Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Year 12 cover work: Wednesday 20 September

Apologies - due to external courses and meetings your Year 12 Media lessons on Wednesday 20 September will be covered.

The lessons will still take place in Media as normal but the work is all on the blog. Make sure you are registered and then work through the following:

If you finish these in the lesson, you can work on your Star persona Mise-en-scene makeover or any other outstanding Media work. 

Good luck!

Film & TV Language: Mise-en-scene blog tasks

Mise-en-scene is a critical aspect to our work on film language and textual analysis.

Remember the mnemonic that will help you recall the different aspects of mise-en-scene: CLAMPS.
  • Costume
  • Lighting
  • Actor (placement and movement)
  • Make-up
  • Props
  • Setting

Mise-en-scene blog task

Complete the following tasks for mise-en-scene for your Film and TV Language unit:

1) Find a distinctive still image and write an analysis of the mise-en-scene. Use each of the aspects you've learned in the lesson.

2) Find three film or TV extracts on YouTube from different genres (e.g. horror, sci-fi, costume drama). Embed them in your blogpost and write a comparison of the mise-en-scene in each.

You'll have a certain amount of lesson time for this but will need to complete the rest for homework - deadline set by your coursework teacher.

Reminder: your Mise-en-scene star persona video project is also due next week - make sure you complete all aspects of the task!

Monday, September 18, 2017

MIGRAIN: Reading an image

The ability to 'decode' a media text is a critical skill for A Level Media students.

It's vital that you can break a text down into its key conventions and explore what effect the different aspects may have on an audience.

You'll find the key notes and media terminology on the lesson slides here. If you didn't do so in the lesson, make notes of the key words and what they refer to - they will be invaluable throughout the A Level Media course.

Your blog tasks are to be completed on Media Blog 1 (exam teacher) and are as follows:

Complete the following from our double lesson on reading an image:

1) Analyse this RBK 50 Cent advert using the key media language you learned today: denotation, connotation, colour, pose, framing, composition, size, type of shot, subject matter, setting, lighting.

2) Next, analyse a print advert of your choice using the same key words.

Remember to put media language in bold or highlight/colour it. Another reminder of the key words:
  • Denotation, connotation, colour, pose, framing, composition, size, type of shot, subject matter, setting, lighting.

And always ask the two key questions: Who do you think is the target audience? How does it address/attract that audience?

Due date: confirmed by your exam teacher

Friday, September 15, 2017

Textual analysis: homework

In class this week, we've looked at denotation, connotation, ideology and how to identify these aspects in media texts.

Now you need to develop those skills by analysing a media product of your own choice. Complete the following on your Media 1 Exam blog:

Find a media text of your choice (print/moving image/online) and answer the following questions:

1) What type of text is it?

2) How do you know? What are the key conventions that allowed you to identify the text?

3) In your opinion, who is the target audience for this media text?

4) How would this audience access the text? E.g. where/when would they consume it? Using what device?

5) What values, ideologies and beliefs in society are reinforced or challenged in this media text?

Don't forget you've also got to complete your media consumption audit too - all due in your double lesson with your exam teacher next week.

Film & TV Language: Mise-en-scene star persona

Mise-en-scene is crucial for film and TV producers to create the Hollywood stars international audiences demand.

Film genres are known for certain aspects of mise-en-scene - lighting, costume, make-up and more. In television, popular shows such as X Factor use costume and make-up to transform 'ordinary' contestants into the next pop star or boyband.

Practical task: create a two-minute time-lapse video that demonstrates how you turn an 'ordinary' student into the next film or TV star. Complete the following:

1) Get into groups of up to four. Note: although the planning and filming can be done as a group, all students MUST edit their own time-lapse video.

2) Create a star persona mood board on your blog - a collection of images that demonstrates your research and what kind of star you want to create (Hollywood action hero, film noir femme fatale, horror villain, X Factor sensation etc.)

3) Film your makeover - one fixed shot works best.

4) Edit your video to approximately two minutes, adding music, voiceover, effects and anything else that will make your film visually effective and entertaining for an audience. You can edit in school using Premiere Pro but are welcome to edit at home if you have the software to do it.

5) Export your finished video, upload it to YouTube and post it to your blog along with a 100-word explanation of your work.

Here's an example from an A Level Media student at Lingfield School in Surrey:

Deadline: next Friday. Good luck!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Film & TV Language: poster analysis

A key aspect to A Level Media Studies is developing the technical knowledge and vocabulary to analyse film and television texts.

The Film & TV Language unit will introduce or revise the key media terminology that is vital across your coursework and exams. Over the next term, you'll be watching clips from some of the most iconic films and TV programmes in history while researching genres and learning the technical language of cinematography, lighting and sound. Alongside this, you'll also be carrying out practical, technical exercises to develop your filming and editing skills.

Your first task involves looking at iconic film posters and considering genre and audience.

Blog task: Complete the 'Film Poster Analysis' from the Film Language PowerPoint:
  • Analyse all EIGHT posters in as much detail as possible;
  • Try to include media terminology that you might have learnt at GCSE;
  • Explain WHY for each of the three questions for each poster;
  • Post up all your answers on your new Media Blog 2 coursework blog;
  • Include the actual posters in your blog posting.
Complete for homework. Due: next lesson!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Introduction to Media: media consumption audit

To achieve a top grade in A Level Media Studies, it is absolutely essential you consume a wide variety of different media on a regular basis.

This may mean stepping outside your comfort zone or engaging with media that is no longer so popular with younger generations such as newspapers or radio. The good news is that you may discover something you really enjoy or at the very least helps you with your other A Level subjects.

Create a blogpost on your Media 1 Exam Blog called 'My media consumption'.

Answer the following questions in as much detail as possible to complete your audit:

  • Which daily newspapers (if any) do you read?
  • What sections of newspapers do you turn to first, and why?
  • What sections do you never read, and why?
  • What kinds of stories do you usually read and why?
  • Do you, or someone else, buy the newspaper you read?
  • Do you look at the online versions of any newspapers? Which newspapers? Why do you visit their website and not others?

  • What magazines (if any) do you buy regularly?  Why
  • What sections of the magazines do you read and not read, and why?

  • Approximately how many hours a week do you spend watching television?
  • What times of day do you usually watch television?
  • What programmes do you like best and why?
  • Do you watch alone or with others? If you watch with others, who decides what you will watch?
  • Do you watch 'live' TV or on-demand/catch-up? Do you use any other devices to watch TV (such as laptop or tablet?)

  • Do you listen to the radio?
  • If yes, what stations do you like best and why?
  • Approximately how many hours a week do you spend listening to the radio?
  • What times of the day do you usually listen to the radio?
  • Where do you listen to the radio?
  • What other activities (if any) do you do whilst listening to the radio?
  • Does anyone else in your house listen to the radio? If so, when do they listen?

  • What films have you seen in the cinema in the last month?
  • What films have you seen in other places – for example, through Netflix, Amazon Prime, satellite/cable film channels (free or otherwise) or streaming?
  • Who else watched the films with you?
  • Who decided what films to watch?
  • What devices do you typically use to watch films: TV, laptop, tablet, phone etc.?

  • How often do you access the internet?
  • Where do you access the internet?  At home, at college or school, or at work?
  • What are the main sites that you access?
  • What are the main reasons for accessing these sites – for example, for information, to make purchases, communicate with friends or for entertainment?
  • What other activities (if any) do you do whilst accessing the internet?
  • What different devices do you use to access the internet? What is your primary device for accessing the internet?
  • What social networks do you use regularly (e.g. Twitter, Instagram)? Why do you belong to these networks in particular?

  • How can you develop the amount and variety of media you consume?
  • What will you change in your media consumption habits this year as a result of studying A Level Media?
  • List three sources of media (websites/newspapers/apps/TV programmes etc.) that you will start to access this year that you haven't engaged with previously.

Due: next lesson