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Analysing Film Posters »

Jassy Hothi | Thursday September 06, 2012

Categories: Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Skills

When analysing any film poster you need to consider the following points:

What Types of Poster Are There?

Identify which type of poster it is.

The Teaser Poster

This poster contains basic information to whet your appetite. It often does not indicate much about the plot, but may have a picture of the stars, and the name of the film.

The Main Poster

This contains information about the production personnel, the stars, and the distributors.

Video/DVD Release Poster

This one...

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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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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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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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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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Key Tutorials »

Richard Gent | Tuesday June 30, 2009

Categories: Skills, Key Tutorials

Not all of these guides have been completed but we’re on the case! If we can’t find an existing and freely available video tutorial on the web for you to use, we’ll produce one ourselves.

Audio Editing Tutorials

Audacity Tutorials

Image Analysis Tutorials

Analysing Images on Mediaedu

BBC Training Tutorials

BBC Training & Development - Free Online Courses

Digital Cameras & Photography Tutorials

An Introduction to Digital Cameras & Photography by Paul Bradforth on Mediaedu

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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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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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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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Writing a Press Release »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday March 07, 2009

Categories: Skills, Press Releases

Apple Sells One Million iPads

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/05/03ipad.html

Many commentators say the most important part of a press release is one trigger word in the opening sentence.

Depending on which study you look at 55 percent to 97 percent of all news releases sent to media outlets are never used, according to Dennis L. Wilcox and Lawrence W. Nolte’s Public Relations Writing & Media Techniques.

  • Opening sentence is crucial and must grab the attention of the...
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NCFE Level 1 Unit 4: Assemble Interactive Media Product to Produce Final Work »

Rob Miller | Monday March 14, 2016

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

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

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

You will:

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

Rob Miller | Friday August 21, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Advertising, Marketing, Film, Action Adventure, Comedy, Disaster Movies, Drama, Fantasy, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Language, Film Promotion, Film Trailers, Horror, Independent Film, Mise-en-scene, Science Fiction, Social Realism, Thrillers, War, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Digital Graphics, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Skills, Understanding Key Topics, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, Skills, Textual Analysis, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, Television, Storyboarding, Website Analysis, Web Pages

Milan, Italy - January 26 2013: People of 501st Legion official costuming organisation take part in the Star Wars Parade wearing perfectly accurate costumes.

Welcome to this interactive resource on Science Fiction films, your Unit 1 examined topic that focuses on all areas of exam questioning. Use in conjunction with the Edusites Media Specimen Exam and Preliminary Material.

Have a look at some Science Fiction events around the country. Comic Cons have a reputation for...

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CCEA GCE Moving Image Arts AS2 Critical Response »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 20, 2015

Categories: A Level, CCEA A Level, CCEA AS, Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Key Concepts, Genre, Media Language, Skills, Textual Analysis, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Welcome to the externally assessed online exam unit of the CCEA Moving Image Arts AS qualification. You will be taking a 90 minute exam that is worth 30% of the AS qualification – in the exam you respond to unseen moving image clips.

Key Points

1. You answer three questions based on unseen clips: two based on live action film sequences, one on an animated sequence.

Close Up: The Shining (1980)

Medium Shot: Frozen (2013)

2. The questions are based on you analysing a...

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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 4: Investigate Typefaces in Developing a Graphic Design Interface »

Rob Miller | Wednesday August 05, 2015

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

Introduction

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

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

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

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

Rob Miller | Monday August 03, 2015

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

Introduction

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

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

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

Rob Miller | Sunday August 02, 2015

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

Associated Resources

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

Introduction

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

  1. An Annotated (labelled) Research File - collecting evidence against a checklist - see below.
  2. Using PowerPoint or Prezi to make a short presentation, explaining the software...
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WJEC AS Media Studies MS2 Media Production Processes: Film Genres »

Rob Miller | Thursday July 30, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Codes & Conventions, Film Analysis, Film Storyboarding, Science Fiction, Key Concepts, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Skills, Software, Textual Analysis, Video Camera Skills

Associated Resources

  • Storyboard Frame Sheet template.pdf

Brief - Film Genres

  • A Pre Production Research and 36 shot Science Fiction Planning Storyboard - students can choose their own film genre (20 Marks)
  • A Film Production - Filming and Editing an original short Science Fiction Film up to 3 minutes in length - students can choose their own film genre but it must link directly to the pre production storyboard (40 Marks)
  • A Report - A report between 1200-1600 words reflecting...
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BTEC Level 2 Unit 5: Digital Publishing Production »

Rob Miller | Sunday July 26, 2015

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

Associated Resources

  • Magazine Double Page Spread Flat Plan.pdf

Introduction

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

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

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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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AQA GCSE Media Studies Science Fiction Films Workshop »

Rob Miller | Friday July 10, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Consultancy and Workshops, Edusites Media Student & Teacher Workshops, Film, Science Fiction, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Distribution, Exhibition, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Regulation, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics, Skills, Textual Analysis, Theory, Genre Theory

Book A Half or Full Day Workshop in Your School

Programme Details

  • Edusites Media provides visually dynamic, interactive Starter, Booster and Revision Courses on TV Science Fiction Films dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.
  • Students will analyse Science Fiction Films, both mainstream and independent linking with notions of genre hybridisation and institution.
  • Activities will include how to respond to a pitch e.g. marketing a new Science Fiction Film while...
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Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Unit R082: Creating Digital Graphics »

Rob Miller | Wednesday July 08, 2015

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

Introduction

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

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

Portrait Examples

...

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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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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: Film and Video Editing Techniques »

Rob Miller | Friday February 22, 2013

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

A standard Hollywood film typically contains between 1000 and 2000 shots; an action film can typically contain upwards of 3000, this clearly indicates the importance of editing and the way in which it can be used to shape the audiences experience. This unit is designed to introduce you to the process of editing moving image material.

This is a practical unit but also one in which you will develop your understanding of production and post-production techniques. On completion...

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Media Studies Apps »

Richard Gent | Thursday January 17, 2013

Categories: KS3, GCSE, A Level, Nationals, Firsts, Hot Entries, New Media, Digital Media, New Technologies, Skills, Software, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching

Here are some apps that are used in and out of the Media Studies classroom. We’ve attempted to find links to the different operating systems to help identify if the version you need exists.

Language

Close Up Film Language Glossary iOS

The Close-Up Film Language Glossary of the well-known German Educational Publishers Schöningh provides clear and concise definitions of essential film language terms used in basic and advanced film courses. Though geared for use in high school...

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Making Movies Make Sense DVD | An Interactive Guide to Using Film »

Richard Gent | Monday September 17, 2012

Categories: KS3, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Film, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Media Language, Production Zone, Video Production, Skills, Video Camera Skills, Staffroom

What is Making Movies Make Sense?

‘Making Movies Make Sense’ is an all-new interactive resource to help you run film viewing and filmmaking activities with children and young people.

Making Movies Make Sense shows you:

  • What equipment you need
  • The key principles: camera, lighting, sound and editing
  • How to make a film step by step: planning, filming and editing
  • Practical activities for classroom and out-of-school contexts
  • What films to use

Making Movies Make Sense is...

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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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Internet Safety Animation by Newman School »

Jack Todhunter | Monday February 21, 2011

Categories: Advertising, More on Advertising, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Understanding Media, Production Zone, Skills, Staffroom, Equipment

This video was created using a combo of three programs. First, a cheap Mac program called Noodle Flix. This allows green screen and allows you to animate half a dozen digital heads, male and female.

Second a “cloud” program called Xtranormal which used to be free but they now charge for downloads. This gives you camera moves like a studio and third a PC program called Crazytalk which is very versatile. You can animate eyes and mouths on objects but it is meant for faces. A...

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Referencing in Reports & Essays - Harvard System »

Jeremy Orlebar | Thursday January 27, 2011

Categories: Skills, Referencing

Harvard System

The system for referencing most commonly used in universities and for dissertations. in the UK and the US is known as the Harvard system.

It works like this. If you quote from any published, or unpublished, work you must say where it has come from– this is known as referencing the source.

1. In the body of your text all you need to do is put at the end of the quote two things - the family/surname name of the person whom you are quoting and the date it was...

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Guide to Referencing - Buckinghamshire New University »

Richard Gent | Thursday December 16, 2010

Categories: Skills, Referencing, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Skills

Click on the link below to find out how to refer to other people’s work in your own writing:

http://bucks.ac.uk/current_students/e-services__tools/guide_to_referencing.aspx




Radio Podcasts Level 2 »

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 Two. 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 commercials, corporate...

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WJEC Textual Analysis Writing Frame Science Fiction Film Trailers »

Jassy Hothi | Saturday January 23, 2010

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Film, Science Fiction, Other Topics, Posters, Film Poster Analysis, Skills

Film Poster Writing Frame Sci-fi Trailers.doc

 




Storyboarding Tutorials »

Richard Gent | Thursday October 29, 2009

Categories: Production Zone, Digital Photography, Print Production, Video Production, Skills, Storyboarding

Understanding Storyboarding on Mediaedu




Music Video Pre-Production »

Jeremy Orlebar | Wednesday September 23, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Music, Music Video, Other Topics, Production Zone, Video Production, Skills

Music videos offer great opportunities to be creative on video using low cost equipment. You can work in just about any genre or style you like, as long as it has some relationship to the song.

Most of the hard work is usually done in postproduction, but that certainly does not mean you should skate over the shooting; it is essential you have enough shot material to work on in editing.

What is a music video trying to do?

A successful music video has to work at two levels...

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Popular Press Quiz »

Phoebe Prentice-Terry | Tuesday September 08, 2009

Categories: GCSE, News, Popular Press, Other Topics, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes, Skills

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Digital Photography Quiz »

Phoebe Prentice-Terry | Tuesday September 08, 2009

Categories: GCSE, A Level, Production Zone, Digital Photography, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes, Skills

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British Pop Music Quiz »

Phoebe Prentice-Terry | Tuesday September 08, 2009

Categories: KS3, GCSE, Music, British Pop Music, Other Topics, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes, Skills

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