Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Conventions vodcasts

This is one of the most important coursework tasks. You're marked not just on the level of your research but also how you APPLIED this research. There is no upper limit on how many texts you could/should look at. You needn't always do so in great detail - it is very useful to pick out a single topic and look at multiple (always try for at least 5) examples on this.

Multiple mini-vodcasts on single topics are even better than main (separate) general and genre conventions vodcasts. Main vodcasts should be close to 10mins if a good level of research is being presented, while mini vodcasts (based on the usual approach of identifying 10 themes or sections) might be snappy 1min productions.

I have summed up what makes a good vodcast here.

Before going any further, have a look at the guide post for your Evaluation ('Explanation' in CAIE speak) question 1. If your work is high quality now, this task will be MUCH easier to do and do well.

There are guides for all Eval Qs, including Q1a (I suggest splitting it into 2). It really is helpful being aware of these from the start, as blogging along the way should make these much easier to tackle successfully.
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Analysing film openings - new guide

This post is a work in progress. I've done multiple highly detailed posts on this, but I aim to simplify this major element of coursework in this post - with links for further material on some of the themes I'll highlight.
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THE 5 BASIC THEMES OF YOUR COURSEWORK
Showing knowledge/understanding of filmic conventions, and making clear you've APPLIED research into these, is one of 5 fundamental strands of your coursework and its assessment:
  • AUDIENCE
  • INDUSTRY + TECHNOLOGY
  • CONVENTIONS
  • PRE-PRODUCTION/PLANNING
  • REFLECTION - PRESENTED CREATIVELY USING TECHNOLOGY
THE BASIC CONVENTIONS RESEARCH IS SPLIT IN TWO...
You need to first research the general conventions of film openings ... generally!!
If you are channel surfing, and VERY quickly unconsciously assessing what format you're seeing (that's news; soap; sitcom etc), you are processing media language clues or signifiers. Your challenge in coursework is to identify the media language that immediately identifies a text as belonging to a certain format - in this case not just film, but film opening.
You'll analyse a number of film openings from different genres, then summarise your findings with at least 1 vodcast backed up with additional posts on specific parts of the media language (eg idents, titles).

Once you've pitched and settled on a fixed idea, you'll repeat the process, this time focusing on GENRE, not GENERAL, examples. What media language enables an audience to quickly recognise a film opening as horror, rom-com etc? Again, you'll summarise your findings in at least 1 vodcast + further posts.

KEY FILM OPENING THEMES TO DISCUSS
There are infinite elements of the media language of film openings you could focus on, and you could spend days drilling into every single shot in a single film opening.
You are free to split the following themes into smaller topics, but this is my suggestion for helping you make links and comparisons between your opening analyses; organise your evidence of learning; and to set out clearly how this research has impacted your work/thinking. I will say more on each below.
  1. IDENTS, COMPANIES, PRODUCTION CONTEXT
  2. TITLES
  3. SOUND; GENRE SIGNIFICATION
  4. 1ST SHOT
  5. CENTRAL PROTAGONIST + NARRATIVE
  6. MISE-EN-SCENE FOR EXPOSITION
  7. TRANSITIONING TO MAIN FILM
  8. OTHER POINTS
As with any attempt to break down a general point, there is a lot of potential overlap between these, but focusing your research and analysis in this way should help.

THEME 1: IDENTS, COMPANIES, PRODUCTION CONTEXT

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

STORYBOARD tips

http://nofilmschool.com/2017/08/here-are-some-things-you-should-ask-yourself-storyboarding

Monday, 31 July 2017

TEMPLATES 99 professional downloadable files

http://nofilmschool.com/2016/08/grab-every-filmmaking-form-youll-ever-need-these-99-free-templates