AS Media Studies

With Mr Holloway

LO • Establish course structure
• The • The

Exam Coursework

• Develop

understanding of Media Language with a focus on camera angle, shot size and framing through analysis and practical. editing through practical construction and learn about the terms match-cut, sequential, non-sequential, jump cut and montage.

• Explore:

G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media
The following briefs are offered:


• Video – will be our focus
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Audio Website

G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media
• Video

Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180degree rule. Main task: the titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes.

• All video and audio material must be original, produced by the candidate(s), with the exception of music or audio effects from a copyright-free source.

Both preliminary and main tasks may be done individually or as a group. Maximum four members to a group.

In the evaluation the following questions must be answered:

G321: Written elements

In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? How does your media product represent particular social groups? What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? Who would be the audience for your media product? How did you attract/address your audience? What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you

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The production element and presentation of research and planning may be individual or group work (maximum group size is four). Where students have worked in a group, the evidence for assessment may be presented collectively but I will still assess students on an individual basis for their contribution to aspects of the work, from planning, research and production to evaluation. G321 is marked and internally standardised by the centre and marks are submitted to OCR by a specified date, a sample is then selected for external moderation. The unit is marked out of a total of 100 marks:
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Further information

20 marks for the presentation of the planning and research 60 marks for the construction 20 marks for the evaluation

G322: Key Media Concepts (TV Drama)
• Textual

Analysis and Representation:
• Camera

• Institutions and Audiences - one of the following media industries is chosen: – Film – will be our focus – – – – – Music Newspapers Radio Magazines Video Games

shots, Angle, Movement and Composition

• Editing • Sound • Mise-en-Scene

G322: Key Media Concepts (TV Drama)
• Exam • The

purpose of these units is:

• First

to assess candidates’ media textual analysis skills and their understanding of the concept of representation using a short unseen moving image extract (AO1, AO2) to assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding of media institutions and their production processes, distribution strategies, use of technologies and related issues concerning audience reception and consumption of media texts (AO1, AO2):

• Second

G322: Key Media Concepts (TV Drama)
• The

examination is two hours (including 30 minutes for viewing and making notes on the moving image extract) and candidates are required to answer two compulsory questions. The unit is marked out of a total of 100, with each question marked out of 50.

• There

are two sections to this paper:

• Section • Section

A: Textual Analysis and Representation (50 marks) B: Institutions and Audiences (50 marks)

Section A: Textual Analysis and Representation
• For examination in 2012:
• The

unseen moving image extract will be four to five minutes long and will be from the following genre:

• TV Drama
• The

sequence will be taken from a contemporary British one-off or series or serial drama programme.

• One

compulsory question to be answered by candidates based upon a case study of a specific media industry.

Section B: Institutions and Audiences

• Through

specific case studies of the centre’s choice, candidates should be prepared to demonstrate understanding of: institutional processes of production, distribution, marketing and exchange/exhibition at a local, national or international level, as well as British audiences’ reception and consumption. should also be some emphasis on the students’ own experiences of being audiences of a particular medium. will be focussing on Film.

• Contemporary

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• We

Term Structure
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September/October Introduction to course Media Language Practical skills Preliminary Exercise Film Analysis Form, Style and Conventions

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November/December Genre Narrative Representation Institution and Audience Semiotics Script writing Pre-production

• Watch • Write • Go • Be

clip twice

down the sizes, angles and framing of the first 6 shots. on to describe what happens in each shot (the action) precise also about the mise en scene (location, setting, actors, costume, props) Media Terminology (BCU, low angle, etc.)

• Use

• Swap • www • This • As

your books and read each other’s work. & ebi

kind of analysis is called micro-analysis of the media language used within a text. sophisticated ‘readers’ of media texts we have a highly developed understanding of how to ‘read’ the language of the media we encounter. It wasn’t always so….


• Arrival

of a train (Lumiere 1895)

• Hellmuth

Karasek in the German magazine Der Spiegel wrote that the film "had a particularly lasting impact; yes, it caused fear, terror, even panic."

• Can

you remember any moment of similar reaction YOU have had watching a movie, TV, playing a game etc.?

• You

are going to work in four teams today and create a short drama constructed from 6 shots only. will need to plan this very carefully prior to shooting and evidence this through the creation of a storyboard student needs to contribute to the process

• You

• Each

Title of project

The Game

Planning time
• You have 15 minutes planning time to work on your 6 shot movie. • Rules:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

No shot more than 10 seconds duration No dialogue At least three different shot sizes At least three different angles Two or more actors must be used A demonstrable narrative

• Each

group will need to explain their plan with storyboard to me before being issued with the camera.

• You

then have 30minutes to rehearse and shoot your film sequence.

Post Production
• Edit

• login • open

using student/mediastudent11

iMovie (the star icon at the bottom of the screen) SD card into slot and upload your movie 6 shots only

• put • use

• WWW • ebi

• Think

about what was successful in your shoot what were you able to achieve and what was more challenging, less successful you shot 6 shots with different sizes and angle?

• Did

Posting of videos
• Post

edited films to Youtube on blogs questions

• embed • Answer

• Peer


Home learning
• Write

your idea for a film in brief: 1 page a pitch line for it: 25 words only

• Create

• Create

a presentation in which you explain what your story is about and how the first 2 minutes will look. This needs to be visual and inspiring. on blogs

• Post

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