Tuesday, 28 June 2016

WELCOME TO AS MEDIA STUDIES - BRIDGING UNIT - DUE SEPTEMBER 2018

This is your INDUCTION BLOG, which starts with the BRIDGING UNIT you need to complete over the summer and certainly by the start of the course in September. This blog will also be the first port of call for the first few weeks of September to keep track of what needs doing.




OUR EXAM BOARD IS EDUQAS.


Start by reading and watching what follows... There is a lot to learn from it!

Looking forward to the year ahead! :)



NOTE: Once you've launched your induction blog, send me the URL straight away to allow me to link it from here.
Use labels straight away to tag your posts.

My email is h.o'shea@parkhighstanmore.org.uk



OUR EXAM BOARD IS NOW EDUQAS.




PART 1




1. START AN INDUCTION BLOG (preferably Blogger but you can choose to use Wordpress instead or even create a Wix website).
Call it 'Media Studies Induction' and write your name in the description box. Take the time to experiment or familiarise yourselves with the functions.



Email me your blog's URL as soon as you have created it. You can add more content later.






2. NOW START HERE:
Media Studies is a mixture of practice and theory, each informing your understanding of the other. Understanding the concept of MEDIA LANGUAGE is essential to allow you to deconstruct and analyse media texts.




a/ Watch the fantastic film made by a film student to teach you all you need to know. Flawless editing. Watch and learn, particularly the terminology.

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b/ Watch further videos to start looking at the shots used and how they are edited together.
You can start here:


And watch Part 2 and 3.



And this:


Finally, this:
LEARNING FROM ROBERT RODRIGUEZ (director)
You can learn an awful lot about making a film on a tight budget from Robert Rodriguez, director of El Mariachi. You can also find more of his videos on YouTube as well as extracts from his films.






And here is the trailer for El Mariachi (1992).




3. Now watch these to consolidate your new knowledge.


Back to Basics: CAMERAWORK
Easy to follow guide to learn the basics of the trade! Click here.

These videos from OCR are also useful.
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Ocrmediaas_basics of Video Editing
Ocrmediaas_making Your Video


Stretch your knowledge! Go through these wonderful presentations then make some notes  on your blog about what new terms you have learnt. You may wish to illustrate with screenshots.



Two epic resources by Andy Wallis, Media teacher:









OUTCOME 1: ON YOUR BLOG, WRITE A POST ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNT FROM WATCHING ALL THIS. It may be screenshots from all your watching, with a few comments; it may be that you want to embed these videos or others you have found into your blog (you will need to copy the 'embed' HTML code).






PART 2:



1. Take an interesting photo of one or two characters and explain your mise-en-scene choices, including camera shot and angle (see the example below which is a student's work from a different centre). Upload your picture to your blog.

EXEMPLAR:
*This is a high angle MS of a white teenage male.
* He is wearing a grey hoody-the hood nearly covering his eyes so it casts shadows across his face, signifying that he may have things to hide.
*He sits against a brick wall in the dark with a spotlight shining on him which creates an interrogation-style effect.
*As one eye is covered a sense of mystery is connoted, as well as darkness which could represent that the character is evil.
*The actor is giving direct address to the camera, which seems chilling and gives a sense of horror.
* The photo is in colour, but the actor is wearing dark clothing which makes him seem evil, as he is central in the photo and we are drawn to the darkness.
*We had to turn off the lights in the hallway so that there was darkness surrounding the actor and the only light came from the police, as if to signify that the character is bad and the police interrogating are good, which plays upon opposites which are a common feature in horror films.
*Furthermore, the actor looks like a 'deer in the headlights', which is great we achieved a feeling that he was not expecting to be caught.

*The shot was achieved using a teenage male sitting against a wall, with someone holding a pag light (without filters) in front of the male.
*I also put dark makeup underneath the teenager's eyes so that he looked more devious.



2. Keep practising different types of shots and angles and publish some of your photos on your blog.


3. You can experiment with video as well. Many apps can be used to edit, such as iMovie.


Part 3: Key concept: Representation


Representation is a key concept in Media Studies. in the next section of your work, you will engage with Gender representation in the media. A good way of getting an overview of the issues is to go through the following presentation:




Women in Advertising from Elina Pavlidis


Take your time over this and take the time to investigate new terminology.


You will find many more presentations on gender representation online. Read as widely as you can around the subject.




OUTCOME 2: Using the next few slides as a stimulus, write between 700-1000 words responding to the question, and referring to at least 3 different media texts (could be an advert, a film, a music video, a video game etc...). You can post your work on your blog or opt to email me your essay.




QUESTION TO ANSWER: TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU AGREE WITH BERGER THAT:


“A woman must continually watch herself. She is almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself. Whilst she is walking across a room or whilst she is weeping at the death of her father, she can scarcely avoid envisaging herself walking or weeping. From earliest childhood she has been taught and persuaded to survey herself continually. And so she comes to consider the surveyor and the surveyed within her as the two constituent yet always distinct elements of her identity as a woman. She has to survey everything she is and everything she does because how she appears to men, is of crucial importance for what is normally thought of as the success of her life. Her own sense of being in herself is supplanted by a sense of being appreciated as herself by another....



One might simplify this by saying: men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is male: the surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object -- and most particularly an object of vision: a sight.”


     John Berger, Ways of Seeing 








WE LOOK FORWARD TO READING YOUR WORK. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, EMAIL.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Continuity Task and Preliminary Task (for both groups) ALSO POSTED ON THE THRILLER BLOG

We have started looking at CONTINUITY and it is a key element of your preliminary task.

Group 1 has a bit of an advantage on group 2 but no matter...

TASK 1:
Watch this sequence from Hitchcock's The Birds. It's an excellent example of continuity and uses the techniques we've seen in class this week.


After watching it, try and work out:
- How many shots are there?
- Where was the camera positioned for each shot?
- Which principles of continuity editing have been followed?

Then you're ready to write an analysis of shots and techniques used in this sequence to demonstate your understanding of them. You can use the following questions for guidance:
1. What principles of continuity are used here? How successfully? Refer to specific shots / screengrabs.
2. What is the effect of the editing on the viewer? What are we meant to feel at different stages? (ie before she enters the house, in the kitchen, in the corridor, in the bedroom, running away)?
3. What is the 'best bit' for you in this sequence in terms of learning new techniques and why?
Continuity editing is all about making your film work in a logical way (ordering the shots logically) so the audience can follow it easily and enjoy the story y without being confused; they are properly 'positioned'.
Can you remember all the techniques/ principles discussed in class? Can you find some examples of these techniques in other films (embed)?

EXTENSION TASK/ STRETCH YOUR LEARNING:
Find and embed a film extract that makes good use of continuity. Grab a few shots and comment on techniques used (bullet points)


Ocrmediaas_basics of Video Editing

FINALLY, GROUP 1 HAVE SHOT THEIR PRELIMINARY TASK BUT NOT GROUP 2.
GROUP 1: Make sure you post pictures of your script/ storyboard etc... (I've saved the pictures in the relevant folder on the media drive)
Also include the brief below and make sure you explain and flag up the techniques included there.
PRELIM BRIEF:

GROUP 2: Get prepared too by reading the above and watching the example below:

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GET THIS DONE... Both groups

1. Start writing evaluation posts on the tasks completed so far.
For each one, the film / task should be embedded and you should aim to address the following:
- What was the purpose of the task?
- What skills did you learn or develop?
- What mistakes did you make or what would you like to improve?
- Do mention specific techniques and use appropriate terminology.


2. Composition - Take pictures and upload them. Demonstrate nose room, head room, lead room, eye line, rule of thirds as well as camera angles and distances
Watch the following clip to consolidate understanding. Other rules of composition are mentioned - can you spot them?
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Group 1 working on the Prelim task...



Thursday, 27 September 2012

UPDATED Home Learning and Independent Study for week starting 1/10/12

Dear all,

This is for all of you, even the group I won't be seeing on Friday.

READ AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE OF THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON #womenrep 

http://www.scoop.it/t/women-representation-in-the-media
MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO TWEET YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN THE MEDIA IN GENERAL, OR ON A PARTICULAR TEXT OR ISSUE (eg. Anti-page 3 campaign, women in music videos, or even specific artists and how they are represented..)

Students from other centres, including A2 students, are taking part as well over the next few days so make sure you use the hashtag to catch what they say.
Search for #womenrep and save the search. Then go back for updates from time to time, share your thoughts, build on others' contributions.
You could always discuss Mulvey's and Berger's ideas, for example "To what extent do you think that their ideas still stand? How do you know?"

The more you engage, the more you will get out of it. Go back to the resources and read/watch something else everyday. 10 minutes well spent.

OTHER ON-GOING WORK:
- Berger sheet annotated a bit better. Take a pic and upload to your induction blog or write up your notes in a post.

- KEY VOCABULARY / TERMINOLOGY: Not everyone has completed this. PLEASE CATCH UP.

- All work on representation of women to be posted. Remember that this is evidence of your level of understanding/ attainment at this point in the course - Don't hesitate to go back and edit/improve your posts.
ALSO, PLEASE PUBLISH YOUR DRAFTS - THIS WAY, I CAN COMMENT / ADVISE. 
I KNOW IT IS ON-GOING WORK.

- George and Leena, your videos on Basic camerawork ARE NOW ON YOUTUBE AND BELOW. SOME ERRORS HAVE OCCURRED WITH THE TITLES AT THE BEGINNING THOUGH. When you change the titles in Controls, make sure the playhead in Final Cut is where you need it to be.
YOU'LL NEED TO REVIEW THIS.
Embed into your Induction blog for now and comment on the mistakes.



- Take photos and short films to show off your understanding of camerawork and mise-en-scene.
Embed into blog regularly with a caption/quick comment on what you were trying to achieve + what you'd like to do better.

- Over on your Film Industry Blog, all your research should be completed and documentary uploaded.

- FINALLY, here's the recording of your discussion. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMBED INTO YOUR BLOG, ENGAGE, REFLECT AND COMMENT!

REMEMBER THAT WE WILL BE TESTING YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF KEY TERMS SOON.

WANT TO STRETCH YOUR KNOWLEDGE?
FANTASTIC RESOURCE FROM ANOTHER CENTRE: