Tuesday
May022017

Evaluation Questions 

Please put the following on the evaluation page of your blog - this is a separate blog

Your final Production 

Your Evaluation - 

Questions for the evaluation:

 

  1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? 
  2.  How does your media product represent particular social groups?
  3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
  4. Who would be the audience for your media product?
  5. How did you attract/address your audience?
  6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
  7.  Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

 

Each person in the group has to answer each question 

You should aim to make each question into a different format:

Question 1, 2 and 5 work well as video extras 

All questions should be a visual/designed as possible

Some will work well on powerpoint 

If technology is really not your forte - just do the evaluation as a series of blog entries with pictures or as some embedded powerpoints.

 

 

Tuesday
May022017

Example planning 

The links below will provide you with outlines of the planning that you will need for your music video.  You can either fill these in by hand, take a picture and upload it.  Or redesign them for your blog. Or make your own in word based on these, save as a PDF - embed in slide share and upload them into your file/share as hyperlink.  Amy questions ask me.

Health and Safety - risk assessment 

Call sheet

Schedule 

Release form 

Tuesday
May022017

Reminder of the planning list - some ideas

This has been previously posted - however I am doing it again.

I am posting this so that you can see the extent and depth of your planning tasks.  Hopefully this will make you see how important it is to keep up with the work set.

This is not a comprehensive list - however you should have most of the following on your BLOG by the time you start filming.

  •  Synopsis of the film 
  • Three ways that the film could open 
  • Which is the most effective and achievable - why?  
  1. Storycannon for the film opening 
  2. What will I see/What will I hear write up
  3. Storyboard for the film opening -
  4. Filming Schedule - based on the storyboard
  5. Screenplay/shooting script
  6. Location ideas - and reflections on how you can access these locations 
  7. Health and Safety check - this must be ok'd by your teacher 
  8. Props/Sets/Costumes 
  9. Lighting ideas
  10. Framing/Focus - ideas and test shoots
  11. Actor ideas - with test head shots or short films  - why have they been chosen?
  12. Ideas for typography for the titles - these need to be considered in the planning stage not as an add on at the end.
  13. Ideas for sound and music - these need to be considered in the planning stage not as an add on at the end.
  14. Minutes of planning meetings/reflections on stages in the production
Tuesday
May022017

Examples of formats for storyboards etc 

Tuesday
May022017

Audience Research 

For the two to three films within your chosen genre that you have analysed - research on the IMDB website.

  1. Choose two of the films that are mentioned and research them thoroughly on the IMDB website - this is the internet movie database and gives you information about every aspect of the film - please can you look at BOX office figures as well as the audience user ratings and figures as this will begin to give you an insight into the demographics of audiences and how they favour certain genres.
  2. The screen shots below will give you an indication of how to do this.

 

 

 

 

Type the name of the film into the search engine in IMDB and you will get the following screen.

Click onto the 228,000 users hyperlink and you will be taken to the following screen

Now have a look through the overview hypelinks on the left - you may also want to look through the trailers videos and posters  to get a audio visual flavour of the film in terms of its branding and synergy.

See if you can view the opening credits for the film on the internet.

 

Friday
Jan272017

Synopsis and film ideas BLOG 10

Friday
Jan272017

Health and safety advice from OCR

INAPPROPRIATE MATERIALS
Centres are reminded that materials studied on a GCE or GCSE Media Studies or Film Studies course
should be age appropriate for the students taking the course, with due consideration given to the maturity of
the students on the course.


When selecting study materials or giving advice on practical production ideas, centres need to apply
common sense and demonstrate appropriate judgement whilst also taking into account current health and
safety regulations and relevant child protection laws to ensure that a due level of care is shown to their
students.


In recent series there have been some examples of production work that have caused concern, and in some
cases, been referred back to the exam board by moderators and then back to the centres themselves as
‘inappropriate material’ via OCR’s Child Protection Officer. Rather than list examples of offensive or
inappropriate material here, it is important to state that teachers need to ‘supervise’ and ultimately be
responsible for artefacts that are sent to the exam board. On occasion examination responses have also
been referred back to the exam board and then back to the centres where it is clear that candidates are
expressing opinions that have not been taught and are clearly inappropriate for public examinations.
Centres should have a robust health and safety policy in place ensure that students are both aware of it and
that they adhere to it. For example, students need to be aware whose permission they need to film in private
and public places, and they need to be aware of the dangers and risks that filming can pose to themselves
and to members of the public. Awareness of the law, application of common sense and consideration for
others are ll vital - including taking into consideration how a finished artefact may be interpreted by other
centres, parents or the general public if it is eventually made available via the web or other means.

Written permission should be obtained by centres from those individuals whose pictures are taken or
appear on film via a Model Release Form. If work is also to be published on the web, then centres should
ensure that they have asked models for all appropriate permissions on their release forms. Bearing in mind
that any material published on the web can never be reliably removed, centres should always adopt the
latest principles of best practice when publishing online – including the basic Department for Education
advice not to link an image to the name of a school student.


Centres and candidates are expected to comply to the guidelines given above at all times when working on
Media and/or Film Studies production units.

Wednesday
Jan182017

BLOG 9 - Auteur Study - due Friday 27th January 

READ THIS ARTICLE FIRST - it is on signature styles of directors 

IF YOU DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THESE DIRECTORS USE THE SCORCESE WORK THAT WE DID IN CLASS.

Choose one of the following directors and look at three of their film openings.

Alfred Hitchcock

Martin Scorcese

Stanley Kubrick

Baz Lurhman 

Guy Richie

Wes Anderson

Coen Brothers

Quentin Taratino 

Jane Campion

Chris Nolan

Tim Burton

John Carpenter

Woody Allen

Tim Burton

Mike Leigh

Or any other director that you are interested in from the IMDB list of auteurs - click to go to page.

Task 

Watch three openings by this director.

What aspects of the openings are visually similar: this is known as the signature style of the director.

Analyse their use of colour/framing/shot types/angles/movement, pace of titles/editing, how characters/place/time are introduced. How do they utilise music and sound?

If the genres of the films are different - is the signature style of the director still recognisable?

NOW - for each film sum up what you actually know about the narrative of the film from the opening two minutes.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Jan182017

Support with the auteur study 

Monday
Jan092017

BLOG 8 - Reflection on P task 

You need to now reflect and assess the success of the P task.

 Now reflect on what you achieved in the following sections 

Pre production planning

  • What was the task 
  • How effectively did you plan it 
  • Did everyone in the group contribute effectively - how could you improve this for the main task
  • Talk about how you developed your creative ideas.

 Production 

  •  What went well on set/day of the shoot?
  • What problems did you encounter?
  • What have you learnt in terms of how you will run the shoots for your film opening?

Post Production 

  • What do you learn in post production - technical skills 
  • What did you learn about how thinking about editing can help when you are actually shooting the footage 

 

Analyse - your P task 

How effectively did you meet the brief - what mistakes did you make 

What will you improve next time

 

Monday
Dec052016

Analysis of Film openings blog 6 and 7

Now choose two more film openings to analyse - the following points should give you ideas 

  • Shot types/angles/movements 
  • Visual Style - Lighting/colour
  • Editing - fast/slow/pace/long takes/exposition of narrative - character - setting - time?
  • How does the opening suggest the genre or the themes of the film? 
  • How is sound/music used to draw us into the world of the film?
  • If the film is part of a franchise - how does it fit with the conventions of previous title sequences in the same franchise?

 Make sure that the film opening is embedded or hyperlinked onto your blog. 

Throughout/or at the end of the analysis make sure that you are reflecting on what aspects of the opening are inspirational in terms of the creative process - how are the openings that you are analysing building into your ideas for film openings/title sequences.

For each film make sure that you have also done the title exercise below: 

 

  • Now - watch the film - just focus on the titles - what they say and when they appear.
  • For each title write down what it says - when it appears e.g. 3 sec, 15 sec etc 
  • For each title also say what is shown or what you hear when it appears - how does this add to the effect of the opening.
  • You may also want to consider the pace of the titles.

 

Friday
Dec022016

BLOG 5 (this could be added to blog 3 and 4) analysis narrative nature/exposition of the openings and how they conclude

An element that OCR really look out for when they are moderating film opening title sequences is the sense of the opening having a good structure.

They want students to really consider how they draw the auidence into the world of the film story but also they like it if there is a sense of the title sequence ending - ie they award the highest marks to students who consider how their sequences start, build and end.

With this in mind:

View all the opening title sequences that you have analysed again - really focus now on how you are made to feel at different points in the opening title sequence.

How are you drawn into the world of the film story? 

How is this developed?

How do you know that the opening titles are over and the film proper is starting?

How much of the actual film story do you know from the opening 2-3 mins - this is a key element as you will be marked down for an opening that tells the whole story in the opening 2 minutes.

Please think of a way of presenting this work on your blog - I suggest Vlogs or voice overs - however if you do not have the skills to complete the work in this way make sure that you do use screen shots. 

 

 

Friday
Dec022016

BLOG 4 - Independant - pair work 

Analyse 1 film opening - it could be one that we have completed together in class

  • Shot types/angles/movements 
  • Visual Style - Lighting/colour
  • Editing - fast/slow/pace/long takes/exposition of narrative - character - setting - time?
  • How does the opening suggest the genre or the themes of the film? 
  • How is sound/music used to draw us into the world of the film?
  • If the film is part of a franchise - how does it fit with the conventions of previous title sequences in the same franchise? 

Throughout/or at the end of the analysis make sure that you are reflecting on what aspects of the opening are inspirational in terms of the creative process - how are the openings that you are analysing building into your ideas for film openings/title sequences.

For each film make sure that you have also done the title exercise below: 

  • Now - watch the film - just focus on the titles - what they say and when they appear.
  • For each title write down what it says - when it appears e.g. 3 sec, 15 sec etc 
  • For each title also say what is shown or what you hear when it appears - how does this add to the effect of the opening.
  • You may also want to consider the pace of the titles.
Tuesday
Nov152016

BLOG 2 

Post your P task on your blog

Monday
Nov142016

Preliminary task 2 - planning BLOG 1

You are going to create you P task -

P task planning – pp

Technical codes that you need - this is to extend you

  • •       180 degree rule
  • •       Match on action
  • •       Shot reverse shot
  • •       Conversation and walking into a room and sitting down
  • •       Parallel editing
  • •       Graphic match
  • •       Consideration of framing – range of shot types
  • •       Range of angles 
  • •       Consideration of lighting
  • •       Tracking/panning – movement
  • •       Consideration of mise en scene – costumes, gestures, expressions, setting
  • •       Enigma codes and action codes 

Motivation

  • •       Who are the characters – name, age, occupation – personality?
  • •       Why are they meeting
  • •       Where are they meeting
  • •       What will they talk about
  • •       Write the dialogue
  • •       Plan the setting/costumes

 

Now make a ‘What will I see/what will I hear for the section of film

Friday
Mar182016

Shooting Script

Friday
Mar042016

Use Brianair - to find out more 

Friday
Mar042016

Information on Film Audiences 

Friday
Feb262016

Art of the Title - new analysis hwk due Monday 29th February - BLOG 13

o to the following website that analyses and shows Film title sequences = Art of the Title

I would like you to look at the following film titles 

Barbarella 

Dawn of the Dead

Alien Series 

Dirty Harry

The Player

Once Upon a Time in The West 

Mean Streets  

I would like you to start by watching each of these ttile sequences and getting an overview of why they are effective as opening titles sequences - try and discuss with each other how they make you feel.

Then answer the following questions 

 

  1. How are the titles edited with music/sound/shot types - think about the pace of the edit?
  2. How do the titles/typography reflect the narrative/themes/genre of the Film?
  3. How is music and sound used in the film opening - remember silence is sound
  4. What iconography is used and how is it used to develop genre? 
  5. How is the narrative established - if you had to sum up the 'story' in sentence what would it be? For each film come up with a sentence that is snappy and sums up what you think the film is about.
  6. Does the Film opening contain enigma codes - give some examples of these.
  7. If the film introduces the main character how does the director develop the characters that we see? Explore the use of mise en scene, cinematography and editing to establish character.
  8. Does the title sequence introduce the thematic concerns/ideas of the film?
  9. How does it draw you into the world of the film?
  10. Write down every title and the time it comes in to the sequence - including insitution logos
Friday
Feb262016

Today's lesson - BLOG 12 

You have 1 hour to create a short analysis of a title sequence.

Prompt questions:

Focus now on how you are made to feel at different points in the opening title sequence.

How are you drawn into the world of the film story? 

How is this developed?

How do you know that the opening titles are over and the film proper is starting?

How much of the actual film story do you know from the opening 2-3 mins - this is a key element as you will be marked down for an opening that tells the whole story in the opening 2 minutes.

Please think of a way of presenting this work on your blog - I suggest Vlogs or voice overs - however if you do not have the skills to complete the work in this way make sure that you do use screen shots. 

Analyse the film opening that you have been given in terms of the following:

  • Shot types/angles/movements 
  • Visual Style - Lighting/colour
  • Editing - fast/slow/pace/long takes/exposition of narrative - character - setting - time?
  • How does the opening suggest the genre or the themes of the film? 
  • How is sound/music used to draw us into the world of the film?
  • If the film is part of a franchise - how does it fit with the conventions of previous title sequences in the same franchise? 

Throughout/or at the end of the analysis make sure that you are reflecting on what aspects of the opening are inspirational in terms of the creative process - how are the openings that you are analysing building into your ideas for film openings/title sequences.

For each film make sure that you have also done the title exercise below: 

  • Now - watch the film - just focus on the titles - what they say and when they appear.
  • For each title write down what it says - when it appears e.g. 3 sec, 15 sec etc 
  • For each title also say what is shown or what you hear when it appears - how does this add to the effect of the opening.
  • You may also want to consider the pace of the titles.