7 December 2010

January session: Dear Moderator,

Our students have worked hard on this project and here are the links to their blogs.

To clarify, two students elected to work individually, Hasina Kara and Yousif Al-Karauli, whilst the other students split into two groups - group 1: Disha Sookdele, Francesca Collen, and Vinuri Perera; group 2: Chloe Barnham, Komal Gorasia, who were joined a little later by Evangelia Zanettou, who decided to continue Media Studies at A2 but will not be entered for this January series. Her work will be submitted for the June session.

Please note that although the groups have done their planning and filming together, each student edited their own version of the video and produced their own ancillary tasks.

Working individually:

Yousif Al-Karauli - 5005: Yousif's blog

Hasina Kara - 5115: Hasina's blog

Group 1:
Disha Sookdele - 5251: Disha's blog

Francesca Collen- 5041: Frankie's blog

Vinuri Perera - 5207: Vinuri's blog

Group 2:
Chloe Barnham - 5021: Chloe's blog

Komal Gorasia - 5078: Komal's blog


We hope you enjoy their work!

6 December 2010

Intertextuality - Everything is a Remix

(NOTE: I changed the date of this post to leave the post to the moderator at the top) Visit thecreatorsproject.com FROM their blog: Everything is a Remix is part 1 of a series by Kirby Ferguson, and it is a sort of potted history of the folk art of the remix, delivered in the form of a remix. Sure, you can learn something from this video, but you also get some great music too from Rapper’s Delight to Led Zeppelin. To sum it up, everything is just a variation on something else. Enjoy, then discuss

Everything is a Remix from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Below is a good video which explains what we mean by Intertextuality:

Evaluation - example blog

I know I posted this first one earlier but the examiners like it!

Alexander (example of voice over for question 2)
Talking to camera example (AS level but still...)


This is a link I posted right at the start of the project. We're not telling you to do all questions that way but it was noted by the examiners last year.

And at the end of the project,...
For inspiration...

5 December 2010

Evaluation - extract from Principal Moderator's Report

This is an extract from the report for last June's session, highlighting what I have already told you about being creative and using technology in your evaluation. So, from the horse's mouth...

The Director’s commentary format is potentially one of the most interesting methods for evaluating. There were two types of Director’s Commentaries. Firstly the reading from a script commentary, which actually isn’t a commentary at all! This method relies on Candidates from the group taking turns to read a pre-written script. Often this had little correlation to the events happening on the screen. The second, and much more rewarding commentary had the group members discussing the set questions (possibly using notes) and using certain points in the film to highlight points being made. The director’s commentary also allows for still images from the research and planning materials or ancillaries to be edited into the footage. Some other imaginative responses to the evaluation requirement included illustrated podcasts, video presentations, presentations using Issuu, Slideshare, and Prezi.

And another quick extract which focuses specifically on the Evaluation questions and how they are tackled:

The set question approach has worked very well. The conventions question allowed for side by side comparisons, allowing even weaker Candidates to achieve; the audience feedback question led to a range of approaches from uploading onto YouTube and getting feedback, or videoing peers’ group or individual responses, not to mention scans of endless questionnaires! The relationship between the artefacts question forced Candidates to relate their products and create a more cohesive package. The equipment question often led to endless photos of cameras, computers and images of computer screens - but also led to some excellent voice over demonstrations of software being used, for example, explaining how they achieved certain effects, for example, or debates over the use of Web 2.0.

3 December 2010

Final products ASAP and update.

You must post your three final products as soon as possible. It should have been done by now but not everyone has posted their ancillary tasks.

Please remember that time management and organisation are part of the criteria.

Ideally you should be posting your evaluation tasks right now. Some of you also have some Research and Planning catching up to do; we will have to base our assessment on what's on your blog! Can I refer you again to your assessment booklets to check your criteria and the notes I have made about what you have to catch up on individually.

Finally can you amend your blog title to add your candidate number and name please. This is a request from the examiners to ease their task and avoid mistakes.

1 December 2010

Thursday 2.12.10 - presenting your three products!

Dear all,

Tomorrow Thursday you will be presenting your three products to the class and get feedback which you will need to record carefully. Remember that you'll will get 'What's great / what could be improved next time' comments but you might also want to prepare a few specific questions to ask the audience, as material for question 3.

The lesson will go ahead either with Ms Lyall or myself.

The rest of the lesson must be spent working on your evaluation, particularly if you are recording / editing a director's commentary or something similar.

Nearly there!!!