Thursday, 29 December 2011

January notices

  • 1:1 and small group support for exam is available Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th January by appointment only
  • (For those not re-sitting) Deadline for all A2 redrafting for this period is Friday 13th January- marking will begin next week - let me know which parts are ready for marking and which you need more time on.
We begin Unit G325 on Monday 16 January

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Instructions for export and upload

Highlight your sequence in the browser.

Right or control click and choose Export, then Using Quicktine Conversion...

Select where you want the file to end up, desktop probably.

Click on Options... button
Go into Settings... in the video portion at top of box.
Compression type - H.264
In data rate section type 5000 into box marked k/bits sec
Click OK

In sound section click on Settings...
In Format drop down menu select AAC
Click OK
Click OK on Movie Settings window

When it's finished upload it to Vimeo.

The Evaluation and FINAL HAND IN

The evaluation is a reflection on your work, with an emphasis on discussion of the key concepts. You are expected to evaluate using the knowledge and terminology you have developed over your A Level studies. Here are the questions you will need to answer in full:

And here is the grading criteria for level 4:

As you can see, it is important that you use creativity in the way you present your evaluation. This means straightforward essays are out of the question. If you are a strong essay writer, you might want to consider using those skills to write a script, and record a director's commentary, answering each of the questions. You don't need to show the film in a linear way either, you can take cuts to illustrate your points.

You can also record a podcast, make a creative prezi or present your answers - but remember you will be marked on your presentation skills.

You have until next Friday to complete the evaluation - FRIDAY 9TH DECEMBER. This is the final hand-in for the whole project so it can be marked in time to allow for final adjustments. It is in your best interests to get everything in on time. My own time for marking is very limited as you know.


Sunday, 27 November 2011

Deadline for Trailer

The original deadline for the radio trailer was last Friday but as you had an extension for the film, the new deadline is this Wednesday. (There will be no extension because of the strike - the school is open and the media rooms will be open). Last week you were looking at film trailers online and you should also have been searching for radio trailers. Embed at least 2 trailers from your research into your blog and reflect on what you like/dislike about them, what you can use etc. You should be writing up your script for homework on Monday and starting to put it all together in garageband on Tuesday. The trailer should be 30 seconds long.

Friday, 25 November 2011

AS Website after school Tuesday

There will be a session on Tuesday after school. You must attend if you are re-entering.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Deadline for A2 Film First Draft: Wednesday 23rd nov

Ensure your film is exported and uploaded to vimeo/youtube then embedded in your blog BY THIS DATE, NOT ON THAT DATE

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Question 1a overview

  • Answer this question using 3 points.
  • Each point should provide examples from your own work (as & a2) and link to the question before moving to the next point.
  • You must be specific about HOW YOUR SKILLS have developed and how this has made a difference to the final media product.
  • Practice coming up with the three points for any possible question in under 3 minutes.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Friday, 14 January 2011

Sample question for section B:

1. How do the contemporary media represent nations, regions and ethnic/ social/ collective groups of people in different ways?

Sample Question for section B

What are the social implications of different media representations of social groups?

Step 1: Key words and what they mean in terms of your case studies

Step 2: List evidence to support argument in support of/against social implications

Step 3: Introduction outlining texts and argument

Monday, 3 January 2011

Steve Chibnall (2009)

Film Theory for Lock Stock

Media Power: Adorno & Fiske

Media Effects and Gender Development

Judith Butler on Gender Identity

Look at pages 2, 11, 25 & 26Judith Butler - Resource Pack
View more presentations from Group.6.

Mulvey & Gender Roles in Film

Case Study 2: Loaded magazine

Tips for Masculinity exam essay:

Strong introductions discuss the problems with trying to connect a media product with notions of male identity. Bring in the argument that the texts could be used to study male identity but they would have to be considered against the historical representation of males in film and magzines and what was happening in other forms of media at the time. Also bring in the argument that both texts were accused of influencing male identity but you must argue that the power of the media on its own over the formation of identity, is more likely to be very limited.

General statements with no evidence or professional opinion to back the statement up i.e. “Lock Stock tells us a massive amount about male identity in the 1990s” Does it really? What exactly? Did men in London generally behave like this at the time? Did Ritchie say he’d had enough of feminism in any of his interviews?
➢ No reference to the question at all
➢ No sense of argument for or against the idea that the film could tell us anything about male identity at the time
➢ No sense of argument for or against the idea that the film could influence male identity at the time

The best answers keep answering the question with every point they made. Simple. Think about how the point you are making related to the essay question before you start to write the paragraph.

➢ Not working out what the question is asking you to do
➢ Not working out the possible answer to the question
➢ Not planning how you would structure that answer

Nearly always too generalised, not summarising your arguments and no reference to theory. This problem stems from not understanding the question and your argument before you start, When you get to the end you don’t know what you have argued, and neither will the examiner.

Using professional opinion:
The best essays introduce the opinion of the professional at the start of the paragraph, then they explain it in relation to MALE IDENTITY. They then either back this opinion up or challenge it. Again, they finish the paragraph with reference back to the question.

➢ using professional opinion as your own without referencing it
➢ getting the name of the professional wrong or the job of the professional wrong or just not bothering to name them or give them a title at all
➢ not giving the year the comment was published
➢ not stating where the comment was published in the paragraph or in the notes at the end
➢ not using any professional opinion at all because (obviously) your opinion is the only one that counts.

Using theory:
The best essays use the theories to explain how much power the media actually have on the formation of identity.

Laura Mulvey can be used early on in the essay to explain the significance of gender roles in the film. The film represented a male dominated world where women didn’t feature as important characters. In fact, they barely featured at all. The better essays explain how Mulvey argued that cinema was set up for a male audience and that women predominantly featured as passive characters while the men had the important, active roles. They were able to link Mulvey’s ‘Male Gaze’ theory with the male dominated Lock Stock and how it seems to support her theory. They link Mulvey’s theory with the idea that the film was a ‘blacklash against feminism’.

Steve Chibnall’s theory of Gangster Heavy and Gangster Light was used to explain how the film is different in style from traditional gangster films. This was linked with criticisms of Ritchie and the film in the press in which Ritchie was accused of polluting the British film industry.

They used the Media Power debate (Adorno and Fiske) to explain the film in terms of the CULTURE INDUSTRY churning out more of the same to make a profit. How the film was part of the Gangster Cycle (1997-2001) and released in a decade when ‘laddish’ behaviour was evident in many media forms (bring in Loaded and FHM here). Adorno would see the messages about masculinity as a harmful and would argue that male identity was being influenced without them even knowing it. They made the point that Fiske would say the film was a product of its time, reflecting the tastes of the audience at the time. The audience would enjoy it because they could identity with the characters from old gangster films and stories in the press at the time. He would also argue that this is what was influencing Ritchie, along with the films being produced in America, which also seemed to centre on the theme of masculinity. He would argue that the film was not something that the industry was not sending powerful ideological messages, but that the producers were being influenced by what was happening in the world around them.

They also used the NATURE Vs NURTURE debate to explain that while some believe males and females are born with certain gender traits, others believe behaviour is learned from the people and the world around us. They recognised that the media industry is therefore often held responsible for influencing behaviour, especially in vulnerable people who are still forming their identities like children and young men and women. They tied this in with Lock Stock and the claim that the film is responsible for communicating messages about masculinity and for a rise in violent crime.

They used David Gauntlett’s comments on the PROBLEMS with MEDIA EFFECTS theories and tied this in with the point that no matter what the critics write, there is not strong enough evidence to suggest that any media product can affect male behaviour or identity.

BIG problems:
➢ The biggest one was using the theories incorrectly, so it looks as though researching and checking the facts of the theory did not take place. BiG mistake.
➢ Not referencing the theory correctly with details of where it was published and when
➢ Using Nature Vs Nature to talk about characters in the film rather than the effect of the film on male identity
➢ Not using the theories to answer the question, just randomly including them