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Edexcel AS Media Communication and Production: Unit 1 Industries, Texts and Audiences

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 07, 2015

Categories: A Level, Edexcel A Level, Edexcel AS

Unit 1 is internally assessed. It is recommended that the assignment content links with what the learners are producing in the other two AS units.

Focus must be placed on vocational learning. This is a unit where students build a portfolio of work, helping to understand about media industries, but also to inform their own production work.

There needs to be a broad based study of one media industry, this resource focuses on Film.

The unit content will be in the form of four assignments – initial research sources are given at the end of each assignment.

Assignment 1: Products and Organisations

  • The range of film products available linking to audience consumption
  • Examples of different types of film industry organisations
  • Patterns of ownership within the film industry
  • Regulation of the film industry

Task 1: Written Analysis

In your portfolio, explain the advantages and disadvantages of the following ways of accessing film products. Write 100 words on each, identifying examples:

  • Cinema film exhibition
  • DVD and BluRay film consumption
  • Streaming film
  • Downloading film (legal and illegal)
  • IMAX cinema exhibition
  • Accessing film via social networking sites like MUBI
  • Accessing film products on platforms such as tablets, smart phones and games consoles

Task 2: Design a Glossary of Terms for the Film Industry

Develop the glossary as a poster for your classroom to include the following terms:

  • Mainstream and Independent film
  • Film blockbuster
  • Film production
  • Film distribution
  • Horizontal integration
  • Multinational conglomerates e.g. Time Warner, Sony…
  • Cross media ownership
  • Synergy
  • Merchandising
  • Franchise
  • Convergence

Who are The Big Six? Choose one organisation and prepare a 5-minute audio-visual presentation using either PowerPoint or Prezi. It should include examples of at least 3 films from the last 6 years and a breakdown of the way the company is structured.

In your portfolio, write a short paragraph explaining your understanding of...


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