Realism or naturalism
REALISM - SLICE-OF-LIFE - VERISIMILITUDE ('like-to-reality-truth') - 'window on the world'
WHAT IS REALISM IN RADIO DRAMA PRODUCTION? - below on this page RADIO DRAMA TECHNIQUES OF REALISM - below on this page MORE THOUGHTS ON RADIO REALISM - below on this page
WHAT IS REALISM IN RADIO DRAMA PRODUCTION?
In this mode, you mirror 'real life', though with a lot of careful selection and with certain techniques. Objects, events, actions, and qualities take their form in this imaginary world as they would in the Lifeworld (the world we live in). Questions are not raised in the listeners' minds about the potential illusions of the representation. This is similar to what we accept in TV plays. This assures the authenticity of the everyday. As with classic Hollywood cinema, the directing style does not draw attention to itself. The means of representation you use are 'invisible'. Realism is based on the individual's understanding of the fiction. WHAT YOU DO: Observe techniques of realism across a range of radio dramas. Listen across the Internet. What are the different REALISMS - between different countries? (E.g. BBC versus American productions.) How is the ATMOS balanced against the dialogue? How many sound effects can you observe? How 'busy' is the scene? How is the dialogue foregrounded? Observe techniques of realism across TV and film productions. What happens?
RADIO DRAMA TECHNIQUES OF REALISM - a series of conventions constantly change and are renewed.
Realistic style of acting Dialogue foregrounded against atmos (relatively neutral acoustic) and effects standard production The perspective is organised around a fixed sound centre (mostly). continuity style of production and post-production time-space continuum - spatial and temporal unity of the scene are maintained - laws of time and space preserved (within the conventions) conventions for within the radio play frame and outside the frame characters' spatial relations conveyed often by position three at the microphone, and intimate conversation or sections of dialogue at position two See the techniques and discussion in 'mise-en-scène' - representation of the play scene, locations, spaces and perspectives
MORE THOUGHTS ON RADIO REALISM
Although radio acting here is realistic, 'like' the talk we hear in the Lifeworld, it is still acting. If someone switches on the radio in the middle of a play, this is instantly recognisable as radio play acting. So study those conventions and make what use you want of them. You do not have to obey them.
Realism is a matter of constant re-invention and for radio, of being rediscovered from realist TV and film and documentary.
In radio drama's hyper-realism mode, listeners could experience an almost physical sense of 'being there', of the weight and force of the location.
Continuing through the site: language based = logocentric
symbol system language based = logocentric What is radio theory for? Theory - what is it? Voice
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