You have used a lot of technology over the last few months. Technology that has helped you research, plan, produce, edit and then evaluate your progress. It is hard for one technology to exist completely on its own – it usually relies on another one, although it is worth considering how Converged Technology (i.e. your phone) is able to do multiple tasks (film, edit, collaborate, organise…)
In this CCR question technology is split into 3 categories: hardware, software and online.
Hardware: DSLR, Point and Shoot, Phones (converged technology), Studio Lights, Desktops, Chrome Books etc
Software: Adobe Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Bridge.
A few of these technologies have been used in isolation as they have very specialist functions, such as InDesign, but most have also been used in conjunction with other technology – their reliance on each other provides a synergy – they compliment and work with each other. For example your shots taken on a DSLR camera (hardware) were then uploaded to the Desktop (hardware) and then onto the programme Indesign (software). The Adobe suite is also a converged technology, changes made in Photoshop automatically update in InDesign.
Most of these technologies are part of a chain and rely on other technologies to perform their task. You have integrated them into your production process – almost without thinking and some you have used at multiple stages of the production process i.e. YouTube in Research and Planning and also in Evaluation as a platform to show your CCR2.
Your challenge is to create a FLOWCHART to show the process of different technologies and how they have been integrated with each other as you made your magazine.
You need to categorise which group the technologies belong to and explain how and where you used it – mentioning a specific example of how it impacted on your product.
You then need to link it with an arrow to show how it synergises with other technology to show how they are all integrated within the production process.
You need to highlight which stage of the production process you used it in: Research and Planning, Production, Post-Production, Evaluation
You can use: lucidchart on chrome.
You will need to colour code your annotations/comments into the 3 categories – hardware, software and online and create a key.
IN A NUTSHELL
Technology Example – When did you use it (stage) – How did it impact on your product (specific example – see your blog posts) and link it to other technologies with a connecting arrow.
The images should be from your own work i.e. the camera in use, the indesign programme in use if at all possible. Try to avoid stock google images although these shots can be substantiated with brand icons i.e. Id logo etc. A LOT OF THE IMAGES AND IDEAS AND COMMENTARY WILL ALREADY BE IN YOUR DESIGN SKILLS POSTS.
SIGN UP WITH LUCID CHARTS ON GOOGLE AND GO TO DOCUMENTS. YOU JUST DRAG AND DROP BOXES IN AND THEN USE ARROWS TO LINK THE BOXES.
How does my product use or challenge conventions and how does it represent social groups or issues?
This question is asking you to be a detective. There are two elements to this case:
What are the clues in my magazine?
The clues are the conventions
What meaning is suggested, implied or connoted through those clues?
The meaning is the representation.
We have done work on the conventions of magazine and you may need to revisit the lessons in the departmental blog blog and the important posts in your own. These will refresh you memory about the key concepts and terminology you need to use in the reflection.
The work we did on identifying conventions (clues) are in these posts:
Replace the images in the presentation with examples from your own magazine (use the snipping tool).
Replace the words in the presentation with…
…description of your examples (used or developed) and
…analysis the representational meaning the examples communicate.
Make the presentation your own and delete all the instructions etc.
OR…….A SIMPLER AND EASIER WAY IS TO USE…..sign up with google, open create…click on this link and then duplicate.
and you should have your own copy to individualise and make your own.
or you can start from scratch and choose your own template: emaze.com: Sign in with Google: Go to Create: Presentation:Choose a Template:Soho/Gallery/Breaking News/Illustrated and then set up all the slides in advance of copying over your analysis from the classroom template.
In order to help you edit we have attached various ‘guides’ to editing. They contain the ‘basic’ instructions to creating a new project, importing, editing and exporting. Get in to the habit of referring to these if you get stuck.
You should also use your Yougov findings to explain what other media texts they consume as well as other information.
Refer back to your dating profile to remind yourself.
Uses & Gratification
You should link specific elements of your magazine (contents, bands, representation, language, design (fonts / graphics) to specific uses and gratifications that you think your audience have.
What will entertain and inform the audience? What will enable them to talk and swap ideas with friends and family? What ideologies are present in the magazine that will help craft the reader’s personal identity?
How did your production skills develop throughout this project?
You have reflected on your skills , just like Napoleon Dynamite
You have thought about and evidenced your production journey in Cambridge International A Level Media Studies and all of the reflection is in your blog – in Creative Critical Reflections (all the green posts in the league), Print Preliminary Tasks and Music Magazine.
Most of the work for this question has already been done! So…Hooray & Hoorah!
This CCR will require you to reflect on how far you have come this year. In particular it will require you to reflect on the production skills you have acquired and how they have helped you become a more skilled (both technically and creatively) media producer – such as photographer, Photoshop(er), designer and journalist….
Moreover, you have also learnt some valuable production skills that are easily transferable to other parts of your life, education and ultimately career:
Directing and Management
Communication & Collaboration
Research and Planning
You will write a letter to a future A Level Media Studies student in order to prepare them for what lies ahead. You need to advise them to learn from your experience and perhaps also your mistakes. Your teacher will assist you in making a comprehensive list of what you might include.
Create a slideshow and create the following slides. Use the template one in classroom but make it your own!
An Introduction – Dear Future A Level Media Student etc
A sign off and good luck.
Develop each slide with screen shots, logos, photos and captions that add visually to your letter by illustrating your points. Much of this work has already been done in your blog so you have the examples & screenshots already. Use your images as opposed to google ones unless. Save it as a pdf.
Record your letter over the slides so that the commentary coincides with the visuals.
Save and embed on your blog.
THIS IS AN EXEMPLAR
You will need to use the comment box underneath each slide in order to make notes for your presentation.
Much of the content for this is already on your blog so just copy and paste it in initially and then edit to answer the question – which is the most important lesson learned in each moment of reflection.
Be sure not to make it a list – instead ensure each skill has an example attached to it and how that skill specifically impacted on the product– how it affected star image, or genre, or narrative, or the audience. I need specific scenes, shots, frames, angles, fonts, colours etc and how that particular production skill impacted on them. Remember, making the result ‘more professional’ is not enough – what do you mean by that?
Make it chatty, exciting and personal – anecdotes are always good. Submit to classroom for feedback before recording.