Thursday, 27 November 2014

12W Film Case Study



  • Pick a film that conforms to Mark Kermode's four rules.
  • Preferably a film that made lots of money.
  • Apply the seven areas of the specification to your film.
  1. the issues raised by media ownership in contemporary media practice; (how does who owns a media company influence the type of film made and its potential success? For example do BIG companies make BIG films and therefore make all the money? Is it possible for small companies to succeed?)
  2. the importance of cross media convergence and synergy in production, distribution and marketing; (how do companies work together to produce, distribute and publicize a film? How can Disney use their size to promote and publicise a film? How can small companies work together to promote their business' when making and promoting a film?)
  3. the technologies that have been introduced in recent years at the levels of production, distribution, marketing and exchange; (how has the introduction of digital film, 3D, DVD, Blu-ray, internet streaming, downloadable content, home cinema influenced the types of films made, the way we watch them and the way we 'buy' them?)
  4. the significance of proliferation in hardware and content for institutions and audiences; (how and why have film companies had to alter the way they work now everyone has web enabled phones, PC's, tablets etc? How have audiences changed their viewing habits now we no longer need to go to the cinema to watch a film)
  5. the importance of technological convergence for institutions and audiences; (can you think of examples of how different technologies have come together to help the film industry?)
  6. the issues raised in the targeting of national and local audiences (specifically, British) by international or global institutions; (how do film companies try and attract their audience? Do they do different things in different countries?)
  7. the ways in which the candidates’ own experiences of media consumption illustrate wider patterns and trends of audience behaviour. (what is your opinion on the above? Do you see the developments as a good or bad thing?)
  • Choose a suitable presentational format.
Deadline:
Present to the class Thursday 4th December (period 2)
and Friday 5th December (period 4)

Millie-Sherlock Holmes
Rhia-The Great Gatsby
Jojo-Les Misérables
Louis-Django Unchained
Liam-The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Megan-Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows part 1
Michael-Gravity
Ben-Iron Man 2
Hanna-Iron Man 3
Phoebe-The Hunger Games
Josh-Wolf of Wall Street
Ben-Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows part 2
Alex-Avatar
Tom-Man of Steel
Harry-World War Z
Sam F.-The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Nathan-Skyfall
Hannah-Toy Story 3
Christie-Frozen
Kadie-Tangled
Quinn-Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1

Edge Of Tomorrow Official Main Trailer

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Representation of Age


Research your selected age range.
Look for stereotypical and realistic representations 
Find examples from British and American TV dramas
You could look at the differences in British and American TV drama

7-12 Bekki (boys) Aaron (girls)
13-19 Rebecca (boys) Rajan & Max (girls)
20-29 Campbell (men) George C. (women)
20-29 Sophie (men & women)
30-50 Josh (men) Brad (women)
50-60 Jonny & Cam (men) Katie (women)
60+ Tom (men) George M. & Emma (women)

Present your findings in a suitable format. Include clips to illustrate your points.

You will be presenting your research to the class next lesson - Wednesday 3rd December (period 1)

Monday, 24 November 2014

Essay Question 12W and 12X

“Successful media products depend as much upon marketing and distribution to a specific audience as they do upon good production practices”.

To what extent would you agree with this statement, within the media area you have studied?


Areas you may wish to cover:
  • Production practices which allow texts to be distributed and marketed for specific audiences
  • The distribution and marketing of specific products or types of products
  • How audiences engage with distribution and marketing strategies
  • Audience strategies in facilitating or challenging institutional practices
  • Arguments for, or against, an institution’s success or failure
  • Explanation of synergy, cross media or digital initiatives and how these practices target specific audiences 
50 marks
20 marks Evidence, Analysis, Argument 
20 marks Examples
10 marks Terminology

Deadline: 
  • 12W Thursday 27th November (period 3)
  • 12X Thursday 27th November - complete in lesson (period 1)

Friday, 14 November 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel Presentation


Complete your research on The Grand Budapest hotel and present using one of the following formats:
  • Prezi
  • Powerpoint
  • Soundcloud
  • Powtoon
  • YouTube video
  • infogram
or another presentational format of your choice. 

Make sure you use images and clips from the film where possible, to illustrate your work.

Deadline (12W): Friday 7th November (period four)
Deadline (12X): Monday 10th November (period four)

Monday, 10 November 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Charlotte Hull)

Guardian Infomania: James Bond


You can find the Infomania series here

The Big Six

The 'BIG SIX'
  1. 20th Century Fox 
  2. Columbia Pictures 
  3. Paramount Pictures 
  4. Universal Studios
  5. Walt Disney Pictures 
  6. Warner Bros

You need to identify the following:
  • Who is their 'parent' company, who 'owns' their parent company (usually called a conglomerate , what does the conglomerate also own (TV, Music, Computers etc)
  • What other companies your BIG SIX FILM STUIO control (do they have smaller film divisions?) What market share do they have?
  • Which films and franchises we'd associate with them (i.e. Bond, Batman etc) and how much money do they earn the institution


I want you to create an infographic to present all your information.

Use this site to make your infographic



Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel Research


Research each area of the specification (below) in relation to The Grand Budapest Hotel. Post your work on your blog.

Deadline: 12X-Wednesday 5th November

  1. the issues raised by media ownership in contemporary media practice; (how does who owns a media company influence the type of film made and its potential success? For example do BIG companies make BIG films and therefore make all the money? Is it possible for small companies to succeed?)
  2. the importance of cross media convergence and synergy in production, distribution and marketing; (how do companies work together to produce, distribute and publicize a film? How can Disney use their size to promote and publicise a film? How can small companies work together to promote their business' when making and promoting a film?)
  3. the technologies that have been introduced in recent years at the levels of production, distribution, marketing and exchange; (how has the introduction of digital film, 3D, DVD, Blu-ray, internet streaming, downloadable content, home cinema influenced the types of films made, the way we watch them and the way we 'buy' them?)
  4. the significance of proliferation in hardware and content for institutions and audiences; (how and why have film companies had to alter the way they work now everyone has web enabled phones, PC's, tablets etc? How have audiences changed their viewing habits now we no longer need to go to the cinema to watch a film)
  5. the importance of technological convergence for institutions and audiences; (can you think of examples of how different technologies have come together to help the film industry?)
  6. the issues raised in the targeting of national and local audiences (specifically, British) by international or global institutions; (how do film companies try and attract their audience? Do they do different things in different countries?)
  7. the ways in which the candidates’ own experiences of media consumption illustrate wider patterns and trends of audience behaviour. (what is your opinion on the above? Do you see the developments as a good or bad thing?)

One Woman, 17 British Accents

Monday, 3 November 2014

Cross Media Convergence and Synergy in Film Industry

The Grand Budapest Hotel: "He's a Concierge!"

The Grand Budapest Hotel - Meet the Cast of Characters

The Grand Budapest Hotel Featurette: "Creating a Hotel"

The Grand Budapest Hotel Research


Research the film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Use the seven areas from the specification (see post below) as a framework for your research. Make a Prezi, PowerPoint or word document and embed onto your blog.

Deadline: end of the lesson (period 2) on Thursday 6th November.