Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Essay: Why Did Ex Machina Succeed At The Box Office?

Essay: Why Did Ex Machina Succeed At The Box Office?

1000 words

50 marks:

  • 25 marks for argument
  • 25 marks for evidence
Write about Ex Machina and the reasons for its box office success.

Thursday 8th October (12W) 
Thursday 8th October (12X answering the question in class period 2)

Evidence includes:


1. Pre-production: source material, stars, director, producers, budget
2. Production: location, length of shoot, any issues
3. Post-production: Marketing, distribtution (number of screens), length of cinema run

Other points to consider:
  1. Ex Machina as a cult film
  2. The film certificate
  3. It's not a four quadrant picture
  4. The audience the film attracted
  5. Science fiction films usually do well
  6. Developments in CGI means this type of film can be made easily
  7. The reputation of the director
  8. The success of the film in the US and other markets 

Ex Machina: The Making Of Ava

Camera Shots, Angle, Movement (12Y)

Do the following:
  • watch the three clips
  • embed them on your blog
  • for each shot described find an example and post on your blog (TubeChop will be helpful here). If TubeChop is blocked then find the clips and edit at home.
Also ensure you have copied and pasted this and this onto your blog.

Example here

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The Male Gaze - Music Video Task

Choose a music video of your choice and analyse using the male gaze theory.
Look at this example by Millie Leader for help.

Sex Sells, But What Is The Price?

Click on the image above to read an interesting article on sexual objectification in adverts.

James Bond - The Female Gaze

The Bechdel Test 2014

The Bechdel Test

The Bechdel test (/ˈbɛkdəl/ bek-dəl), also known as the Bechdel-Wallace test,[1] asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added.

Only about half of all films meet these requirements, according to user-edited databases and the media industry press. The test is used as an indicator for the active presence of women in films and other fiction, and to call attention to gender inequality in fiction due to sexism.[2]

The Bechdel test is named for the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, in whose comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For it first appeared in 1985. Bechdel credited the idea to a friend, Liz Wallace, and to the writings of Virginia Woolf. After the test became more widely discussed in the 2000s, a number of variants and tests inspired by it have been introduced.

Source: Wikipedia

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Laura Mulvey - The Male Gaze

  • Laura Mulvey is a film theorist and a feminist. 
  • Mulvey came up with the concept on male gaze in 1975.
  • Mulvey wrote a very influential essay ‘Visual pleasure and Narrative Cinema’. 
  • She stated that women are used for visual pleasure- women are made to seem like sexual objects through voyeurism. 
  • She argued that women took the passive part of a film and that all men played an active part, in her eye the women were objects

The Male Gaze Definition

The male gaze is a concept coined by feminist film critic Laura Mulvey. It refers to the way visual arts are structured around a masculine viewer. It describes the tendency in visual culture to depict the world and women from a masculine point of view and in terms of men's attitudes.[1][2]
The male gaze consists of three different gazes:[3][4]
  • that of the person behind the camera,
  • that of the characters within the representation or film itself, and
  • the gaze of the spectator.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Representation Task (12Y)

The area we will be covering is Textual Analysis and Representation.

You need to familiarise yourselves with the 7 areas of representation and the 4 areas of analysis. These are the areas we will be covering in class over the next 17 weeks.

As a starting point I want you to think about how you construct your own representation.
  • Use UK Tribes to find the group or groups (there can be crossover) that you think you belong to. Why do you belong to this group(s).
  • What media figures (actors, musicians, sportspeople, celebrities) do you identify with? What are the reasons for this?
  • Do you consciously 'model' (copy modes of dress, style yourself, act like) yourself on any of these media figures? Why is that?
Construct a representation of yourself using the above information. Add images of the type of clothes, accessories and gadgets you prefer. Add images and descriptions from UK Tribes to further illustrate your self representation. Post directly to your blog, or if using word embed in Scribd before uploading.

Representation: A Simple(ish) Explanation

Representation refers to the construction in any medium (especially the mass media) of aspects of ‘reality’ such as people, places, objects, events, cultural identities and other abstract concepts. Such representations may be in speech or writing as well as still or moving pictures

The term refers to the processes involved as well as to its products. For instance, in relation to the key markers of identity - Class, Age, Gender and Ethnicity (the 'cage' of identity) - representation involves not only how identities are represented (or rather constructed) within the text but also how they are constructed in the processes of production and reception by people whose identities are also differentially marked in relation to such demographic factors. 

Consider, for instance, the issue of 'the gaze'. How do men look at images of women, women at men, men at men and women at women?

Representation In The Media

By definition, all media texts are re-presentations of reality. This means that they are intentionally composed, lit, written, framed, cropped, captioned, branded, targeted and censored by their producers, and that they are entirely artificial versions of the reality we perceive around us. 

When studying the media it is vital to remember this - every media form, from a home video to a glossy magazine, is a representation of someone's concept of existence, codified into a series of signs and symbols which can be read by an audience. However, it is important to note that without the media, our perception of reality would be very limited, and that we, as an audience, need these artificial texts to mediate our view of the world, in other words we need the media to make sense of reality. Therefore representation is a fluid, two-way process: producers position a text somewhere in relation to reality and audiences assess a text on its relationship to reality.

Representation 3

Representation 2

Representation 1

Thursday, 10 September 2015

12X Work

Begin this task on Film Production (You will finish this in Friday's lesson).


The summer homework is here. YOU MUST COMPLETE THIS WORK
You need to complete all activities and hand in to me period 4, Monday 14th September.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015


5 Hip Hop Albums 2014-2015

  1. Kendrick Lamar-To Pimp A Butterfly (Key Tracks-King Kunta & i )
  2. Run The Jewels-Run The Jewels 2 (Key Tracks-Jeopardy & All Due Respect)
  3. Earl Sweatshirt-I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside (Key Tracks-Huey & Am // Radio)
  4. YG-My Krazy Life (Key Tracks-Who Do You Love & 1AM)
  5. Madlib-Piñata Beats  (Key Tracks-Shitsville & Thuggin')
All five albums reinforce my belief that hip hop is the most dynamic and sonically interesting music genre. All are different and all are unique visions of what hip hop can sound like.

 5 Marvel Comic Book Characters

  1. Silver Surfer-"Where soars the Silver Surfer.... There he must soar ... alone!"
  2. Iron Man-"I know everything. I can't help it."
  3. Daredevil-"I can see just fine."
  4. Spider-Man-"My spider sense are tingling"
  5. Hulk-"Talking man hurt Hulk...HULK RIP TALKING MAN'S HEAD OFF!"

5 Comedians

  1. Louis C.K.-" If murder was legal there were be so much murder. Regular people would murder. Murder is ..?.. murder even more. (Laughing!) And then really nice sweet people would murder a few people (laughing), but 'nobody' would murder no people. (Laughing!) You wouldn't trust somebody who didn't murder if murder was legal. You wouldn't like them. 'I never killed anybody.' Okay, nice to meet you. Agh, what a creep! (Laughing!)
  2. Bill Hicks-"I've noticed a certain anti-intellectualism going around this country; since about 1980, coincidentally enough. … I was in Nashville, Tennessee, and after the show I went to a Waffle House. I'm not proud of it, but I was hungry. And I'm sitting there eating and reading a book. I don't know anybody, I'm alone, so I'm reading a book. The waitress comes over to me like, [gum smacking] "What'chu readin' for?" I had never been asked that. Not "What am I reading?", but "What am I reading for?" Goddammit, you stumped me. Hmm, why do I read? I suppose I read for a lot of reasons, one of the main ones being so I don't end up being a fucking waffle waitress."
  3. Stewart Lee-"Writing this now, God, how I miss the cultural side of the eighties - the rhetoric, the raggedy clothes, the politics, gigs you were frightened to go into, Radio 1 when it had weird bits, Channel 4 when it was radical, the NME when it had writers, and the thrill of discovering underground music and new comedy for yourself.”
  4. Josie Long-"Two years ago I was touring a show where I outed myself as a feminist. At the time it seemed like that was something necessary, as I felt a bit beleaguered and outnumbered. It was the first time I’d tried to talk about it on stage and the material I did was about the kind of hassle I’d get for having opinions about feminist issues. I’d start by saying, “I’m definitely a feminist and I’m not creepy for having said that . . . I don’t like to bang any less. I didn’t think it was an issue but then whenever you say anything remotely strident, people are like, ‘Who invited the frigid puritan cow?’ and I have to be like, ‘Heyyyy! I’d just like to get paid the same! Hiyaaaa!’”
  5. Chris Rock-"I had a cop pull me over the other day, scared me so bad, made me think I stole my own car. “Get out of the car, get out of the fucking car! You stole this car!” I was like, “Damn, maybe I did!”

5 American TV Dramas

  1. Daredevil-A Netflix original series. The Marvel comic book character given an adult makeover (sex, violence and swearing) and all the better for it.
  2. Justified-Raylan Givens is an ultra polite, quick tempered, fast drawing U.S. Marshall. Set in Harlan County Kentucky, this show is a refreshing change from the usual big city crime dramas.
  3. Gotham-Focussing on the story of Jim Gordon and his rise to becoming commissioner of police in Gotham City. We get to meet a young Bruce Wayne (Batman) and see the creation of villains like Penguin, The Joker and The Riddler. A suitably violent and angst ridden vision helps reintroduce a story and characters that most people are familiar with.
  4. Mad Men-a slow moving drama about advertising executives in 1960s New York. Brilliantly written and acted. The noteworthy elements being: the clothes, the drinking and smoking, the affairs, the politics and the glimpse of a time long gone. 
  5. Banshee-definitely not for the fainthearted. A tale of hidden identity and revenge. Some of the most over the top scenes I've ever seen on television.

5 Favourite Albums

  1. Panda Bear-Person Pitch (2007)-Dubby,woozy and harmonic. Sounds like it was recorded underwater. Took me ages to get it, now it's indispensable (Key Tracks-Comfy In Nautica & Bros)
  2. Mos Def-The Ecstatic (2009)-A hip hop classic. Beats were conjured up by a veritable who's who: J Dilla, Mr. Flash, Madlib, Mos Def, Oh No, Preservation, and The Neptunes.The album features a master lyricist and rhymer at his peak and a wide array of "out of the crates" samples. (Key Tracks-Supermagic & Wahid)
  3. Beach House-Bloom (2012)-Songs about uncertainty, doubt and feeling beaten down by the world. It's also ethereal and angelic, the sort of music to inspire vivid dreams. (Key Tracks-Myth & The Hours)
  4. Prince-Sign O The Times (1987)-16 tracks of brilliance. Covers everything from rock, pop, soul, funk slow jams and a protest song. A genius at work. (Key Tracks-Sign O The Times & If I Was Your Girlfriend)
  5. Japan-Gentlemen Take Polaroids (1980)-Cult British singer David Sylvian's first band. 8 tracks containing the sort of idiosyncratic vision you don't find too often: swooning,hyper-elegant and polished. (Key Tracks-Gentlemen Take Polaroids & Taking Islands In Africa)

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Trailer

Jurassic World (2015) Trailer