Lights… Camera… In-Action…

Raptors in the kitchenHi everyone. Here’s a primer for next week’s shenanigans.

As mentioned, you will be filming your ‘scene-stealers‘ (and mahoosive thanks to Ms Lynch of Blairgowrie HS for sharing the idea!) so you’d better be prepared/ready… here’s how:

  1. Choose a scene from a film you will recreate…
  2. Find the script (10 Great Websites to Download Movie Scripts) or transcribe the scene/sequence you have chosen
  3. Look closely at the use of cameras (shots, angles, motion), and also any deliberate lighting effects
  4. Storyboard your own version
  5. Film (you can use your phone(s)/Eng. Dept. iPads/DSLR), but don’t get too hung up on the quality at the moment… it is recreating the shots that is the focus
  6. Edit (using any software you can get access to, like Windows Movie Maker in school, or YouTube editor online)
  7. Get ready for the premiere!

We’ll be working on 1, 2 and 3 in class on Monday, but you can jump straight to 4/5 if you do some preparation between now and then. 🙂

As ever, leave a comment if you have any questions.

Monday Monday…

Your preparation for Monday’s return to (semi-)normality is to read two documents. 🙂 They are:

Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 11.20.161) The IPSO Editor’s Code of Practice (Click the icon to download it),

 

and

2) The Sky News Editorial Guidelines 2014/2015

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It is important that you read through both and consider how they may (or may not) keep newspapers or news channels on the right side of the law.

In particular, I’d like you to consider how legally binding you think these documents are. Would they still allow a journalist to break the law in an attempt to get a story?

I’ll be checking comments and email between 7pm and 10pm tomorrow (Sunday) if you want to run any ideas by me, or if you are struggling with your Report.

🙂

Mars Volta Example Update

I ran through a LOT of information today, so if you missed bits, or want any clarified, use the comments to ask! 🙂

Following on from the blank, here is the worked example we looked at in class (click on the image to see it as a PDF file — you’ll be able to zoom in on the small print!):

Worked EG

Here’s the direct link as the firewall appears to be playing up. :-/ https://highermediastudies.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/compass-mcmap.pdf

Planning Maps

Just a quick upload today. One you’ve seen, the other is what we’ll be looking at tomorrow.

First up is the outline planning map you should use to consider what your product/brand represents. It’s fairly straight-forward, and the McD example we looked at in class should help you make sense of it.

Compass McMap.002

Remember, this map is useful for getting to grips with what it is you are going to produce. It is NOT map for your product… that’s this one:

Compass McMap.006

This will be the focus for tomorrow’s lesson. If you have time, I’d recommend clicking through on it and looking at it full size so you can see the small print.

There are 8 separate areas to consider and cover when you create your product (and note, though the example I’ll used is for an advertising poster, these are applicable no matter which media product you choose), and each becomes an area that you will need to know for the final exam (and, the prelim, of course!). A quick guide follows:

  1. Purpose/Target Audience: What is the product for, and who is it intended to be consumed by?
  2. Research: Find out what is already out there.
  3. Internal/External Factors: Internal factors relate to the (for example) iconography/expectations of the brand and/or product. External factors are relevant regulations/laws over what you can or can’t say and do in your product.
  4. Media/Genre: What are you producing and where will it be consumed.
  5. Content: Choosing what goes into your product.
  6. Tone/Style: Decisions on the format and look of the product.
  7. Cultural codes: What elements appropriate to the focus will be included.
  8. Technical codes: Decisions on the technical act of creating your product.

Hopefully, you already have a good grasp of these concepts, but we’ll be working through an example in class before getting you to develop your own product.

As ever, feel free to ask questions in the comments or in class. 🙂