Tuesday
Sep162014

How to change the date on a post

Make sure everything on your blog is in the correct order! See the checklist for the correct order. It's important to do this because you get marks for how you organise and store your work.

Go to the post you want to change the date for and click "Modify"

Then click "Options" which is in the bottom right hand corner

Click on the date that is there and it will bring up a calendar

Choose a new date

Click "save and close"

You have now successfully manipulated time. You're practically Doctor Who.

 

Tuesday
Sep162014

How to upload a powerpoint

Make sure you're logged in to the Haverstock Media website

Go to Slideshare

username: haverstockmedia

password: beginagain

Click upload and choose what you want to upload

Once it's uploaded to slideshare, click on the presentation and click "embed"

Copy the embed code

Go back to Haverstock Media website

Click post new entry

Give it a title

Click on the icon for embed video (it looks like film reel)

Click in the box and paste the embed code into it

Save and close

The powerpoint should be posted!

Tuesday
Sep162014

How to create categories for your work

At the bottom of the "create a post" box it says "categories"

Click on where it says "none"

If it is the first time you are doing it you need to click in the "create category" box and write the unit and criterion and click "create"

Then select the categories you want from the box

If you have previously created the categories, you just need to select which ones you want

Click "save and close"

Your work is now categorised and ordered. You are winning at life.

 

Friday
Sep122014

Unit 5 Checklist 2: MUSIC VIDEOS (work for Tiarna)

For every piece of work you do for this checklist you need to complete a research methods log.

Methods: (eg Primary or Secondary)

Techniques: (eg Library, internet, archives, interviews, observations, questionnaires, surveys, focus groups)

Information Log: (eg Log of library catalogue searches, internet searches, archive searches etc)

Organisation: (eg Where are you going to file it? Blog categories)

Relevance: (eg How useful is it? How reliable is the source? How relevant is it to your research?)

1)   Find a definition for your chosen music genre. ▫(What defines the music genre, what do you expect to see in music videos of this genre? Make a list of genre conventions. (Do the Research Methods Table. Categories: Unit 1 Criterion 2, Unit 1 Criterion 3)

2) Identifying genre signifiers. Watch some music videos in your genre. Identify how they use genre signifiers - list the different genre signifiers and explain what they show the audience. (Do the Research Methods Trailer. Categories: Unit 1 Criterion 2, Unit 1 Criterion 3)

3) Performers: How are the performers portrayed in the videos? What are they doing and what does it show about them? What are they wearing and what does it tell us about them? What do we understand about the performers? (Do the Research Methods Table. Categories: Unit 1 Criterion 2, Unit 1 Criterion 3)

4) Locations: What locations are shown and how are they shown? How do these fit with genre conventions?  (Do the Research Methods Table. Categories: Unit 1 Criterion 2, Unit 1 Criterion 3)

5) Narrative (if the videos are narrative ones): How is narrative established? How do the audience know what the narrative of the video is? How does the narrative fit with the lyrics? (Do the Research Methods Table. Categories: Unit 1 Criterion 2, Unit 1 Criterion 3)

6) Targeting Audiences: Analysis of how an artist in your genre targets their audience. Say who the artist is and who their target audience is and then you should look at:

  • Representation – how their representation is constructed (clothing, hair, jewellery etc) and how it appeals to their target audience,
  • Iconography – are there certain props or iconic features that they are commonly associated with? How does this appeal to their target audience?
  • Musical style and lyrics – what is their musical style and what do they sing about? How does this appeal to their target audience?
  • How do they connect with their audience? Do they have their own website? What sort of things is on it? How does this appeal to the target audience?
  • Do they use social media? (e.g. twitter, facebook etc) What sort of things do they talk about? How does this appeal to the target audience?
  • Institutional promotion - what record labels are they signed to? Do these labels also own similar bands/artists? Who owns the record label that they are singed to?
  • How are they promoted? Which festivals do they play at? Do they do TV appearances? (What programmes and channels?) What magazines do they appear in? How does this appeal to the target audience?
  • What other promotions/synergy/marketing do they use? How does this appeal to the target audience?
  • (Do the Research Methods Table. This will be long and detailed as you will be looking at lots of different sources. Categories: Unit 1 Criterion 2, Unit 1 Criterion 3)

7) Analysis of a music video: Detailed analysis of the representations in a music video. This can be an essay, mindmap or table. It needs to identify the genre of the music video and the target audience and then look at how people and places are represented in the video. PEEL paras on each point, each point needs to be linked back to genre conventions and how it appeals to the target audience.

  • What genre is it and who is the target audience?
  • Is it a narrative, concept or performance video or a mixture of these?
  • Representations of people: what are they wearing/what do they look like?
  • What are they doing?
  • Is there any specific iconography?
  • What are they singing about?
  • What messages are they conveying?
  • Do the shot types/angles and lighting etc help to create certain representations?
  • How are the places represented in the music video?
  • Where is it the video shot?
  • What different locations are there?
  • What links do these places have with the lyrics/messages of the song?
  • Do the shot types/angles and lighting etc help to create certain representations of these places?
  • Have you linked all of these back to how they adhere to genre conventions and/or appeal to the target audience??
  • (Do the Research Methods Table. Categories: Unit 1 Criterion 2, Unit 1 Criterion 3)
Friday
Sep122014

Unit 5 Checklist 1: MUSIC VIDEOS (work for Tiarna)

1) Vocational scenario - reply to Thesper.

2) - Mindmap/document "What are music videos?"

  • What are music videos?
  • Why are they made?
  • How do they work?
  • Who are they for?
  • Where do we see them?
  • When are they released?

3) -Mindmap/document "Music Video Conventions" (Andrew Goodwin’s theory)

4) - 3x Initial ideas mindmaps. You need a mindmap for three different music video ideas. These should include:

  • The genre of the song, locations, performers, costumes, what would happen in the video, target audience

6) - A document where you weigh up your different ideas.

  • Possible pros and cons to consider…. ▫Cost (will the budget be too high?) ▫Performers (maybe you need certain ages/races of performer that you can’t get?) ▫Locations (do you need locations you can’t get access to?) ▫Props ▫Audience appeal etc
  • Explain which idea you’re going to take forward into the preproduction stages and why. Also explain how you will overcome the cons that you identified.