Thursday, 25 June 2009

Year 10 Film Studies Case Study

Case Study

Cover Work for Miss Whittaker Friday 26th June

Period 3 – Year 10 Film Studies
Take the class to the media ICT room (E15) where they should continue working on their film case studies on their blogs. Details of what the case study must consist of can be found above and on the worksheets provided.

Period 5 – Year 10 Media Studies
Students should work on:
EITHER their research and planning blog (they may be allowed to go to the ICT room E15 to work on this)
OR their storyboards for the title sequence of a new TV drama
OR their essay analyzing the ‘Dexter’ Title sequence.

All of these need to be finished by the end of next week and it is up to students to ensure they do whichever is most pressing for them.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Music Video Lesson 1

For those of you who missed the first lesson last week, the flipchart used is below and the work you need to catch up on is detailed on the last slide.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Dexter titles Analysis

Some of you still haven't put your sections of Dexter notes onto your blogs. Here's what I have from class:

Start- focus on mosquito. kills it. camera refocuses on to dexters face (smile).
Extreme close-ups - e.g. cleaning blood,cooking,cutting orange shows intimate detail
Close up on face before leaving house
Mysterious, only see his face clearly at end
dark side

Foley track (emphasises sound) digetic sound
- blood dripping
- flossing
- pulling key out
- cooking
- slicing orange
- killing the fly
- eating
- shaving
Non-digetic sound
- creepy music
- jolly/fairground
- ticking
- casual/jaunty
- click at the end
- music fades away when he gets outside (matches his facial expression)

blood, fruit and other red liquids murder
cloths white t-shirt (normality) suggest smuthering
Facial expression creepy and seems like a syco, but is the opposite when he leaves his house
props the way he shaves shows the first sign of blood.Normal morning- Breakfast, flossing, shaving etc.

Dexter is written in blood
Jump cuts : him waking up and him shaving, the blood drips in the sink and him wipeing the blood slithering down his neck, him wipeing his neck and him cutting open the meat, him putting the meat in the pan and him stabbin and twisting it, he then puts the meat into his mouth and begins chewing it, also the eggs he breaks the eggs and then stabs it it in the pn and twists it like painful stab wound.
The part where he locks his apartment and walks away locking away h

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Year 13 Last Lesson

Contemporary British Broadcasting
Past Questions

Consider the developments in British broadcasting in recent years that have contributed to the industry’s current position.

Discuss the impact of new technology and/or new regulations on the UK broadcast industry in recent years.

What are the factors that have enabled radio and/or television broadcasting to succeed in recent years?

‘They’ve never had it so good.’ To what extent does this view apply to television and/or radio audiences in today’s society?

To what extent has British broadcasting been able to succeed in recent years?

To what extent has deregulation and increased competition improved the quality of broadcasting in the UK in recent years?

How well does the British broadcasting industry serve the public?

Which has had the bigger impact on broadcasting in recent years: new technology or new regulations?

And here's the AMAZING conclusion I wrote and showed you in class:

What are the factors that have enabled radio and/or television broadcasting to succeed in recent years?

The key factors that have enabled broadcasting to be successful in recent years are the implementation of the 1990 Broadcasting Act, as it allowed broadcasters more freedom over content and increased competition in the UK market; new technologies which, being utilized by broadcasters positively, have allowed them to meet changing audience needs and desires and to address the issues of diverse and fragmented audiences caused by a fractured society; and more than anything, the ways in which both PSBs and commercial broadcasters have changed and adapted in all areas to address the constantly changing ideologies of British society. It is this issue of adaptability or lack thereof that will, I believe, ensure the success or downfall of the British broadcasting industry in the future.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Year 10 TV Drama Blog CHECKLIST

Here is a list of what you should all have on your blogs by now:

  1. Brief for this project.
  2. Case study of a TV drama of your choice (could be a Glogster).
  3. TV drama mind-map - showing sub-genres and examples (could be a Glogster).
  4. Textual analysis write-up - what are cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, sound?
  5. Dexter title sequence notes written up - whichever section you were analysing in class.
  6. All other class notes written up.
  7. Details of your own original TV drama written up (could be a Glogster or a
  8. A lovely banner, created in Photoshop and uploaded to your blog to make it look fancy.

For those who are keen to get the highest grades, here are some extension pieces that you could also add to your blogs:

  1. Analysis of another title sequence of your choice.
  2. Analysis of some TV drama logos.
  3. Research into a television channel of your choice, preferably the channel which broadcasts the TV drama you researched previously.

In addition, you should have written an essay analysing the title sequence of a TV drama of your choice (may be Dexter if you wish). Here's the helpsheet...

Textual Analysis of a TV drama Title Sequence

Analyse a television drama title sequence of your choice to discover how it communicates meaning about Genre, Character, Narrative and Style to the audience. You may wish to consider:

Key Vocabulary:
Camerawork – Long shot, mid shot, ¾ shot, close-up, extreme close-up, high angle, low angle, pan, tilt, track
Sound – diegetic, non-diegetic, foley, theme tune
Mise-en-scene – lighting, costume, make-up, performance, facial expression, setting, props
Editing – cut, jump-cut, fade, dissolve, titles, typography

State the name of and describe what happens in your chosen title sequence. You may also give some brief contextual information about the show.

Paragraph 1
Analyse how the camerawork adds meaning/creates effects in the sequence.

Paragraph 2
Analyse how the mise-en-scene adds meaning/creates effects in the sequence.

Paragraph 3
Analyse how the sound adds meaning/creates effects in the sequence.

Paragraph 4
Analyse how the editing adds meaning/creates effects in the sequence.

Overall, how do the elements of the title sequence combine to communicate information to the audience? When watching the sequence, what did YOU infer (guess) about the characters, setting, storyline and tone/style of the show? Do you think it is an effective title sequence? Why/why not?

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Year 10 Work Thursday 4th June

Your task today is a blogging one - HOORAY I hear you cry! Basically, you need to transfer all the information about your TV drama show onto your blog and ideally this should be in Glogster format,as that'll make it look really cool and form a sort of Mood Board (remember how we did those for your music acts?) to give all the key information about your show. This should include:

1. Name of show
2. Style/tone (naturalistic/slow-paced/fast-paced /ironic/dark/light- hearted/cynical/fantastical...)
3. Settings
4. Key Characters (name, age, gender, personality, occupation)
5. Narrative structure (different storylines every week/ongoing storylines/a mixture of the two)
6. Example storylines
7. Scheduling (which channel and when)

You may, of course, use images from the internet to show some of these things. For characters, you should think about who you'd like to play them if it was a real show and put their pictures in.

Remember to register and log in to glogster before you start, otherwise you will no be able to publish your glog.

I will be checking your blogs at the end of the lesson so make sure that you publish your glogster to your blog even if it isn't quite finished.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Contemporary British Broadcasting Stat Bank

1990 Broadcasting Act
Act allowed for channel 5 and multichannel satellite television to be created
Stated the bbc was now obliged to source 25% of its output from independant companies
Aim of the act was to reform the entire structure of British Broadcasting
Loosened regulations on programming and advertising
The 1996 Broadcasting act followed highlighting some amendments

1996 Broadcasting Act

The main provisions were:
To legislate for terrestrial TV
To relax ownership provisions
To regulate cross-media ownership arrangements
To introduce a 'restricted television service' licence
To strengthen provisions protecting C3 regional programming
To alter the C4 funding formula
To allow the ITC to regulate commercial services provided by the BBC
To merge the BSC and BCC
To introduce a code for the acquisition of rights to listed events

Public Service Broadcasting
-Refers to Broadcasting benefits public rather than for purely commercial concerns

-Have fulfill certain requirements

-Launch of first commercial broadcaster ITV in 1955

-Channel 4 has projected a £100m funding gap if it is continue with public service broadcasting after digital switch over

-Mass audiences ratings are becoming harder to achieve. In 1998 in top 20 Programmes - Average 17.3 Million people. 2002 it fell to 13.7 Million.

Viewing Figures

BBC is watched for an average for 5 hours a week.

viewing figures have gone down since 2009

BBC viewing shares have gone down alot, whilst satellite channels are taking more viewing shares and continues to increase

BBC 37.0
BBC2 10.0
ITV 4.4
C4 9

BBC1 27.2
BBC2 10.8
ITV 29.3
C4 10.5
5 5.7
Other 16.6

BBC1 21.8
BBC2 7.8
ITV 18.4
C4 7.5
5 5.0
Other 38.8

The BBC licence fee costs £142.50 per year, per household as of May 2009.
The Future of Television Funding (By Ofcom) Types of funding : Product placement- where programme scripts are build around products,
Programmes made by advertisers
Direct appeals to viewers for funds.

Mixed funding - Mixture of public and commercial revenue.
"In any case income from radio or television advertising remands an important source of revenue for the great majoirty of public broadcasters" -
"Ofcom suggests the creation of thsi new PSB body could be facilitated by giving channel 4 a "one off allocation" from the 130m a year BBC licence fee digital switchover surplus to use as funding to take a stake in BBC worldwide, the corporations commercail aim, or a merger with five ior over compainies"
Tv advertising lowered, internet advertising risen.

The large reduction in Television prices means that multiple TV's in a household is possible (High def, 26 inch TV's can be brought for under £200

The development of mobile services such as 3G and Edge means that television can be watched on mobile phones. Some shows like 24 & Prison break produce "Mobisodes" which are 2minute summaries of episodes.

The future of programming is the internet. Download, streaming and "on demand" services like 4oD and BBC i player are the future of broadcasting