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15/12/2011

Christmas Homework / Private Study

RESEARCH AND PLANNING
Use your grid to catch up and update your blogs and develop your research. There are many items to research - just tick off the list as you go.

1. Research:
INDIVIDUAL BLOG: Find and embed extracts and grabs that inspire you or that you'd like to emulate in your work. You might focus on camerawork, editing, lighting, mise-en-scene etc...
Similarly, research soundtracks! Embed as you go...
INDIVIDUAL BLOG: update / complete your Narrative Research, specifically by applying the theories to existing films and to your own opening.
INDIVIDUAL BLOG / GROUP BLOG: Audience Research - questionnaires (general on thriller genre and specific to test your pitch), interviews (filmed) and figures/ stats to establish exactly who your target audience are. You should publish your results on the group blog along with a description of one of your typical audience member ( make it visual - example to follow).

2. Planning:
GROUP BLOG: Pitch (and feedback received), shotlist and storyboard should be posted as a bare minimum. Completed TIMELINE strongly welcome.

INDIVIDUAL BLOG: ideas for costumes, props, mise-en-scene, lighting.

3. Planning:
INDIVIDUAL AND/OR GROUP BLOG:
Recce shots, test shoots etc... Pictures of potential locations etc...

4. Research:
INDIVIDUAL BLOG: Research Production / Distribution Companies in more detail. Some of you have started some research but now dig 'deeper' and give examples of what they do / films produced / distributed.
In class, we briefly looked at some production companies - you might want to start here but explore further on your own.
Blast!
Coffee Films
Hammer Film Productions

Here is an example of one student's research into the question.




OF COURSE, WE WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! Find the time to work, rest and play

11/12/2011

Research and Planning. Due in.

Research and Planning should be well under way.
Post your Narrative notes on your Individual blog. You should also apply the theories to existing films.
You should also have a post there on how you thinkthe pitch went and what feedback you were given.
Someone from each group needs to post the pitch on the group blog.

You should be working on final script, shotlist and storyboard. These will need to be finished in the next lesson.
On your individual blog, you should be gathering film extracts and screengrabs from which you take inspiration, with a few bullet points on what it is that you like: mise-en-scene, costumes, props, lighting, shot frames or angles, editing techniques etc.

Finally, you should take recce pictures of possible locations.

Lots to do! Work as a team but don't forget to show how well you engage individually as well.

Here is an example of the kind of storyboard you need to be aiming for (though this one is for a music video). You'll be creating the animatic next week:
http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=GB#/watch?v=XKmGn9565hA

05/12/2011

Planning your treatment, ready for your pitch and other research tasks

Initial research and planning should be well under way by now. You have a list of things to include in your pitch and both your individual blogs and group blogs should be filling up.

However, this is not happening (except for one student). Very worrying.

From Tuesday 6th December, compulsory 'catch up' sessions will take place at lunchtime in the pod, then every Tuesday for targeted students, continuing on Wednesdays if you are still behind.

Failure to attend will be followed by a Negative Referral and phone call home.


Yasmin Treatment task from last yea












Please keep on top of things and remember that you are working towards 50% of your AS grade.


Other research tasks: Narrative, Todorov, Barthes, Propp's character roles.

24/11/2011

Early research and planning - group and independent study

1. Picture of your initial ideas + more detail - Plot summary in a few points, ideas for the opening, mood board, conventions of your chosen sub-genre(s) with embedded examples (screen grabs, trailers, opening sequences)
2. Each member of the group needs to complete a detailed analysis of a third film opening but this time, you choose the film; it should be a similar product to the type of opening you want to produce.
3. Film production name and ideas for a logo + research into UK film production companies that produce thriller films.

21/11/2011

Thriller Genre

Found these useful PPTs. Read them to consolidate your understanding, including the different ways in which Thriller sub-genres are categorised.

16/11/2011

Home Learning/ private study due in 22 or 23.11 - for week beginning 7.2.11

- Research Thriller sub-genres and different ways of categorising them. Focus on 2 or 3 sub-genres and illustrate with film extracts, film posters, and screen grabs from films.

- Read the sheet on Thriller Conventions very carefully and start finding examples to illustrate the different conventions highlighted. This should be on-going from now on.

- Now the groups have been agreed, each group is a now a production company - it needs a name and a logo. Come up with a name and designs for your logo. Look at existing examples of Film production companies as part of your research to get some inspiration.

ALL THE ABOVE COUNT DIRECTLY TOWARDS THE RESEARCH PART OF YOUR COURSEWORK. Look at the mark scheme for clarification (in your guidance packs).
LABEL YOUR POSTS CLEARLY WITH: THRILLER GENRE RESEARCH

- Finally, your documentaries on genre should be exported by the beginning of next week so that the other class can watch and evaluate them.
This means that the edit must be fine-tuned and exported by the end of Monday 21.11.11.
I'll upload them to YouTube so that you can embed them into your blogs.

14/11/2011

Blog of the Week...

Some superb work from Aymen! Well done!

Others have produced some good quality posts too, Mathura and Komal amongst others. Keep it going!

10/11/2011

Homework and private study for 15 or 16.11.11

Make sure you read your pack on Genre and Genre Theory again carefully, particularly the bits we did not read together in class. You also need to post your notes from the 2 lessons if you haven't done so already.
Finally conduct a bit more research on your own and post a few notes on what you found out about genre. A good place to start is MediaKnowAll.com

08/11/2011

Blog of the week

Carmela's blog looks like a good contestant! Well done and keep it up!

Some of you are working hard right now to catch up and improve your blogs. That's fantastic. The grades will move up fast if you keep it going!

Can I remind some of you about the NICCS task and your notes on the first Genre lesson (see post below)? It's missing from some blogs!

01/11/2011

classwork and homework - genre DUE IN 8 or 9.11.11

We have completed the NICCS grid on Blade Runner. Now complete one for The Bourne Identity trailer and one other trailer from the list below.
Due in next week.

Generic Conventions AS task
Secondly, you should post your class notes on Genre. Why did you learn? What are the debates around genre? What is the importance of star association with a genre? What can we look for to identify a genre?
What about the triangular relationship?


You could write some bullet points to sum up your responses.

17/10/2011

Cause for Concern: Where is your work, boys and girls?

:( Not one of you in group 1 is up-to-date despite the fact that I hadn't set any new work last week.
Catch up sessions for all at lunchtime - Tuesday and Wednesday, plus after school if necessary!
Phone calls home from Wednesday if you're not on the ball...

Tasks include Mr Molloy's and the earlier one on this blog (past students' videos).

For those who haven't posted their film poster analysis, this might help. If you have finished editing the video for it please post it.

Half-term Private Study - Thriller genre research/analysis

1. Complete the analysis two thriller openings.
You will consider and explore:
• How does the opening engage/create interest for the audience?
• Does it establish characters? How?
• Does the opening introduce themes, mood or story/narrative? How?
• How are the opening titles displayed?
• How is enigma established?

What you will need to analyse:
• Mise-en-scene;
• Use of soundtrack;
• Use of diegetic sound;
• Editing;
• Camera shot, movement and position;
• Use of special effects.

A. Analysis 1: Silence Of The Lambs
The first is the opening of "The Silence of the Lambs" directed by Jonathan Demme (focus on the first 6 min).
Watch carefully and write a detailed analysis of this opening sequence.
Create a 12-frame board of the key shots to accompany your analysis and number the frames for cross-reference.
video

Need help with analysis? Read the example below on "The Shining" to see a model of a good analysis.
Here is an interesting analysis of the opening sequence for The Shining which appears on the Long Road Media Blog (thank you, Long Road). Read it carefully to learn some tips.
You might want to watch the sequence first!



The film opens with a series of shots of panoramic landscape vistas showcasing the bleak desolation of the snowy mountainous surroundings, which will provide the backdrop for the film’s subsequent narrative developments. Various bird's eye view shots intermittently cross dissolve into one another, and depict an expansive clear blue lake, a snow-capped mountain range, and a densely populated forest of evergreen trees. The camera moves swiftly through its surroundings in each shot, sweeping past the breadth of the natural environs below it, and thus conveys to the audience a sense of the massive scale and large land span of the location depicted.

During the camera’s continual movement, it occasionally captures its views from distorted angles, which undermines the idea otherwise created by this series of shots of the benevolent purity of natural beauty and the wintry American landscape. It thus uses spatial manipulation to contradict the principal connotations of the images of nature captured in these shots, and hence foreshadows the heavy deployment of themes and imagery centred upon the supernatural that will follow.

Also indicative of this theme is the use of slow, sombre, unnerving and deliberate electronic music, which in conjunction with the seemingly oppositional images suggest a malevolence to the surroundings shown and imply an unknown danger amongst them.

Eventually the camera finds a road snaking through an aerial shot of a thickly forested area then picks out and follows a lone car in extreme high angle long shot, making its way along the road. The camera gradually moves increasingly closer maintaining its birds’ eye view position, but also gradually rotates to distort the angle and create a sense of unsettling foreboding in the manner described above. A series of shot changes track the car’s journey and depict a range of different natural backdrops indicating the traversal of time and space. As the camera finally tracks speedily in to a mid shot of the car from behind, revealing it to be a yellow Volkswagen Beetle, credits rise up through the frame from below in blue typeface, and each gives way to the next, departing the frame by rising out of it.

The moving camera overtakes the car and veers away to the left, aerially crossing country before again finding the car and tracking its journey, once again with another series of extreme high angle long shots, while the eeriness of the electronic score continues to aurally unsettle the viewer.

The camera’s point of view eventually shifts to depict an extreme long shot of a remotely located building amongst the mountains, trees and lakes. It slowly circles the building, getting gradually closer. This building is the Overlook Hotel, and will be the yellow car’s final destination, and the principal location for almost all of the film’s subsequent action.

Overall, the opening sequence has been gradually building up to this elaborate establishing shot of the hotel, and has served to highlight its isolation and remoteness and communicate an implication of danger, that the audience should by now have associated with this idyllic yet spectral location and its backdrop.

Remember that to achieve higher grades, you need to be ANALYTICAL rather than just descriptive. Don't simply tell me that there is a close up at this point or a tracking movement at that point. Explain how it helps the narrative and how it is supposed to affect the reader.

B. Analysis 2: Choose one from below.
For your second analysis, you may choose one of the following (or get 2 done now! You will have to do a couple more anyway...). Again create a 9 or 12-frame board to illustrate your comments.

Opening scene of The Usual Suspects (couldn't find it with the opening credits)

The first 2-3 minutes of Memento:

The first 4 minutes of Enemey of State (though a look at the credits that kick off then wouldn't hurt!)


First 5 minutes of What Lies Beneath
(embedding disabled so link provided instead) http://youtu.be/3WrycZRmIcs


Please note: Bring a hard copy of your analysis (text only) to the first lesson after half-term - 2.11.11

2. Do some research on a successful film director who has directed some Thrillers. You need to explain why the films are successful, what the director's "trademark" is, and embed trailers and screengrabs of interesting or memorable shots with some comment on technique and mise-en-scene.

Create a moodboard for that particular director's thriller style!

Extension: Try your best to re-create one of these shots yourself or in a small group, making sure that you get the atmoshere of Thriller right. Aim to choose a shot with at least one or two characters in the frame.

3. Complete the task that should have been done in class in lesson 3. Details and questions to answer are below in the previous post. It is a short extract from Enemy of State - Watch from 1:03 onwards.

Classwork 18 or 19.10.11 - Editing

Lessons 1 and 2: The Prelim- Complete the edit of your preliminary task. Screengrab key shots and your work in FCE. Embed your video.
- Then evaluate using these questions:

1. Discuss how your group came up with the idea for the script. How efficient was the discussion? What key decisions were made? Embed your script.

2. Reflect on the planning / storyboarding stage and upload the storyboard.

3. How efficient was the shoot?

4. What were the key elements from the brief you had to demonstrate and how well did you handle each one? Did you make any mistake? What are you most pleased with and why?

5. What did you learn during the course of this production? What did you learn to do or do better with Final Cut?

- Finally embed another student's sequence and offer some peer-assessment:
What is most successful and why?
Are there any mistakes and where?
What could you suggest for further improvement?

Lesson 3:The art of editing

Watch the clip below from 1:03 to the end then answer the questions that follow.

Enemy of the State, Tony Scott, 1998










1. What is the point of this sequence? Describe briefly how tension is created through the editing.
2. Look at the use of CU or Medium CU. Why are they primarily used here? Refer to specific shots (screengrab them) and embed them within your post.
3. Choose 15-20 seconds from anywhere in the sequence and describe each shot in detail, explaining its effect / function for the audience, as well as commenting on how the cuts (the editing) add to the meaning.
4. How far does the editing of this sequence fit in with the genre of the thriller? Justify your opinion.

Above all, do your best to engage with the sequence and the task.

04/10/2011

Updated - Inspiration - Past students' film openings... WATCH!

Do check out Latymer School's film openings! What do you think?

Latymer YouTube Channel - film openings

And here you can watch some of the thrillers from Hurtwood with captions for one of their evaluation tasks.
Hurtwood thriller openings

HOME STUDY: Select and embed 2 students' openings into your new Thriller blog and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of both for next lesson.

List of recommended thrillers

Wecome to the Thriller Project blog!

To get you started, here is a list of recommended films you really ought to see in order to get a firmer grasp of the Thriller genre.
Of course you cannot see them all but you'll be expected to have seen at least 8 by the end of the first half-term, then keep watching throughout the coursework unit.
Arrange viewings between yourselves and keep a record of you what you've seen. Discuss what makes these films good thrillers or at least iconic ones. You should develop a better understanding of thriller conventions and sub-genres, and of course get much inspiration for your own project.
Some of these films can be borrowed from the Department. Some of the films from the list are 18-certificates so you will need to have that discussion with your parents / guardians; you also need to consider your own feelings.
1. Heat
2. Se7en
3. The Silence of the Lambs
4. LA Confidential
5. The Departed
6. Reservoir Dogs
7. Chinatown
8. North by Northwest
9. The Conversation
10. The 39 steps
11. Psycho
12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
13. Charade
14. Strangers on a Train
15. The Third Man
16. Memento
17. Enemy of the State
18. The Servant
19. The Night of the Hunter
20. Rear Window
21. Rosemary’s Baby
22. The Others
23. Blue Velvet
24. The Ipcress File / Get Carter
25. The Fugitive
26. The Shining
27. The Killing
28. Blood Simple
29. The Usual Suspects
30. Cape Fear
31. No Country for Old Men
32. Double Indemnity
33. The Manchurian Candidate
34. Les Diaboliques (Clouzot)
35. The French Connection
36. Rebecca
37. Le Samourai (Melville)
38. City Of God
39. Delicatessen
40. Three Days of the Condor
41. After hours
42. Rebecca
43. Minority Report
44. What Lies Beneath
45. Copycat
46. The Bourne Identity
47. The Machinist
48. Fatal Attraction
49. Fargo
50. Schindler’s List (not a thriller but a masterclass in directing)

12/04/2011

Dear Moderator,

Here you can find the links to our students' individual and group blogs. The group blogs are essentially used to trace the Planning and some Research. The individual blogs contain some Research and Planning, as well as the final products and Evaluations. You can also find early research and practical tasks on their individual Induction blogs.


Group 1 Blog
Group 1 members:
Shreyaa Pattni, 6190 - Shreyaa's blog
Devki Mistry, 6144 -Devki's blog
Manan Vekaria, 6264 - Manan's blog
David Hanley, 6324 - David's blog

The edits created in pairs were brought together towards the end of the project so that there is only one final version of this film opening.

Group 2 Blog (Shallow Grave Productions)
Group 2 members:
Raju Patel, 6183 - Raju's blog
Ashwin Dabasia, 6040 - Ashwin's blog
Omar Paracha, 6336 - Omar's blog
(one original member of the group decided quite early on to give up Media Studies). One final edit for this group.

Group 3 Blog
Group 3 members:
Matthew Mountford-Brock, 6157 - Matthew's blog
Joshua Stewart, 6238 - Josh's blog
Harshiv Rawal, 6199 - Harshiv's blog
Keval Varsani, 6346 - Keval's blog
Two versions of "Evasion" have been created in pairs - Matthew and Josh's version, and Keval and Harshiv's edit.

Group 4 Blog
Group 4 members:
Yasmin Amey, 6010 - Yasmin's blog
Khushel Valji, 6258 - Khushel's blog
Viraj Khajuria, 6114 - Viraj's blog
Nimesh Devshi, 6047 - Nimesh's blog
Two final edits: Yasmin and Khushel's edit, and Viraj and Nimesh's edit.

14/03/2011

DEADLINE and breathe a sigh of relief...

Dear all,

Some of your evaluations are really looking great. Well done for making it!
You've given me a lot to worry about so you won't mind if I just take a moment to breathe and sit back!

Over the next few days, I might email you to ask you to tweak a few things on your blog. You can also book some one-on-one time on Thursday lunchtime (for those who have lessons in the afternoon) or afternoon to fine-tune details with me in order to get the highest possible grade.

A few of you need to tweak labels, titles and links. A link to a group blog should be called 'Group X Blog' for instance.

One thing you also need to do is to close your blog with a goodbye message and insert your preliminary task(s) and your final edit. Make sure you put the name of the 2 people who created that edit.

13/03/2011

UPDATED(again) see last paragraph plus video -Coursework Deadline - Monday 14th March - 5pm

Come on! Those of you who have started have made a good job of it so far. Spread the work; there is a minimum of 10 hours' work to do!
Here is that blog again to use as a model if you're stuck for ideas.
http://cmdiplomayasmin.blogspot.com/

REMINDER - A STRAIGHT FORWARD EVALUATION ESSAY (PLAIN TEXT THROUGHOUT) WILL ONLY GET A TOP LEVEL 2 MAXIMUM. You have been warned! The board has been very explicit about this.
See previous posts or your assessment booklet for all criteria. A key one is:
Excellent skill in the use of digital technology or ICT in the evaluation

Some pointers for a great evaluation - please refer to your assessment booklets, particularly the back pages with many questions to tick off as you deal with them. Also use them to highlight areas you haven't fully addressed.

For example, one question that is usually done vaguely / poorly is:
How did you attract/ address your audience?
Refer back to your planning and your audience feedback to fully address the question.
• Do you think you have reached your target audience?
• What did you include when planning your production that you thought would appeal to your
audience?
• Using quotes from the audience feedback address how these did appeal and why?
• Overall what else has been successful in your production according to audience feedback?
(technical/ organisational/ audience)
• What was less successful? (audience feedback)
• How could the work be improved?
Great chance to create and film interviews etc but also to analyse what your participants are saying!
Another question is: What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
This section should concentrate on the key decisions and revisions made in pre-production/
production/post production in light of technology and skills.
• What key decisions did you make about technology during pre-production/
production/ post production?
• Why were these decisions made?
• What technology did you use at each stage? (Use correct names and identify how/ where/why used)
• What were successful uses of new technology in your production process? How did the technologies helped you develop your creativity? How much did you experiment?
• What were less successful?
• What have you learnt?
Make sure you have pictures of equipment / screengrabs of work in progress; you can also produce "How we did..." videos or comments.

Question 2 is focusing on representation of a social group - Use what we discussed in last Thursday's lesson about representation - You can focus on gender or/and on the (socio-economic etc.) background of a group of people. Don't forget to address whether or not the representation is fair / stereotypical / antagonistic or sympathetic etc. and how this was achieved through the micro-elements.

For the questions on conventions, attracting your audience and /or technologies used, it is useful to look at DVD extras where post-production choices are discussed. For example, look at this short one from 3:22 (not much is said before then)

01/03/2011

EVALUATION TASKS

Can I remind you all that there are 7 evaluation tasks to post on your individual blogs? You must start posting.

16/02/2011

EVALUATION TASKS

Growing concern... You must start posting your Evaluation. I want to see some of the tasks on your blog by tomorrow's lesson, even if they are still 'work in progress' - you will be able to amend / add to them.

Example from other centre (note - your evalution must feature on your individual blog)
A2 Evaluations - Look at Hasina's tasks and Chloe's voice over for inspiration.

Just to remind you again, here are the criteria for a level 4:
16–20 marks
- Excellent understanding of issues around audience, institution, technology, representation, forms and conventions in relation to production.
- Excellent ability to refer to the choices made and outcomes.
- Excellent understanding of their development from preliminary to full task.
- Excellent ability to communicate.
- Excellent skill in the use of digital technology or ICT in the evaluation

13/02/2011

Home learning on the film industry

Due in on Monday 14.2.11 for mr. Molloy's lesson. No excuse accepted for not completing it. It should also help you with some of your evaluation tasks!

11/02/2011

Hurtwood's and Latymer's film openings - How do you compare?

Do check out Latymer School's film openings! What do you think?

Latymer YouTube Channel - film openings

And here you can watch some of the thrillers from Hurtwood with captions for one of their evaluation tasks.
Hurtwood thriller openings

Final Deadline - 14th March 2011, 5pm

All coursework, including all evaluation tasks, must be completed by Monday 14th March 2011, 5pm. No further posting will be considered after that deadline. This Thursday you will be working on Evaluation question 1. Afterwards, you will have to continue in your own time.
Get any filming for your evaluation tasks done before half term! Get yourself organized!

You have already started on the Film Industry with Mr Molloy and will be working on the other exam unit (Representation in TV Drama) with me after half term.

10/02/2011

TO BE COMPLETED BY NEXT THURSDAY 17.2.11

You must use every opportunity to use the pod this week and next week before Thursday to complete, export and embed your final cut. You must start posting your evaluation tasks now. A letter is going home to explain it all.

You must strive to show your film opening to your target audience and gather feedback - see earlier posts - to tackle your evaluation task on feedback. Think of filming your group and / or your audience discussing your work. Structure the feedback with guidance questions. Add shots or clips from your film, do a little subtle editing, et voila!

Use the links on the right-hand side to look at examples and remember to have a look at the A2 blogs as well, particularly for examples of how to tackle question 1 (you'll be doing the same task).

05/02/2011

Home Learning - for week beginning 7.2.11

You need to get started on your evaluation tasks. We will start Evaluation question 1 in class but you must get started on questions 2, 3, 4, 5. I expect you to have completed at least 2 tasks in depth and as creatively as possible by next Thursday (at least a rough version). Please look at your packs or the previous post for guidance.

Remember that your final edit needs to be completed by Thursday 10.2.11, end of lesson 2. If you finish early, you will be working on your evaluation tasks.

03/02/2011

EVALUATION TASKS - HALF-TERM DEADLINE APPROACHING

Now that your sequences are nearly there, you seriously need to focus on your Evaluation Questions - another 20 marks can be gained with a little commitment and effort.

This is the booklet you need to refer to. It is to be found at the back of the assessment booklet you already have. Be as creative as you can. Start working now and organize time to film one of the evaluation questions. Please look at the A2 media students' blogs to look at the varied ways to evaluate creatively.
A2 Music Video Blog

Marking Criteria and activities for the evaluation

30/01/2011

Update and home learning for week starting 31.1.11

Some interesting things are finally happening on your blogs. Yeah! We love the "behind the scenes" and audience research films produced by group 4 and the cast interviews from group 3 (though it is a shame that there is not more analysis of the characters' parts referring to Barthes' character roles or Propp's ideas about structure - this would have really elevated the discussion).

You are now embedding clips and screengrabs more frequently but keep doing more of the latter - screengrabs of specific shots from existing products to follow an embedded clip would help, as well as sreengrabs of work in progress (in Garage Band, Final Cut, Afters Effects or Photoshop etc.)

Now:
- Please make sure you have completed everything that features on the list posted earlier.
- URGENTLY sort out the layout of your blogs - the group ones are nearly there but your individual blogs still have the 'followers' window, miss links, particularly to Main blog and group blog but also to your own induction blog.
- Many of you are missing earlier work such as earlier practical tasks - EVERYONE NEEDS TO EMBED AND EVALUATE PROPERLY THEIR PRELIMINARY TASKS, AND CLEARLY LABEL THEM.
- Sort out labels both on group and individual blogs.
- Bring together all the audience research and production/distribution research you have done in 2 neat packages, or maybe just one titled: "marketing strategy".
- Work on the film poster or DVD cover, even if it is only a sketch.

Next week (starting 31/1/11):
Monday and Thursday lessons: Aim to complete your final cut, including logos, titles, soundtrack.
If we absolutely need some time on the following Thursday, we will of course use it (the first 2 lessons), but ideally you will be starting your evaluation tasks by then.

In any case, you will be presenting your final product on Thursday 10th February (lesson 3 if we have used the first 2 to finish off).

You will want to show your films to as many people as possible before or immediately after that to gather as much feedback as possible. Help your viewers give you useful feedback by asking specific questions (such as the ones we used to assess rough cuts).

19/01/2011

for Thursday 20 January CATCH UP!

- You will be starting by explaining what you have done / worked on since last lesson, personally and as a group. We will look through the blogs.

- Unfortunately some of you still have not caught up with set work and that means more cause for concern sheets.

- You should all have updated your personal blogs several times:
* what your involvement has been so far, your thoughts on the group's project, progress etc, what needs doing next,
* embedded film sequences with screengrabs and comments,
* Propp and Barthes work (properly),
* others students' blogs you have looked at, linked, with your own comments,
* embedded films from previous candidates with comments,
* posters and DVD covers with analysis (choose models for your own),
* ideas for your own, marketing (including production and distribution) notes, ideas for production company name and logo,
* ideas for soundtrack with relevant embedded clips.
Keep the evaluation questions in mind to complete all the relevant research.


No one is on a level 3 or 4 at present for research and planning.

Tomorrow, you will have produced your rough cut with titles and rough soundtrack by the end of the lesson ready to be presented next week for feedback.

Finally, keep labels clear and organised - don't use more than 10 or 12. Group 1 needs to review their label list.