Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Year 12 Media - important update

We now have confirmation that the MEST1 mock exam will be during your lesson time on Monday 27 April in the Lecture Theatre. This means:

12C: 10.30am - 12.30pm Lecture Theatre

12A: 1.20pm - 3.20pm Lecture Theatre

This is your only full MEST1 mock exam so it is essential you revise and prepare exactly as you would for the real exam. Section A will be a DVD clip followed by four questions while Section B will be a 45 minute essay on your film industry case studies (Ill Manors, A Field In England and your independent case study).

Media Magazine

Media Magazine is a brilliant resource when revising for Media exams with articles on all the major media issues and debates. Our Media Magazine archive is here - we've just added MM52 (out this week) which has articles on social media and surveillance, Russell Brand, the Hunger Games trilogy and how to carry out close textual analysis (which is exactly the skill you need for MEST1 Section A).

Good luck!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Section B exam question

Welcome back!

We've got just FOUR weeks until Year 12 study leave and need to fit a full MEST1 mock exam into that time too. I know you'll be focusing on coursework this week but you also need to be stepping up your exam revision and preparation too. As soon as I have a date for the MEST1 mock exam I'll let you know.

For now, we need to be improving our planning for Section B of the MEST1 exam.

The question we've looked at in class:

Consider how imaginative techniques are used by media products from your cross-media study to attract and maintain audiences. Support your answer with reference to a range of examples from three media platforms. [32 marks]

Remember you need to type up a detailed plan for this question on your blog. We'll be working on a sample paragraph next week and then writing full practice essays from there.

Make sure you've typed up your plan by your double lesson next week.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Post-16 Easter sessions

We have managed to arrange two sessions for post-16 Media students in the Easter holidays. In addition, Media is open for the whole of Raising Achievement Day on Friday 27 March (when normal lessons are suspended). Therefore, you have the following opportunities to complete Media work:

Friday 27 March (Raising Achievement Day) 8.30am - 4pm

Tuesday 31 March 9am - 3pm (with Mr Halsey)

Tuesday 7 April 9am - 3pm (with Mr Bush)

This gives you over 19 hours to complete work - easily enough time if you are organised and make the most of these opportunities.

As you know, your coursework deadline is the week after Easter so these are your last chances to work on Premiere Pro or Photoshop in school and receive feedback on your production work or evaluation.

Good luck!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

MEST2 Evaluation: third brief exemplar

You should now be making good progress with your 1,500 word MEST2 evaluation.

The original blogpost with guidance is here.

This paragraph may be useful as an exemplar for the section on the third brief (e-media). Remember, you MUST NOT use this exactly (think how obvious your plagiarism would be) but it does give you an idea of the areas you need to cover:
The third brief required us to make an E-Media campaign. This would contain a website promoting Insincere along with social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. An E-Media campaign would successfully help me target my 15-35 audience as that is the primary age group using the internet and social networking sites and more awareness of Insincere would be created. I could have used an Insincere website to launch the official two minute opening scene to the production or even small snippets put together as a ‘teaser trailer’. Also, the website would include exclusive backstage footage, pictures, character blogs, competition chances and more. The Insincere opening scene could also be launched on Youtube which is viral and reaches audiences immediately, as well as social networking sites, BBC iPlayer and the BBC website. Vines could also be created showing a 5-6 second video of the opening scene, again creating awareness of Insincere. All of these forms of social media are helpful as they will gain fans and feedback as audiences have the opportunity to leave comments. Also, by fans following the Twitter and Facebook pages along with the Youtube channel, audiences can interact and attract a larger audience. I could have created synergy between my final production and E-Media campaign by including the hashtag ‘#insincere’. Although I included this on the cover of my magazine, immediately when a hashtag is shown audiences associate it with social network. 

Good luck! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Y12/13 Media work - Friday 20 March

Both myself and Mr Bush will be taking 27 Year 12 students to Sky Academy on Friday. This means that for Year 12 students not on the trip and all Year 13 students, you have the double lesson to get on with your coursework.

For Year 12, this means completing the video and print work for MEST2 and writing the first draft of your evaluation.

For Year 13, this means editing your linked production and making final changes to your critical investigations.

Mr Qureshi will be on hand to register you as present and help with any technical queries.

Make the most of the time and we look forward to seeing your work next week.

Y12 Sky Academy trip

Well done to everyone who got their reply slips in for the Sky Academy trip on Friday 20 March.

This is the briefing sheet you need in case you're unsure of the meeting place.

You must be there by 9am so we can walk to Sky and arrive on time.

Lunch is provided and dress code is smart - don't let us down!

See you in Brentford and call the school mobile if you've got any problems.

Monday, March 16, 2015

MEST2 Evaluation

Deadlines are fast approaching and you now need to be working on your MEST2 Evaluation. This is worth 20 marks and will make or break your overall coursework grade.

You can find the evaluation guidance here. You don't have to follow it exactly but you DO need to address each aspect in some way if you want to achieve a top mark.

The original MEST2 briefs are here. Remember, we have done Brief 1 (Silver Lining Productions) and within that Broadcasting (task i) and Print (task ii). You must make this clear in your introduction. Remember your evaluation also needs to address the third brief, e-media. I recommend focusing on what you would have done for e-media task ii (e-media marketing campaign) and offer some detailed, creative ideas for how you could use social media and new technology to promote your TV show.

Make sure you have a draft of your evaluation written for your last double lesson before Easter - otherwise, you won't be able to get any feedback and may miss out on crucial marks. For 12C - that's next Monday so needs to be a homework priority THIS week.