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!
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Audience And Other Stuff

I’m not in today for health reasons. Here’re the slides I referenced yesterday:

Click For The Slides

As mentioned, remember things like:

  • Reception (where and how you encounter a media text)
  • Hypodermic Needle Theory
  • Two Step Flow Theory
  • Uses and Gratifications Theory
  • Reception Theory
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

And also, check the Understanding Standards site (Click Image for Link):

Click The Pic for the Link

I’ll see you tomorrow!

Pressies…

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

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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