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Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Unit R081: Pre-Production Skills

Rob Miller | Wednesday July 15, 2015

Categories: Nationals, Cambridge Nationals, Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2, Level 1/2 Creative iMedia, Award J807, Certificate J817, Diploma J827, Key Concepts, Audience, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Skills, Production Zone, Video Production


Welcome to the Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia course – they are designed for 14-16 year olds to give you experience of what it is like to work in media industry sectors such as:

  • Website Design and Development
  • Television
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Filmmaking including Animation
  • Video Games
  • Radio

This unit focuses on pre-production which is directly linked to production and post-production.

Film Example: Diagram of Filmmaking Steps

This unit has a written exam paper of 1 hour and 15 minutes (not too long!) and is set by your exam board (OCR) and marked by them, not by your teachers.

It will allow you to understand what is behind the making of a media product in terms of pre-production (what you do before you design and produce).

It’s all part of the planning and creation process!

A Guide To Help You With This Written Paper

Because exams can be a bit of a headache!

I’m going to explain what the exam will be like (the format) and then show you the things you need to know about with a brief explanation for each.

You can look at a sample exam on the Creative iMedia section on the OCR site (search under Past Papers).

The Exam is out of 60 marks.

Section A

This section will ask you questions (between 1-6 marks each) that require short answers on pre-production activities like “Explain the purpose of?:

  • Mood Boards
  • Storyboards
  • A Script

You will also be asked to develop a response to questions on:

  • Target audiences
  • Audience research
  • Production schedules
  • Hardware and software
  • Health and Safety
  • Legislation (including regulation and certification)

Occasionally there will be a creative task for one of the questions in Section A that score up to 9 marks e.g. in the 2014 exam pupils were asked to “Create a pre-production visualisation diagram? for the front cover of a DVD sleeve.

Section B

This is the creative section where you show how you can design a pre-production artefact in the actual exam!

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