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Blog Course Work Checklist as Feb 2010

Blog Course Work Checklist as Feb 2010

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Your blog is intended as an in-depth record of the learning that has taken place over the entire period of thecoursework production, and as evidence of the planning and research that has shaped and informed your media product. Remember,
your blog is the main means by which we, and the examboard, will assess your research, planning and evaluation. You are alsomarked on the level of care in the presentation of this, and your use of ICT within it.
So, use the following as a checklist to ensure your blog provides all the evidence of planning and researchthat it should. Don’t hesitate to ask for more info/details on any of these points. The headings aresuggestions; you can modify these as you see fit – so long as someone looking at your list of entries caneasily tell what each posting will be about! (You should check through your current headings)
 Please DON’T save posts to ‘draft’ – if it’s a work in progress simply add [DRAFT] to the end of the post title until its complete. Timely progress with your blog is assessed as ‘time management’.
As you’re looking through these, try to bear in mind the specific questions you will need to address for your Evaluation – have you blogged on these matters as you go? Life will be much easier if you do…
In the evaluation the following questions must be answered:1.In what ways does your media product use, develop or challengeforms and conventions of real media products?2.How does your media product represent particular social groups?3.What kind of media institution might distribute your media product andwhy?4.Who would be the audience for your media product?5.How did you attract/address your audience?6.What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?7.Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you havelearnt in the progression from it to the full product?
I’ll flag up below some of the areas where you might be considering these as you go, using numbers.Various terms are highlighted in bold, not all of which we have covered – ask about any you’re unsure of.
Plan of Attack: Blog/Coursework ChecklistMedia Studies @ IGS1
To include the specific task 
(include the prelim description too), and your various deadline dates.
Use the
handout to help you with this. You should comment on:
what is sweding/where does the term come from
 provide links to (better still, embed) an example/s fromYouTube (from home!) or alternatives
your initial shortlist of possible films
detail your 30sec pitch
what film did you go with and why
any initial reflections on using iMovie and thecamcorders/tripods themselves?
once your finished piece is saved as a QuickTime file,upload and embed this, possibly into a new post
either give precise timings or cut a shorterfilm with the prelim task featured, making sure you explain whateach of the required terms mean
also embed a clip from the film or a trailer from YouTube
in due course you will have to analyse how you developed from this prelim task to themain production, so good notes now will help!
with this in mind, make some brief notes on what you've learned in general from thistask 
if this actually was your main production what would you do differently?
From the very start, try to ensure your blog is fully multimedia and well illustrated withrelevant* images; avoid at all costs long continuous paragraphs - feel free to use bullet points!!!
*you can always try quirky too, such as the vegetable variety of swede pictured here...
EVAL 6,7
Save your swede as a QuickTime moviethrough
(File – Export…). Youshould save 2 copies, named accordingly:FULL QUALITY (you may want to add thisto your final DVD as an extra) and WEBQUALITY (a much smaller file size moresuitable for uploading to your blog).Audience feedback and use of ICT are keyaspects of your work: try to get both, perhaps achieving this by posting your swede on
(a really simple processonce you’ve set up a free account) and doinga PrintScreen/screen grab of any comments posted (
could also be used).
Plan of Attack: Blog/Coursework ChecklistMedia Studies @ IGS2
Its quicker to upload to
and then embed the file in
than trying to use
ownupload tool, and gains more marks. It is actually also closer to the real film industry’s practice as publicityand generating potential fan interest is critical to a film’s fortunes.
What was this task? What did you do, and what did you learn from this? Have you uploaded this video?Give a summary of the narrative theory covered – it would be useful to apply this later to your production.Remember, the Media course is designed to integrate and build on your textual and theory work from earlier in the year; your practical, and the written work supporting this, should reflect this knowledge andunderstanding.If you can (try asking colleagues who do English if unsure), try to add brief explanations of the terms
omniscient narrator, linear narrative, and non-linear narrative
, which you can later apply to your  production
Again, refer to your worksheets on this. Specify the task set. Describe the production process, and includesome evaluation. If you re-shot or re-cut some parts to more clearly meet the criteria for including anexample of match-on-action, for example, say so and summarise what you learnt from the process. Haveyou given clear, precise explanations [in your own words] of what the three principle terms (
match-on-action, shot/reverse shot, the 180 degree rule
) mean? You could add something on the
30 degree rule
This technical test is designed to reinforce your understanding of 
classic continuity editing
(think abouthow editing is made unobtrusive, almost invisible or un-noticable) – include an explanation in your ownwords of what this is. Many of you unintentionally included
 jump cuts
when initially cutting your match-on-action sequence – can you explain this term? [You could use the posters in F6 for this!!!!]Have you uploaded your completed video? You might want to make some notes under hardware/software.
Its useful to keep in mind the specific criteria used for marking your work – you’ve been given a copy of agrid summarising how your Research & Planning, Production and Evaluation are each marked. You caneither type this up, or use the copy in the AS Coursework Blog to embed the document as an easy reference point every time you’re blogging.Make careful note of what you’re being asked to do, and keep checking back to self-assess whether you’recurrently at the Minimal, Basic, Proficient or Excellent level on each.
Type these up in this post (or copy/paste from my blog). Its easy to leave this to the last minute and so loseout on most of the 20% available for this section – which is challenging. You should try to use each of the 7questions as a heading, and add brief notes as you go, which will make life much easier as you enter theoften very stressful final week of editing, with limited time left to complete the Evaluation. These notes donot constitute your Evaluation, which will be your very last post on the blog.
Plan of Attack: Blog/Coursework ChecklistMedia Studies @ IGS3

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