“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” – this is how the story begins. A mystery, drama, romance, based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel “Rebecca” released in 1938, has been adapted for a modern audience in order to catch the actual public’s attention. We chose to change the title of the TV series to “Manderly” because that’s the place where the mystery occurs. It is used both in the beginning and at the end of the pilot episode as we want it to stick to our audience mind and to be curious to what might happen related to that place.
The mystery of the story is suggested by Aria’s attempts to uncover the secrets behind Rebecca’s death, which simultaneously brings the touch of drama in her life. The romance is evoked by Aria’s love story with Maxim.
In terms of characters and the people we will cast, we will choose the person we feel might bring our character to life best, even if they are from another racial background. Because it reflects the modern times where globalization is an on-going and powerful phenomenon, it is a very high probability to have racial diversity in our cast. The characters of the show will be: Aria (new Mrs. de Winter); Maxim de Winter; Mrs. Danvers – played by Dame Maggie Simth; Rebecca, Jack Favell (Rebecca’s cousin); Frank Crawly (the investigator), Beatrice (Max’s sister).
The pilot episode starts with Aria lying in the bed with her eyes closed and her voice in the background: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”. She then opens her eyes and the scene in Monte Carlo begins.
Aria meets Max for the first time in Monte Carlo. After multiple encounters they have a one-night stand. This evolves in a serious relationship, which leads to marriage. Later on, she finds out about Max’s ex-wife death. The pilot episode ends with Mrs. Danvers saying “Welcome to Manderley”.
The target audience is aged 18-50 that means a wide audience. The TV show will be available for prime time TV for both men and women because stereotypically speaking, men are more inclined to watch crimes and mysteries and women are more inclined to watch the romance genre of TV series.
The TV series could be watched by all classes since those from the working class accede to the richness possessed by Max and those from the upper class can relate to the lifestyle presented in the TV series.
Since it’s a modern adaptation of a classic British story and this is the kind the genre that the public asks for, BBC One is very likely to accept our TV show. Moreover, BBC One usually airs a lot of crime, investigation and mystery series like New Tricks. For instance, they have previously taken a classic story and adapted it for the modern audience – Sherlock.
The first picture is brighter in contrast with the other ones, which suggests the happiness of the couple at the beginning of their relationship. As the story is progressing the light of the shots fades and the drama starts. The last picture is darker due to the dramatic end of the story.
By choosing to do the radio advert task to the detriment of the news one, we wanted to challenge ourselves. We took our imagination to the next level by creating both a take away as a brand, but also trying to promote it to an audience who would only be able to hear it, which made things a bit more difficult. We chose a specific background noise of cutlery to signify the sound one would hear in the kitchen at dinner time. Another non-diegetic sound we used was a parody called “Eat it” of “Beat it” from Michael Jackson. The beat is still well-known worldwide and got a humorous twist, therefore we thought it would catch our audience’s attention really well.
For this task our group decided to take a series of six ‘ant eye’ view photos. As we progress through the photos you can see a movement from a mainly concrete land scape to a more rural land scape. We have done this to show how nature can still be found even within a concrete city like coventry, and in some cases nature has found away to live along side the busy city life.
The Photo above was taken by Emma Lawson. The straight lines and the repetition of the arch creates a optical illusion drawing the eye further into the photograph. The lines in the photo can also be argued to contrast with the round bush near the center of the photo. There seems to be a coldness that comes across in the photo, this could be because the majority the metal frame is in the shade while the bush is highlighted by the sun.
The photo above was taken by Conor Balding. This photo is focused on the plant, which is was taken along the lines of photography composition, so that the viewer is lead by what they can see. Noting the lines in the photo lead off into the background makes the viewer look at what unfocused that is only bricks and some green. Showing that few natural pieces grow in what could be called a concrete jungle.
The photo above was taken by Robert Bajenaru. It represents the power of a tiny pice of nature who came out in the middle of a “concrete jungle”. In the photo you can also observe the two points of view (the ground and the wall) who are united. I am thinking of this photo as being a proof of how powerful nature really is, that even in this hostile environment some part of it succeeded in coming out to light. From the technical point of view, I find this picture as being really accurate, because as you can see all the major lines in it are directing your sight to that little plant.
The photo above was taken by Alina Chis. This photo represents the discrepancy between nature and concrete. I consider leaves as a symbol of life this being the reason why I chose to make them the main focus of the image. As we can see the vertical lines in the background give dimension to the image, whereas the convergent ones draw the viewer’s attention to the vegetation shown in the photo. The light is mostly cast upon leaves and the road in order to put into perspective the cohabitation of nature and the “artificial world”.
The photo above was taken by Andreea Slujitoru. It focuses on the purple flower in a macro vision style in order to show a colour based contrast between the beauty of the flower and the still brown and green background. The photo also has the natural lines such as the fence or the road which both draw attention to the light spot, but also create movement. It is also important to notice the fact that the flower is the only object placed in penumbra. In the context of the story the group is trying to create, this photo creates a transition between the road – part of the “concrete jungle” – and the flower together with the vegetation which try to take over what has been created by man.
This photo was taken by Raluca Pascu.The focus of it lays on the pink petals which contrast with the green unfocused background. The nature takes over the “concrete jungle”, spreading its wings over the grey surfaces. An interesting element of this photo, although it is not a central one, is the white little flower which appears from beneath the grass and petals. There is a colorful explosion over the bald concrete.
Below is a link to a Pdf copy of our groups magazine. The main concept of the magazine is looking at different aspects of dreams.
Title page & content page- Emma Lawson
Did you know that? (facts about dreams and sleep) – Băjenaru Robert
Zodiac signs- Raluca Pascu
Dream interpretation- Cristian Solovan
Déjà vu- Connor Balding
Take control ofyour dreams (Lucid dreaming)- Andreea Elena Slujitoru
Q&A- Alina Adela Chis