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OCR A Level Media Studies »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 18, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS

New OCR A Level Media Studies Resources

We are developing a series of new resources for the new GCSE and A Level Media Studies specs. These are likely to include an overview planner, teaching guide, online slides, student workbook and a glossary. We hope to start publishing them in June.

Legacy Resources

OCR AS Media Studies Textual Analysis and Representation (TV Drama) and Institutions and Audience

Welcome to Edusites Media’s comprehensive resources and materials link...

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We Media Democracy and Convergence »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday May 12, 2010

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, Key Concepts, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, We Media, Other Topics

The catch word for the digital world of new media is convergence. Convergence is the coming together of everything digital.

Definition

Any digital media can be transmitted by any suitable digital medium, such as a wifi broadband connection or mobile phone, so that all communications, text, audio, graphics, video, and broadcasting can be accessed instantly.

The iPhone, Blackberry or computer becomes a two-way communications module with access to the internet, email, social...

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Media & Film Studies Blogs »

Richard Gent | Monday June 01, 2009

Categories: 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, Other Topics, Blogs

We Study Media by Rob McMinn

The Student Room & Media Studies

Setting up a Radio Station on Mediaed.org.uk

Modern Mechanix: examples of vintage advertising

Technorati on Ideology

Ideology for Kids: Decoding the Kremlin’s Website

The End of Cyberspace

Kinoeye on Media Studies

Bluegrass Film Society

Kids Gobble Up Interactive Junk Food Marketing

Continental Philosophy: Key Notes on Theorists

Dr. Mabuse’s Kaledio-scope: Four Models of Film/Media Blogging

Media Studies...

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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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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 Video Games »

Rob Miller | Monday September 12, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Games, Computer Games, Video Games

Video Games are not new media – from Pong’s commercial release in 1972, the Video Games industry is 44 years old. Teachers and students importantly do not have to be gamers to fully understand the industry and to be able to apply key media studies concepts. However, students do need to have access to a range of case studies to draw upon, focusing in particular on one contemporary mainstream and one independent video game and also a sound understanding of audiences and...

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Media Regulation »

Richard Gent | Monday January 11, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Community Q&A, Media Regulation, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Regulation

I am looking to change the exam content that I currently teach in G325 from Media in the Online Age to Contemporary Media Regulations. Wondered if anyone had any good materials, case studies and a SOW for this unit. Thanks, Laura

I used this previously to do media regulation. Some case studies may be a bit out of date now (has to be in last 5 years) but hope you get the general gist. I love this topic so will help if needed further. The stuff is all in my dropbox link here....

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Using Theory in A Level Media Studies »

Antony Bateman | Tuesday January 05, 2016

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Edexcel A Level, Edexcel A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Theory, Application of Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Poststructuralist Theory, Race Theory, Representation Theory, Structuralist Theory

There is a need in Media Studies, like all social sciences and critical subjects, to engage with theory and students should be encouraged to do so in their work. Using a theory is an effective way of a student demonstrating their understanding of the topic under discussion, adding weight to their arguments and undeniably lending gravitas to their answer. A key requirement in a successful Media Studies response is also to provide evidence of the validity of the arguments...

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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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Media Studies Revision Workshops »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 08, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, 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 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Consultancy and Workshops, Revision Workshops, Admin, Staffroom

Introduction

Welcome to Edusites Media’s Media Studies Revision Workshops link. Here you will find a range of workshops which can be tailored to your individual needs, whether at GCSE, AS or A2 or WJEC, AQA or OCR. To see an overview of all our Media Studies Workshops and CPD please click here.

We also run workshops and CPD for GCSE and A Level Film Studies via FilmEdu, our dedicated support site for Film.

Click on the links below for further information on our Media...

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Exemplar OCR A2 Lesson Plan | Introducing G325 Section A »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Hot Entries, Production Zone, 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 G325 Section A - Q1a: Theoretical Evaluation of Production.

Context

This lesson would take place typically in mid-February, after completion of the Advanced Portfolio in Media and as a last lesson before the weekend (the homework links directly to first lesson back) -...

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OCR AS > A2 Media Studies Transition Unit »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 29, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Video Production

The following resource is intended to prepare students for OCR A2 Media Studies, for both G324 and examined unit G325 in terms of developing self-reflective skills and critical autonomy within an evaluative framework. A key focus will be on Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production with centres having six topics to choose from for Section B.

It is suggested that the Transition Assignment is introduced on or around 8th June 2015, directly after the AS Media Studies...

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OCR A2 Media Studies G325 Music Video Exemplar Response »

Rob Miller | Tuesday October 28, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Hot Entries, Music, Music Video, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Analyse Representation in one of your Coursework Productions.

I will be analysing my music video that we filmed and edited for our main task which formed part of my Advanced Portfolio in Media – a promotional package for release of an album, to include a music promo video. In class, we studied representation in existing Music Videos such as Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball, Pharrell Williams’ Happy, Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl and Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s Telephone – I...

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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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Media and Collective Identity: Representation of Young Women Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 02, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Collective Identity, Representation of Women, Representation of Youth, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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How far does the representation of a social group change over time?

It is important to remember exactly this – that representations change. This essay explores the representation of young women in the media and discusses notions of identity. In 2014, audiences could and should expect to see distinct moves away from old fashioned, traditional patriarchal culture and the embracing of a much more pluralistic understanding of gender representation but...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Extended Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Sunday August 24, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production

In question 1 (a) you need to write about your work for the Foundation Portfolio and Advanced Portfolio units and you may refer to other media production work you have undertaken.

1(a) Describe how your analysis of the conventions of real media texts informed your own creative practice. Refer to a range of examples in your answer to show how these skills developed over time. (25 Marks)

For 21-25 marks: “There is a clear sense...

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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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OCR A2 Media Studies G325 Sec B Contemporary Media Issues: Global Media »

Rob Miller | Thursday March 20, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Globalisation, Integration, New Technologies, Synergy, User Generated Content, We Media, News, More on News, 24 Hour News, News Ownership, News Values

G325 Section B fundamentals initially need to be observed and factored into the teaching of this Contemporary Media Issue – two media forms must be referenced in equal measure by the student. There must also be a past, present and future element to the analysis but with emphasis on the present (the past must be used to give balance only and to contextualise an argument). Two main case studies minimum ideally need to be explored for each media form while others need to be...

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OCR A2 Media Studies G325 Section B: Media and Collective Identity Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Monday March 17, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

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Broken Down, Exemplar C-B Grade Response

Analyse the impact of media representation on the collective identity of one or more groups of people.

You have one hour only to answer this question so the essay needs to be well planned and structured – MediaEdu suggests that students detail sub headings for the essay and then bullet point the main areas underneath those headings that are to be covered. It is also good practice when preparing for the...

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OCR A2 Media Studies G325 Sec B Collective Identity: Representation of Youth »

Rob Miller | Thursday February 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Collective Identity, Representation of Youth, Key Concepts, Audience, Ideology, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Fundamentally this topic, as with all Section B topics requires the examination of contemporary media texts published or released within five years of the examination date. With this in mind, students need to be fully aware of a ‘past, present and future’ relating to topics (as reflected by some of the exam questions) hence a historical context is relevant but with an emphasis on the present day.  Study must be through case study analysis reflecting two different media...

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OCR AS and A2 Media Studies Theorists »

Rob Miller | Monday January 13, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, Theory, Media Theorists, Admin, Staffroom

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All exam boards have their ‘favourite’ Media theorists – this resource explores both contemporary and historical theory and the different approaches to studying core AS Media Studies concepts of Narrative, Genre, Representation and Audience. For AS Media Studies pupils/students would only be expected to make limited reference to theorists in both G321 and for TV/Radio Drama at G322/G323 (TV Drama and Representation). This resource is a guide...

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Media in the Online Age »

Rob Miller | Friday October 25, 2013

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Globalisation, Integration, Internet, New Technologies, Synergy, User Generated Content, We Media

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When approaching this topic some key G325 Section B fundamentals need to be observed and factored into the teaching of this Contemporary Media Issue – two media forms must be referenced in equal measure by the student, see MediaEdu Exemplar Response that uses the Music Industry and Magazines as examples of two media (OCR A Level Media Studies Overview: scroll down – A2 Mock and Sample Responses sub heading). There must be a past, present and...

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OCR G325 Section B: Contemporary Media Issues - Postmodern Media »

rlsmedia | Saturday October 19, 2013

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Hot Entries, New Media, Postmodernism, Theory, Postmodern Theory, Staffroom

What is Postmodernism?

Group Activity

Pupils are asked to undertake secondary research and find 3 possible definitions of postmodernism. Suggested resources - Strinati, D., (2004) An Introduction to Theories of Popular Culture, Second Edition, Routledge, London and Kruger, S., Rayner, P. and Wall, P., (2004), Media Studies, The Essential Introduction, Second Edition, Routledge, London.

Share these with the group and compare definitions. What similarities can be drawn from...

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OCR A2 Media Studies G324 Brief 2 Promotional Package Coursework Guide »

Rob Miller | Tuesday October 01, 2013

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Hot Entries, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

OCR G324: Advanced Portfolio in Media

Brief 2

A Promotion Package for a New Film to include a Teaser Trailer, a Film Magazine Front Cover featuring the film and a Poster for the film.

GENRE: British Social Realism (genre boundaries may be hybridised to reflect real media conventions).

  • 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 a Treaser Trailer for a...
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Induction Resources & Activities »

Rob Miller | Monday September 30, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, 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 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Firsts, BTEC Firsts, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Audiences, Intro to Media Institutions, Intro to Media Languages, Intro to Media Representations, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teacher Zone, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, iTraining Workshops, Staffroom, Induction

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Welcome to MediaEdu’s Induction Resources and Activities – please find below a suggested approach introducing GCSE, AS and BTEC students to studying the Media. Schemes of Work and assessment deadlines are tight these days but there is always/should always be an Induction Week when the learners can grapple with the fundamentals of the subject.

What happens next?, media charades, hangman and decorating the classroom are tried and tested and still...

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G325 Section A Digital Technology and Creativity | Planning an A Grade Response Video Resource »

Rob Miller | Thursday September 26, 2013

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Hot Entries, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

This video resource provides an introduction to teaching OCR’s G325 Section A examined topic, Theoretical Evaluation of Production. Suggestions are made on when to introduce the topic (many centres find it useful to link it directly to a recently completed G324) with a structured breakdown of timings, content and approaches. Crucially, emphasis is placed on progression, specifically from Foundation to Advanced Portfolio and how the students can ensure that they are reflective...

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Postmodern Media »

Rob Miller | Friday October 26, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Hot Entries, New Media, Postmodernism, Theory, Postmodern Theory

Postmodernism challenges conventional relations between audience and text but also arouses controversy in terms of the validity of some theoretical concepts – these concepts have been much criticised, particularly by Marxist writers. What makes some texts postmodern and some not has been, and is the subject of much debate with the suggestion that to be truly postmodern the boundaries between reality and representation must be blurred.

Postmodernism itself is a wide...

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KS5 Media Studies Starters »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday September 12, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Hot Entries, Starters & Teaching Ideas, KS5 Media Studies Starters

5 in a Row

Some activities are aimed at setting tasks which enable the students to get on with it, and you to have time to take the register or meet and greet.

Emerging Technologies Review ICT

Ask students to research the following sites, and see how they could use this in their ePortfolios or as a way of tracking their work. A great introduction for Controlled Assessment:

  • Glogster
  • Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr
  • Prezi, Scribd
  • Slideshare, Slide Rocket or SlideBoom
  • BUBBL, Wordle

If...

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Representation of Masculinity in Film »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 14, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Film, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

Representations are subject to change, both historically, politically and socially – this analysis focuses on the changing representations of masculinity in film and how these representations are mediated, selected, constructed and encoded with preferred meanings for audiences. For the purposes of G325 Section B: Collective Media Identity, students will study two media.

Representation defines the way a social group, e.g. masculinity is constructed for audiences while a...

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Radio Codes & Conventions »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 09, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries, Radio, Intro to Radio

  • Radio seeks to entertain, educate, inform, persuade & generate income
  • Digital developments mean that most Radio stations can, or will be received through our Computers or Television – important development for old ‘ILR’ stations
  • Auditory codes = words, music & sound effects
  • Radio relies on listeners understanding of other Media Codes e.g. Television, Newspapers, Advertising (remember Radio came first before TV)
  • Encodes Auditory signifiers to create meaning
  • Role of...
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Textual Analysis Checklist »

Clare O'Carroll | Wednesday June 27, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Intro to Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright, Ownership, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Skills, Textual Analysis

All texts taught should include this checklist for textual analysis:

Download Link: Textual Analysis Checklist.doc

Selected Text [Enter Text] | Industry [Enter Industry]

Industry Issues

  • Production
  • Background / Context
  • Marketing Promotion
  • Regulation
  • Global Implications
  • Distribution / Exhibition

Audience / Users

  • Targeting
  • Positioning
  • Debates
  • Responses

Key Media Concepts

Genre

  • Conventions
  • Iconography
  • Signifiers

Narrative

  • Structure
  • Conventions
  • Key Codes

Representation

    ...
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Postcolonialism & Cultural Imperalism »

Richard Gent | Wednesday April 25, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Ideology, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Theory Downloads

We had an enquiry recently about Postmodernism which led to some productive responses. Ellen Grundy’s approach involved:

(L)ooking at representation and postcolonialism (as follows):

A research task on Gurinder Chadha and her films. How do her life and the themes of her films suggest a post colonial identity? For example Bend it like Beckham as a coming together of different ethnicities / cultures.

The classic clip of going for an ‘English’ in Goodness Gracious Me that turns...

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2012-2014 OCR A2 Media Studies Scheme of Work »

Rob Miller | Friday December 09, 2011

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, New Media, We Media, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Production Zone

G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media

G325 Critical Perspectives in Media

Critical Perspectives = Contemporary Media Regulation ~ Media and Collective Identity (30 Week Scheme of Work)

Overview

  • OCR A Level Media Studies Overview

Scheme

  • OCR A2 Media Studies SOW 2012-2014.doc
  • OCR A2 Media Studies Documentary Coursework

Concepts

  • Regulation within the Media Industry
  • Researching Film Magazines and Film Posters
  • Skills Development - Planning and Production
  • Evaluating and Linking...
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Meaning in Film & Mise En Scène »

Nicole Ponsford | Saturday October 22, 2011

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR 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, Mise-en-scene, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries

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Denotation and Connotation

These are two important words concerned with the way an audience understands the meaning of a media text. These can also be called the signs and signified meaning, or the micro and macro features.

Denotation / sign / micro feature is the basic, literal meaning of what is in the picture or scene.

Connotation / signified meaning / macro feature means different interpretations suggested by the text, often associated with additional meaning, values,...

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Exchange | OCR A Level »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday April 06, 2011

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, New Technologies, We Media

The term ‘EXCHANGE’ in the spec has worried students and teachers. Here is some help.

The spec says:

The technologies that have been introduced in recent years at the levels of production, distribution, marketing and exchange

The word exchange was used in the January exam 2011.

Here are some views on what it means from people who know on the OCR forum.

Brief Definition

Exchange:

The way in which texts are not only consumed by media audiences, but the way media...

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OCR January 2011 G322 and G325 A Level Media Studies »

Richard Gent | Thursday February 17, 2011

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS

OCR G322 AS Level Media Studies Exam Questions

January 2011

Q1

Extract

Hustle, Series 1 Episode 4 (Written by Tony Jordan, dir. Minkie Spiro)

Extract location: Episode 4

In point: 19.50
Out point: 25.01

Representation: Gender [50]

Q2

Discuss the issues raised by media ownership in the production and exchange of media texts in your chosen media area. [50]

OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Questions

January 2011 - Section A

Question 1(a)

Describe how you developed your skills in...

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The Representation of Migrants: Comparing The Daily Express to Gypo and Ghosts »

Nick Lacey | Tuesday November 23, 2010

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Documentaries, British, Documentarists, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping

Introduction

All three A Level Media Studies exam specifications emphasise the study of the representation of difference.

AQA suggests:

A case study of refugees in British newspapers for example, would involve research into, and documentation of, the treatment of refugees in a variety of British newspapers (or possibly just one) to pinpoint the political and social reasons for the construction of such media representations and the possible effects on the audience of...

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Using Tsotsi in Examinations and Assessments »

Antony Bateman | Monday November 22, 2010

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

There are a few scenarios under which you may find yourself using the film Tsotsi in an examination or assessment. You, or your teacher may perhaps choose the film when given an open ended assignment in a GCSE film assignment for media studies but the most likely circumstance under which you will be using the film is for the WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2, titled ‘Films From Outside Hollywood’ where the film is currently one of the focus films and will remain so until the...

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Analysing Film Title Sequences »

Antony Bateman | Monday November 01, 2010

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, Action Adventure, Film Opening Analysis, Title Sequences, Hot Entries

Functions of the Title Sequence

The functions of the title sequence in a film may seem to be fairly obvious. They are designed to tell the audience the names of the people and organisations involved with the making of the film and in this respect they do the job well.

Irrespective of the genre, there is a conventional way of presenting this information in the credit sequence. This information and the order in which it is presented follows a standard format. Later in this...

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OCR A Level G325 Collective Identity Social Implications »

Huw Davies | Thursday September 02, 2010

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2

Source: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/d/grace-dent/diary-of-chav.htm
Title: ‘Diary of a Chav’ - a novel by Grace Dent

Download this resource as a PPT.

G325_Collective_Identity_Social_Implications.ppt

What are the social implications of different media representations of groups of people?

Texts

  • Eden Lake (2008)
  • Fish Tank (2009)
  • The Jeremy Kyle Show (available on ITV.com)
  • Little Britain (available on Youtube)
  • Wife Swap - Lizzie & Mark with Emma & Colin (Series 2, episode...
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Genre and Film (Thrillers) »

Stephen Hill | Tuesday August 24, 2010

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, Thrillers, Key Concepts, Genre

Click on the link below to download a PDF booklet you can print out.

Film Genre - Thrillers.pdf




Children of Men | Analyse Film Opening »

Caroline Bagshaw | Saturday June 19, 2010

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, Film Opening Analysis, Teacher Zone, Admin, Staffroom, Induction

Click on the link below to download a frame for analysing the opening of the film ‘Children of Men’.

Film-Opening-Children-Of-Men.doc

‘It’s just an idea for group work deconstructing an interesting text (especially because, unusually, this one starts in the middle of the disequilibrium, rather than establishing an equilibrium first of all, so is good for narrative theory.  Also, our “hero” is rather unheroic (he doesn’t return to the aftermath of the bomb to rescue people,...

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OCR AS and A2 Exam Papers - January 2010 »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday June 01, 2010

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS

Units: G322 and G325 

G322 January 2010

Q1 The extract was Hotel Babylon and the representation was ethnicity.

Q2 “Media production is dominated by global institutions, which sell their products and services to national audiences”.  To what extent do you agree with this statement?

G325 Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production

In question 1(a) you need to write about your work for the Foundation Portfolio and Advanced Portfolio units and you may refer to other media...

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