Textual Analysis on ‘Flowers’

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To introduce us into the As media course we went over specific terminology that is used in textual analysis, This consists of; Camera work, Sound design of diegetic and non diegetic sounds, Editing and Mise-en-scene. We then watched the television show known as Flowers’ to then analyse how the producers create Moods.

Camera Work

Close up shots into the faces of the characters when speaking were used to create a relationship between the viewer and characters throughout the entire episode, which consequently leads to a tense mood as atmosphere is created. Different camera angles were also used to give a sense of hierarchy to each of the characters. In the opening scenes this is used when Maurice Flowers is in control of the situation and clearly has a stronger influence over Deborah Flower. This is not just shown through dialogue but rather through the camera work as Maurice is shot from a low angle which then pans up and makes him appear as being strong, powerful  and dominant. On the other hand Deborah is shot from a high angle which makes her appear small, weak and less powerful. The camera angles creating a sense of hierarchy is then prominent again after when Maurice Flowers then losses his upper hand in the argument and they start to agree, they are shot from the same angle as each other. Camera Work is also used to show the importance of certain actions as displayed in the scene where Maurice tries to hang himself, the camera focusses in on the rope used and foreboded to the occasion.

Sound design 

Non diegetic sound is used prolifically in ‘Flowers’ withe the sole purpose to create a mood. The first example of this is in the opening when an upbeat song, that is almost nursery like, plays in the background and completely juxtaposes to what is happening on screen (Man trying to kill himself) and gives the scene a sense humour due to Morbidness of the events contradicting the song. A small sound clip of Non diegetic sound is also played and acts as a transitional sound between scenes but it could also be argued that it is also used whenever a character is feeling upset or disappointed and although it is played in a major key, it still has a sad ring to it. It should be also noted that a high pitch noise is used during the scene in which Maurice tries to hang himself and this creates the audience to feel uncomfortable, disturbed and almost disorientated. In the scene where ‘Grandma’ Is introduced, another sound clip is used to create fright and then humour amongst the audience as it is a sudden sound that is then juxtaposed to seeing a small feeble woman.

Diegetic sound is also used throughout and helps emphasise certain actions that the characters are taking. This is displayed during the hanging scene where small noises are emphasised such as: The tying of the rope, Climbing up on the chair, The noise his footsteps make. Focussing on all the small noises creates a sense of foreboding and gives a tense mood to the scene. The squark of a crow, which is commonly associated with death, is also used to create the same mood.

Mise-en-scene

The setting of the English Countryside is used to show how rural the family is and how they don’t fit in with society norms, being so isolated. The weather is also used to establish the mood as it depicts the classic British weather, that being of overcast with brisk winds, this gives a dreariness to the episode as no bright colours that are usually associated with happiness, can be seen. In the opening scene, the use of a dark room with the light only illuminating his face up creates a depressing mood. Later on in the episode the setting of inside the house is introduced in which we see a tight and cramped space which creates a sense of hectic-ness and uncleanliness which leads to an uncomfortable mood. It is also note worthy how the room of Amy Flowers is all the way upstairs, isolated from everyone else and emphasises the idea that she is the black sheep of the family.

Editing

The episode has been edited with continuity which helps give a realistic effect to the episode and shows how time is moving on. It uses the 180 degree rule which helps the audience view the characters in many different ways and makes good uses of the ‘shot reverse shot’ technique during conversations between characters. Editing has been used to give the episode a slow pace which adds to the dreary tone that it gives off and helps create the sombre mood.

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