Sunday, November 29, 2009

Y12 Cover Work from Mr Michie - Monday 30th November

Please make sure that your blog is up to date and has all sections completed to an excellent standard - use this as an opportunity to get this area of your coursework on track.  Don't forget: locations, props and costumes, actors / actresses should have been investigated, decisions made, photographed and blogged.

See these blogs as a guide to the standard you should be aiming for:

I will see your presentations / animatics on Thursday!

Mr. M.

Y13 Cover Work from Mr Michie - Monday 30th November

Video Games - Regulation and Censorship

Read the following articles and make notes:

Don't forget to help complete the 18 cert / banned video game wiki on the VLE.  Don't know the enrollment key, ask a class mate.

Mr. M.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A2 - Y13 ILP (Session 2) - Feedback

Here is the feedback from Y13 students about their second ILP Day:

Q1: What were your objectives for the day?

Responses were varied due to students setting their own objectives - however they all had clear targets and most of the students objectives were realistic within the time frame of the day.

Q2: Did you meet your objectives

Yes - 100%
No - 0%

Q3: How did the day help you achieve your objectives, or develop the progress of your coursework.

Responses again were varied - here are some sample comments:

  • "it was very useful to have a period of time where you were free to get on with your work and have access to all the equipment.  I was able to get a lot done and quicker"
  • it gave me a whole day to film and upload footage, see what needs to be re-shot and then I still had time to go out and film again."
  • "got a large time consuming process out of the way - more time to focus on production and filming..."
  • "i was left to get on with what I needed to do but could still ask for help..."
Q4: In what ways can we improve the day for you.

Responses here were very brief with most students feeling that the day was a success over all.  Here are some suggestions:

  • "examples of good animatics, rough cuts to provide comparisons
  • "maybe some time put aside for us to blog - might help encourage evaluate our progress..."
  • "better Internet connection in media hub"

Saturday, November 21, 2009

AS: Wong Kar-Wai - In The Mood For Love

Here is the clip from "In The Mood For Love" that I used to demonstrate the importance of colour, lighting and sound.  This scene is so powerful.  Please try to see the whole film and its sequel "2046" if you can.   

Wong Kar-Wai is an amazingly talented director.  There is an interesting essay about the film "In The Mood For Love" here!

Here is another example of colour used effectively, this time from the film "Hero" directed by Yimou Zhang.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tim Burton at MOMA

See more info and videos here: and here:

I Met The Walrus by Jerry Levitan

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrator James Braithwaite have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short. ("I Met The Walrus",, 2008)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Y13 Cover Work From Mr Michie - Thursday 12th November

You need to complete the following tasks:

Read the two documents I have uploaded for you.  The first is the perspective of a student (similar age to yourselves) responding to the topic of censorship.  The second is the response from a Head of Media Studies from another school.

Using the information from their articles answer the following essay question in as much detail as possible.

Is regulation and/or censorship of the Media necessary?

You may also draw upon any of the material you have been given so far, anything you have researched yourself and any evidence from the case studies we have looked at.

Your responses need to be complete and handed in to me on Monday.

Mr. M.

Y12 Cover Work From Mr Michie - Thursday 12th November

You need to work on your continuity task - remember that you have to hand it in at 3:40 on Friday.

Mr Ford has the key to the Media Hub - please make sure that the Hub is left in a tidy fashion - I will be back in school at 4:30 / 5:00 for Open Evening and I will be checking on the state of the room.

Mr. M.

Sunday, November 08, 2009


Click Me to view High Quality!

More innovation here!

A2: What is Evaluation?

Useful document from Mr Ford on what evaluation is...

Don't forget to use the PowerPoint here, this has examples of how to evaluate within your blog.

GCSE / AS / A2: Key Media Terms

Sign - the smallest unit of meaning within a media text
Denotation - the literal or actual meaning of an image, word or object
Connotations - the implied or suggested meanings of an image, word or object
Representation - the way a person, group, place or idea is "re-presented" by the media
Mediation - the 3 processes of re-presentation: 1 - Selection, 2 - Organisation, 3 - Focusing
Target Audience - a specific group of people who a media text is aimed at
Synthetic Personalisation - the false relationship created between a media text and the reader through the use of personal pronouns (I), direct address (you, your) of the reader and a variety of rhetorical devices ( this the end of the world?).
Institutions - the producers of media texts
Hypodermic Syringe Effect - this theory suggests that media audiences are passive and accept the messages and values within media texts without questioning them
Two Way Flow Model - this theory suggests that media audiences can reject media texts altogether (selective exposure) or they may simply reject certain ideas within a media text (selective perception)
Uses and Gratifications - this theory suggests that media audiences are entirely active using the media for a variety of specific needs
Textual Analysis - the process of breaking a media text down by its component parts - in the case of a film this would include: the camera angles, mise-en-scene, editing and sound
Composition - the way a media text has been put together, e.g.: the front cover of a magazine
Surface Reality - this is a judgment as to how truthful or realistic a media text appears on first viewing
Verisimilitude - this is a measure of how truthful or realistic a media text is after closer textual analysis

    Thursday, November 05, 2009

    Broadcast ILP Round 2!

    Today I have been working with students producing video as part of the Broadcast ILP.

    • Here is a sample video from two of the students who took part:

    See the rest of my reports from the day here:

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