Here’s Lookin’ At You, Kid!

Just a wee heads up… I’ll be in the hospital tomorrow during the lesson (I may be back in time… I have no longer how it’ll take). Your task is straight-forward is simply to carry out an analysis of the closing scene of Casablanca.

Your focus is up to you, but I’d expect at least one comment and reference (quotation) from each of the starred Key Aspects below. Do your best, and don’t forget the things we’ve talked about with regards the previous clips.

Content-based KA analysis 

Categories: genre, purpose, tone, style

* Language: medium/form-specific technical codes, cultural codes, anchorage

* Narrative: structures, codes, conventions

* Representation: representations, selection and portrayal, ideological discourses

Context-based KA analysis 

* Audience: target audience, preferred reading, differential decoding, mode of address

Institution: internal controls and constraints, external controls and constraints

* Society: time, place

One last hint (and it’s a BIG one)… don’t forget you have a rather wonderful glossary at the back of your course booklet… and that your course booklet is stuffed full of awesome hints and tips and explanations! 😉

Here’s the clip:

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


Reminder: The Key Concepts

Just a wee reminder for you as you revise…

The Key Concepts

These are the areas we have been considering all year and can be summed up as follows…

When we look at media texts, we ask the following questions:

How are texts shaped to meet needs, influence behaviour and achieve a purpose?

The Role of the Media
What type of text is it? Categories
How do we know what it means? Language
What type of story does it tell? Narrative
How does it present its subject? Representation
Who has produced it, and what constraints did they face? Institutions
Who receives it, and what sense do they make of it? Audience
When are texts received? Society

Easter Revision 03 – Narrative

[Version 1]

A handful of files for you today…

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Click on the images to download the three files. The ‘green’ one you should already have as a printout… and also the booklet Narrative one as well.

As you read through them, always be thinking about PQD, and also whether the narratives of any music videos you see fit them as well (I’ll give you a clue, they probably do!)

Be on the look out for examples to illustrate the concepts and theories… and keep your eyes peeled for a wee update on what you need to remember for the exam itself. 🙂

As ever, I am indebted to the work of Messrs Pikavance, Jewell and Instrell for the originals… My revamps are mainly so I can run them on my Mac!

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Prelim Prep 01

Here’s the first revision aid for you…

It’s a mind map (well, duh!) of what the SQA are looking for in Question 1. What you should be able to do is extend each of the outer shapes by referring to The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (dir. Stephan Elliott, Aus, 1994) [PQD, for short]. For example, what could you say about representation in PQD? And what quotations from the film would you use to illustrate what you are saying? And what would be your evaluation/opinion of the representation?

And then do the same for every other outer shape. With maybe more than one illustration/example/quotation for each. And then be ready to use that information to answer a question… 😉

(On a more practical level… if you can’t extend any of the shapes, you know what you need to revise!)

And remember, this is revision and prep, so bullet points/notes are fine!