Media language is the way in which the meaning of a media text is conveyed to the audience. One of the ways media language works is to convey meaning through signs and symbols suggested by the way a scene is set up and filmed. Therefore in order to produce a successful documentary, Media Language is one of the most important factors to get right as the audience needs to feel touched, inspired or even emotional over the subject matter.
There are a variety of ways in which you can use media language to represent certain meanings- for example; in a documentary example, you may convey the meaning towards the audience through using miss en scene, camerawork, editing and sound.
For media language, I am going to analyse a documentary by the 4 key points of Mise En Scene, camerawork, editing and sound to insure and steal vital parts of a documentary that I am able to use within Joe’s and I’s.
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One example of how media language is used is film is the idea of narrative being structured on film. Tzvetan Todorov’s narrative theory suggests that all narratives follow a three part structure where they begin with equilibrium, where everything is balanced, progress as something comes along to disrupt that equilibrium, and finally reach a resolution, when equilibrium is restored.
Another example of how media language can be used is Props theory of character types. Vladimir Propp developed a character theory for studying media texts and productions, which indicates that there were 7 broad character types in the 100 tales he analysed, which could be applied to other media: The villain (struggles against the hero), the donor (prepares the hero or gives the hero some magical object, the (magical) helper (helps the hero in the quest). The princess (person the hero marries, o
ften sought for during the narrative), the false hero (perceived as good character in beginning but emerges as evil), the dispatcher (character who makes the lack known and sends the hero off) and the hero [AKA victim/seeker/paladin/winner, reacts to the donor, usually marries the princess].