Banner-Image-2014---06-12-12AIn preparation for tomorrow’s lesson, you could do worse than familiarise yourselves with the BBFC website. In particular, you should check out the guidance for the following ratings: U, PG, 12 and 12A and 15.

There is also an excellent Education section which has loads of useful resources and information, including an opportunity for you to ‘Rate a Trailer‘… which is an exercise that will provide immense use to you as you finish your own! (Hint! Hint!)


Jumpcut Crew

My old keyboard player, Michael Hines, pointed me at Jumpcut. It’s not feasible for you this year (as you’d be working full-time right through the exams!), but it’s definitely a site to check on and they run regular projects.

Clicking on the poster will download the application pack which gives further information. If you are serious about a future career in the media, this could be just the thing for you!

Click on the Poster to download the Info Pack/Application

Tick… Tick… Tick…

Can I gently suggest that some of you need to get a bit more urgency into your efforts. You are all capable of producing a great report, but you cannot afford to waste time when you don’t need to. I did give you time last week to prepare your questionnaires. Some of you had them done and out that day… some of you still haven’t managed to do so. While I get that you are waiting for me to photocopy some of them, you are almost adults and quite capable of taking responsibility for getting your own copies… and I have told you when to get the masters to me for photocopying. If you don’t get them to me, then you cannot expect me to photocopy blank sheets for you.

Remember, the audience research section of the report is worth 5% of your overall grade… and none of you can afford to throw that away. It is the difference between a B and an A… or a pass and a fail. Your choice. Please start digging deeper… you done so much already, don’t sit back when the end is in sight. 🙂 </rant>

URGENT!!!!! <= cf: Douglas Adams

Just a quick warning that if you want to get your questionnaire’s out to support classes tomorrow (Thursday), I’ll need to get a copy of it first thing! I’m usually in by 8:40am.

Please try to keep them to no more than 2 sides of A4 (Make the font smaller or adjust the spacing if required), and each group can have 100 copies (for easy %age calculations!)

Here’s hoping you do better than this genuine Audience Response Card:

Research, Research, Research

Where to begin?

There are three main areas you need to consider carefully, and each of them require you to think and reflect…

As well as devising your own questionnaire (and that isn’t as easy as it sounds… you have to be wary of only asking questions that you want the answer to, or of framing them so you get the answer you already want/expect), you also need to get it out there as soon as possible. By Thursday at the latest. #seriously!

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 19.03.10To give you a few pointers, a quick Google™ search should find you some examples… but you’re likely to find they are mostly by other Media students. This is partly because the film industry (institutions) are loathe to share their intelligence. That said, you should find some if you persevere.

You might also want to think about people who carry out audience research for the sake of BFI_COL_LOGO_GLOWresearch itself. The BFI, for example. They regularly post research findings into audiences and films in the UK (and beyond). There’s a veritable treasure trove of figures and information to be found on their Film Industry Statistics and Reports page. You’ll need to rake, but theres plenty of information there that will be of use to you for your report, and also for the Role of Media question later… #justsaying

How Do You Use Edmodo?

Well, you just use Edmodo…

Edmodo is a really useful tool for allowing you to upload assignments, and keep tabs on your progress. It also allows you to give your parent/guardian/budgie a code so they can keep tabs on you as well. For some strange reason that I have yet to discern, no one has ever actually made use of this facility.

Here’s a step by step guide to getting you up and running…

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “I’m a Student” =>Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 12.11.02
  3. Fill in the simple form => Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 12.13.52
  4. The important bit is the “Group Code” which you can find in this (password protected) post.
  5. When done, your form should look like this: Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 12.19.42
  6. Click “Sign Up For Free” and that’s you.
  7. Oh, and there’s a useful iOS and Android app for Edmodo that allows you to keep tabs on the course.

Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a Facebook clone, it’s not. It has very limited functionality, but the reason it is of use is that it is like an extension of the classroom… and really useful for sharing resources. It also allows you to submit assignments, take quick revision tests, and generally keep on top of everything.

As a final point, Edmodo is designed from the ground up to be private and secure. You cannot share the content with anyone who does not have the group code (though you can give your parents their own unique ‘Parent Code’ should you wish…). It will also give you a wee (very limited) taster for the sorts of Social Media forums you’ll encounter at Uni/College.

If you have any questions, just drop me a line/comment/see me in class.