I’ve been busy with these for you… they are mostly broken down to point you at the correct part of the course/notes and also to point you at what you could say for the tasks.

In no particular order… (Click the link to download. All files are PDFs)

SQA Revision Multiple Egs

Media Revision Notes

2017 – PQD Overview

I will be running a study support/exam prep session tomorrow from 9 -> 1 or 2 depending on demand/need. I’m planning to tackle Q1 periods 1&2, and Q2 (Role of Media) periods 3&4. I’ll also be running a similar session Tuesday periods 3&4 and lunchtime. Basically, if you have questions, come in and ask! 😉

RoM – Full Slides

rom-handout-grabHere is the full slidedeck/handout for the role of media we’ve been talking about in class. Feel free to ask questions, and apply what is in the slides to the pop videos we have looked at … (Click on the beard to download the slides!)

Use the weekend to prepare for attempting to answer a RoM question on Monday. You can find more information about what is looked for on the SQA website here. (Question Paper / Marking Scheme)

RoM Questions To Consider

Gratuitous Cheesecake Shot of Elvis. No need to thank me… Though, you do need to wonder if this is a hint! 😉

We almost made it! Here are the questions from the last slide that I’d like you to consider:

When considering all the videos we looked at (links are in the slides in THIS post), you should be thinking about the following:

  1. How do companies (institutions) profit?
  2. What is being promoted?
  3. Is there any sense of ‘public service’?
  4. Which audience need(s) are being met?
  5. What intentional and unintentional affects on attitudes & behaviours are created by the videos?

There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer here… and you are free to be selective in the examples/evidence you use to support your points. What I will say is, as far as the SQA are concerned, you will need to mention theorists (such as Mulvey, Kilborne and Butler), you will need to consider at least two points-of-view/approaches to reading the texts, and you should aim to persuade the reader of your own opinions of the portrayal of femininity in music videos.

Feel free to include your own examples as well… just remember to include live links!

We’ll be trying to write an answer to these questions in class tomorrow (though, when I say ‘we’, I really mean ‘you’… I’m going to discuss your assignments with you for the rest of the week.)

As ever, enjoy!

Trailers Part 1

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 23.16.42Just finished converting the slides from today (it took a while to strip out the trailers from the document). You will get most of these as a handout as soon as I can find a working copier and time to press “print”! In the meantime, you should bear in mind that as well as allowing you to consider how you will approach your own trailer, studying trailers is an interesting media exercise in itself.

If I were to give you any advice at the moment, it would be to be making a mental note of the common features in the trailers. What does every trailer appear to have? And remember, the from the second the trailer starts (and I mean the green MPAA slide when I say that), it is trying to get you to pay to see the film. If I draw an analogy with English, one could argue that a trailer is like a poem in that there is no waste in it. Everything is there for a reason (purpose).

Anyway, here are the slides (Click THIS LINK, or click on the thumbnails on the right to download).

Part 2 tomorrow, and remember, Mr Jamieson will be sitting in and asking you about the course (so I’ll be nervous and talking far too much!). Please be honest with him. We need to know the bad as well as the good. 🙂


A Little Light Reading…

Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 13.54.36You may wish to read up a little more on this:

And I’ll leave you with this, the opening statement from the wikipedia entry:

Sexuality in music videos has become more widespread since the 1980s. Because of its commercial function, music videos must attract the audience’s attention and convey a message quickly. The sexual attraction provides a means of both drawing attention and conveying a message quickly.

(PS: I may be pointing out the obvious, but music videos as we understand them did not exist before the 1980s… but that should not detract from the point it is making)