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WJEC AS Media Studies MS2 Media Production Processes: Film Genres

Rob Miller | Thursday July 30, 2015

Categories: A Level, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Film Analysis, Film Storyboarding, Science Fiction, Key Concepts, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Skills, Software, Textual Analysis, Video Camera Skills

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  • Storyboard Frame Sheet template.pdf

Brief - Film Genres

  • A Pre Production Research and 36 shot Science Fiction Planning Storyboard - students can choose their own film genre (20 Marks)
  • A Film Production - Filming and Editing an original short Science Fiction Film up to 3 minutes in length - students can choose their own film genre but it must link directly to the pre production storyboard (40 Marks)
  • A Report - A report between 1200-1600 words reflecting on research and production (40 Marks)

Edusites Media recommend a logical time to introduce the MS2 coursework is in week 11, the last week in November. By then students will have been exposed to a range of film genres as stimulus material, will have been taught target audiences and demographics (fundamental to MS2) and will fully understand the core concepts of the year one - Media Language, Genre, Narrative, Representation and Audience.

This brief is film genres - the coursework guide will focus on the science fiction genre as a filming option available to students, but can be mapped onto any other film genre from thrillers and documentary to horror, comedy and fantasy. For this particular guide the scheme of work is for an individual production although it must be stressed, group work is acceptable for MS2 (production only, maximum 4 group size - see film group breakdown under production).

Timescales - it is envisaged that 3 weeks will be given over to research and planning, including fully developing the storyboard. Over the Christmas period, individual planning can be undertaken in terms of a further recce of locations, sourcing props, actors and developing a rough shooting script. Returning from the holiday it is suggested that 5 weeks are spent filming and editing with 3 further weeks spent drafting the report (despite the equal marks for the production the logistics of filming and editing demand more time). This leaves the February half term for final...


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