Welcome to our AS media coursework blog

In our group there is Becky Wholley (featured left) and me, Hannah Ferreira. We are producing a 2 minute film opening of the horror genre. The Film title is Sleep Tight.
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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Top 5 fave films

1. Atonement:
Director: Joe Wright
Budget: $30,000,000
Gross: $50,921,738

Atonement has such a gripping story line. I love the cinematography, the way it shows the tension and time period really well. The set is very impressive and cleverly made up as the scene for Dunkirk was filmed in Middlesborough.

2. Napolean Dynamite: 
Director: Jared Hess
Budget: $400,000
Gross: $44,540,956

Napolean Dynamite has to be one of my all time favorite films because of the humor. The versimiltude/non hollywood glamour in the film is what makes it funny. 

3. An Education:
Director: Lone Scherfig
Budget: £4,500,000

I find this film very clever because the audience look at the story, subconsciously, through the eyes of 16-17 year old Jenny. There are very talented actors and actresses in the film which make you feel the emotion of the characters.

4. Inception:
Director: Christopher Nolan
Budget: $160,000,000
Gross: $288,405,376

The ingenious idea and concept of the film, in my opinion is what makes it so good. The believable special effects and pace of the film is also what gives it quality.

5. Glorious 39:
Director: Stephen Poliakoff
Budget: £3,700,000
Gross: £301,813

One of the most gripping films I've ever seen because of the twists of the plot and the amazing acting. The use of music and lighting are very effective in producing a dark/nervous  atmosphere. 

Friday, 8 October 2010

My coursework task

Your mission is to carry out the following brief:

Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.
Main task: the titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes.
All video and audio material must be original, produced by the candidate(s), with the exception of music or audio effects from a copyright-free source.

The coursework is worth 50% of the AS (same at A2) and the marking (detailed later) is divided into 3 sections:



Even before you start shooting (let alone planning) your production, you need to keep this final stage in mind. If you start (b)logging notes on this now it will save you a lot of stress as the final deadline (in May!) approaches. You are tasked with answering these questions (see below for details on how this is marked):

  • In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? 
  • How does your media product represent particular social groups?
  • What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? 
  • Who would be the audience for your media product? 
  • How did you attract/address your audience? 
  • What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? 
  • Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

Your work is marked partially on my observations of your approach and level of organisation, but fundamentally its a DVD and your blog that are marked.

My Summary
The marking scheme that the teacher has to follow/abide by have guidelines to where you fit in. These are: 

G321 - Simplified Marking Criteria as 1 Sheet