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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

My 5 Favourite Films Of All Time

1. Inception
 (Christopher Nolan, 2010) Budget: $160m. UK Gross: £35.3m. US Gross: $288.4m. This is one of my favourite films because the special effects were extremely well used. There was an interesting plot, with a phenomenal climax.
2. The Hurt Locker
 (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008) Budget: $11m. UK Gross: £308.9k. US Gross: $12.6m. I enjoyed this film because it portrayed a real experience. It was extremely gripping and tense throughout which makes the film what it is.
3. The Hangover 
(Todd Williams, 2009) Budget: $35m. UK Gross: £21.6m. US Gross: $277.3m. I love this film because the plot is outrageously funny. Also, the perfect actors were cast to play each role, making the film even more funnier.
4. Happy Gilmore
 (Dennis Dugan, 1996) Budget: £10m. US Gross: $38.6m. I enjoyed this film because although the plot is predictable, it is work into an extremely well worked comedy. Adam Sandler is hilarious in this, as well as Ben Stiller's short role as an Elderly Home Employee.
5. Step Brothers 
(Adam McKay, 2008) Budget: $65m. UK Gross: 6.4m. US Gross: $100.5m. I enjoyed this film because there is no true plot to this film, it depicts 2 arguing brothers and how they get one over on each other, with humerous consequences.

Friday, 8 October 2010

The Brief


Your mission is to carry out the following brief:
Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.
Main task: the titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes.
All video and audio material must be original, produced by the candidate(s), with the exception of music or audio effects from a copyright-free source.

The coursework is worth 50% of the AS (same at A2) and the marking (detailed later) is divided into 3 sections:

  • In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? 
  • How does your media product represent particular social groups?
  • What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? 
  • Who would be the audience for your media product? 
  • How did you attract/address your audience? 
  • What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? 
  • Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?


    When the examiner is marking all this, they have got to write a paragraph for the exam board justifying the marks they've given me. The grid embedded below summarises the criteria they have to follow, and so I'm advised to occasionally re-read this and ask myself where I think I'll fall within the marking scheme!
    For each section there are key components of the work which the examiner has to assess as being one of the following:
    PROFICIENT                                                                                                                                      EXCELLENT

If I think I'm currently at the 'minimal' or 'basic' level for any of these, ask myself (and Dave!) what I can do to jump up to at least proficient.

G321 - Simplified Marking Criteria as 1 Sheet