27. Shift from dominant networks to cable and satellite. there was a wide range of target audiences. viewed TV as the central information and communication medium for the American public.

28. I love lucy - used multi camera to take in front of a live audience - but video signals weren't sent to the control room to edit live-- instead signals were recoded while the audio tape was mixed in. costly lucile footed the bill w/ husband desi. sho

29. Mimics the motion of turning your head up or down. shows the height of the subject

30. Omitting intervening moments. used to condense time. turn a day in 30minutes

31. Videotape allowed individual camera angles to be replayed in slow motion-- allowed for the growth of football

32. The formal characteristics that help express meaning independently of a text's context

33. What elements in the frame are clear or blurry

34. Determines which cameras will be broadcast - transitions in between shots - added graphics

35. Use short focal length. cause fisheye distortion. increase the depth of the shot

36. When graphic images are incorporated into traditionally shot programming. used to create creatures or complex effects-- sci fi and horror

37. Rarely has an impacts on viewers comprehension. works to convey naturalism

38. When a character is speaking to themselves to express their emotional states

39. An edit where the shots do not sufficiently re-frame the action

40. When a line or shape passes through the screen to switch to another shot. less naturalistic and usually reserved for highly presentational programming

41. Cutting to a sequence occurring simultaneous in another location. creates suspense or thematic parallels

42. When viewers outgrew the radio. network programming consisted of only 3 networks -

43. Comprised of internal and extradiegetic

44. Part of the continuity system - create a naturalistic sense of seamless flow between sequences

45. VCR - DVR: digital technologies have given viewers more power to replay - redistribute - watch when convenient - fast forward commercials

46. When camera is looking down at a character

47. Common in soaps where two people face camera in the same direction so they cant see each other's reactions

48. A popular form of early TV programming that brought live dramatic theater to television; influenced by stage plays - anthologies offered new teleplays - casts - directors - writers and sets from week to week

49. Waist up. distance allows viewers to see character's facial expressions. mimics a real life conversation. viewer doesn't feel too invasive

50. Straps the camera to the operator to make it glide. attempts to be realistic