I’m stuck at home again today but will be back tomorrow. Keep working on assignment reports.
As well as the example I printed out for you, there are some more on the SQA Understanding Standards website. These are worth looking at as you can also see the markers’ comments and grades. You can find it by clicking here:

In addition, keep using appropriate Media terminology (from the Spielberg handout) and refer to your Assignment Workbook (Hitchcock cover) for headings and pointers/hints/tips.

I’m just at the end of an email or a comment on the blog. scottishteacher [at] me [dot] com if you need it. I’ll be back in tomorrow.


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!

Part 01 – Aide-Memoire

Here’s a thing… it’ll help you cover all you need to for Part 1. It’s useful. You should use it! 🙂


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!


Mega Quickie…

ALWAYS include the name of the director, the country, and the year released when talking about a film for the first time, e.g.:

Blade Runner (dir. Ridley Scott, USA, 1982)

After that, you can just say Blade Runner without needing the bit in brackets.



Sign Signified Signifier

Almost forgot to post this link!

01 Key Concepts Language.037
You know the drill… click on the perfume bottle to download the slides. 🙂


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