Thursday, 21 May 2009

textual analysis of TV dram sequence 'Dexter'

Sound:.............> foley sound are sounds thathave been exaggerated to create a tense effect for example; when Dexter shaves you can hear a loud rough sound as he drags the razor up his throat. There are also non-digetic sound which we can hear but the characters can't like the theme tune but there are many digetic sound which the characters can hear like the sound when he shaves,cuts the meat and grinds the coffee beans. the theme tune is very strange and suspicious even though it is up-beat it still make you curious about the show.

1 comment:

  1. The Close up shots throughout the titles, especially during the breakfast meal hes making emphasize Dexter's precision. The slowed down length of such shots induces a fetishising, almost voyeuristic pleasure upon the audience, helping the audience to connect with Dexter's emotions. The enhanced volume of Foley ofcourse is assisting this deeply.

    Rolfe Kent's score features many interesting elements, a European palette of sounds, tension points whenever the theme reaches the #6 > #7 > 1 note sequence, typical of the melodic minor, notably the version that ends with the mid-range brass flatter section. Followed immediately by a softer, calmer section. This kind of clever writing mirrors Dexter's tendancy to almost getting caught, but then overcoming it and carrying on with his task.
    The main melody utilises jazz notes and rhythms, to encourage suspicion, light humour and dark tones the show has intended, borrowing from Henry Mancini's Pink Panther melody, used similarly here, again highlighting Dexter's tendancy to creep through danger and carry on with his task.