Thursday, 29 June 2017

A Level Media Studies - Specification Overview


Create A CD Cover

  1. Make two CD covers (follow the instructions below). 
  2. Save as a jpeg and email to or
CD Cover Activity
  • Choose two different music artists and make two CD covers. 
  • These can be for existing albums or for ones you have invented yourself. 
  • One must include an image of the artist (see example below for American rapper Kanye West).
  • One must not include an image of the artist (see example above for American punk band Sonic Youth).

PHOTOSHOP FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Where do I find it?

In the start menu, select - all programmes - common programmes - Adobe Production Premium - PhotoShop (64bit)

How do I get started?

In the upper left select - file - new

What page size do I need?

CD covers are SQUARE, alter the height and width to 120mm
Ensure the colour mode is 8bit, the resolution is 300 and the background colour is white.

How do I add an image?

You should have been able to save your image from google. In the upper left select - file - open and locate the image you downloaded. The image will appear in a new tab, DO NOT PANIC, pull the tab down by pressing and holding the left mouse button until it appears in front of your white square tab, next press shift + v to drag and drop the image onto your white square tab

The Image doesn't fill the square!

Press ctrl + t, now press and hold shift, pinch the corner of the image (and only the corner) and stretch it until it fills the space. You can use the move tool (shift v) to align it properly.

How do I add text?

On the left hand side it a T, click on the T and then draw a text box where ever you wish. Type the name of your band and select a font and a size just as you would do on word.

Why doesn't it look quite right?

In really, really basic terms, design is about symmetry. Try and imagine your CD cover is divided equally into thirds, in 2 of these thirds something 'different' should be happening to the remaining third. Try and align yours along these principles.

Year 12 Summer Reading

To ensure you are ready for the start of the A level course in September you need to ensure that you have completed the following (click on text for links):
  • Read this on Common stereotypes
  • Watch The Jungle Book films from 1967 and 2016
  • Read at least one copy of the Daily Mail and The Guardian newspapers
And print out a copy of this:

Monday, 12 June 2017

Lip-synching task

  • Choose any song.
  • Lip synch thirty seconds of the song.
  • Everyone to have a go.
  • Post the results onto your blogs.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

12Y - Continuity task groups

  1. Abbi, Maya, Helen
  2. Caitlin, Daisy, Hannah, Kitty
  3. Sam, Jay, Fin, Ethan
  4. Jack, Abbie, Phil
  5. Amy, Kate, Charlotte

Monday, 5 June 2017

12V - Continuity task groups

  1. Jasmine, Nieeve, Rosie, Tegan
  2. Steph, Ceri, Amy
  3. Izzy, Frank, George S, Ben
  4. Charlee, Harri, James, George G
  5. George A,Will, Cam, Alfie, Alex

Transition to A2 - Activity 1: The Continuity Exercise

As part of the transition from AS to A2 you must walk into a room and sit down. This activity is the first part of your A2 coursework and must be completed by all students.
Work in a group of no more than 4 students.

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 the shots listed below.

All students must produce their own storyboard and edit their own version of the footage. Your film clip must have a minimum of 12 shots. Your film needs to be about one minute in length.

  1. Actor 1
  2. Actor 2
  3. Director
  4. Camera operator
  1. Close up
  2. Extreme close up
  3. Medium shot
  4. Long shot
  5. Match on action
  6. Shot reverse shot
  7. Two shot

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

12Y & 12Z - work to do

  • Set up a temporary blog using the following:
Continue your research into the following types of video:
  • Performance based videos
  • Narrative based videos
  • Disjunctive (abstract/weird videos)
Look at videos across different genres and from across the history of music video. Think about what you like about each video and make notes on the elements you might utilise in your own work.

Both classes have two lessons on this - the work produced should be considerable. I expect at least 10 videos on each blog with descriptions for your choices.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Andrew Goodwin’s seven features of music video

In His Book Dancing in the Distraction Factory Andrew Goodwin points out characteristics and features that can be found in music videos.

  1. Music videos demonstrate genre characteristics. (e.g. stage performance in metal videos, dance routine for boy/girl band, aspiration in Hip Hop). 
  2. There is a relationship between lyrics and visuals. The lyrics are represented with images. (either illustrative, amplifying, contradicting). 
  3. There is a relationship between music and visuals. The tone and atmosphere of the visual reflects that of the music. (either illustrative, amplifying, contradicting). 
  4. The demands of the record label will include the need for lots of close ups of the artist and the artist may develop motifs which recur across their work (a visual style). 
  5. There is frequently reference to notion of looking (screens within screens, mirrors, stages, etc) and particularly voyeuristic treatment of the female body.
  6. The artist may develop motifs or iconography that recur across their work (a visual style)
  7. There are often intertextual reference (to films, TV programmes, other music videos etc).

Music Video Analysis