(including a hyperlink or page numbers where relevant), but in general be summarising what youfind into your own words.
HIGHLIGHT YOUR RESEARCH
: You should be engaging in reading round film,magazines, genres etc as you go. Yes, you can summarise this in specific posts, but whenever you come across a useful new resource you could blog on this separately, maybe adding a bullet point to your earlier post on this area of research too.
AVOID LONG PARAGRAPHS
: The visual presentation of your blog is important: avoidhaving over-long continuous text. Make sure you leave a blank line between paragraphs. Use thequotation tool in
to indent any quotes longer than a line or two, and use a different fontfor quotes to help highlight them. Other than screenplays, there is almost never a good reason touse Courier font!!!
PROVIDE A SUMMARY WITH LONG POSTS
: Where you’ve got long posts, it is generallya good idea to summarise the key findings or points (probably best at the start of the post, not theend). Remember…
IT’S OK TO USE BULLET POINTS
: You don’t always have to write in paragraphs. Indeed, brevity is generally preferable: always ask yourself if you can make the same point with fewer words!
MAKE IT MULTIMEDIA
: You are partly assessed on the presentation of your blog, so take every opportunity to makeit visually attractive – and easy to navigate. If you’re makinga point about a movie or mag, include an illustrative image,and maybe links to further resources.
: Don’t just include links toScribd docs, mp3 podcasts etc, but whenever possible embedthe document. This point was highlighted in the report on theJune 2009 AS coursework: examiners want to be able toaccess everything directly in the blog, not have to click through to other sites. Any time you’re doing this, put insome text, hit return 3 times, add more text and only then paste in your embed code in betweenyour text. Otherwise it can be very difficult to position text once you’ve embedded an object.
DON’T BE A DRAFT DODGER
: Very simple, but fundamental point: if you’ve managed your time well and managed the project well you will end up with a slew of posts for drafts of animatics, print work, rough cuts, specific scenes, title sequences etc. One quick way to make aninitial judgement as to your Research & Planning mark is to look for evidence of this on your listof posts. You could also add notes here on specific software tools used in the drafting process.
: It doesn’t create a great impression when your blog is riddled with spellingerrors; if you’re not so hot on spellingtry asking your parents or a friend to proof-read your blog looking for typos, but also sections that don’t seem to makesense. Checking that the language is setto UK,
US, English, you can alwayscopy/paste into
and use the spellchecker, though you will find that itsdictionary is very limited and doesn’tinclude many terms used in MediaStudies.
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