Postmodernism in US Television Show Lost Essay
The technical codes used in the advert help to establish the extent of the programme’s generic hybridity. There is not a single long-shot camera angle throughout the piece; instead the trailer is made up of various medium shots and medium close-ups of the various characters. This is effective in telling the audience that Lost is very much positioned within the drama genre; that its primary focus is on its characters and their experiences as they interact as strangers, rather than on the island and its various mysteries. However, the advert is also effective as it is intentionally ambiguous with eerie use of non-diagetic sound. The background music, chosen to create part of the atmosphere of the piece and emphasize the mysterious and supernatural nature of the show is almost sinister; this peculiar tone that the music promotes is used to set the tone of the show, to tell the viewer without words that the show though set on an aesthetically pleasing stage, is not going to be a jovial piece.
The mise-en-scène features one of the few plot fragments that the piece gives its audience; the still-burning wreckage of a plane crash strewn across a beach whirring in its death throes. From the background environment in the