Music Copyright

Given the number of people who have asked, here’s a helpful wee link for you that explains how music copyright works in the real world…

Click the chicken to see the site!
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Storyboarding – An Overview

Found the video I was referencing in class yesterday… It wasn’t on No Film School after all (hence the delay!)

The important thing(s) to remember is(are) that the storyboard is:

a) pretty essential,

b) a guide to visualise your filming,

c) a working document… not a work of art! You really don’t have to be good at drawing.

If you want to use a template, a quick Google* image search for ‘storyboard templates‘ will give you plenty to choose from/adapt/etc…

Happy storyboarding!

2:30am

Two – Thirty… Tooth hurty! Get it? (Why do I bother)

I’ve got to go to the dentist for an emergency appointment for toothache (before I cause unnecessary harm to small creatures…)

Take this opportunity to read through the Narrative Handouts (from the previous two posts) and see if you can identify some films you know and their Narrative structure (Handout 1) and which plots (Handout 2) they have used.

There are plenty of examples in the handouts, but see if you can come up with new examples for as many as possible… also… don’t just write lists. Try to EXPLAIN your answers as best you can.

I’ll be in as soon as I’ve been to the dentists, hopefully by the back of 9. See y’all later. 🙂

Narrative Theory – 1

Click for the PDF… obvs!

Hi everyone… finally managed to sit down with an internet connection!

Here’s part one of the Narrative slides. Remember, you have a rundown of what Narrative means in the Key Aspects Booklet (with Spielberg on the cover)…

Also, at the bottom of this post, you’ll find the Word Version of the Assignment Handbook. I’d recommend downloading it and having a skim through it. We’ll go through the important parts in class next week so don’t feel too intimidated by it. (Yes, it does represent a massive amount of work, but if you keep on top of it, it’s very do-able!)

We discussed in class a few films that I wasn’t sure whether you had seen or not… and it’s a sign of my age that there are many that I know and love that you haven’t heard of! Just tell me… however, the ones I was mentioning in particular with regards Narrative, include The Usual Suspects, E.T. – The Extra-Terrestial, and Jaws. Unusually, I’m not going to link to them because (and especially The Usual Suspects), the real joy is in seeing it without knowing what is going to happen. yes, you can look up the plot, but don’t… you’ll only get one chance to see it for the first time and it is worth it!

Obviously, I’m interested in hearing which films you have seen and rate as well… I’m always keen for suggestions and many of my favourite films have been recommendations or suggestions from pupils so, go for it!

More to come over the weekend, but for now, here’s the Assignment Booklet. We’ll go through it in class as soon as I get the hard copies. 🙂

Guess what happens when you click on Hitchcock!

IMDB Quick Research Guide

Hi class…

Just a quick step-by-step to finding things on IMDB. 🙂

  1. Go to IMDB.com (duh!)

2. Search for the film you are researching:

3. Er… look. You’ve found the page! 

4. Scroll down the page until you see “Company Credits”. Click “See more >>” to get fuller details.

5. The first part of this section (Production Companies) tells you who actually produced (made) the film. As a general guide, more production companies usually suggest a smaller/independent film. The risk is spread across more people, and they each put up less money in the first place.

P.S. Consider the difference between Atomic Blonde‘s list of production companies with Cars 3

You can often find more information about the film on Wikipedia, or a film’s official website, or newspaper articles, or Rotten Tomatoes, or… well, you get the idea! 🙂

Next up will be a wee bit help with part 2 of the homework. In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for Edmodo.com.

ASA Changing

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have just announced some changes. They will be worth following and for the course, are relevant for INSTITUTIONS and REPRESENTATION.

The BBC reporting of the news is here:

Click for the link… duh!

And the full ASA report can be accessed here:

Guess what happens if you click on it…

Plenty to read and think about… and it will appear in the coursework before Christmas! 😉

Would love to get any feedback from you if you have time. 🙂