Designing your Music Star – MISE EN SCENE

Remember for this post on costuming and dressing a model for your allocated genre of music performer you should:

  • Embed one slide that is a moodboard with images of ideas for how a performer from your allocated genre could be represented in terms of costume, facial expressions, hair, make-up, body language, gestures, props etc. Use adjectives AND describe.
    • This should be summarised with comments on the general idea of MES for your allocated genre with relevant adjectives as to how that genre is generally represented. Use terms Mise En Scene, Genre and Star Image. If you can get the term ‘CONVENTIONS’ in too that would be great – those expectations, commonalities of the genre.
  • Include a draft photo from the class in your test outfit with some of the comments and adjectives that the class suggested as to how your character was represented.
  • ALL PHOTOS taken from the actual shoot with commentary on the good, the bad and the ugly and adjectives to describe them.
  • Final and chosen photo of your artist in costume with a commentary on how they are represented/portrayed with plenty of relevant adjectives.
    • Reflect on how why that image seems to work better than the other ones from the shoot.
  • Overall, reflect on the importance of using MES to convey meaning – tell a story – an image and an idea.

Tips for a Tip Top Blog

This is your chance to ‘nail’ 50% of your A Level grade. Don’t waste the chance to optimise a top grade by using your independent study time to ensure your blog is bootiful, up to date and reflective.

Here are some tips for a TIP TOP BLOG.

  1. Must be mobile friendly.
  2. Must be a ‘scrolling’ format.
  3. Posts should show in their entirety to avoid the examiner having to click open.
  4. Typeface should be easily read.
  5. Appearance should be ‘media’ focused i.e. not fishing, babies, animals etc.
  6. All evidence should be attached as PDFs, JPEGS or embedded and access checked for examiner.
  7. Never just embed a link – looks messy.
  8. All evidence should be available to be seen by the examiner so don’t include google docs.
  9. Make sure you keep the posts in order with the blog league – the journey makes chronological sense then.
  10. Do not be tempted to COPY anyone else’s blogs.  If you have worked on evidence, documents, presentations as a group then you can upload them. NEVER just copy other people’s reflections.
  11. Reflect – analyse. How does the post now help you with your own production decisions, ideas and progress?  Look back and look forward to how and where you are going.
  12. Get someone to proof your work – as a media student you should be keen to communicate and communication is about correct spelling, grammar and punctuation:
  13. Common mistakes:
    • ‘I’ not i
    • capital letters for names, places, titles
    • do not use slang such as geezer.
    • avoid words that say your work looks more professional, is nice, is more interesting; WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Be precise.
    • spellings of media words such as connotation, equilibrium etc
  14. Don’t write essays. Always present your reflections and analysis with bullet points, paragraphs and sub-headings to make it easy on the eye.
  15. Remember – A BLOG POST A DAY IS THE WAY TO AN ‘A’.



Reflections – how to

Read this document on how to create your Creative Critical Reflections for your blog posts.

Your first reflection is on your Media Collage.


Always look back and consider what you have learnt and how this knowledge and understanding could impact on your own magazine  production.

For example, understanding why and how people engage with media will impact on your own decision making process for your magazine. In other words, you will need to make your magazine entertaining, informing, full of opportunities to react with people and also will reinforce their personal identity.  If you only hit a couple of these Uses and Gratification, then you will be limiting your commercial return.  It needs to be ‘all singing and all ringing’.

You should also include TERMS and THEORY if you can so refer to Blumler and Katz and how their ideas will impact on your magazine design.

Setting up your BLOG

A big part of the Media Studies course is your blog. It’s the place where you record your learning in Media Studies and is worth 20% of your overall grade!

  • It is expected that you post to your blog when instructed by your teacher.
  • You should also blog about work you’ve done as part of your independent study.
  • You should be spending approx 2 hours each week maintaining and updating your blog.
  • We run a drop in during lunch every week to help you with your blog.

Starting your blog.

Right click here and ‘Open in new tab’.

1) Click on ‘Get a Blog’

  • Your username should be your name all lower case, no spaces e.g. ‘edgregson’
  • You must use your school e.mail account, e.g. ’’
  • Get it to ‘Give you a Site’

2) Then you will be asked to give your site a name.

  • Your user name should be formal e.g. Ed Gregson (Media Blog)
  • Select ‘Search Engine Blocked’
  • Prove you’re not a robot.

3) You will then have to check your school e.mail (not your g.mail)

You should get an e.mail which looks like this.
  • You should follow the activation link.

The link should take you to a web page, which looks like this.

4) Login

You should now receive a second e.mail with your username and password, which you should use to log in to your blog, using the link in the email:
  • Login (using the username & password provided).
  • Change your password in the dashboard (record the password somewhere).
  • Update your profile so it suits.
  • Start blogging.

5) Join the Class Blog

  • Click on the ‘My Class’ button in the top left corner, just below the Edublogs logo.
  • Click search for a class and search ‘mediastudies1820’
  • Send a request to join
  • A link to your blog will appear in the margin of the Media Studies AS blog, which your teachers and the examiner will use to access your blog.

Choose a mobile friendly theme and one that scrolls down so that you don’t have to open and close posts all the time.

6) Setting up your blog home page and menu items.

Please use this document to format your blog.

Blogging Help

Before asking a teacher for help with any aspect of your blog that you are stuck on please use the Edublogs ‘Help and Support’ page. Its accessible through the Edublogs logo in the top left hand corner of the screen.

Go Be Inspired.

A not to be missed opportunity is coming to Guernsey. As creative arts students you should try and cultivate an interest and engage with all the visual arts and also try and network and build up your contacts. You should go to this…

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Textual Analysis – Tour Poster deconstruction

Remember, what is it ‘saying’?  The denotations (things) all have connotations (meanings).  Use terms like these in your introduction to the post along with decoding, deconstructing, signs, symbols etc to show that you are getting to grips with how to analyse a media text.  You can use synonyms for represent too – portray, suggests, infers, implies, indicates etc.

Use Call Outs on your slide to evidence the comments…

Use this link to open the slideshow, take a copy, delete all the images you’re not going to use and then complete your analysis.

Here is an example from last year:

Course Outline

Here is an outline of the course that you’re going to be following over the next two years.

You should be familiar with this document and how your understanding and skills are going to be assessed.

Whilst the course is linear, we are not following the course in a totally linear fashion, from Component 1-4 in order. Rather, we will be doing more coursework during year 1 and then more of the examined components in year two.

My Media Consumption Collage

Create a collage with a minimum of 15 – 20 pictures that illustrate what you read, watch and listen to.  In other words what media do you consume? When you watch, listen and read, you are called a CONSUMER.

Also, what media do you contribute to?  What apps, blogs, social media do you add texts, status and click and likes to?  When you interact and contribute to the media, you are called a PROSUMER.

Here is the exemplar we showed you in class: Click on the thumbnail to get a bigger version.


Then using the Uses and Gratification terms from Blumler and Katz, indicate which of these media you use for ENTERTAINMENTPERSONAL IDENTITY, SOCIAL INTERACTION or  EDUCATION AND INFORMATION.  Just add in a E, PI, SI, I – remember some of them you engage with for multiple reasons.

You only need about 6 of these to show that you understand how media is used for various reasons.

You should complete the collage using a google slide and then save it as a pdf – it will be your first blog post!


Remember always to introduce the post but do not be tempted to start ‘in this task we did….’.  Try and weave in some personal observations, reflections and most of all some terms to show you ‘get it’, you understand why you have completed this piece of research and what you have learnt from it.

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