Hi everybody…

Welcome to the class blog. Home of handouts, homework, and bad jokes… First off are the slides we’ve been looking at over the past week. 🙂 I will revise the content in August (as nobody will remember all of it… 😉 ) but in the meantime, read through it, expand your notes, and keep watching films!

Sign Signifier Signified

So… the real fun starts here.

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You are to choose an advert (Press/magazine/poster/TV) and identify five of the signs used in its creation… and also give some thoughts on what they signify. Bonus points for seeing if you can combine all the separate signs into an overview of the adverts overall message. I’m looking forward to seeing what you hand me on Monday 🙂

What’s that, you say? You’d like the slides from class to refer to? Oh, all right. Here they are…

Click to download the slides!


Easter Revision 02 – Language

[Version 2]*

pdf-icon-1Next up is LANGUAGE. (Click the PDF icon to download)

Essentially, language looks at the techniques used in a medium (print, television, film, radio, internet,…) to create meaning.

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 09.16.37This is Part 1 — UPDATE: Part 2 is further down the page. As you go through the slides, remember the discussions and work we did in class on this, and apply it to PQD (or any other text you read).

UPDATE – New Slides For You

Here are the slides covering camera angles, movement, framing, costume, lighting, and several other important concepts. As you go through them, remember I used a LOT of examples in class to illustrate them. I’ve left some of the grabs from them to remind you, but will be happy to go through them all again after the break.

What I would suggest is that you make sure you have examples of them that you can quote in your answer to Q1 (where relevant!). They are worth mentioning if they have been used by Stephan Elliott to help him convey his message. Anyway, here they are (you do know to click on the picture that follows, don’t you?)

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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!

*Version 1a – Added tags/categories!
*Version 2 – Added Slides on camera work.


Media Word Cloud 01I will have the all new singing and dancing Production Logbooks for you on Tuesday, and would like to give over a couple of periods to allow you to start planning and carrying out your initial research… so please make sure you are prepared with any source materials/laptops/iPads/etc that you think you will need. (PS: I highly recommend using Evernote to keep your notes and thoughts organized… I’m happy to do a lunchtime session on how to use it if you’d like.)

Remember to follow up on the key terms I used today in class… don’t forget there is a handy GLOSSARY you can use to read up about them (yes, that is homework!). In no particular order (OK, alphabetical) , the main ones I talked about in class were:

Cultural codes (eg: what various characters were wearing)

Source music(Diegetic sound) or underscoring (non-diegetic sound)

Enigma/enigmatic code (Look it up!)

Montage (the combination of shots)

Parallel editing (multiple stories being told at once… think Holes)

Preferred reading (a specific interpretation intended by the maker)

If you can begin to learn and use these terms, you are well on your way to nailing the exam. 🙂

PS: In response to a request for interesting films, I’ll be posting some of my favourites and reasons why I like them later. 

PPS:The next post is only for the class to access and will need a password to open. If you have forgotten it, leave a comment and I’ll remind you. 🙂