Please give us some feedback on the A Level Media Studies course.
Mr G & Mrs C
Please give us some feedback on the A Level Media Studies course.
Mr G & Mrs C
The Digital Greenhouse is hosting an event for anybody interested in finding out more about digital marketing.
23rd May, 12.30 at the Digital Greenhouse and the topic is Marketing with Video with speakers from Specsavers and ITV.
It’s a free event, for all the info and to register please visit
Before we start to focus on Postmodernism for the rest of the term, we need to focus on some admin bits and pieces and ensure the mock essays were a useful exercise. Let’s clear the decks and get on with Postmodernism with an open and hungry mind.
This week you will need to:
AS A GROUP
DA DA BLOG AND COURSEWORK DONE! WAVE IT GOODBYE!
We will kick off Postmodernism at the end of this week, so make sure you read the introductory post over the weekend. Get your theoretical and critical perspective juices flowing. Turn over a new leaf and now focus on making the most of the remaining few weeks to make sure you get the grade you deserve and want.
It will be fun – promise!
As you know we will be holding our annual awards ceremony for AS & A2 Media Studies students on Tuesday 13th March at The Performing Arts Centre, starting at 7.00. You will all receive and invitation for yourself and a +1.
All the music videos will be entered for one category, such as cinematography, post production, production design…There will also be an overall Music Video of the Year, into which you will all be entered. We are really pleased that guests from Specsavers, Blue Diamond, Guernsey Press will be along to present some of the awards.
As we introduce the categories and nominees we would like to play a 30 – 40 second clip from your music video.
The winner in each category will have the music video played in its entirety.
To this end, we need you to put your production work into the P Drive:
Year 13 Media Students
You will have 1 hr to write responses to section 1a – Skills and section 1b – Concepts: Allow 5 minutes for planning and 25 minutes to write. There are 25 marks available for each answer and you should focus on using the TEAS structure.
You need to double check when your Media exam is.
The mock Concept question will be on AUDIENCE.
The mock Skills question be on RESEARCH AND PLANNING.
Remember, we expect to see you in school next Friday if your evaluation questions and blog are incomplete. We start moderating over half-term.
WELL DONE! You are nearly there and you have all been working incredibly hard. The videos and drafts of the Digipaks/Adverts are looking good. Mr Gregson and I know that it is a stressful time of year and a lot is being asked of you. If we have been nagging and chasing you, it is only that we want you to complete your products in good time so that further stress is not stockpiled for later in the year. It may be that you will need to be spending lunchtimes and after school this week just making sure it is all done and dusted – you all deserve a good break.
However, you must get all your products completed by Friday. That means ON YOUR HOME PAGE there will be:
On the final two days of term, you can make sure you have documents, screen shots etc loaded onto your drive so that you can catch up on blogging over Xmas. We will not be setting you an essay, but expect the blog to be more or less up to date before the start of next term.
We will be working on the 4 Evaluation questions, that are detailed and involved so there will be no time to return to blogging in class. It is in your own best interests to get as much of it up to date before then.
The other issue you must be aware of, is that after January we will be moving to Room 73 as the desktops are to be used by other students, so there really will be no more opportunity to use the Adobe creative suite.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Remember, by Friday we would like a draft on your blog that has both narrative and performance in so that we can give you some detailed feedback.
You can carry on filming over half term for any missing shots you know you have but once we are back after half-term, all lessons will be devoted to the Digipak and Advert design. You can keep editing, fine tuning and do any last minute pick-up shots but it will all have to be in your own time. You also have all day on the Monday 30th October as this is an INSET day and the rooms will be open for you to edit. You may have to negotiate terminals with other groups.
We will also be doing many of the essays next term so you need to clear the decks. One of the essays is being set this week.
We are harrying you for your own good. The light, the weather and the motivation will quickly disappear next half term. It is in your own interests that you work your socks off this week to break the back of the filming and editing. It will also mean that there is a draft video on your blog that we could enter for moderation if you then broke your arm!
Good luck. We know you can do it.
Mr G and Mrs C
Then you need to go to the Big Think!
There will be a presentation by Adie de Putron from The Big Think this Thursday 5th October at lunch time. She will be in room 73 at 1.00 pm to introduce the event and show you how to apply, places are limited, so hurry and get your application in.
I took a walk around Perelle and came across some intriguing and interesting locations/backdrops/settings. You need to do that too this week and weekend to make sure your ideas are ‘doable’ and you need to prove it to your teacher.
Take some tests shots too of tricky concepts that you have i.e. underwater? Sounds great but in reality is very hard to do so make sure you can do it and you understand the complexities of it (remember to risk assess this in advance with your teacher and make sure there is a qualified lifeguard on hand).
Do you want certain special FX – can you use After FX to help you? You must be able to prove it to the teacher before you embark any further on your idea. This will all save you a lot of time further down the line if your ideas then don’t come up as practical.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This year our students are making music videos. Last academic year the Media Studies department organised a filming day, this year the students are responsible for planning and coordinating their own video shoots.
As part of any out of school activity students need to be aware of the risks and put in measures to mitigate those. As parents and guardians it is essential that you are aware of their planned shoots, so that you can be involved in the risk assessment process and are aware of our departmental policy regarding risk assessment. That policy is laid out in this letter:
Our generic risk assessment form is below. This is provided, so as to make you aware about the ground rules, our expectations and any sanctions we may put in place if the rules aren’t followed.
Furthermore will be require students to complete a site specific risk assessment, which must be discussed with teacher prior to any agreement to shoot being given. We would also like an email confirmation from you to inform us that you are aware and that your consent is given. This site specific form is below:
We have sent paper copies of the first two documents home with each of the students, we require a parental signature before we can permit shooting during school hours.
Thanks for you continued support,
Ed Gregson & Jess Cobb
IMPORTING THE FOOTAGE AND FOLDER CREATION.
You can see if the drama studio or lecture theatre are free but keep it simple.
Do not over complicate the filming.
Get the right MES (costumes), film the performance in a variety of ways – get the performer to sing and film in close up – get the performer to sing again and this time film it in long shot – get the performer to sing again and this time film in mid shot – get the performer to sing again and use some movement/angles. Then change MES and locations if you want.
Use 2 cameras at any one shoot so that you can double up during performances.
You will then have several different sequences to cut between. SIMPLES!
PROPS – use upturned bins for drums……blow up guitars……electronic keyboards for pianos. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE FILMING!
You only have 1 lesson to get your performer dressed, rehearsed and filmed. You need to be organised.
Sometimes LESS IS MORE!
Choose your theme wisely. Choose a Mobile Friendly one so that you can access it easily on any device.
These are some of the more effective looking themes for your new blog:
Take pride in your blog. Remember to do short but illuminating introductions and summaries to each upload, document, insert or link.
Lay it out beautifully – remember you are media students and should be interested in how post represent your understanding. Maintain design continuity regarding the layout, font, font size, headings, bold, post titles etc.
Check your spellings – get someone to proof it on a regular basis. Remember to make attachments PDFs and to use a thumbnail photo as the link.
And KEEP ON TOP OF IT! You (probably) now know how it feels to get behind, start panicking and rush around to try and catch up. Year 13 is a busy year for everything so make a pact: A POST A DAY IS THE WAY TO AN ‘A’!
It is a no brainer; get the marks where they are the most straightforward to pick up.
Good luck and happy blogging.
HELLO AND WELCOME BACK! WE HAVE MISSED YOU!
The good news is, you all made it – the bad news is, the hard works starts right here, right now!
Your A2 blog is going to be a more sophisticated version of your AS blog.
You’ll still be creating posts and uploading / embedding content in exactly the same way.
The difference will be that you will create a static front page, which you will personalise with your star image / brand and use the images, typefaces and designs you have used on your digipack. It will also feature your final products.
The user (examiner) will navigate your blog content under four simple headings. They are:
Here is a document to help you start your new Advanced Portfolio blog.
Here is a link which itemises all the posts on the blog which we expect you to post between now and the end of January 2018:
A2 Blog Content – remember you need to CATEGORISE EACH POST UNDER MUSIC VIDEO, DIGIPAK, ADVERT OR EVALUATIONS in DRAFTS – DO NOT PUBLISH.
The type of opening welcome you need on your static front page is:
Hello and welcome to my A2 Media Studies portfolio. To see my research, planning, production and evaluation work, please use the navigation tabs at the top of the blog.’
‘This is the brief we were set in September 2017’
A promotion package for the release of an album, to include a music promo video, together
with two of the following three options:
Here are my finished products:
Many of you will remember that Jack and Elliot showed how they had made sure they ‘tested’ their ideas before filming. They spent time and effort ensuring the lighting and location was exactly what they wanted to prove that their ideas, concept was achievable.
Some of you have fairly challenging ideas in terms of lighting, location and camera work and FX so we are asking you to do some test shots over the coming week and weekend. This means finding the ideal locations and setting up with any required lighting and trying out the shot to see if the vision works.
You will need to complete a risk assessment before you do this so make sure this assessment has been discussed and agreed with your teacher & parents.
You do not need to involve your cast/performers/actors at this stage as you can use each other as models. Also remember that anyone under 18 who appears in your video must get their own parents/guardians to sign the parental consent form.
Here are some very basic Concept videos that Mrs C tried out this summer to prove that she could use the camera for movement in a specific way and also that there were the relevant filters, FX she wanted to use and use of the Prem Pro presets for an imaginary ‘flower music video’ (!). There are also some random photos taken this weekend on a walk around the lanes near her house. The kind of exercise you should be doing this weekend to show where and how you will be shooting your video.