Wittertainment

Just a couple of wee things to get you thinking, both came up in discussion during Today’s lesson.

kermode-and-mayo-580If you are interested in film in particular, then the best film review podcast (by a loooonnnnggggg way) is Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Reviews. You can find them on iTunes or by clicking this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/kermode

The podcast is more entertaining than the live radio show (Friday from 2 – 4 on Radio 5 Live), not least because it loses the news and travel interruptions. More importantly, it has podcast extras which, if you ‘get it’ will become a highlight of your week.

What I will say is that Mark Kermode is one of the shrewdest and best film critics out there, bar none. He will infuriate you, he will rip films apart that you may like, and he will give you ideas for films you may not have ever thought of watching, but one thing you will find is that he is just about always fair in his reviews. Simon Mayo (ask your mum!) is an effective ‘straight man’ to Kermode’s outbursts.

Their show is full of in-jokes, but you will soon pick up on them (Hello to Jason Isaacs!). There are also over 200 previous shows on iTunes that you can download… if you want a taster, and one of the funniest film reviews of any films ever, then Kermode’s review of Sex and the City 2 is about as good as it gets:

Wittertainment & iWittr

It goes without saying that for the BBC’s flagship film review programme there should be a dedicated wiki and app. Please note, neither of these have anything to do with the BBC or Kermode and Mayo. Fall in love with their witterings now as it’ll save time in the long run… Oh, and they will help you deepen and develop your love of film. #justsaying

The wiki is here:

WITTERPEDIA.NET (Index of all pages HERE)

The App is here:

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PS: FYI, I am a Battenburg Cake.

 

 

 

Audience – Part 01

As promised, here’re the slides from today. If you’re smart, you’ll realise we haven’t been through all of them… and more importantly, you should have realised that there is a LOT of information in them as well… You need to read them through thoroughly. And ask questions because we both know you haven’t picked it all up on the first ‘reading’. (PS: There’ll be a short quiz on the topic soon as well. #justsayin)

Anyway… if you’re paying attention, you know what to do. Click on the woman 2 rows back, 2nd from the right (with the blond hair) to download the slides.

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Tomorrow, we should finish off this part of the slides ready to move on for your own market research. 🙂

Quizlet Up And Running… I Think!

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I think this should work!?! I’ve set up a Quizlet revision class which should help you practice and become more familiar with the terminology you will need to know as we progress. I’m not exaggerating when I say that becoming comfortable with what is, essentially, a new vocabulary is fundamental to doing well in the course. Honest. I’m really not.

Now… if this works, the link below should take you to a ‘join’ page where you will need to create a (free!) student account. You can use an existing email, or (and I’d seriously recommend this) set up a new Gmail account (other providers are available!) which you only use for studying… and you can carry this on to Uni/College as well. It’s a good idea to keep school/Uni/work stuff separate from your “real”/personal email.

The Link: https://quizlet.com/join/ft5An6z9K

Now… you can help me. This is the first time I’ve used Quizlet, and I haven’t seen what it’ll be like from your end as I can only sign in as a teacher. I would really appreciate anyone who can leave a comment here after trying it to see how it is from a learner’s point-of-view.

And be kind… this is a very basic set covering the 7 narrative structures we’ve been looking at. I know that Quizlet is capable of much more, but it’ll take me a few quizzes to get up to speed with all it can do.

Enjoy, and feel free to suggest topics and/or improvements… 🙂

I’ll Be Brief…

"Noooo!!!! Why did I have the beans for lunch..."
“Noooo!!!! Why did I have the beans for lunch…”

🙂 Hopefully you’re clear on this first stage of the Production… if not, ASK! I’ve added a copy of the Brief to this post, and I know most of you can read, so I’ll not repeat anything here. What I will say is that you need to be willing and able to justify any and all decisions, and in doing so, you need to draw on the coursework we are covering with regards Narrative Structures (ie: how you are choosing to tell your story), your Plot (which of Booker’s 7 Plots you are going to use), and the Characters you will introduce/use (ie: Propp is your pal!)…

You’re not daft, so you’ll be aware that there is much more to it than this, but that’s enough to get you off and running. We’ll return to exclusively looking at your production next Thursday as we’ll need to consider Audience for the first part of the week.

One Thing…

Start doing research! Think of the style/genre/movie you want to make. Can you find examples of existing media that you can emulate? It might be the style of a whole film or TV show (like Stranger Things), or perhaps just an individual scene/incident… what ever it is, make a note/find a link and be ready to share with the rest of your group/class. It’s one of those great subjects where it really is easier to show someone rather than tell them…

Anyway… HERE’s Da Brief! (See… I is down wit’ da kidz…)

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And Like That… Again!

Narrative. Story. Plot.

These are crucial concepts to get your head around. They shouldn’t be too difficult because you’ve been hearing the words for ages in English, but you do need to know them in greater depth.

For now, it is enough if you remember that there are SEVEN narrative structures that you should be aware of, and that by narrative structure, we mean how the story/text is constructed.

With regards the story (or plot) itself, there are only really 7 plots to consider…

Full details in the slides which (as ever) you can get as a PDF by clicking the picture below. Use the comments if you want clarification on any of it… 🙂

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Click to download the PDF