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OCR A2 Media Studies G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media Brief 10: Short Film

Rob Miller | Monday October 17, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Film, Short Film, Key Concepts, Production, Production Zone, Video Production

A short film in its entirety, lasting approximately five minutes, which may be live action or animated or a combination of both, together with two of the following three options:

  • Poster for the film
  • Film magazine review page featuring the film
  • Radio trailer for the film

For this particular brief, it is important to remember that a Short Film is indeed a complete piece and differs in approach from an opening sequence or a trailer. Narrative needs to be fully realised at the planning and research stages, incorporating relevant theory e.g. Todorov’s four act narrative structure. This will take the form of a script treatment and storyboard as well as primary and secondary research into genre conventions, narrative, audience and representation.

  1. Making a short film will give you confidence - you will make mistakes - it will not be a ‘perfect production’ and you will be able to use the Evaluation to reflect on strengths and areas for improvement.
  2. Decide on the genre and don’t feel the need to overly complicate – hybridisation is fine as long as conventions can be evidenced by your budget. Focus on the narrative – spend time at the script development research and planning stage; don’t rush into production.
  3. Choose actors who can give a convincing performance – your excellent cinematography may be affected by poor performances.
  4. Don’t forget about sound – many good student projects suffer as a result of not enough time being spent on fine-tuning diegetic and non-diegetic sounds. This includes sound equipment being used e.g. external mics/booms etc., sound levels and sound synchronisation during the process of editing.
  5. Once your production is up and running, constantly seek advice and feedback. Upload rough cuts to your blog and link to social media for interactive feedback. Upload the final project to YouTube.

The two ancillary tasks for this brief will be:

  • Poster for the Film
  • Film Magazine Review Page featuring the Film
  • ...

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