Thursday, September 22, 2016

Year 9 Fruit Bowl task

Year 9 period 1 & 2- Miss Fowler's class
Photoshop fruit bowl workshop (continued)


Choose a word from the list provided below:

Urban
Fashionable
Expensive
Skin-tone
Pastel

Vibrant
Fresh
Youthful
Earth
Autumn
Winter
Fruity
Horror
Punk

You should complete a palette on Photoshop with all the colours that fit your chosen word. The next step is to develop this into a creative fruit bowl using the eyedropper tool on Photoshop. Select a photo from Google images that represents the word you have chosen and then paste that into your fruit bowl template. A few links to help you:

Fruit bowl template: Media Shared > Resources > GCSE > Introduction to Media > GCSE Photoshop exercises > FRUIT BOWL COLOUR TASK

Remember to save it in YOUR own folder on the Media Shared drive before doing any work on it.

What we're hoping to create:



If you finish a fruit bowl, you can save it as a JPEG and upload it on your blog. There is an extension exercise using the 'Paste into' and magic wand features which Mr Qureshi can demonstrate if you get there. Have a go at using 'Paste into' using lots of different images that are all related eg horror. Make a fruitbowl using the different images as a collage. 

After you have completed your 3 fruit bowls (palette/poster/theme), upload them to your blog and answer the following questions underneath:
1) Which do you think worked most successfully as a design? Why?
2) Show your fruitbowls to the person next to you and get a WWW and an EBI feedback point from them. Write this on your blog with their name. 
3) What have you learned about Photoshop? Write out the instructions for another student who has not used Photoshop before. This will help you to revise the skills you have learned. 
4) Pick 5 colours and google the CONNOTATIONS of these colours. Add this information to your blog. 
5) If you finish all of the above, make a mood board for your theme. Does it match your fruit bowl? How can you tell?

Good luck - the most important thing is that you spend the lesson getting to know Photoshop and making mistakes along the way. That's how we learn! And I will be there to help. 

Miss Fowler :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mr Halsey cover work: Thursday 22 September

Year 10: I'm sorry I won't be in our lesson on Thursday - I'm out at an AQA Media briefing that I can't get out of.

The work is all set up and after a short demonstration from Mr Qureshi you should be able to log in and get on with it. This is what you need to be working on:

Photoshop fruit bowl workshop
You should have completed a palette on Photoshop with harmonious colours that fit your chosen word. The next step is to develop this into a creative fruit bowl using the eyedropper tool on Photoshop. Select a photo from Google images that represents the word you have chosen and then paste that into your fruit bowl template. A few links to help you:

Fruit bowl template: Media Shared > Resources > GCSE > Introduction to Media > GCSE Photoshop exercises > FRUIT BOWL COLOUR TASK

Remember to save it in YOUR own folder on the Media Shared drive before doing any work on it.

What we're hoping to create:


If you finish a fruit bowl, you can save it as a JPEG and upload it on your blog. There is an extension exercise using the 'Paste into' and magic wand features which Mr Qureshi can demonstrate if you get there.

Good luck - the most important thing is that you spend the lesson getting to know Photoshop and making mistakes along the way. That's how we learn!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Key Concepts: Writing media analysis

If you missed any of the notes from this week's lesson this should help:

Language

  • The Language of Media Studies
  • How we ‘read’ media texts
  • Recognising the codes and conventions of media texts
  • Key media terms e.g. genre… denotation… connotation… narrative… 


Institution
  • The companies or organisations behind the media
  • Most aspects of the media are a commodity: something that is bought and sold. There is competition and a demand for profit.
  • Huge institutions are called multinationals e.g. News International
  • Smaller institutions can include media texts we create ourselves (blogs etc.)


Audience
  • The people who consume media products
  • How does the media influence its audience? Who holds the power?
  • How is an audience targeted? What do the audience enjoy or learn from the media product?
  • Audience research: who exactly is buying our product?

Representation
  • The people who consume media products
  • How does the media influence its audience? Who holds the power?
  • How is an audience targeted? What do the audience enjoy or learn from the media product?
  • Audience research: who exactly is buying our product?

Key Concepts blog task

1) Find a film poster of your choice (use Google images)
2) Write an analysis of the film poster on your blog using the four key media concepts: language, institution, audience and representation.

Finish for homework if you don't complete it during today's lessons.


The key questions to ask:

Language: how do we know it is a film poster? What impact do the key conventions have on the audience?
Institution: who are the companies behind the film? Who directs or stars in the film? Who is making money from this media product?
Audience: who is the target audience for this film? How can we tell?
Representation: what representation of people or groups can we find in this poster? What does it tell the audience?


Example: Splice (2009)


Language
The title and tag-line, release date and billing block (information about the Director and the production company) all follow the expected codes and conventions of a film poster. The effect created here is…

Institution
The film was produced by Dark Castle (for Universal Entertainment) who are associated with horror… It was executively produced by Guillermo del Toro who is a well known director. It was commercially successful (being the highest grossing Canadian feature film in 2010)…

Audience
This looks like it would be targeted at an audience of mixed gender (although perhaps slightly more female?) An adult age range might apply due to the 15 certificate and the content which includes hybridity and genetic experimentation…

Representation
The focal picture shows a female in a dominant position with another female confronting her. There is a male in the background which is perhaps unusual, particularly in science fiction…


Film Poster Analysis Task

Hello!

We have analysed some film posters in class together for LIAR (Language / Institution / Audience and Representation). Start a new blog post called FILM POSTER ANALYSIS.

Please use your notes in your books and my example to help you with this task.

Google image a film poster of your choice. Copy and paste it into your blog.

Now analyse it using LIAR.

Miss Fowler

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Welcome to GCSE Media!

Welcome to GCSE Media Studies - we have a brilliant two-year journey ahead of us and can't wait to get started! 

Over the next two years you will produce some amazing production work, learn a huge amount about analysing the media and end up with an excellent GCSE grade. All you need to do is put the work in!

Your first job is to start your GCSE Media blog. You can find step-by-step text instructions here. Once you have your blog URL, post it as a comment below with your name clearly written next to it. For example:

Ms Hill's blog: http://mediamacguffingcse.blogspot.co.uk/ 

IMPORTANT: It is absolutely essential you remember your log-in details for this blog - it is your Media work book for next two years. Make sure you do the following:
  1. If possible, add your mobile phone number so you can get a code by text if you forget your password
  2. Email your log-in details to yourself using your SCHOOL email address
  3. Write a reminder of your blog URL, log-in and password in your planner


First blog task

When you have set up your blog, it's time for your first blog post! Important: make sure you click on 'New Post' and NOT 'New Blog' when starting this process - it is a common mistake.

You need to answer the following questions (detailed, full sentences) as your first post:

1) Which part of the course are you looking forward to most?

2) What knowledge and skills do you hope to learn in Media?

3) What grade are you realistically hoping to achieve in Media?

4) What was the last TV programme or film you watched?

5) Why do you think that TV programme or film appealed to an audience?

6) What technology have you used to access the media in the last 24 hours? (Radio, TV, phone etc.)

7) What device do you use most to access the media?

8) Watch this clip from acclaimed BBC drama series Sherlock:



9) What do we learn about the characters from this brief clip?

10) What aspects of this show do you think an audience might enjoy? List at least three things and explain why the audience would enjoy each aspect.

Extension question: What can you spot in Sherlock that you will find in most television dramas? E.g. characters, dramatic music etc.) These are called key conventions - list as many as you can think of.

Note: If the YouTube clip isn't working please let your Media teacher know. While you're waiting for the issue to be resolved, read up on this episode of Sherlock on the brilliant IMDB website.

Finish these questions for homework if you don't manage to get through them in the lesson - due first lesson next week.

If you DO finish everything - well done! Spend some time looking through our Media blog, particularly at last year's Media student blogs. This will give you an idea of the fantastic work you will be producing over the next two years.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Film project: re-cutting a trailer

Our next video project is a real challenge: re-editing a film trailer into a different genre.

This is both a technical and creative challenge with careful analysis, planning and editing required to achieve the desired effect. Your task is as follows:

Re-edit the Frozen trailer into a horror film.

Examples

There are many fantastic examples on YouTube of creative Film and Media students who have taken on a challenge like this.

Toy Story

Here's a YouTube example from someone who has already horror-fied the Pixar classic Toy Story to give you a great template for the Frozen task.

Original Toy Story trailer:



Re-edit for horror:



There are plenty more examples of trailer re-edits on YouTube such as The Incredibles re-edited as a Christopher Nolan film.


Top tips

This is a complex challenge - and before you start anything you'll need to make yourself an expert on the original Frozen trailer:


Next, think about the following:

  • Which conventions do you need to keep to establish it looks like a film trailer? E.g. keeping the MPAA Splash Screen. 
  • Which clips will your select to best fit the horror genre?
  • The Music - add a horror film score? Remove the original?
  • Are there any sound effects that will create a horror genre feel?
  • Which bits to leave out or change e.g. if they are singing, will this look strange? Could you leave speech in but order it so that the dialogue now seemed sinister?
  • Colour hues and tones / saturation / shadows
  • Visual effects? Ghosting etc?
  • Could you record a new voiceover?
  • Could you use your own titles / words to create the atmosphere and establish the horror genre for your viewer throughout the trailer?


Useful links

This YouTube collection of re-edited trailers may provide more inspiration and the website Total Recut is full of advice and tutorials to help with your re-edit.


Good luck - and be creative!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Editing project: Music video montage

Your first editing project is to create a music video montage using clips from this year's GCSE production work.

This is a real technical challenge and requires selecting the most impressive or dramatic clips from a variety of music videos, picking the right song to use for the montage and then editing to the beat.

You'll find all the resources for this project in the M: Media Shared drive:

M: Media Shared > Resources > GCSE > Summer projects > Music video montage

Here you'll find the following:
  • Exemplar music video montages from 2014 and 2015
  • Audio files you can use for your montage song (note: you are free to choose your own song but will need to provide the MP3 file)
  • The music videos from each of this year's Media classes - A1, B1 and B2

Your tasks are as follows:

1) Create a new folder in your folder on the M: Media Shared drive called Music video montage.

2) Watch a selection of music videos from the three classes and make notes of particular videos and clips you plan to use in your montage. You may also want to watch the exemplar music video montages again too.

3) Choose a song for your montage either from our folder of audio files or provide your own MP3. Note: the montage does not have to take up the whole song.

4) Create a new project in Premiere Pro and save it in your folder on the M: Media Shared drive. Remember: ALL clips and files need to be saved on Media Shared or the file will not render or export on Premiere Pro.

5) Import the music videos you have selected for your montage.

6) Start cutting the key scenes and clips from your chosen music videos and build an exciting, fast-paced montage on the timeline.

Mr Qureshi will be on hand to help with technical issues or Premiere Pro questions on Thursdays and your Media teacher should be able to assist on Tuesdays. However, the most important skill you can develop in this project is independent learning - use YouTube tutorials to work on specific skills or simply trial and error in creating a pace and style to your editing.

Good luck!