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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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OCR AS Media Studies Overview »

Jeremy Orlebar | Sunday September 06, 2009

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS

An Overview - Unit G322 Key Media Concepts

As this is a new course it is important to have an overview so that you know what you have let yourself in for.

OCR suggest that theory and coursework support each other and develop along side each other. The suggested learning time is that students receive 180 ‘guided learning hours’ per year. You could divide this half and half between class work and homework.

I think you have more control over quality and deadlines if as much...

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OCR AS Media Studies »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday September 05, 2009

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS

An Overview - Unit G322 Key Media Concepts

As this is a new course it is important to have an overview so that you know what you have let yourself in for.

OCR suggest that theory and coursework support each other and develop along side each other. The suggested learning time is that students receive 180 ‘guided learning hours’ per year. You could divide this half and half between class work and homework.

I think you have more control over quality and deadlines if as much...

[ read full article ] »

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 AS G322 Section B: Institutions and Audiences | Teaching Music »

Rob Miller | Monday September 12, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions, Music, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion

Music is an audio-visual media industry studied in the same way as film, television and video games. Students need to have access to a range of case studies to draw upon, focusing in particular on one contemporary mainstream and one independent artist and also institutions.

This resource streamlines approaches, identifies past exam questions (with essay plan), recommends mainstream and independent case studies but also suggests a structure or platform in teaching the music...

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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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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama A Grade Gender Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Monday September 28, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A...
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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama Sexuality A Grade Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 22, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A...
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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama Ethnicity A Grade Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Monday September 21, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A...
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OCR AS Media G322 Sec A Textual Analysis and Representation TV Drama Age A Grade Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday September 17, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Skills, Textual Analysis, Television, Television Drama, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

  • You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.
  • The extract will be screened four times.
  • First screening: watch the extract; you must not take notes.
  • Second screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making.
  • Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.
  • There will be a brief break for note-making after the third and fourth screenings.
  • You must write your notes for Section A...
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Exemplar AS Lesson Plan | Introducing Representation in the Media »

Rob Miller | Friday November 14, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Collective Identity, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Representation Theory, 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 Representation in the Media

Context

This lesson would be an early introduction, in the first 2-4 weeks of AS to Representation as an area of study, fundamental to all Media Studies specifications. As such, it can be tailored to any exam board e.g. OCR G322 study could focus...

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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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Viral Advertising »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 22, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Advertising, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, Social Networking, Making Money, Synergy

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Viral advertising spreads messages, ideas and associations about a brand quickly, commonly using digital technology – in many ways viral advertising relies on the consumer to pass on information with the producer either seeding videos via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or on many other interactive digital platforms with the consumer at the point, knowingly or unknowingly spreading the communication – viral advertising spreads like a cold virus,...

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Breaking Bad Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday August 18, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, American Quality Television (AQT)

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Institutional Factors

Breaking Bad has, in a short period of time become iconic, ‘must see TV’ that in terms of genre conventions can be categorised as Crime Drama but also as AQT (American Quality Television). The programme has eclipsed the status of critical and commercial success and become widely accepted as one of the ‘greatest television programmes of all time’ in a range of polls canvassing a broad demographic – it entered the...

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Newspaper Quiz »

Rob Miller | Wednesday March 19, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Hot Entries, News, Newspapers, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

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  1. Open Newspapers Quiz
  2. Click on the back button to return to MediaEdu when you’ve finished using the quiz.



OCR AS Media Studies Revision Workshop »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 15, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Hot Entries

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Book A Half or Full Day Revision Workshop in Your School

Programme Details

  • Edusites Media provides visually dynamic, interactive Revision Courses on TV Drama and the Film, Music, Magazine, Newspaper, Video Game and Radio Industries dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.
  • Students will analyse TV Drama for G322 Section A, linking with all areas of representation study and stereotyping in relation to formal and technical elements –...
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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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OCR AS Media Studies G321 Print Brief Coursework Guide »

Rob Miller | Monday September 30, 2013

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

OCR G321: Foundation Portfolio in Media

Print Brief

  • 50% of AS Qualification
  • Presentation of Research and Planning: 20 marks
  • Construction: 60 marks
  • Evaluation: 20 marks
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OCR Exemplar: Lower Level 4 (DPS not included)

  • Material appropriate for task – Indie/Pop hybrid genre
  • Clear understanding of layout and design – Well structured, recognising real media conventions. House style evident through colour palette, font, choice of images, graphics.
  • ...
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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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Holby City Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday November 05, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Medical Drama, Television Drama

Holby City is a BBC produced British Medical Drama set in the fictional Holby City Hospital near Bristol, close to the Welsh border. It concerns the lives and ups and downs of its staff, patients and Doctors and borrows heavily from the conventions of the soap opera (see Genre). Initially broadcast in January 1999 it is now currently in its 15th series and is aired weekly on a Tuesday night in 60 minute format in HD (from 2010) during prime time at 8pm – filming is all year...

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Glee Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday November 05, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Musical Drama, Television Drama

Glee is a successful US TV Drama hybridised with the genres of comedy and musical. It was first broadcast in 2009 by mainstream network, Fox Television and currently is in its 4th series evidencing critical and commercial success. The narrative involves aspirational recording artists and performers who have enrolled in Glee Club at the fictional William McKinley High School in Ohio. Glee Club is at the bottom of the social network in this particular school – everyone is...

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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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Lady Gaga Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 10, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Music, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion, Music Video, The Press, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, Internet, Social Networking, Making Money, New Technologies, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

Lady Gaga – Sony Music Entertainment | Universal Music Group

The music industry can be split into mainstream and independent artists with the so called ‘Big Four’ (now the Big Three) controlling the market. In a similar way that the oligopoly of film distributors control film distribution (Warners, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Universal, Sony, Disney) mainstream music distribution is controlled by the Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group...

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Contemporary Regulation of the Media »

Rob Miller | Tuesday August 14, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Media Language, Hot Entries

This article aims to cover all of the areas of study taught as part of A2 OCR Media Studies G325, Section B topic – Contemporary Media Regulation. The following are examples of past questions from 2010-2011 papers:

  1. Evaluate arguments for and against stronger regulation of the media.
  2. To what extent can the media be regulated in the digital age?
  3. To what extent are contemporary media regulated adequately?
  4. Why is the regulation of media so complex?
  5. How far do changes to the...
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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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The King’s Speech Case Study »

Rob Miller | Friday May 04, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Film, Biography, British Film, Film Analysis, Historical Drama, Hot Entries

Synopsis and Character

The King’s Speech tells the story of how King George VI of England (Colin Firth) learns to live with a speech impediment. As father of the current Queen of England he unexpectedly becomes King after his brother, King Edward VIII (played by Guy Pearce) abdicates the throne to marry to marry divorcee Mrs Wallis Simpson in December 1936. The British government feared a constitutional crisis surrounding a British monarch (King Edward VIII) marrying an...

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Avatar Case Study »

Nicole Ponsford | Friday May 04, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Film, Action, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Film Analysis, Hot Entries

Synopsis and Character

By 2154 Earth’s resources have been depleted and a corporation is mining a mineral called unobtainium on the utopian planet of Pandora. Paraplegic former Marine, Jake Scully (played by Sam Worthington) takes his twin brother’s place on a mission, out-posted to Pandora. This is inhabited by the 10 foot, blue native Na’vi, who live in amongst the lush and dense flora and fauna of the forestland. Jake’s mission is to gather intel for the military...

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Attack The Block Case Study »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday May 03, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Film, Action, British Film, Comedy, Film Analysis, Horror, Science Fiction, Hot Entries

Synopsis and Character

Lambeth in South London, Bonfire Night / Fifth of November. Present Day. A young nurse called Sam (played by Jodie Whittaker) is mugged by a gang of masked hoodies: Moses, the quiet but serious leader (played by John Boyega), Pest by name and nature(played by Alex Esmail), Dennis (played by Franz Drameh), Jerome (Leeon Jones) and Biggz (Simon Howard). In the middle of this, a meteorite plummets from the sky into a nearby car in the street as the boys...

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Period Drama Codes & Conventions »

Rob Miller | Thursday April 26, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Genre, Hot Entries, Television, Television Drama

Period Dramas are also known as Historical Dramas or Costume Dramas. Below are the typical codes and conventions of Period Dramas but also examples of key texts:

  • Elaborate costumes and sets to catch the ambience of a particular time period (stereotypically female audiences are attracted as much by the costumes as by the narrative content)
  • Multi stranded narrative based on character (each character has their own storyline)
  • Often part of a series (each episode has a three act...
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Television Drama Codes & Conventions »

Rob Miller | Thursday April 26, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Key Concepts, Genre, Hot Entries, Television, Television Drama

Sub Genres

Television Drama is a broad area of study covering a range of sub genres and even genres that would be considered to be a category of their own with their own codes and conventions. Some texts cross over different sub genres e.g. 24 is Crime Drama and Action Adventure. A generic, comprehensive list includes:

  • Period Drama | Emma, Downton Abbey, The Tudors, Mildred Pierce
  • Crime Drama | The Wire, Luther, Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes, Inspector George Gently, Jerry...
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Waterloo Road Case Study »

Rob Miller | Thursday April 26, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Advertising, Viral Advertising, Hot Entries, Television, Television Drama

Waterloo Road is a television drama broadcast first on BBC1 in 2006 between 6pm and 7pm and currently (November 2011) is in its seventh series – two new series (8 and 9) have been commissioned for April 2012 after an explosive end to series seven when Linda, who is Head of English deliberately runs over the male head teacher, Michael Byrne after he ends their brief relationship. Waterloo Road is set in a troubled 11-18 comprehensive school in a deprived area of Rochdale,...

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2011-2014 OCR AS Media Studies Scheme of Work »

Rob Miller | Tuesday December 06, 2011

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Film, Film Industry, Key Concepts, Institutions, Media Language, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Television, Television Drama

H140

  • G321 Foundation Portfolio in Media (50%) and G322 Key Media Concepts (50%)
  • G322 Section A: TV Drama (52%) and Section B: Film Industry (50%) - 32 Week Scheme of Work

Overview

  • OCR A Level Media Studies Overview

Scheme

  • OCR AS Media Studies SOW 2011-2014.doc
  • OCR AS Media Studies Film Coursework.doc

Concepts

  • Media Language, Forms and Conventions (Media Language, Representation, Genre, Narrative)
  • Film Industry Institution
  • TV Drama and Representation
  • Research, Planning and...
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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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The Tudors Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 05, 2011

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Hot Entries, Television, Television Drama

Institutional Factors | Production and Historical Context

The Tudors is a critically and commercially successful Period Drama, (a sub genre of TV Drama), produced by an Independent Production Company, commissioned by the BBC and screened on BBC2 in October 2007 but originally shown on the American cable channel, Showtime. It ran for four seasons until 2010. Screenwriter Michael Hurst created the series, he had previously written Elizabeth, also commissioned by the BBC in 1998...

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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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AS OCR Media Studies Audience and Institutions: Film Industry Revision Advice »

Richard Gent | Wednesday March 23, 2011

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Film, Film Industry, Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions, Intro to Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright, Hot Entries

Associated Resources

  • https://media.edusites.co.uk/index.php/article/as-ocr-media-studies-audience-and-institutions-film-production-film-industr/
  • https://media.edusites.co.uk/index.php/article/as-ocr-media-studies-audience-and-institutions-film-industry-revision-ppt/

Key Principles

1. Have you got contrasting films you can use as case studies e.g. big budget Hollywood v low budget British indie which allow full range of issues to be discussed?

2. Have you got contemporary...

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AS OCR Media Studies Audience and Institutions: Film Industry Revision PPT »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday March 23, 2011

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Film, Film Industry, Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions, Intro to Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright, Hot Entries

Associated Resources

  • https://media.edusites.co.uk/index.php/article/as-ocr-media-studies-audience-and-institutions-film-production-film-industr/
  • https://media.edusites.co.uk/index.php/article/as-ocr-media-studies-audience-and-institutions-film-industry-revision-advic/

AS OCR A&I - Film Industry Revision.ppt




AS OCR Media Studies Audience and Institutions: Film Production & Film Industry Revision Tasks »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday March 23, 2011

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Film, Film Industry, Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions, Intro to Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright, Hot Entries

Associated Resources

  • https://media.edusites.co.uk/index.php/article/as-ocr-media-studies-audience-and-institutions-film-industry-revision-advic/
  • https://media.edusites.co.uk/index.php/article/as-ocr-media-studies-audience-and-institutions-film-industry-revision-ppt/

TOP TIP: Consider the issues for the studios and audiences at every stage.

When writing the exam essay - you should look for modern examples in the industry and be able to write a paragraph about:

  • the processes...
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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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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

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Film Genre - Thrillers.pdf




OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Case Study »

Huw Davies | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline

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What the spec requires:

“A study of the production, distribution and marketing of a specific game within one or across various gaming platforms, along with its reception by a variety of (British) audiences.”

Robert Kotick (CEO, Activision Blizzard – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s publisher)

“In just five days of sell through Call of Duty:...

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OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Practice Questions »

Huw Davies | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline

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1. Explain how the industry you have studied is exploiting new technology in the areas of production, marketing and exchange

2. Account for recent changes in consumption and production in the industry you have studied.

3. To what extent are media audiences the agents, beneficiaries or victims of change?

4. Explain the significance cross media convergence and...

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OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Case Study Research Questions »

Huw Davies | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline

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What is the best selling game ever in the UK?

Why do you think it has sold more than action adventure games such as Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2?

Why did the BBFC give Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 its 18 rating?

http://www.bbfc.co.uk/

How much does it cost to produce a typical Hollywood blockbuster?

For which films has Hans Zimmer made the music?

Which...

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OCR AS G322 Section B The Games Industry Teacher Notes and Revision Handout »

Huw Davies | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline

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What the spec says:

Section B: Institutions and Audiences

A study of the production, distribution and marketing of a specific game within one or across various gaming platforms, along with its reception by a variety of (British) audiences.

This should be accompanied by study of the impact of next generation capabilities (HD, Blu-Ray, online services...

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