Flashcards in Dream Deck (41):
What is the genre of this music video?
When was the single ‘Dream’ released?
The sing ‘Happy Talk’ is featured in the video, what year was it released and what musical was it from?
1982 & musical South Pacific
Who was the song ‘Happy Talk’ produced by?
Who was ‘Dream’ directed by?
Dougal Wilson for the Colonel Blimp production company
Name one intertextual reference and say when it was aired:
Muffin the Mule aired on BBC from 1946 to 1955
What is the significance of the woman playing the piano in the video?
She resembles Annette Mills (presenter of Muffin the Mule), a 1950s woman
Why are intertextual references such as Muffin the Mule important and why do they create contrast in the video?
They create an innocent, child like backdrop to the video and contrast with the modern day issues also depicted
How are 2 worlds constructed in this video?
A 1950s living room and the modern day city are established through set such as props and puppet on the piano
What does the lady on the piano act as?
The presenter / narrator
What is the pianists view on the rap music?
Typical of the older generations as she seems disturbed and uncomfortable
As Dizzee performs what does he do that the pianist also does?
Directly addresses the audience and comments on the narrative/actions of puppets
What structure does the narrative follow?
A linear one, with disruptions and a resolution
What is the message of the video?
Triumph over adversity through commitment to a dream
What are the nightclub and ‘off-licence’ examples of?
What is a binary opposition in this video? (Levi-Strauss)
Older female vs young male
White Woman vs black man
Youth vs authority
Anti-social behaviour vs hard work
How is the period setting established?
Mis-en-scene of striped wallpaper, floral curtains and grand piano connoting to a middle class environment
How is the stereotypically socially deprived city environment constructed?
Contemporary iconography on piano such as graffiti and off licence buildings
Name 4 props that reference childhood:
Pastel coloured building blocks at end of video
Musical box that Dizzee appears from
Toy police car and helicopter
When Dizzee uses the microphone prop, what does the prop connotes to?
Power as his voice can now be heard
How does the microphone giving Dizzee power also act as a signifier?
It signifies him moving away from deprivation and rebellion towards his dream and becoming a respected member of society
How does the reference to 1950s children’s tv and direct address from the pianist affect the audience?
Positions them as children being told the story
How is unease / a sense of surprise created?
Muffin the Mule operating the sound recording desk and Lord Charles puppet in the pram
What can referring to Captain Sensible and Happy Talk do to the audience?
Give them as sense of nostalgia and pleasure as they may recognise the references
How can Barthes theory of Semiotics be linked to Dream?
Images shown illustrate lyrics but also have deeper meaning linking to the idea of working to achieve a dream
Still on Barthes, how can the ‘myth’ idea link to the Dream video?
The idea of myth relates to the use of iconography such as the hoodie which is a symbol of youthful rebellion
What is post war context involved in this video?
Period when many people from the Caribbean, India and Pakistan moved to Britain to work
What do the post war period enable Britain to become?
More ethnically diverse due to the immigration
What context of the early 2000s can be associated with Dream?
Bluewater shopping centre in Kent banned hoodies in 2005 as they are put under the stereotype of being associated with violence and rebellion
How is the pianist constructed to be a 1950s white,middle aged, middle class woman?
Mis-en-scene such as her upright posture, formal jacket with floral broach on and her hair style
What is patronising about the pianists mode of address?
‘Hello boys and girls’
What does the horror on the pianists face when the helicopter flies past connote to?
Her stereotypical British reserve - how she doesn’t like any invasion of her personal space
What is Dizzee constructed to come across as, and how?
A rebellious young black male through the dress codes of red tracksuit, hoodie and trainers
How does Dizzee transform into a role model as the video goes on?
He makes the puppets partake in more creative and less destructive activities
How does Dizzee being represented as positive challenge stereotypes?
Because he is a black rapper who is usually associated with violence and danger
How are youths constructed?
Irresponsible and having no purpose - spraying graffiti, stealing the TV
How are the Scots characters constructed? (Red hair)
As drunks because they hold lager bottles
How is the police office constructed?
Brutal, white male, beating youths
What is the significance of the puppets being attached to strings?
Shows that the story is just a fable
Hierarchies of power and control
How can Hall’s theory of representation be linked to Dream?
The video deliberate constructs the puppets as stereotypes of people in society to emphasise the way in which these groups are often viewed