What’s The Story, Balamory?

Time to get busy while I’m in the hospital getting my picture taken. 🙂

As we started discussing in class today, you need to have the discussion about which story you are developing into the final film. Remember… you need to consider what elements you can/can’t use in your film, and you should also be story-boarding bits in preparation for the next stages…

Get busy, and I’ll be back tomorrow 🙂 (Click the pic to get the slides!)


Institutions: Part The First

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-20-42-13Ok folks… the slides are the full set including some rather important things we haven’t covered yet but need to for the product (so feel free to read through them and be ready with questions)…

Click on the clown to download them..

Don’t get too worried about memorising the various Laws at the moment, the key thing at this stage is to be aware that there are Acts and organisations that influence media production and products… We’ll be covering them in a case study later in the course. 🙂

kids-club-phoenix-bbfcOne thing I do recommend you do is familiarise yourselves with the very excellent BBFC website… and possibly get the free BBFC app (iOS or Android). The BBFC have a very pragmatic and honest approach to film classification and you will learn a LOT simply by taking some time to look through the site. If you’re looking for a way to get started, try picking a film you know and see what the BBFC have said about it. The BBFC Insight is an excellent overview of the thinking behind a particular film’s rating… though be warned: SPOILER ALERTS AHOY!

To be fair, the BBFC will warn you when you’re headed into spoiler territory, but still…

Finally, if you didn’t get the chance in class, do have a go at trying to Rate A Trailer yourself. 🙂

You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth…

2e06ee02dafcc77e099cfe4e5a5d967b025b22632fde80b4a51ff5d071ee47bdI’m in the midst of marking your homework on Audiences and wanted to just quickly remind you/me of something I’ve noticed… This is Media and not English so I have zero problems with you quoting/citing/repeating back to me what I have said or what is in the handouts. 🙂 You don’t have to turn things into your own words unless you are comfortable doing so (and do so accurately!). It is the information and way of thinking that is more important than your ability to be quick with language…

For the same reason, I have no problems with bullet point answers where they will do the job. Again, it is the information that matters, not your ability to answer in proper sentences (though well done for doing so… you are a credit to yourself… and you probably took half as long again as everyone else to complete the answers… 😉 )

Anyway… t-break over. Got answers to finish. 🙂

Extra! Extra! Extra! Read All About It…

Someone asked me how I knew about so many different things and, in the finest Wizard of Oz tradition, I thought I’d pull back the curtain and let you see (some) of the sources I know. And how to access them the easy way. 🙂

There are lots, actually, make that LOTS of websites devoted to film/movies/TV/newspapers et al. Too many for any one person to read them all. So you need to become selective and smarter. Start with just one or two, and then add/discard others as your needs and interests change. I’ll give you three that I rely on most, and follow it up with a quick tip on how to follow them and keep sane. 🙂

In no particular order, my ‘go to’ three would be:

The Guardian Film Page

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SlashFilm (/film)

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Film School Rejects

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I’ve learned lots from each of these, and they are worth keeping an eye on… but rather than visiting each page, sign up for a free Feedly.com account (you can sign in with Google or Facebook) and subscribe to the sites you want. Then, you just need to visit feedly to get your fix…


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Some great ideas kicking around today, and I’m happy with the initial progress being made by all groups so… Yay, Class! 👏

Thought you might appreciate electronic copies of the Production Booklet. If nothing else, it’ll allow you to have a copy on your e-device of choice. 🙂 For the PDF version, click on Mrs Bates, for the Word version, click on the Word icon! 😉

Hitchcock Booklet Cover