Task 10: Textual Analysis Timed Essay

Here are the resources for your timed textual analysis essay. These have also been sent to you via Google Classroom, where you should submit the essay and notes.

Textual Analysis Question

You will be shown an extract from Nashville  a total of four times. During the first screening, you should not make notes; during the second, third and fourth screenings there will be an opportunity to make notes and there will be gaps in between for further note-taking. 

Your notes should be made on a piece of paper, photographed and submitted alongside your essay or typed up into the template sent you earlier this week.

Extract: Nashville (Pilot, 2012, dir. Cutler) 

  1. Discuss the ways in which the extract constructs meaning through the following:

    • camera shots, angles, movement and composition

    • editing

    • sound

    • mise-en-scène.



Mark scheme


Week 2: 1/2/21: TV Drama & Textual Analysis

This week we’re revisiting textual analysis in TV Drama.


Monday/Tuesday – 1.5 hours

  • Task 6:  Screen castify – overview  – 1/2 hr
  • Task 7:  Quizlets on terms – classroom – 1 h

Tuesday/Wednesday – 1 hour

  • Task 8:  Clip 1 – House of Cards  –  note taking advice on classroom – 1 hr

Thursday/Friday – 2.5 hours

  • Task 9:  House of Cards – review  and resources on classroom  – 1 hr
  • Task 10: FULL ESSAY – New clip TV drama  on classroom with template for essay – 1.5 hrs

Task 29 – Note taking pro forma

Your teacher will take you through the process of how the TV drama clip is shown and the ‘order’ in which you should aim to take your notes.

This is the slideshare that covers all of TV drama.

This is the link to the pro-forma for note taking although in the exam you will design your own personal way of taking the notes. This is just a suggestion.

This is the clip that we will be analysing in class as a practice clip.

This is a very SIMPLE FORMULA for responding to a TV drama question for those of you who are worried about how to structure the response.

Week 10 – Task 26 – Recap on TV drama terms – final home learning task

We will be revisiting how to analyse TV drama next week and looking at using a variety of terms you have already come across in a textual analysis.

You need to revisit the terms from Mise En Scene, Camera, Editing and Sound to ensure that you understand the majority of them and can recognise their use and appearance in the moving image i.e the TV drama clip.

Here is the glossary.  It will also be on classroom if you want your own copy. Remember to make a folder for TV drama in google so that you can keep all your resources there.

Make sure you read it, see if you can remember a good number of them and then we can start to use them in a more focused way next week.

If you still have outstanding posts then make sure you complete them before next week and also collate as much as you can onto your Music Industry page to create a one stop shop for revision and reference when we come back to it later this year.

Well done for tackling Sound on your own.

See you on Monday – we are so looking forward to getting back to face to face teaching.



Week 10 – Distance Learning – Task 24 – Textual Analysis – Sound in TV Drama

Overview of the week:

  • Session 1 – The Big Ideas – Mr G screencastify to complete Music Industry – 1 hr
  • Session 2 – Blog collation – Music Industry – 1 hr
  • Session 3 – Screen Castify for Sound – 10 mins
  • Session 4/5 – Sound Presentation and Terms – 1 hr
  • Session 6 – Merlin sequence – 1 hr
  • Session 7 – Revisit all terms if you have time for Camera, Sound, Editing and MES – 1 hr

Session 3 – Task 24 – presentation and Quizlet

So far you have explored and used 3 of the 4 microfeatures that you will need to reference in your Textual Analysis of a TV drama clip – they are Mise en Scene, Camera and Editing. This is the final are that you need to consider in your textual analysis and that is how Sound is used to represent events, characters, themes and issues in the moving image.

Here is a PowerPoint on sound in film & TV drama.

It contains all the key words you need to use to describe types of sound in your textual analysis essay, it also gives some examples from film.

Take the quizlet and let me know your score from the test in the blog league post.



Editing in TV Drama

The four pillars of textual analysis.

The four areas which you need to understand to complete a textual analysis of a sequence from TV or Film, collectively called ‘micro features’, are:

  • Camera
  • Mise-en-Scene
  • Editing
  • Sound

You are also going to making a music video soon and editing is an important skill to learn to communicate meaning and help construct a sense of time, place and story:

Slideshow on Editing:

Practice Sequence

Identify and analyse the editing techniques in this sequence:

template for completion is attached here or in classroom.

Glossary of Editing Terms

Here is a handout on editing terms and definitions.

Lesson 2 – Essay MES, CAMERA and EDITING

Using the template in classroom, you will watch the sequence a couple of times and look for how camera and MES are also used to make meaning. You will then submit @ 2 TEAS for each MF (so 6 TEAS in total) before the submission date published.

TV Drama – recap Mise-en-Scene and Camera

Textual Analysis

Task 1

Review these two slide shows on:

1. Mise-en-Scene

2. Camera

Practice Textual Analysis

Analyse the following TV Drama clip in class and discussing how the mise-en-scene & camera communicates meaning. First of all after watching it, summarise what the clip is mainly focused on in terms of what themes, issues, social groups are represented.

In pairs, you should aim to find 3 moments when camera is used to represent a theme, issue, social group and 3 moments when MES is used to represent a theme, issue, social group.

Glossaries & Analytical Verbs

The assessment for this essay will be looking for your accurate use of terminology to describe the specific examples you are analysing. You will also be evaluating what meaning those examples communicate about the representation of the person, place or event; this means you need a range of synonyms for ‘represent’. Please use the resources below to develop your technical and analytical vocabulary:

  1. Camera terms
  2. MES terms
  3. Synonyms for Represent

Dr Who – Textual analysis

Here is a clip for your next analysis:

Analyse how Camera and Mise-en-scene are used to represent characters, themes and events in Dr Who?

You should include:

  • 3 examples of mise-en-scene and…
  • 3 of camera (angles, framing and movement).

Remember: T (terms), E (examples – descriptions), A (analysis – meaning communicated) and S (significance to the representation of themes and characters in the sequence).

Use this sheet for taking  notes. on the sequence.


Turn/hand in your essay to Classroom.  A template is available there.