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Trips | Visits | Extra Activity Ideas »

Richard Gent | Thursday January 23, 2014

Categories: Other Topics, Teacher Zone, Admin, Staffroom, Visits & Trips for Media Studies, Ideas

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Warner Bros Studio Tour | The Making of Harry Potter in London

http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/

Sky Skills Studios in Isleworth, Middlesex

http://skills.sky.com/sky-skills-studios

Exhibitions in London

http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/whats-on.php?type=exhibition

A-Z of London Museums

http://www.londonnet.co.uk/ln/guide/about/museums.html

London Galleries

http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/gallery.php

The National Media Museum in Bradford

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Radio Podcasts Level 1 »

Annette Rizzo | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Categories: Other Topics, Production Zone, Audio Production, Radio, Radio Podcasts, Skills, Podcasts, Podcasts for Students, Podcasts for Teachers

This series of podcasts on radio and radio production is in three parts: Levels One, Two & Three. Level One is the most basic and Level Three is the most complex. This is Level One and is the simplest. Annette Rizzo is a professional voice artist and agent. In the 25 years she’s spent in the industry she has worked in the following capacities:

  • Lecturer at University of Winchester
  • Freelance Producer
  • Presenter
  • Reporter at BBC, UK Commercial Radio & US NPR

This includes...

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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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Analysing Images »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday May 01, 2010

Categories: Key Concepts, Media Language, Magazines, Image Analysis, Other Topics, Moving Images, Skills

Brief Definition

Image analysis is the way in which an audience ‘reads’ the meaning of a media text image.

One of the ways image analysis works is to look for meaning through signs and symbols suggested by the way a scene is set up and filmed.

Signs and symbols in media texts are polysemic which means they are open to many interpretations. The different possible meanings in media texts depend on two things. The first is the way the signs and symbols in the text are...

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Understanding TV Comedy »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday April 27, 2010

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Other Topics, Moving Images, Television, Situation Comedy, Television Comedy, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics

Finally in Year One you should start the class thinking about the topic for the B question in the exam. The current topic is TV comedy.

Individuals need to make their own study of this topic depending on their own consumption of the many varieties of TV comedy, so that they have a thorough knowledge of at least two different texts and preferably three. Gervais in Extras might be a way of looking at postmodern comedy

ACTIVITIES

INSTITUTIONS & AUDIENCES

Before looking at...

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An Introduction to Documentary »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday April 26, 2010

Categories: Other Topics, Documentaries, Factual, Modes, Audience / Stereotypes, Nanook, Truth, British, Soviet Union, Nazi Propaganda, Cinema Verite, Documentarists, Contemporary, Mockumentary, Bibliography, Activities, Documentaries Links

Documentary means different things to different people. A documentary aims to be concerned with truthful reporting. Documentaries have a reputation for being serious, reliable and objective in their reporting, with a commitment to truthfulness. There are documentary programmes with elements of comedy, or drama, and the modern documentary uses elements from entertainment programming to attract an audience and be entertaining.

The British filmmaker John Grierson is credited...

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Understanding Iconography »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday January 06, 2010

Categories: Other Topics, Iconography, Theory, Semiotic Theory, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Topics

In Media Studies we see iconography as part of genre, and particularly film genre. Students need to know the term and how it is used. It is quite a complex concept, that informs image analysis and the deconstruction of genre. Iconography originates from the study of art.

In Europe in the15th & 16th centuries artists creating work of a Christian nature would look up reference books to check the colours, composition, hand gestures, poses and facial expressions that past masters...

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An Introduction to Postmodernism »

John Lough | Tuesday December 01, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, New Media, Postmodernism, Other Topics, Theory, Postmodern Theory

What is it?

The concept is one which has become increasingly useful in the analysis and understanding of contemporary media culture but unfortunately is not a simple one to define.

It is at once a sociological condition which it is argued that the western world has moved in to over the last 30 years or so, a way of working (i.e. we can talk of a pomo film/book/work of art, etc.) and a set of philosophical ideas about the nature of reality; and these three aspects interact, and...

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Scriptwriting »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday November 11, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Production Zone, Audio Production, Video Production, Radio, Skills, Television, Scriptwriting

Tell the world

What do you want to tell the world? It’s a good idea to have something you want to talk about or discuss with the world. This is not the frustration you get on the bus when you have to stand all the way again, and you really do want to tell someone something. That could make a reasonable item for a short comedy sketch, but it will not make a film or television programme. You may just want to tell the world that you can write really good entertainment. 

You...

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What is Media Studies? »

Richard Gent | Wednesday November 11, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Other Topics

Media Studies isn’t easy to describe. It’s a living concept that continues to change just as technology and our experience with technology change. The purpose of Media Studies is to provide audiences with access to information no matter how it is experienced and allow people to adopt diverse critical positions.

Media Studies is desirable because its curriculum is inclusive; it recognises that the form of delivery as well as the content to be delivered needs to be studied in...

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Radio Part 1 »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday November 11, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Production Zone, Audio Production, Radio, Intro to Radio

Why Radio?

Radio is a great medium to work in. Radio is a great way to listen to music, and radio is a great friend on a long journey or just at home.

At one time radio was the only way to hear the latest pop songs, and albums and to keep up to date with the top selling singles in the charts.

Before music television (MTV began in America on August 1st 1981) young people listened to the radio, and bought singles after they had heard them on the radio.

Radio has developed in...

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A Brief History of British Pop Music »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday September 23, 2009

Categories: Music, British Pop Music, Other Topics

Talent, Technology And Teenagers

The Story of British Pop Music

British popular music is a great success story both as a business and as a cultural enterprise.

In the last half of the twentieth century British talent became the soundtrack to the lives of young people throughout the world.

It’s extraordinary that rock n’roll, blues, rhythm and blues, dance music and even the concept of the 3 minute popular song emerged from largely black roots in America, and then was...

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Introduction to Contemporary Music Press »

Bijon Fenner | Thursday July 16, 2009

Categories: Music, Other Topics, Music Press

Music magazines of the Noughties - The Wire, Smash Hits, Terrorizer, NME, Q and Muzik –Smash Hits and Muzik have since closed

Music Magazines in the Noughties

KEY THEMES: PROLIFERATION OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY, INCREASED NICHE MARKETING AND SUBCULTURAL BRAND VALUES ARE MORE MARKETABLE.

Useful Terminology

Plugs: Information about the contents of a magazine given on the front cover.
Issue Number: The number of the issue
Masthead: Title of the magazine.
Cover price: retail...

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An Introduction to Postmodern Media Theory »

Stephen Hill | Monday July 13, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, Other Topics

Fig 1 Telephone Adverts 1970 and 2008

In theory, the proliferation of web 2.0 user- generated content and the appropriation of creative technologies by media audiences challenges the role of the media professional. In a very real sense it would seem that YouTube, Blogs and Myspace etc, not to mention the affordability of digital editing software and other home studio facilities, embody the collapse of the distinction between the real and the simulated that Jean Baudrillard...

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An Introduction to Quiz Shows »

Jeremy Orlebar | Friday June 19, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Television, Quiz Shows, Television Quiz Shows

Pete Wall and Charlie Evans from HarperCollins have kindly agreed to share their latest series of podcasts with Mediaedu.co.uk Please click on the hyperlink immediately below to download and listen to an invaluable introduction to this year’s AQA GCSE Media Studies Controlled Test.

Quiz Shows Podcasts

Take a Quick Quiz on Quiz Shows

Quiz Shows Quiz

Quiz Show Intro Letter

http://www.mediaedu.co.uk/indexee.php/resources/aqa-controlled-test-quiz-shows-mock-exam-intro-letter...[ read full article ] »


An Introduction to Situation Comedy »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday June 15, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Other Topics, Television, Situation Comedy, Television Situation Comedy

‘The focus of this examination is institutional/ scheduling issues and audience pleasures. These pages on sit-com provide a background only to the topic. The specific issues of institution/scheduling and audience pleasures in relation to sit-com will need to be taught separately.’

Brief Definition

The British TV sitcom is a television series that derives humour from the same characters in a fixed location exploring a variety of comic plotlines including...

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Making a Quiz Show »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday June 08, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Television, Quiz Shows, Television Quiz Shows

Creating a television quiz show is one of the best ways of exploring televisual techniques in a television studio. It is difficult to make a television quiz show without a multi camera set up.

A Further Education College came up with the idea of a 20 minute quiz show, called What Do You Know Quiz Show? Further down the page is how they made it.

The class was divided into two teams of 12 people in each. Each team produced a 10 minute quiz show with the other team as the...

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National Media Studies Competitions »

Richard Gent | Monday June 08, 2009

Categories: Other Topics

BBC Competitions

BBC Film Network - Short Films

British Animation Awards

Channel4 Talent Schemes

City in Motion Short Film Competition

Promax UK Student Award Competition

Schools Computer Animation Competition

UCreative Awards
2 Days Later Short Film Competition




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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Video Games Timeline 2000 to Present Day »

Rod Munday | Friday May 22, 2009

Categories: Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline, Other Topics

2000

PlayStation 2 - Sony launches the PS2 in the US for $299.99 (£150). With a built-in DVD player and back compatibility with PS1 games, every one of the 500,000 consoles produced sells out on the first day.

PlayStation 2 would eventually become the most successful games console of all time with 127 million units sold worldwide. Famous games include the Gran Turismo series (Polyphony 2001-2005), Ratchet and Clank series (High Impact 2002-2007) and Pro Evolution Soccer...

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Video Games Timeline 1990s »

Rod Munday | Thursday May 21, 2009

Categories: Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline, Other Topics

1990

Final Fantasy - A game created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, Final Fantasy (Square Enix) was released in the US in 1990.

It tells the story of four orphaned youths who find a crystal, that restores balance to the world.

The game spawned thirteen sequels (so far) making it the most successful role-playing series of all time.

The Final Fantasy series is also famous for its lushly-scored orchestral music composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

1991

Super NES - Nintendo’s upgrade of the...

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Video Games Timeline 1980s »

Rod Munday | Thursday May 21, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline

1980

Pac Man - Toru Iwatani, a programmer at the Japanese company Namco created an arcade game that was so popular that it even spawned its own TV show in the US. The arcade version of Pac Man eventually sold 300,000 cabinets, becoming the best selling arcade game of all time.

 

Battlezone – Famous for being the first truly 3-D game, Battlezone (Atari) featured a virtual battlefield considered to be so realistic at the time that a version of the game was used by the US...

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Video Games Timeline 1970s »

Rod Munday | Thursday May 21, 2009

Categories: Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline, Other Topics

1971

Computer Space – The co-inventor of Computer Space, Nolan Bushnell, saw the commercial potential of Space War when he played a version of it while a student at the University of Utah in the 1960s.

With his business partner, Ted Dabney, Bushnell built his own version in Dabney’s daughter’s bedroom (she had to sleep in the living room). Computer Space was not a great success, but Bushnell and Dabney would co-found the company Atari and go on to greater things.

1972...[ read full article ] »


Video Games Timeline 1949 to 1969 »

Rod Munday | Thursday May 21, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Computer Games, Video Games, Timeline

1949

OXO - A single-player version of the pencil and paper game ‘noughts and crosses,’ written by Alexander Douglas for his PhD on human-computer interaction.

Douglas programmed the game on a proto-type computer known as EDSAC (Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator).

Only one EDSAC machine was ever built, so few people knew of the game’s existence.

1958


Tennis for Two - A simple tennis game played on an oscilloscope which was hooked up to an analogue...

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A History of The Internet »

Rod Munday | Tuesday May 19, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, We Media, Other Topics, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

Associated Resources

Have a look at the following resources on MediaEdu:

Web Design Tutorials

The Internet and World Wide Web

Studying The Internet

Deconstructing Web Pages

History of the Internet 1 | The Computer

The history of the internet is not a straight-forward narrative since it was not invented by one person or any group of people. The internet emerged out of the combination of three distinct inventions: computers, networks and software applications.

Each...

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Studying The Internet »

Rod Munday | Monday May 18, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, We Media, Other Topics, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

In this section we will look at some of the ways the internet can be studied. The first part looks at some of the impacts the internet has had on society, the second part examines some of the metaphors that have been used to make sense of what the internet is, and the third part looks at three ways in which the internet may be analysed through institutions, audiences and textual analysis.

Associated Resources

Have a look at the following resources on MediaEdu:

Web Design...

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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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The Internet & World Wide Web »

Rod Munday | Friday May 15, 2009

Categories: Key Concepts, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, We Media, Other Topics, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

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Associated Resources

Have a look at the following resources on MediaEdu:

Web Design Tutorials

Studying The Internet

History of The Internet

A History of Online Social Networking

Deconstructing Web Pages

Definition

The above picture may look like an exploding galaxy or a human cell magnified many thousands of times but it is actually a map of the internet. The internet (short for interconnected network) can be thought of as an arrangement of...

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Cover Zone »

Keith Langton | Tuesday May 12, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Staffroom, Cover

Keith Langton, an experienced GCSE Media Studies teacher, has kindly agreed to begin developing this new area on MediaEdu.

The Cover Zone will contain one-off lessons and activities which can be used by non-specialist Media staff during periods of absence and for students who need independent and educational tasks to get on with if they have been isolated for any reason.

We will add these one-off activities below, when we receive new content.

If you have something...

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Comics Script One »

Hunt Emerson | Tuesday May 12, 2009

Categories: Comics, Scripting, Other Topics

Script Exemplars

The Beano

‘Badminton’

LITTLE PLUM

1. Plum points to Chiefy and Chief of Um Puttyfeet playing badminton on court with net strung between two totem poles.

“Instead of fighting, our tribe are playing um nice game of badminton against members of um Puttyfoot tribe.”

2. Puttyfoot Chief smashes shuttle which jams on Chiefy’s nose.

PUTTYFOOT CHIEF “I win! Next match please!”

3. Plum pulls shuttle from Chiefy’s nose.

“HO-HO! Hard luck. My turn, now.”

4....

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DIY Comic Faces »

Hunt Emerson | Tuesday May 12, 2009

Categories: Comics, Drawing Comics, Other Topics




Setting Up A Media Suite »

Rob McMinn | Thursday May 07, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Staffroom, Equipment

About The Author

I used to work as an IT consultant and marketing manager for Jigsaw Systems Ltd, who are the UK’s largest Apple dealer. (http://www.jigsaw24.com). I recommend you speak to them if you want a site visit or need to get a quotation.

It was my job to introduce Jigsaw into the video/audio markets, so I did about 18 months research into music production, sound for video, video production, as well as dealing with Jigsaw’s existing market for desktop publishing,...

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CD Cover Design & Analysis »

Jeremy Orlebar | Thursday May 07, 2009

Categories: Music, Other Topics, Skills, CD Covers, DVD Covers

Most exam boards have an option to design a CD cover as part of course work for both GCSE and A level. Some boards now require pieces of work in at least two mediums, and a CD cover is a good supplementary piece of work to support a music video or other course work.

Designing the cover of a CD is a great way to be creative in the visual arts.

Context

The album cover became an art form in the 1960s like so much else to do with popular music. The 12 inch album sleeve offered...

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References »

Rod Munday | Tuesday May 05, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Skills, Referencing, Social Networking, References

Adams, A.A. & McCrindle, R.J. (2008). Pandora’s box: social and professional issues of the information age. Chichester: John Wiley.

Acquisti, A., & Gross, R. (2006). ‘Imagined communities: Awareness, information sharing, and privacy on the Facebook.’ In P. Golle & G. Danezis (Eds.), Proceedings of 6th Workshop on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (pp. 36-58). Cambridge, UK: Robinson College.

Anderson, B. (2006). Imagined Communities. Revised Edition. London: Verso.

Bahney,...

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What is News? »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday May 05, 2009

Categories: New Media, Digital Media, New Technologies, We Media, News, Intro to News, Other Topics, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics

What is News?

News is an integral part of daily life. We use news to frame our daily events. A plane crashes at Heathrow, in a remarkably short space of time everyone knows about it. We might wake up to it in the morning on the radio or TV. We may go to sleep with it, and we may hear it during the day, or see a live TV screen with rolling news. We may read a newspaper. At its heart, news is about people doing things. People’s activity is interesting.

What journalists are...

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An Introduction to Social Networking »

Rod Munday | Friday May 01, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Social Networking

Introduction

The UK media regulator Ofcom recently called Britain a nation of social networkers, noting that Bebo, MySpace, Facebook and YouTube are all in the top ten internet sites in terms of the amount of time people spend there (Ofcom 2007). One in four UK citizens log onto a social network site at least 23 times each month, making the UK the most enthusiastic online social networking nation in Europe and second only to Canada in the world (Smithers 2008).

For an...

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DIY Animation Film »

Steve Cavalier | Wednesday April 29, 2009

Categories: Comics, Drawing Comics, Other Topics, Animation, DIY Animation

Animation - Making Your Own Film

Anyone aspiring to be taken seriously as an animator would be well advised to first learn how to draw and then to learn the animation basics.

No matter if you are interested in doing 3d computer animation or stylised 2d drawings if you can’t draw you are at a disadvantage. Drawing is best learned from doing life drawing lessons, from studying other people’s work who can draw and from just practising.

Leaning to draw will teach you things...

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Animation 1990 to Present Day »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday April 16, 2009

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

The Digital Era

The 90’s Disney Boom

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

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Animation from 1970 - 1990 »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday April 09, 2009

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

The Fading Lightbox

Terry Gilliam and Monty Python

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

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Animation from 1945 - 1970 »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday April 09, 2009

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

Post War Animation - The TV Age

‘Animaland’: David Hand and Gaumont British Animation Studios

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

In its...

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Animation from 1928 - 1945 »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday April 09, 2009

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

The Rise Of Disney and The First Sound Cartoons

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

Walt Disney

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

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Pre 1908 Animation - The Early Years »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday April 09, 2009

Categories: Film, Animation, Pre 1908, Other Topics

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

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Animation from 1908 - 1928 »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday April 09, 2009

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

Windsor McCay and The Silent Animation Boom

Windsor McCay

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

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A Century of Animation »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday April 09, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Animation

British Animation 100 Years at The Cutting Edge


The United Kingdom has had a rather underrated part to play in the history of animation. As is often the case though, a lot of the important ideas and inventions in the development of animation came from British minds but were often better exploited elsewhere.

This exporting of innovation however has always attracted, and been balanced by, an influx of talent from abroad. Some of the great names of the British animation scene...

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Understanding Advertising »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday April 07, 2009

Categories: Advertising, Intro to Advertising, Other Topics, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics

Advertising is the business of selling a product, service or idea to an audience. Huge advertising agencies make vast amounts of money creating adverts for companies and then distributing or broadcasting them. One of the largest advertising corporations is Saatchi & Saatchi.

Brief definition

Advertising is a persuasive way of communicating a message to a large number of people, known as a mass audience. For a communication to be advertising it has to be:

  • paid for
  • ...
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A Guide to Social Networking Sites »

Rod Munday | Wednesday March 25, 2009

Categories: Other Topics, Digital Media

Social Network Sites

Introduction

The UK media regulator Ofcom recently called Britain a nation of social networkers, noting that Bebo, MySpace, Facebook and YouTube are all in the top ten sites in terms of the amount of time people spend there (Ofcom 2007). One in four UK citizens log onto a social network site at least 23 times each month, making the UK the most enthusiastic online social networking nation in Europe and it ranks second only to Canada worldwide (Smithers...

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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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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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BTEC Level 3 Creative Media Production: Speech Package Production »

Rob Miller | Friday February 22, 2013

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Hot Entries, News, Other Topics, Production Zone, Audio Production, Radio, Radio Podcasts, More on Radio, Podcasts, Podcasts for Students, Podcasts for Teachers

Assignment 1 & Learning Outcome 1: Be able to identify opportunities for producing speech based packages for factual and news radio programmes.

  1. List those radio stations which consist entirely of speech based programming.
  2. List 10 -15 radio stations that have music but some speech based programmes.
  3. List the types of radio speech packages and give an example. You must include: i. News and Current Affairs Programmes (live reports, news bulletins, interviews); ii. Features...
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Halo 4 Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday January 08, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Games, Computer Games, Machinima, Video Games, Timeline, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, New Technologies, Synergy, Other Topics, Iconography

Production and Distribution

Halo is a commercially successful, science fiction FPS game that was first developed in November 2001 for Microsoft X Box. Versions were developed for Windows and MAC OS X but fundamentally it now remains exclusive to the X Box 360, the second console developed by Microsoft and as such, has received critical success for being one of the best first person shooters on a video game console. Some gamers prefer the format and mode to the successful COD...

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