Wednesday, 13 October 2010

JT - My Five Fave Films

My 5 fave films are...

1. Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994)  Budget: $25,000,000  US Box Office: $28,341,469  UK Box Office: £2,344,349
I like this film because it's a general great film, and makes you realise what it was like in jail back in those days.

The Trailer
2. Die Hard (John Mctiernan, 1988) Budget: $28,000,000 US Box Office: $80,707,729  UK Box Office: £2,975,086
I like this film because it's a good action film and really makes the action scenes tense but it also is a good film to watch.

3. The Bourne Identity (Doug Liman, 2002) Budget: $60,000,000 US Box Office: $121,468,960  UK Box Office: £7,717,876
I like this film because it's a film that you don't know what is happening, your like the character because he (Jason Bourne) doesn't know where and who he is. It's also a good action film.

4. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010) Budget: $160,000,000 US Box Office: $288,405,376  UK Box Office: £35,264,403
I like this film because it's a real brain teaser. It's one of the best films you could watch, its very complicated which I like because it keeps you guessing and there is a good twist at the end.

5. The Last Song (Julie Anne Robinson, 2010) Budget: Low budget film US Box Office: $62,933,793  UK Box Office: £1,931,718
I like this film because it's a nice film. It is quite a sad film but that is the element which makes it likable, it can relate to some viewers and also shows the "love" stereotype. 

Monday, 11 October 2010

JT - My Coursework Task


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:


Even before I start shooting (let alone planning) my production, I need to keep this final stage in mind. If I start (b)logging notes on this now it will save me a lot of stress as the final deadline (in May!) approaches. I am tasked with answering these questions (see below for details on how this is marked):

  • 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 my teacher is marking all this, they have got to write a paragraph for the exam board justifying the marks they have given me. The grid embedded below summarises the criteria they have to follow, and so I'am 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 teacher has to assess as being one of the following:
G321 - Simplified Marking Criteria as 1 Sheet