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Video Equipment Guide »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday April 24, 2013

Categories: Production Zone, Video Production, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Procurement, Staffroom, Equipment

Digital camcorders are now very good value and you can buy one for about £200. Important considerations:

1. Memory Card | The Most User Friendly Format

Virtually all camcorders now use memory cards to store audio and video.

This works well in an educational situation as each video group, or individual, can have its own card, making it less likely to lose shot material. 

2. Choose A Camcorder with an Exterior Mic Input

An exterior mic offers superior sound quality. The...

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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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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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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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Video Production Part 1 »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday October 21, 2009

Categories: Production Zone, Video Production

Video Camera Skills

Video Camera – Getting Started

Making an interesting video with a modern digital camera is pretty easy – making a really good one, like most things, takes practice, and knowledge of a few techniques. You could be forgiven for thinking that it is just a case of pointing the camera, and pressing the red button.

Yes, you will shoot some pictures. They might be quite entertaining especially if it is a nice sunny day and you have some interesting action to...

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Video Production Part 2 »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday October 20, 2009

Categories: Production Zone, Video Production

Storyboarding

See Understanding Storyboarding.

Interviewing

Interviewing is fun. Being part of a video crew allows you to interview all sorts of people in all sorts of places.

Sometimes, of course, people will refuse to be interviewed and don’t expect to be allowed onto the red carpet at a film première in Leicester Square without a lot of ‘talking to the right people’. Basically if you don’t ask then you have no chance of getting that star interview.

I have had...

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Using The Video Production Zone »

Richard Gent | Thursday October 15, 2009

Categories: Production Zone, Video Production

Video Production Part 1

This area of MediaEdu includes guides on:

  • kit / equipment
  • video editing techniques
  • video camera skills
  • getting started with the camera
  • creating a sequence
  • shot size
  • make a music video exercise (short version)
  • video documentary exercises.

https://media.edusites.co.uk/index.php/article/video-production-part-1/

Video Production Part 2

This area of MediaEdu includes guides on:

  • scriptwriting
  • storyboarding
  • interviewing including tv studio interviews
  • an...
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Understanding Storyboarding »

Jeremy Orlebar | Thursday September 24, 2009

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

A Level Storyboarding

Pre-production Item | Storyboard

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

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

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

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Video Camera Skills »

Jeremy Orlebar | Friday June 19, 2009

Categories: Production Zone, Video Production, Skills, Video Camera Skills

Video Camera – Getting Started

Making an interesting video with a modern digital camera is pretty easy – making a really good one, like most things, takes practice, and knowledge of a few techniques. You could be forgiven for thinking that it is just a case of pointing the camera, and pressing the red button.

Yes, you will shoot some pictures. They might be quite entertaining especially if it is a nice sunny day and you have some interesting action to shoot such as a...

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Digital Cameras and Photography »

Paul Bradforth | Wednesday June 10, 2009

Categories: Production Zone, Digital Photography, Skills, Video Camera Skills

Early history

Digital cameras have been around since about 1985. Then, they were bulky, with tiny resolutions and big prices, and were mainly for specialist applications only.

By 1997 we began to see the kind of camera we’re used to today: compact, pocket-sized, but with a resolution of only around a third of a Megapixel, not enough to print from successfully, although fine for Web use.

Things really started to take off around 1999, with many 1-3 Megapixel compacts on the...

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Radio Interviews »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday April 29, 2009

Categories: Production Zone, Audio Production, Radio, Radio Interviewing, More on Radio, Skills

Radio is about people, and getting people to talk is the most basic job of a radio presenter, researcher or producer.

Working in radio you will talk to a very large number of people on and off air.

On air it is important to get the most out of every contributor. Questions need to be tailored to the needs of the programme and to what the audience expects. You have to help the contributor to do this.

You may be talking to someone who has never before been interviewed on...

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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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Cameras and Sound »

Richard Gent | Friday June 24, 2016

Categories: Community Q&A, Hardware, Key Concepts, Production, Production Zone, Video Production, Teacher Zone, Admin, iTraining, Procurement, Staffroom, Equipment

We’re offering the new Digital Media Technicals from September. Can anyone recommend any decent cameras that have a microphone jack? I would like to buy the microphone separately to ensure sound quality. Not being a hardware specialist, I am struggling with where to start. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks Hannah.

You will need to use DSLRs. I looked around at this for a while and that is the only really viable option. I would get a Canon D550/D600 (D600 has movable...

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CCEA GCE Moving Image Arts AS1 Creative Production Foundation Portfolio »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 19, 2015

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

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

There are four clear areas of assessment:

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

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

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

Rob Miller | Thursday August 06, 2015

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

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

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

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

Rob Miller | Monday August 03, 2015

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

Introduction

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

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

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BTEC Level 2 Unit 4: Digital Audio Production »

Rob Miller | Sunday July 26, 2015

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

Introduction

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

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

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

Even...

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

Rob Miller | Saturday July 25, 2015

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

Associated Resources

  • Magazine Double Page Spread Flat Plan.pdf

Introduction

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

  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction

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

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

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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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Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Unit R081: Pre-Production Skills »

Rob Miller | Wednesday July 15, 2015

Categories: Nationals, Cambridge Nationals, Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2, Level 1/2 Creative iMedia, Award J807, Certificate J817, Diploma J827, Key Concepts, Audience, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Skills, Production Zone, Video Production

Introduction

Welcome to the Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia course – they are designed for 14-16 year olds to give you experience of what it is like to work in media industry sectors such as:

  • Website Design and Development
  • Television
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Filmmaking including Animation
  • Video Games
  • Radio

This unit focuses on pre-production which is directly linked to production and post-production.

Film Example: Diagram of Filmmaking Steps

This unit has a written...

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DVD & Book Store »

Morag Larsen | Friday June 19, 2015

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

Introducing our DVD & Book Resources for Film & Media

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

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

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

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

The...

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BTEC Level 2 Unit 3: Digital Moving Image Production »

Rob Miller | Wednesday June 17, 2015

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

Introduction

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

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

Rob Miller | Tuesday June 16, 2015

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

Introduction

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

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

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

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

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BTEC L2 Creative Media Production & BTEC L3 Creative Digital Media Production Workshops »

Rob Miller | Tuesday June 16, 2015

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Firsts, BTEC Firsts, Production Zone, Audio Production, Digital Photography, Print Production, Video Production, Web Production, Teacher Zone, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, iTraining Workshops, Procurement, Staffroom

Half or Full Day Creative Media Production Courses in Your School

Programme Details

Although we have workshops and revision sessions listed below, we would also be thrilled to offer you a more bespoke package. This can be based on year groups, classes or one-to-one student led or can be based on either exam / internal assessment, theory or practical work.

We are also keen to work with teachers and departments and can offer CPD for your subject specific needs.

Our...

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

Rob Miller | Thursday June 11, 2015

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

Introduction

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

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

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

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Exemplar BTEC L2 Lesson Plan | Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product »

Rob Miller | Monday December 01, 2014

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, Production Zone, Video Production, 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: Introduction to Unit 2: Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product

Context

This unit could typically be delivered 2 weeks before the October half term to allow pupils/students the opportunity of fine-tuning their pitches. It is internally assessed and should represent 30-guided...

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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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BTEC L3 Creative Media Production Unit 9 Understanding the Radio Industry »

Rob Miller | Wednesday November 05, 2014

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Audio Production, Radio, More on Radio

Learning Outcomes: Expanded/Mapped into Assignments

  1. Understand organisational structures and ownership in the UK radio industry – this learning outcome will be achieved through a 10 minute pitch presentation and report to a panel that want to ensure that you know about different types of commercial radio, what PSB is, other types of radio in the UK and the different funding models before they agree to commission your programme proposal. They also want you to explain how...
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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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AQA MEST4 Media Studies Linked Production Piece Vampire Genre Film »

Rob Miller | Friday October 24, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Video Production, Theory, Genre Theory

Associated Resources

  • Storyboard Frame Sheet Template.docx
  • Call Sheet Template.xls

Linked Production Piece - A 5 Minute Opening Sequence for a New Vampire Genre Film

AO3 – Demonstrate the Ability to Plan and Construct Media Productions Using Appropriate Technical and Creative Skills

This production directly links with the Critical Investigation into the Evolution of the Vampire Genre. Importantly, for level 4 (25-32 marks) the production must have high production values...

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BTEC L3 Creative Media Production Unit 6 Critical Approaches Games Industry »

Rob Miller | Thursday October 23, 2014

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Games, Computer Games, Video Games, Hot Entries, Production Zone, New Media Production

Learning Outcomes Linked to Video Games

  1. Understand how media producers define audiences for their products (tutor led, small research projects – learning about audience segmentation/targeting and audience research as it relates to Video Games producers and audience).
  2. Understand how media producers create products for specific audiences (case studies on 1 independent Video Game and 1 mainstream Video Game).
  3. Understand how media audiences respond to media products (surveys,...
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AQA AS Unit 2: MEST2 Creating Media 2015 Brief Three »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 17, 2014

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Hot Entries, Music, Music Video, New Media, Digital Media, Production Zone, Video Production

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Associated Resources

  • AQA Brief Three Questionnaire Example.docx
  • AQA Storyboard Frame Sheet and Storyboard Example.docx
  • Call Sheet Template.xls

The whole point of AQA AS Media Studies coursework is that students will be working to set briefs produced by AQA that are changed every two years – for 2015 assessment there are three briefs, this guide relates to brief three which we will call:

“Producing Promotional Materials for a Band/Music Artist”

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WJEC GCSE Unit 2 CA: Creating for the Media: Investigating and Producing »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 16, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Music Press Production, Music, Music Promotion, The Press, Production Zone, Print Production

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This is an additional Unit 2 brief - full details can be found on MediaEdu’s WJEC GCSE Media Studies controlled assessment admin and process resource.

Students need to produce three pieces of work from at least three media. ‘Media’ is interpreted as film, television, animated film, radio, magazines, music videos, websites, computer games, newspapers and advertising – not platforms.

  • Two Textual Investigations on two media (one must be print...
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OCR GCSE Media Studies B324 Production Portfolio: Video Brief »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 09, 2014

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Hot Entries, Music, Music Video, Production Zone, Video Production

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Associated Resources

  • OCR GCSE Media Studes Mini Student Scheme of Work.docx
  • Call Sheet Template.xls

B324 is the more creative, production based Controlled Assessment as part of the OCR GCSE Media Studies course – if taught over two years it is recommended that the pupils start B324 in year 11 allowing for 10 weeks minimum (dependent on weekly contact time) to complete the project which comprises 30% of the qualification (see example Year 2 mini...

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WJEC GCSE Media Studies Unit 2 CA: Creating for the Media »

Rob Miller | Sunday August 31, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Print Production, Video Production

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Students need to produce three pieces of work from at least three media. ‘Media’ is interpreted as FILM, TELEVISION, ANIMATED FILM, RADIO, MAGAZINES, MUSIC VIDEOS, WEBSITES, COMPUTER GAMES, NEWSPAPERS and ADVERTISING – not platforms.

  • Two Textual Investigations on two media (one must be print based) - 20%
  • One Media Production – Research, Planning, Production, Evaluation - 40%

THE TEXTUAL INVESTIGATIONS MUST NOT BE BASED ON THE PRODUCTION...

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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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Editsense | A Film Language & Film Making Interactive DVD »

Richard Gent | Monday February 10, 2014

Categories: Film, Film Analysis, Mise-en-scene, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Audio Production, Video Production, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, iTraining Workshops

Editsense & Filmsense

What is Editsense?

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

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

It has over fifty video examples and includes materials for the introduction and revision of film. 

The site licence is now available for £69.00+VAT. This is a 30% discount from the...

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Editing Workshops »

Richard Gent | Monday January 27, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, Production Zone, Audio Production, Video Production, Admin, iTraining, iTraining Workshops

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We know that editing can be very tricky to teach, time consuming for the students and make the real difference with a final production (and grades!).

That is why we have created the Edusites Editing Workshop.

Depending on how well equipped your centre is, we can model production work and provide opportunities for students to be creative too. We will work with you and your resources to provide a session that improves the learners’ needs.

Or if you would like a session...

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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS3: Media Investigation and Production »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 22, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Production Zone, Video Production

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MS3 contributes to synoptic assessment and crucially demonstrates the importance of research in informing media production. The three components of the unit are:

  • Research Investigation (1400 – 1800 words): 45 Marks
  • Production (informed by the investigation): 45 Marks
  • Evaulation (500 – 750 words): 10 Marks

Research Investigation: MediaEdu Exemplar: Documentary and Genre

This is an individual piece of work that allows students to focus on one...

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WJEC AS Media Studies MS2: Media Production Processes »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 22, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Production Zone, Print Production

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MS2 is the coursework element of AS Media Studies and is worth 50% of the qualification. The three linked components of the unit are:

  • Pre Production (Research and Planning): 20 Marks
  • Production (developed out of the Pre Production): 40 Marks
  • Report (1200-1600 words): 40 Marks

Unlike MS3, MS2 is more a ‘teacher led unit’ (Barbara Connell) but also requiring students to develop independent skills of research, planning production and evaluation....

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OCR GCSE Media Studies B324 Production Portfolio: Print Brief »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 21, 2013

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Advertising, Marketing, More on Advertising, Hot Entries, Magazines, Production Zone, Audio Production, Digital Photography, New Media Production, Print Production, Video Production, Web Production

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Controlled Assessment (30% of GCSE): Print Brief (Print Advertising)

B324 is the more creative, production based Controlled Assessment as part of the OCR GCSE Media Studies course – if taught over two years it is recommended that the pupils start B324 in year 11 allowing for 10 weeks minimum (dependent on weekly contact time) to complete the project which comprises 30% of the qualification (see example Year 2 Mini SOW below). OCR recommends 25-30...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Assignment 3 - Newspaper Production »

Rob Miller | Saturday November 02, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, News, Newspapers, Popular Press, Production Zone, Print Production

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To go with AQA GCSE Media Studies Assignment 3 Practical Production Evaluation Guide

For this brief students will be producing four pages of a new local or new national newspaper. If working as part of a group, no more than two students are permitted to produce four pages each.

Key Concepts = Media Language, Institution, Audience and Representation.

Structure

  • Individual Planning & Research: LOW, LIMITED SUPERVISION (15 Marks)
  • Construction:...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Assignment 3 - Web Based Production »

Rob Miller | Saturday November 02, 2013

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, Production Zone, New Media Production, Web Production, Website Analysis, Social Networking Analysis, Web Pages

For this brief students will be producing, individually four pages of a website (including the home page) for a new music artist. If working as part of a group, no more than two students are permitted to produce four pages each. For this production topic, it is recommended the students work individually.

Key Concepts underpinning = Media Language, Institution, Audience and Representation.

Structure

  • Individual Planning & Research: LOW, LIMITED SUPERVISION (15 Marks)
  • ...
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Planning, Filming and Editing with Mobile Devices Workshop »

Morag Larsen | Tuesday July 02, 2013

Categories: Hot Entries, Production Zone, New Media Production, Video Production, Skills, Video Camera Skills

In this increasingly mobile age a significant amount of content is now delivered by mobile for mobile devices.

In this course the training will show you how to produce film content quickly and easily on mobile devices for a variety of different uses.

Programme Details

We can provide training to teachers or students or both in:

  • Planning, Filming and Editing with mobile devices.

Our training can focus on specific skills such as:

  • Organising and preparing content and shooting...
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Guide to Sound Design with Audacity »

Viki Walden | Thursday April 25, 2013

Categories: Production Zone, Audio Production, Video Production, Skills, Software, Video Camera Skills, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom

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Associated Resources

  • Audacity Cross-Platform Sound Editor

Step 1 | Importing Sound or Music

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Click on the Project tab and select Import Audio. Choose your selected sound effect or music track from the hard drive.

Note: Music or sounds from CDs should be uploaded onto the computer hard drive first, rather than importing from CD.

Audacity will then load the audio file into the project window.

Step 2 | Functions

The Selection Tool

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This is the most useful icon and will...

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Improve Your Teaching | Audio Production »

Viki Walden | Thursday April 25, 2013

Categories: Production Zone, Audio Production, Video Production, Skills, Video Camera Skills, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, Staffroom, Equipment

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1. Understanding Sound

Sound is a feature often dismissed by students as the least important element, when in fact it can provide as much meaning for the audience as every visual and technical facet.

In this scene from Reservoir Dogs the song playing on the radio “Stuck In The Middle With You” is contrapuntal to the action, revealing the psychopathic nature of Mr Blonde. Parallel sound would have created a completely different sense, such as in the second clip: Casino...

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Web Design Coursework »

Caroline Bagshaw | Monday March 04, 2013

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Web Production, Skills, Web Design, Staffroom

Web design is a production option on some specs for coursework. It can be an attractive choice for students and, as with all production, needs careful planning, guidance and monitoring. As a relatively new production assignment it is essential that students are clear about how to approach the work in order to give them the best chance of securing a high mark by accessing the higher levels of the mark scheme. Given that there are several boards and specs that include web...

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Creating Film Projects Guide »

Richard Gent | Monday March 04, 2013

Categories: KS3, GCSE, A Level, Nationals, Firsts, Film, Film Language, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Video Production, Skills, Video Camera Skills, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching

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This colourful, jargon free guide will take you on a step-by-step journey, enabling groups or individuals to create films of their own. This guide is specifically designed for new film makers and is written by Lizzie Sykes, Senior Lecturer in TV Production at Bournemouth University and a community film maker with over 15 years’ experience. 

The aim of the guide is to provide its readers with the information they need to make key decisions about the films they want to make,...

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BTEC Level 3 Creative Media Production: Television and Video Studies »

Rob Miller | Monday February 25, 2013

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Video Production, Television

Assignment 1 & Learning Outcome 1: Understand the structure of the Television and Video Industry in the UK.

This assignment is related to the following key industry areas of Television and Video in the UK:

  • Organisation & Ownership
  • Income Generation
  • Systems and Technologies
  • Regulation

Organisation and Income Generation

  1. Name a Public Service Broadcaster
  2. What is PSB? 200 Words
  3. What are the debates on whether PSB is relevant today? 100 Words
  4. Identify 3 Commercial Broadcasters....
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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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