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Nick Lacey On Films »

Nick Lacey | Sunday June 06, 2010

Categories: Film, Commentary

An excellent commentary on Key Films, Culture & Politics by Nick Lacey. His new site also includes information on the books he has written. Click on the image above to visit ‘Nick Lacey on Films’.




Understanding Storyboarding »

Jeremy Orlebar | Thursday September 24, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Action Adventure, Production Zone, Video Production, Skills, Television, Storyboarding, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Skills

A Level Storyboarding

Pre-production Item | Storyboard

Example Brief: Create a storyboard (and video trailer) for a TV Crime Drama

The pre-production brief is to create a storyboard. Students should create a storyboard that shows as much detail as possible including camera instructions with details of camera movement, shot duration, content, details of audio tracks and details of transitions between frames.

This guide opens with a screenshot of the first three frames of a...

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Understanding Crime Drama »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday May 16, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Crime Drama, Key Concepts, Genre, Other Topics, Television, Television Crime Drama, Television Drama

Television and film crime/cop drama is very popular with a wide audience. Crime Dramas seek to anchor the representations of all types of police officers, criminals and victims as ‘believable’ characters, with ‘realistic’ plot lines, set in urban locations.The genre has been taken up in the US under the heading of American Quality Televsion (AQT) - see under heading AQT.

Codes and Conventions

Crime dramas:

  • are constructed realities
  • depict constructed versions of...
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Animation 1990 to Present Day »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday April 16, 2009

Categories: Film, Animation, 1990 to Present Day, Other Topics

The Digital Era

The 90’s Disney Boom

While the British features stumbled in and out of the cinemas Disney stormed ahead with their animation revival which had began with Roger Rabbit. In the two decades since Walt Disney’s death their feature output had become decidedly patchy. Some high points had been ‘The Aristocats’ (1967) and ‘The Rescuers’ (1977) and by the time of ‘The Fox and the Hound’ (1979) the ‘Nine Old Men of Disney’, the original animators who...

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Animation from 1970 - 1990 »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday April 09, 2009

Categories: Film, Animation, 1970 - 1990, Other Topics

The Fading Lightbox

Terry Gilliam and Monty Python

Gilliam was born in Minneapolis and studied political science before finding his way into being a writer and cartoonist. When work dried up in the USA he came to London, worked, or tried to work, at various animation studios (Bob Godfrey’s Movie Emporium turned him away for being ‘too good’!), then through John Cleese got some sketches on the children’s comedy ‘Do Not Adjust your Set’ (1967). Here he met other...

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Animation from 1945 - 1970 »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday April 09, 2009

Categories: Film, Animation, 1945 - 1970, Other Topics

Post War Animation - The TV Age

‘Animaland’: David Hand and Gaumont British Animation Studios

In 1945, David Hand, the director of Disney’s ‘Snow White’ was hired by the great British film producer J. Arthur Rank (more rhyming slang?) to come to Britain to set up a Disney type animation studio here. They chose not to locate in London or another of Britain’s bombed out cities, but in the picturesque Moor Hall in the village of Cookham-on-Thames, Berkshire.

In its...

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Animation from 1928 - 1945 »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday April 09, 2009

Categories: Film, Animation, 1928 - 1945, Other Topics

The Rise Of Disney and The First Sound Cartoons

In 1927 the first ‘talking’ motion picture was released, The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolsen, which helped to popularize sound in films. Many cinemas now fitted the sound technology to show the new films.

Walt Disney

In 1928 Walt Disney rushed out ‘Steamboat Wille’ the first widely distributed synchronised sound cartoon, ‘Steamboat Wille’ (synchronised or sync, means when the sound effects and talking are in time...

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Pre 1908 Animation - The Early Years »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday April 09, 2009

Categories: Film, Animation, Pre 1908, Other Topics

The beginnings of animation can perhaps be traced back to a paper published by Peter Roget in 1824 for The British Royal Society called ‘The persistence of vision with regard to moving objects’. Following this came the invention of such devices as the phenakitstoscope (1831), the zoetrope (1834) and the praxinoscope (1892), all variations of the idea of sequence of images viewed on a rotating drum, although these were all somewhat preceded by a very basic zoetrope invented...

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Animation from 1908 - 1928 »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday April 09, 2009

Categories: Film, Animation, 1908 - 1928, Other Topics

Windsor McCay and The Silent Animation Boom

Windsor McCay

In New York Windsor McCay was a successful newspaper cartoonist of the time, his most popular strip being ‘Little Nemo in Slumberland’, a brilliantly designed and illustrated full page colour comic strip. He spent four years turning this into a cartoon ‘Little Nemo’ (1911) which was met with much success and followed this with ‘Gertie the Dinosaur’ (1913) which became a sensation of the day. When McCay...

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OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Teaching Guide »

Barry Rainsford | Monday November 21, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action Adventure, Film Analysis, Film Language

Guide Navigation

  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Overview Planner
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Teaching Guide
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Slides
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Student Workbook
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Glossary

Purpose

The purpose of this unit is not to tell anyone ‘what you must do’ or ‘this is the way that you must do it’. The work here is based on over twenty years of...

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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...

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OCR AS G322 Section B: Institutions and Audiences | Teaching Film »

Rob Miller | Friday September 09, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Film, Independent Film, Mainstream, Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions

Teaching film can be daunting to a non-media specialist, but also challenging for an experienced teacher. Approaches need to cover all exam topic areas ensuring students have a range of case studies to draw upon and focusing in particular on one contemporary mainstream and one independent film.

It initially seems a lot to learn and a lot to teach. This resource streamlines approaches, identifies past exam questions, recommends mainstream and independent case studies but...

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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Film Pack: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadpool and Amy »

Rob Miller | Monday September 05, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Film

Films

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • Amy (2015)

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring all key potential exam areas of questioning – the three films are all contemporary, one is British and reflect the different ‘types’ of films consumed by global, and national audiences. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a high production value, globally distributed blockbuster, Deadpool is a medium...

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OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Student Workbook »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday June 21, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action Adventure

Guide Navigation

  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Overview Planner
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Teaching Guide
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Slides
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Student Workbook
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Glossary

Introduction

This booklet is to support the preparation for the Section A unit examination for OCR GCSE Media. This workbook will enable you to work through the series of...

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OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Overview Planner »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday June 21, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action Adventure

Guide Navigation

  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Overview Planner
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Teaching Guide
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Slides
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Student Workbook
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Glossary

Associated Resources

  • Overview Planner.pdf

Introduction for Teachers

Action Adventure is a staple of media output. A hybrid genre evolved from the Bond films of the late...

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OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Glossary »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday June 21, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action Adventure, Film Language, Key Concepts, Media Language

Guide Navigation

  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Overview Planner
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Teaching Guide
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Slides
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Student Workbook
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Glossary

Using this Glossary

This glossary of terms is intended for use with the above resources for the 2017 OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film examination.

Purpose

To...

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OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Slides »

Barry Rainsford | Friday June 17, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action Adventure, Film Analysis, Film Language

Guide Navigation

  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Overview Planner
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Teaching Guide
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Slides
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Student Workbook
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Glossary

OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure Film Slides

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OCR GCSE Media Studies Action Adventure, TV and Radio Comedy Workshop »

Rob Miller | Wednesday June 15, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action Adventure, Hot Entries, Radio, Radio Comedy, Television, Television Comedy

Book A Half or Full Day Workshop in Your School

Programme Details

  • Edusites Media provides visually dynamic, interactive Courses on Action Adventure, TV and Radio Comedy dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.
  • Students will analyse Action Adventure films for B322 Section A linking with characters, representation and stereotyping, genre conventions and technical elements – sound, editing, mise-en-scene and camerawork.
  • Students will also explore for Section B...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Teaching Guide »

Barry Rainsford | Monday April 11, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Science Fiction

Guide Navigation

  • Overview.docx
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Resource Pack
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Student Workbook
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Appendix
  • AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Glossary

Purpose

This guide is intended to supplement the Resource Pack, Student Workbook, Appendix and Glossary (see above) as part of Edusites Media’s support for the teaching of this AQA Media Studies Unit 1 examination...

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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Trailers and Film Posters Specimen Paper Mark Scheme »

Rob Miller | Friday December 04, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Film Trailers, Hot Entries, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Poster Design, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks

Thinking about the Media – Investigating (Film Trailers) and Planning (Film Posters)

  • A01: Recall, select, and communicate their knowledge and understanding of media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed
  • A02: Analyse and respond to media texts/topics using media key concepts and appropriate terminology
  • A03: Demonstrate research, planning and presentational skills
  • A04: Construct and evaluate their own products using creative and technical skills
...[ read full article ] »

AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Mock Exam Mark Scheme »

Rob Miller | Friday December 04, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Science Fiction, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks

General Certificate of Secondary Education Summer 2016

Media Studies

2016 Sample Exam Mark Scheme

Science Fiction Films

Task 1

We think Science Fiction Films are commercially successful because:

  • they are high production value escapist entertainment
  • they often hybridise with other genres
  • they have an existing fan base that consume Science Fiction media on a range of platforms.

Develop the above points and also explain why you think Science Fiction films are commercially...

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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Trailers Quiz »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 16, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Film, Film Trailers, Hot Entries, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

  1. WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Trailers Quiz
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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Posters Quiz »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 16, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Film, Film Promotion, Hot Entries, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

  1. WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Posters Quiz
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AQA AS MEST1 Cross Media Study - Film Fiction »

Rob Miller | Thursday September 10, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Film, Film Industry, Film Magazines, Magazines, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, New Technologies, News, Newspapers

Section B Cross Media Study Film Fiction

This is a resource for students and teachers who have chosen Film Fiction as their Cross Media Study topic. For advice on the structure and format of Section B Cross Media Study please access our guide at Teaching AQA AS Media Studies MEST1 Guide. The exemplar response AQA AS Media Studies MEST1 Section B Cross Media Study Synergy Exemplar relates specifically to the Film Fiction Cross Media Study.

We will be analysing and...

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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Trailers and Film Posters Exemplar A* Response »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 27, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Film Trailers, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Poster Design, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials, Mocks

Candidate Name:
Centre Number:
Candidate Number:

Media Studies

Unit 1 Thinking about the Media: Investigating and Planning

Monday 6th June 2016

Exemplar A* response developed by Edusites Media

2 hours 15 minutes

Section A (40)
Section B (40)
Total (80)

Additional Materials

Audio-visual resource for use with Section A
Optional: coloured pens/pencils and rulers for use with Section B
Spare paper for notes (to be provided by centre)

Instructions to Candidates

General

  • Write...
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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Trailers and Film Posters Mock Exam »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 27, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Film Trailers, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Poster Design, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks

Candidate Name:
Centre Number:
Candidate Number:

Media Studies

Unit 1 Thinking about the Media: Investigating and Planning

Monday 6th June 2016

A Specimen Paper developed by Edusites Media

2 hours 15 minutes

Section A (40)
Section B (40)
Total (80)

Additional Materials

Audio-visual resource for use with Section A
Optional: coloured pens/pencils and rulers for use with Section B
Spare paper for notes (to be provided by centre)

Instructions to Candidates

General

  • Write your...
[ read full article ] »

AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fictions Films Exemplar A* Response »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 26, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Science Fiction, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

General Certificate of Secondary Education Summer 2016

Media Studies

Unit 1 Investigating the Media: Science Fiction Films

Tuesday 24th May 2016: 2pm to 3.30pm

Exemplar A* response developed by Edusites Media

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes

Instructions

  • Use black ink or black ballpoint pen. You should use coloured pencils, fine liners and a ruler where appropriate.
  • Write the information required on the front of your answer book. The Examining Body for this paper is AQA.
  • ...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fictions Films Preliminary Material »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 26, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Science Fiction, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks

General Certificate of Secondary Education June 2016

Media Studies

Unit 1 Investigating the Media: Science Fiction Films

Edusites Media Sample Preliminary Material

To be opened and issued to candidates on or after Monday 25th April 2016

Notes to candidates

  • The following brief has been issued to help you prepare for the examination for Unit 1 Investigating the Media.
  • You are advised to read it carefully and use it to guide your preparation.
  • The preliminary material takes the...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fictions Films Mock Exam »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 26, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Science Fiction, Admin, Staffroom, Mocks

General Certificate of Secondary Education Summer 2016

Media Studies

Unit 1 Investigating the Media: Science Fiction Films

Tuesday 24th May 2016: 2pm to 3.30pm

A Specimen Paper developed by Edusites Media

Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes

Instructions

  • Use black ink or black ballpoint pen. You should use coloured pencils, fine liners and a ruler where appropriate.
  • Write the information required on the front of your answer book. The Examining Body for this paper is AQA.
  • Answer...
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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Interactive Film Trailers and Film Posters Resource »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 26, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Advertising, Marketing, Viral Advertising, Film, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Language, Film Trailers, Mise-en-scene, Key Concepts, Distribution, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Media Language, Narrative, Regulation, Representation & Stereotyping, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, Making Money, New Technologies, Synergy, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Poster Design

This resource is to be used in conjunction with the Edusites Media Specimen Exam with Exemplar Response and the Film Trailer and Film Poster Quizzes.

Section A Film Trailers

Film Trailers… What are they and why do you think they are important media to study? Have a look at the following trailers from 2014 and write down what the audience appeals are. We’ll deconstruct the first one, Gravity.

Gravity (2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXgOaeDfmRQ

  • Narrative enigma...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Interactive Science Fiction Films Resource »

Rob Miller | Friday August 21, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Advertising, Marketing, Film, Action Adventure, Comedy, Disaster Movies, Drama, Fantasy, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Language, Film Promotion, Film Trailers, Horror, Independent Film, Mise-en-scene, Science Fiction, Social Realism, Thrillers, War, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Digital Graphics, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Skills, Understanding Key Topics, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, Skills, Textual Analysis, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, Television, Storyboarding, Website Analysis, Web Pages

Milan, Italy - January 26 2013: People of 501st Legion official costuming organisation take part in the Star Wars Parade wearing perfectly accurate costumes.

Welcome to this interactive resource on Science Fiction films, your Unit 1 examined topic that focuses on all areas of exam questioning. Use in conjunction with the Edusites Media Specimen Exam and Preliminary Material.

Have a look at some Science Fiction events around the country. Comic Cons have a reputation for...

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CCEA GCE Moving Image Arts AS2 Critical Response »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 20, 2015

Categories: A Level, CCEA A Level, CCEA AS, Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Key Concepts, Genre, Media Language, Skills, Textual Analysis, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Welcome to the externally assessed online exam unit of the CCEA Moving Image Arts AS qualification. You will be taking a 90 minute exam that is worth 30% of the AS qualification – in the exam you respond to unseen moving image clips.

Key Points

1. You answer three questions based on unseen clips: two based on live action film sequences, one on an animated sequence.

Close Up: The Shining (1980)

Medium Shot: Frozen (2013)

2. The questions are based on you analysing a...

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CCEA GCE Moving Image Arts AS1 Creative Production Foundation Portfolio »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 19, 2015

Categories: A Level, CCEA A Level, CCEA AS, Film, Film Language, Key Concepts, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Regulation, Production Zone, Audio Production, Digital Photography, Video Production, Skills, Video Camera Skills

Welcome to the coursework unit of the CCEA Moving Image Arts AS qualification. You will be producing a complete mainstream genre narrative fiction film based on an initial idea or theme of your own.

There are four clear areas of assessment:

  1. Statement of Intentions (30 marks)
  2. Pre-Production (15 marks)
  3. Pre-Production Exercise (15 marks)
  4. Final Product (120 marks)
  5. Evaluation (30 marks)

Study the following screenshots and identify what themes are being represented - choosing a...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Unit 3 Exploring Media Industries Student Resource »

Rob Miller | Monday August 17, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Film Industry, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Audience, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Ownership, Media Language, Regulation, Magazines, New Media, Integration, New Technologies, Synergy

This resource is intended to be used in conjunction with the Unit 3 Mock Exam and Insert on the Edusites subject Overview page. Click on AQA GCSE MS Unit 3 Mock Exam (and Attachments for the Exam Insert).

Who is this?

I am thinking you may recognise this company?

I am certain you will be familiar with this 2015 film

The connection is that Jurassic World (2015) is produced and distributed by Universal Studios (they own the rights to the film and pay for all the...

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CCEA GCSE Moving Image Arts Component 1: Creative & Technical Moving Image Production »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 06, 2015

Categories: GCSE, CCEA GCSE, CCEA GCSE Moving Image Arts, Film, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Language, Film Promotion, Film Storyboarding, Film Trailers, Hollywood, Mise-en-scene, Key Concepts, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Audio Production, Video Production, Skills, Script Writing, Video Camera Skills

Welcome to the external assessment (exam) component of the CCEA Moving Image Arts GCSE qualification - it is worth 40% of the overall GCSE and comprises a 1.5 hour online exam. In the exam students respond to a range of stimulus material including unseen live action and animated film clips, sound clips, film stills and script extracts - we will give you clear guidance below.

This is an applied course where you will develop knowledge, understanding and skills but also...

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WJEC AS Media Studies MS2 Media Production Processes: Film Genres »

Rob Miller | Thursday July 30, 2015

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

Associated Resources

  • 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...
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OCR GCSE Action Adventure Mock Exam A* Exemplar Response 2 »

Rob Miller | Sunday July 19, 2015

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action Adventure, Film Analysis, Mise-en-scene, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Edusites Media Specimen Exam

Answer all questions – it is recommended you spend 1 hour on Section A in the Exam.

Section A is worth 50 Marks, the whole paper is worth 80 Marks.

Section A: Textual Analysis

Watch the Moving Image Extract.

  • You will have 3 minutes to read all the questions before the extract begins.
  • The extract will be screened 4 times.
  • For the first screening just watch, do not make any notes.
  • During the second screening take notes.
  • There will be a break...
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OCR GCSE Action Adventure Mock Exam A* Exemplar Response 1 »

Rob Miller | Friday July 17, 2015

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action Adventure, Film Analysis, Mise-en-scene, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Edusites Media Specimen Exam

Answer all questions – it is recommended you spend 1 hour on Section A in the Exam.

Section A is worth 50 Marks, the whole paper is worth 80 Marks.

Section A: Textual Analysis

Watch the Moving Image Extract.

  • You will have 3 minutes to read all the questions before the extract begins.
  • The extract will be screened 4 times.
  • For the first screening just watch, do not make any notes.
  • During the second screening take notes.
  • There will be a break...
[ read full article ] »

WJEC GCSE Media Studies Film Trailers & Film Posters Workshop »

Rob Miller | Friday July 10, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Consultancy and Workshops, Edusites Media Student & Teacher Workshops, Film, Film Trailers, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Audience, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Posters, Film Poster Analysis

Book A Half or Full Day Workshop in Your School

Programme Details

  • Edusites Media provides visually dynamic, interactive Starter, Booster and Revision Courses on Film Trailers and Film Posters dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.
  • All key examination areas and potential areas of questioning will be covered including practical activities – use your chance to significantly raise attainment.
  • The day can be split evenly between 3 hours Investigating Film...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Workshop »

Rob Miller | Friday July 10, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Consultancy and Workshops, Edusites Media Student & Teacher Workshops, Film, Science Fiction, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Distribution, Exhibition, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Regulation, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics, Skills, Textual Analysis, Theory, Genre Theory

Book A Half or Full Day Workshop in Your School

Programme Details

  • Edusites Media provides visually dynamic, interactive Starter, Booster and Revision Courses on TV Science Fiction Films dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.
  • Students will analyse Science Fiction Films, both mainstream and independent linking with notions of genre hybridisation and institution.
  • Activities will include how to respond to a pitch e.g. marketing a new Science Fiction Film while...
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DVD & Book Store »

Morag Larsen | Friday June 19, 2015

Categories: KS3, GCSE, A Level, Film, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Video Production, Skills, Key Tutorials, Video Camera Skills, Starters & Teaching Ideas

Introducing our DVD & Book Resources for Film & Media

Editsense & Filmsense £69.00+VAT (30% off)

image

‘Editsense is a new approach to learning about film language and film-making’.

This is an interactive DVD with excellent, practical examples of film - perfect for teachers of moving image, be it English, Creative and Digital Media or Film Studies.

It has over fifty video examples and includes materials for the introduction and revision of film. There are no audio clips.

The...

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OCR GCSE Action Adventure Films Glossary of Terms »

Rob Miller | Tuesday April 14, 2015

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action Adventure, Hot Entries

BBFC Certification: Many action adventure films are either U, PG or 12a/12 to attract a wider target audience that includes a significantly younger demographic.

Genre hybridisation: Action adventure films are a mix of the codes and conventions genres, often not just action and adventure but also comedy and on occasion, fantasy and science fiction.

Todorovian narrative: Many action adventure films can be structured in a classic equilibrium, a disruption followed by...

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Exemplar OCR GCSE Lesson Plan | Introducing B322 Section A Action Adventure »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 13, 2014

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action, Hot Entries, Admin, iTraining, Templates

Associated Resources

  • Edusites Lesson Plan Template.docx

NB. Please note this is a suggested template, your school may require a different layout.

Length of Lesson (minutes): 60
Lesson Title: Introducing B322 Section A – Action Adventure

Context

This lesson would take place in either week 15, just after the Christmas Holidays as an introduction to the Section A topic or in week 25, just after the May Half Term (centres may decide to teach Section B TV Comedy later, or...

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WJEC Media Studies AS > A2 Transition Unit »

Rob Miller | Tuesday October 28, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Documentaries, Nanook, British, Soviet Union, Nazi Propaganda, Cinema Verite, Documentaries Links, Hot Entries

The following resource is intended to prepare students for WJEC A2 Media Studies coursework Unit MS3. The documentary brief is found here. A suggestion would be to introduce the unit in May/June, after AS Unit MS1 external assessment is complete.

Tasks in Order

1. Research the Codes and Conventions of Documentary. Use the resources below to identify what you consider to be different types of film documentary (with examples) showing clear understanding of the codes and...

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Representation of Sexuality in Film »

Rob Miller | Monday October 27, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Collective Identity, Representation of Sexuality, Film, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Queer Theory

This resource focuses on representation of sexuality in contemporary film, both English language and non-English language cinema using three 2014 LFF (London Film Festival) screenings as source material – Love is Strange, an English language French-American drama, A Girl at my Door, a South Korean drama and also The New Girlfriend, a French drama. It is worth acknowledging the increasing presence of more ‘mainstream’ films like Brokeback Mountain (2005), Black Swan...

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OCR GCSE Media Studies B321 Controlled Assessment »

Rob Miller | Saturday August 30, 2014

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Film Promotion, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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120 Marks, 30% OF GCSE

It is recommended by OCR that between 25-30 hours is spent on this controlled assessment unit and introduced before B324, a practical production unit which will benefit from the analytical skills, use of media langauge and understanding of representation learnt during B321.

The unit comprises 30% of the total GCSE marks and involves the pupil/candidate individually developing a portfolio containing a comparative analytical...

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OCR G324 Media Studies Music Video Portfolio Brief »

Rob Miller | Friday August 22, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Film, Film Industry, Film Magazines, Film Promotion, Film Studies, Hot Entries, Other Topics, Blogs, Production Zone, Video Production

Associated Resources

  • Call Sheet Template.xls

A promotion package for the release of an album, to include a music promo video, a website homepage for the band and a magazine advert for a digipak.

  • Planning and Research Portfolio (20 marks)
  • Production Portfolio – 2 x Ancillary (10 marks each) and Main Task (40 marks)
  • Evaluation (20 marks)

Main Task = Film and edit music video for a new band the Brocas
Ancillary Task 1 = Design a website homepage promoting the Brocas
Ancillary...

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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Film Pack: Star Trek: Into Darkness, Philomena and The Double »

Rob Miller | Monday July 28, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, Film, Action, Action Adventure, Biography, Drama, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Promotion, Film Studies, Thrillers, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Philomena (2013)
  • The Double (2013)

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring all key potential exam areas of questioning – the three films are all contemporary, two are British (only one needs to be in the exam) and all reflect the different ‘types’ of films consumed by global, and national audiences. Star Trek into Darkness is a high production value, globally distributed...

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Transition Unit: AQA AS Media Studies The Hunger Games: Catching Fire »

rlsmedia | Wednesday July 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Film, Action Adventure, Science Fiction, Hot Entries, Theory, Postmodern Theory, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching

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The purpose of the transition point is to provide AS students with a flavour of what they can expect in their A2 year. It is also an ideal opportunity to really enjoy teaching a whole text, to ease pupils into a more demanding course. In addition, the unit also aims to provide students with the necessary skills to address the A2 coursework element and in particular the Research Paper. During the first lesson it is useful to explore with pupils what...

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An Introduction to the Film Industry Workshop »

Richard Gent | Thursday June 19, 2014

Categories: Film, Film Industry, Hot Entries

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Our full or half day interactive, visually stimulating workshops introduce pupils/students to key areas of film industry study – production, distribution, digital technology exchange/audiences and exhibition covering both independent, mainstream British and Hollywood texts.

Cost

  • A 3 Hour Half Day costs from £300
  • A 6 Hour Full Day course costs from £450
  • Travel and printing fees are also applicable, where appropriate. The workshop rate may vary...
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