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Teaching Ideas for Media Studies »

Richard Gent | Wednesday October 15, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development

Practical Video Gaming History by Liz Sim

I do a practical lesson on video gaming using a range of consoles from the Atari through the NES and original Playstation to modern consoles looking at how graphics, content, narrative and playability have changed. It is always fun and the students get to experience gaming history; however I have not done it recently as my Atari has broken and my source for XBOX 360 left the school! It is a faffy lesson to set up but very good!

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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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NCFE Level 1 Unit 4: Assemble Interactive Media Product to Produce Final Work »

Rob Miller | Monday March 14, 2016

Categories: Certificates, NCFE Certificates, NCFE Level 1, Hot Entries, Skills, Web Design

Unit 04: Assemble Interactive Media Products to Produce Final Work (Website Design)

You will be developing a portfolio of work for a number of set tasks in response to a main Design Brief set by your tutor. This sample Design Brief asks you to assemble interactive media products to produce a Website Homepage for a new fashion magazine targeting 16-25 year olds, How’s That? This will link with your work for Unit 1.

You will:

  1. Plan and Prepare for the production of the...
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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
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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 GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Quiz »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 15, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

  1. AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Quiz
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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A BGT Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 27, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Gossip Magazines, New Media, Synergy, Television, Reality TV, Television Industry, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Section A Unseen (32/32)

You must read the information provided for Section A in great detail. You will be given approximately 15 minutes to study and make notes on the two texts. These notes will not be marked during the assessment process. You must spend 45 minutes answering the three compulsory questions in detail.

Clips

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9aXhfT1pfs
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdZL_UyBpWU

The first clip is from Britain’s Got Talent, first broadcast...

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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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NCFE Level 2 Unit 4: Investigate Typefaces in Developing a Graphic Design Interface »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 05, 2015

Categories: Certificates, NCFE Certificates, NCFE Level 2, Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Digital Graphics, Typeface & Typography, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Skills, Graphic Design, Research, Textual Analysis

Introduction

In this unit you will investigate the use of text in graphic design through typeface and typography but also how text interacts with other elements on screen-based media.

The work you will undertake will give you specialist knowledge of the graphic design media sector but even more specifically the format and layout of text.

Below are some excellent links to help you understand the rules of typography with further links to tutorials and additional resources:

    ...
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NCFE Level 2 Unit 1: Originate Ideas in Response to an Interactive Media Design Brief »

Rob Miller | Monday August 03, 2015

Categories: Certificates, NCFE Certificates, NCFE Level 2, Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Digital Graphics, Media Language, Production, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, Production Zone, New Media Production, Web Production, Skills, Graphic Design, Software, Web Design

Introduction

Welcome to the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies. You will be learning about and how to use a range of software and hardware in media sectors for jobs ranging from Games Designer, Audio Engineer and Web Editor to Production Assistant, Animator or even Production Manager.

In the 21st century with digital media moving so quickly it’s important to be multi-skilled. A thorough knowledge of hardware and software is essential across different platforms in...

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NCFE Level 1 Unit 1: Explore Interactive Media Products and Processes »

Rob Miller | Sunday August 02, 2015

Categories: Certificates, NCFE Certificates, NCFE Level 1, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Digital Graphics, Institutions, Copyright, Hot Entries, Magazines, Magazine Design, Online Magazines, New Media, Digital Media, Skills, Graphic Design, Software, InDesign, Photoshop

Associated Resources

  • Magazine Cover Layout Plan.pdf
  • Music Magazine Flat Plan.pdf

Introduction

Welcome to the NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Interactive Media - to achieve this unit you will be developing a portfolio of work that includes 3 products, in response to a set Brief. The three pieces of work are:

  1. An Annotated (labelled) Research File - collecting evidence against a checklist - see below.
  2. Using PowerPoint or Prezi to make a short presentation, explaining the software...
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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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BTEC Level 2 Unit 5: Digital Publishing Production »

Rob Miller | Sunday July 26, 2015

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, Advertising, Key Concepts, Digital Graphics, Hot Entries, Magazines, Magazine Design, Online Magazines, New Media, Digital Media, Skills, Graphic Design, Software, InDesign, Photoshop, Web Design

Associated Resources

  • Magazine Double Page Spread Flat Plan.pdf

Introduction

Digital publishing in its simplest form means you can read anything, pretty much anywhere. This unit teaches you the skills of creating work for digital publishing and ensures at the end of it you develop your own digital media product!

The learning outcomes (below) will be simplified into assignments that you will undertake as part of a live brief that represents typically what you would be...

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BTEC Level 2 Unit 4: Digital Audio Production »

Rob Miller | Sunday July 26, 2015

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, Key Concepts, Production, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Audio Production

Introduction

Sound/audio is really, really exciting - and interesting!

A lot of students who develop practical work for media courses forget about sound - poor pick up, unwanted background noise, alternating sound levels (when you don’t want there to be). Now is your chance to show them how.

Music is important across all media sectors from radio drama, soundtracks for film and televison, sound for a computer game, web site effects to obviously music production.

Even...

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WJEC Level 1/2 Creative & Media Unit 3o: Skills Development in Print Media Production »

Rob Miller | Saturday July 25, 2015

Categories: Certificates, WJEC Certificates, Key Concepts, Digital Graphics, Audience, Hot Entries, Magazines, Magazine Design, Posters, Poster Design, Print, Print Advertising, Print Media Production, Production Zone, Print Production, Skills, Graphic Design, Mood Board, Software, InDesign, Photoshop

Associated Resources

  • Magazine Double Page Spread Flat Plan.pdf

Introduction

This is a practical, portfolio based unit where you produce work based on tasks that is graded:

  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction

Print Media Production links to the Graphic Design industry sector - some Graphic Designers have an Art background, some do not but visual and creative skills are important.

You may be the type of Graphic Designer who drafts everything on a computer, which means good IT skills...

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OCR GCSE TV Comedy Mock Exam Exemplar Response 2 »

Rob Miller | Tuesday July 21, 2015

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Hot Entries, Television, Television Comedy, Theory, Audience Theory, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Edusites Media Sample Exemplar (Extended): Section B Television and/or Radio Comedy

You are advised to spend 45 minutes on this Section.

The total number of marks for this section is 30.

Answer both parts of this question using comedy programmes you have studied.

4. (a)  Explain, in detail why one comedy programme was chosen by one channel and scheduled at one time on one day.

Write the details of your programme in the box below.    (15)

Mock The Week has been...

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OCR GCSE TV Comedy Mock Exam Exemplar Response 1 »

Rob Miller | Tuesday July 21, 2015

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Key Concepts, Audience, Hot Entries, Television, Television Comedy, Theory, Audience Theory, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Edusites Media Sample Exemplar (Extended): Section B Television and/or Radio Comedy

You are advised to spend 45 minutes on this Section.

The total number of marks for this section is 30.

Answer both parts of this question using comedy programmes you have studied.

4. (a)  Explain, in detail why one comedy programme was chosen by one channel and scheduled at one time on one day.

Write the details of your programme in the box below.    (15)

Russell Howard’s Good News...

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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...
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WJEC Level 1/2 Creative & Media Unit 2: Creating an Outcome in Response to a Brief »

Rob Miller | Thursday July 16, 2015

Categories: Certificates, WJEC Certificates, Key Concepts, Digital Graphics, Distribution, Media Language, Production, Hot Entries, Other Topics, Blogs, Posters, Print, Print Advertising, Production Zone, New Media Production, Skills, Key Tutorials, Mind Mapping, Mood Board, Script Writing, Software, Visualisation Diagrams

Introduction

Welcome to the second Creative and Media unit (Unit 1 is an exam you take in March based on a Brief sent to your school/college in December).

This vocational course is designed for applied, creative learners who like to learn by doing – in this unit we are developing materials in response to a Brief (an outcome).

Some brilliant work has been developed in response to commissions and briefs in the creative and media sectors – this is your chance! See Brief...

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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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Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Unit R082: Creating Digital Graphics »

Rob Miller | Wednesday July 08, 2015

Categories: Nationals, Cambridge Nationals, Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2, Level 1/2 Creative iMedia, Award J807, Certificate J817, Advertising, Marketing, Key Concepts, Digital Graphics, Hot Entries, Posters, Skills, Key Tutorials, Software, Photoshop

Introduction

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 like Graphic Design.

This unit is based on a brief and asks you to create a “digital graphic that will be used to promote a film festival” – this means you will be designing an A3 Portrait Film Poster like the ones below that can also be uploaded to a website!

Portrait Examples

...

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WJEC Level 1/2 Creative & Media Unit 1: Creating a Proposal in Response to a Brief »

Rob Miller | Tuesday June 30, 2015

Categories: Certificates, WJEC Certificates, Advertising, Marketing, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Audiences, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Skills, Hot Entries

Introduction

Welcome to this vocational course, designed for applied, creative learners who like to learn by doing.

Although this particular unit is exam assessed, even in those 2 hours you are asked to be creative by responding to a set brief that you have 20 hours to prepare for (your school will be sent the brief in December).

The good news is that you can also take your research notes into the exam with you!

Pupils and teachers can find out more information about this...

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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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BTEC Level 2 Unit 3: Digital Moving Image Production »

Rob Miller | Wednesday June 17, 2015

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Audio Production, New Media Production, Video Production, Web Production

Introduction

This BTEC portfolio assessed unit asks you to do three things:

  1. Understand the key features used in three types of Digital Moving Image Production – fictional, factual and promotional. Our suggestion is that you complete this part as a PowerPoint or Prezi audio-visual report that links to video clips and has screenshots to illustrate.
  2. Understand the technical construction of one Digital Moving Image Production: Our suggestion is you complete this part as a...
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BTEC Level 2 Unit 1: Digital Media Sectors and Audiences »

Rob Miller | Tuesday June 16, 2015

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, Advertising, Marketing, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Audiences, Intro to Media Institutions, Intro to Media Languages, Intro to Media Representations, Audience, Media Language, Hot Entries, New Media, Internet, Social Networking, Defining Social Networks, New Technologies, Production Zone, Audio Production, Digital Photography, New Media Production, Print Production, Video Production, Web Production

Introduction

The BTEC First is a great qualification that will prepare you for the world of work or further study.

You will learn how to use software and hardware that is used in digital media industries – by photographers, editors, sound recordists, web designers and games designers.

Have a look at the following 10 steps to success in Creative Digital Media Production.

But first – you need to understand about the digital media industry and audiences – every media...

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BTEC Level 2 Unit 2: Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product »

Rob Miller | Thursday June 11, 2015

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, Advertising, Marketing, TV Advertising, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, We Media, Production Zone, New Media Production, Video Production, Web Production, Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Languages

Introduction

This BTEC portfolio assessed unit allows you to develop your creativity and is all about communicating your ideas for a new digital media product to an audience.

Use this guide in conjunction with a lesson plan on Edusites Media that your teachers may also use. It’s always interesting to see how both students and teachers approach tasks from each side of the fence!

You only need to develop ideas, and plan the production of a digital media product from one...

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AQA GCSE TV News Glossary of Media Language »

Rob Miller | Thursday April 16, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries, News, Television News, Television, News (Television)

Chroma-key: The process which allows you to film a presenter in front of a blank screen and add different pictures behind (sometimes called green screen or blue screen).

Donut: On location interview in which the presenter in the studio hands over to the presenter on location. They describe the situation and interview a guest before handing back to the presenter.

Anchor/s: The main studio presenter/s.

Log: A list of recorded pictures and words usually compiled as material...

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OCR GCSE TV Comedy Glossary of Media Language »

Rob Miller | Wednesday April 15, 2015

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Key Concepts, Media Language, Understanding Media, Hot Entries, Television, Television Comedy

Audience pleasures: Sometimes written as audience appeals, it is the enjoyment that is gained from a TV Comedy e.g. identification with character in Celebrity Juice or alternative representations in Misfits. There are a wide range of audience pleasures of TV Comedy.

Uses and Gratifications theory: TV Comedy can be understood using this theoretical audience model as it is escapist (diversion), audience can often identify with characters (personal identity), they can talk to...

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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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WJEC GCSE Print and TV Advertising Glossary of Terms »

Rob Miller | Tuesday April 14, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Advertising, TV Advertising, Hot Entries, Print, Print Advertising

Advertising copy: The advertising content of printed media e.g. magazines or newspapers.

Editorial copy: The non-advertising content of printed media.

Marketing: Including the 4ps (product, price, placement and promotion) - marketing is the umbrella term that advertising is a part of.

Advertising: The physical communication of making an audience aware of a brand.

Product: An object being sold e.g. trainers.

Brand: The image, name and identity of an object e.g. Nike...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Music Magazine Essay Plan: Genre »

Richard Gent | Wednesday March 25, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Genre, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music, The Press, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Genre in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing the front page, contents page and double page spread of my music magazine which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied genre and hybridisation in existing music magazines such as XXL, The Source, Kerrang!, Q, NME, Rock Sound and online magazines such as We Love Pop and Drowned in Sound. This enabled us to fully understand how genre can be applied to our own...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Section A 1b Music Magazine Essay Plan: Representation »

Rob Miller | Wednesday March 25, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Representation in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing the front page, contents page and double page spread of my music magazine which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied representation in existing music magazines such as XXL, The Source, Kerrang!, Q, NME, Rock Sound and online magazines such as We Love Pop and Drowned in Sound. This enabled us to fully understand how representation can be applied to our own...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Music Magazine Essay Plan: Narrative »

Rob Miller | Wednesday March 25, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Narrative, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Narrative in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing the front page, contents page and double page spread of my music magazine which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied narrative in existing music magazines such as XXL, The Source, Kerrang!, Q, NME, Rock Sound and online magazines such as We Love Pop and Drowned in Sound. This enabled us to fully understand how narrative can be applied to our own productions”.

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Essay Plan: Narrative »

Rob Miller | Friday March 20, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Narrative, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Narrative in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing my thriller opening sequence which I filmed and edited as my main task which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied narrative in existing Thriller films such as Psycho, Seven, Man with the Golden Arm, Taken 3, Skyfall and Escape Plan. This enabled us to fully understand how narrative can be applied to our own productions”.

Plan/Structure – Discuss Narrative...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Essay Plan: Language »

Rob Miller | Friday March 20, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Media Language, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse use of Media Language in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing my thriller opening sequence which I filmed and edited as my main task which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied media language in existing Thrillers such as Seven, Psycho, Taken 3, Skyfall and Escape Plan. This enabled us to fully understand how cinematography, mise-en-scene, composition, editing and sound could be applied to our own productions to...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Essay Plan: Representation »

Rob Miller | Friday March 20, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Theory, Representation Theory, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Representation in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing my music video which I filmed and edited as my main task which formed part of my Advanced Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied representation in existing music videos such as Doug Walker’s low production value British independent ‘The Mystery’, Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed a Girl’, Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s ‘Telephone’, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Lego House’, and Jay-Z and Alicia...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Essay Plan: Genre »

Rob Miller | Friday March 20, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Genre, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Theory, Genre Theory , Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Genre in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing my thriller opening sequence which I filmed and edited as my main task which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied genre in existing Thrillers such as Psycho, Seven, Man with the Golden Arm, Taken 3 and to learn about genre hybridisation - Skyfall and Escape Plan. This enabled us to fully understand how genre can be applied to our own productions”.

  • Example early...
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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Essay Plan: Audience »

Rob Miller | Friday March 20, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Theory, Audience Theory, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Audience in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing my thriller opening sequence which I filmed and edited as my main task which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied audience and audience theory in existing Thrillers such as Taken 3, Seven, Psycho, the hybrid thriller Skyfall and Escape Plan. This enabled us to fully understand how theories of audience can be applied to our own productions”.

  • Acknowledge that,...
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AQA Media Studies MEST3 The Impact of New/Digital Media Sec B Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday March 05, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

“New and digital media offers media producers different ways of reaching audiences”. Consider how and why media producers are using these techniques.

Exemplar A-B Grade Essay 37/48 (needs more in-depth reference to examples)

David Gauntlett first referred to the concept of the prosumer in reference to media consumers who are both producers, and consumers of media. This is relevant to the question as it allows us to understand the relationship between audiences and...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Identities and the Media Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday March 05, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Collective Identity, National Identity, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Does the Media Control the Construction of Identity?

Exemplar A Grade Essay 40/48 (more on the role of digital media needed)

Before answering this question, the concept of identity needs to be explained – I will be focusing on British National Identity but identities and the media can include self representation (how British you perceive yourself), collective identity in terms of how Britishness can be categorised in homogenous ways, dominant and marginalised...

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News of the World | NOTW Case Study »

Nick Lacey | Friday January 09, 2015

Categories: Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Ownership, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Synergy, News, News Ownership, Rupert Murdoch Case Study

The Rise (and Fall?) of Rupert Murdoch

‘I’ve been telling students for the past 20 years that concentration of ownership in the media is a bad thing, but then who gives any credibility to a Mickey Mouse subject like media studies?’ Patrick Russell (letter to The Guardian, 20 July 2011)

Guide Navigation

  1. NOTW | 1. Introduction
  2. NOTW | 2. Murdoch Enters the British Newspaper Market
  3. NOTW | 3. Murdoch Buys Times Newspaper: The Failure of Regulation?
  4. NOTW | 4. Murdoch Goes...
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Approaches to WJEC MS4 Text, Industry and Audience Workshop »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 08, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Hot Entries

Our full or half day, interactive, visually stimulating workshops introduce pupils/students to the examined unit, MS4.

Centres are invited to specify which three industries and nine texts they intend to study in advance or Edusites Media can make their own recommendations. Approaches to MS4 and exploring and demystifying exam questions will be key content but also applying all question areas to chosen texts – genre, narrative, representation in Section A and audience...

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AQA MEST3: Identities and the Media Workshop »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 08, 2015

Categories: Collective Identity, National Identity, Hot Entries

We offer full or half day, interactive, visually stimulating workshops on the notion of Identities and the Media.

From British national identity, to representation of the male hero in film, to cultural identities of old age the sessions will explore the relationship between representation and identity, the impact of digital media and the role of audience including studying the notion of self representation and social media. A range of case studies will be explored along...

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OCR G322: Audiences and Institution Workshop »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 08, 2015

Categories: Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions, Hot Entries

Our full or half day, interactive, visually stimulating workshops introduce pupils/students to the OCR AS Media Studies G322, Section B examined topic.

The sessions will be tailored to the media industry and texts studied, or to be studied by the centre identified in advance.This will include audio-visual analysis, defining key concepts, exploring and demystifying exam questions, embedding industry terminology and studying exemplar G322 responses. Key focus will be on...

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WJEC Print and TV Advertising Workshop »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 07, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Advertising, TV Advertising, Hot Entries, Print, Print Advertising, Television, Television Advertising

  • Edusites Media provides visually dynamic, interactive Starter, Booster and Revision Courses on Print and TV Advertising 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 understanding Print Advertising and 3 hours understanding Television Advertising including...
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AQA GCSE Television News Workshop »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 07, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, News, Television News, Television, News (Television)

Edusites Media provides visually dynamic, interactive Starter, Booster and Revision Courses on TV News dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.

  • Pupils will analyse Television News, both national and regional and also news across a range of convergent platforms targeting a range of audiences.
  • Practical activities include how to respond to a pitch e.g. creating a new national TV News programme targeting a teenage audience, designing the website homepage of a...
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Exemplar AQA AS Lesson Plan | Introduction to Identities and the Media »

Rob Miller | Wednesday December 03, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Collective Identity, Intro into Identities, 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: An Introduction to Identities and the Media

Context

This lesson would take place typically in mid-February, after completion of MEST4: Media Research and Production and serve as an introduction to a topic new to the AQA A2 Media Studies Specification. The lesson, and topic will allow...

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