Friday, 28 June 2013

AS Media Studies Summer Homework 2013

AS Media Studies Homework Booklet 2013.docx

CD Cover Examples














Creativity:CD Cover Activity

Taken from Media Magazine blog.

One of the possible areas you could be asked about in the exam is creativity. The projects you have undertaken will hopefully have felt like an opportunity to display your creativity, but you will need the chance to discuss what you understand by creativity and what it might mean to be creative.

The assignment options at AS and A2 all offer constraints for your work, whether it be making pages for a music magazine, the opening of a film or the packaging for an album; one of the reasons why you aren't offered total free choice is because people often find that working within constraints gives them something to exercise their creativity, whereas total freedom can sometimes make it really difficult to know where to start. It's why genre can be interesting- how has something been created which fits with certain structures and rules but plays around with them to give us something a little bit different?

The word 'creative' has many meanings- the most democratic meaning would really suggest that any act of making something (even making an idea) might be seen as a creative act. In more elitist versions of the term, it is reserved for those who are seen as highly skilled or original (famous artists, musicians, film-makers etc). an interesting third alternative is to think about how creativity can be an unconscious, random or collaborative act that becomes more than the sum of its parts.

A great shared site for creative random art with some effort is on Flickr with the shared CD meme pool. This is a game where you create a CD cover for an imaginary band and upload it to Flickr; the trick is you have to create it from 'found' materials, again following a set of rules.

THE ACTIVITY

1. Generate a name for your band by using WikiPedia's random page selector tool, and using the first article title on whichever page pops up. No matter how weird or lame that band name sounds.
2. Generate an album title by cutting and pasting the last four words of the final quote on whichever page appears when you click on the quotationspage's random quote selector tool. No matter what those four words turn out to be.
3. Finally, visit Flickr's Most Interesting page -- a random selection of some of the interesting things discovered on Flickr within the last 7 days -- and download the third picture on that page. (Even better: Click on this link to get a Flickr photo that's licensed under Creative Commons.) Again -- no cheating! You must use the photo, no matter how you feel about it.
4. Using Photoshop (or whatever method you prefer), put all of these elements together and create your very own CD cover, then upload it to the CD memepool

My version:

Margarita Rosa de Francisco

Milk's Leap Toward Immortality






Ideas and theories to help you.


"A process needed for problem solving...not a special gift enjoyed by a few but a common ability possessed by most people" (Jone 1993)


"The making of the new and the re arranging of the old" (Bentley 1997)


"Creativity results from the interaction of a system composed of three elements: a culture that contains symbolic rules, a person who brings novelty into the symbolic domain, and a field of experts who recognise and validate the innovation." (Csikszentmihalyi 1996)


"There is no absolute judgement [on creativity] All judgements are comparisons of one thing with another." (Donald Larning)

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

A2 Evaluation Questions (Preliminary Activity)

The evaluation questions you will answer at the end of your year 13 coursework are:

  1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  2. How effective is the combination of your main product and ancillary texts?
  3. What have you learned from your audience feedback?
  4. How did you use media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?
The areas you need to cover in your preliminary video evaluation are:

1) Pre production (story boarding, prop lists etc)
2) Production (filming etc)
3) Post production (editing footage etc)

On each post (one per area) you need to write an account of what you did at every stage and list skills acquired and skills you need to develop. 200 words (approximately) per post.

Within these 3 areas you need to consider in what ways your media product uses, develops or challenges forms and conventions of real media products? Also, how effective is your video. Is it good or bad? Why? What will you do differently next time/ What have you learned?

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

12A Music Video Schedule


Brief:
Over the next four weeks you need to storyboard, film and edit your next video project. Choose a song and make a video for the first 30-60 seconds.

Schedule:

w/b 10th June:
  • Wednesday (NEF)-choose song
  • Thursday (NEF)-assign roles, sort out props/instruments/costumes/location etc & begin to storyboard
  • Friday (NEF)-complete storyboard
  • Friday (NEF)-begin filming
w/b 17th June:
  • Complete all filming (all lessons)

w/b 24th June and 1st July:
  • Edit video

NB: The week beginning 24th June will be disrupted due to diversity day and sports day

Monday, 10 June 2013

12C Music Video schedule



Brief:

Over the next four weeks you need to storyboard, film and edit your next video project. Choose a song and make a video for the first 30-60 seconds.

Schedule:

w/b 10th June:
  • Monday (NEF)-choose song
  • Tuesday (MN)-assign roles, sort out props/instruments/costumes/location etc & begin to storyboard
  • Thursday (NEF)-complete storyboard
  • Friday (NEF)-begin filming
w/b 17th June:
  • Complete all filming (all lessons)

w/b 24th June and 1st July:
  • Edit video (footage will be on each Mac-everyone needs to have a go at editing)
NB: The week beginning 24th June will be disrupted due to diversity day and sports day