Tuesday 20th April 2010<br />Theoretical Evaluation of Production<br />Exam Question 1(B)<br />
Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production<br />Question 1(b) requires you to select one production and evaluate it i...
In the examination, questions will be set using one of these concepts only.<br />In some circumstances, candidates will be...
Whether the candidate applies the concept to<br />the product or uses the production to<br />challenge the concept, it is ...
Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production<br />For Question 1(b) students will have to choose one of their productio...
Genre<br />What genre is the production?<br />What are the codes and conventions of the production?<br />How is the genre ...
Narrative Structure<br />What is the narrative structure of the product?<br />How do the specific elements of the producti...
Representation<br />Representation theory – Dyer, Mulvey, Perkins etc.<br />Identify characters, events or issues within t...
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Exam question 1 (b)

  1. 1. Tuesday 20th April 2010<br />Theoretical Evaluation of Production<br />Exam Question 1(B)<br />
  2. 2. Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production<br />Question 1(b) requires you to select one production and evaluate it in relation to a media concept.<br />The list of concepts to which questions will relate is as follows:-<br />Genre<br />Narrative<br />Representation<br />Audience<br />Media Language<br />In your exam the question will be posed using ONE of the above concepts only!!!<br />
  3. 3. In the examination, questions will be set using one of these concepts only.<br />In some circumstances, candidates will be expected to select the production that<br />appears to relate most effectively to the specific concept that arises in the exam<br />question. However, the requirement for candidates to evaluate one of their<br />productions in relation to a concept does not assume that the concept will<br />necessarilyalways fit easily and in an orthodox way. Thus in some cases candidates<br />will be describing their productions in terms of them not relating straightforwardly<br />to the concept. For example, a candidate producing three websites over their two<br />portfolios might describe ways in A2 G325: Advanced Portfolio in Media Section A:<br />TheoreticalEvaluation of Production which websites cannot be understood easily<br />through applying conventional narrative theory.<br />
  4. 4. Whether the candidate applies the concept to<br />the product or uses the production to<br />challenge the concept, it is essential that<br />candidates are sufficiently knowledgeable<br />about the concept for either approach.<br />Candidates may choose to write about work<br />undertaken at AS or A2, main task or<br />preliminary/ancillary.<br />
  5. 5. Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production<br />For Question 1(b) students will have to choose one of their productions, either the AS production,<br /> the A2 main task, or any of the two ancillary tasks.<br />The question will focus on only one of the<br />following:<br />Genre<br />Narrative<br />Representation<br />Audience<br />Media language<br />
  6. 6. Genre<br />What genre is the production?<br />What are the codes and conventions of the production?<br />How is the genre established in the candidates production?<br />How does the mise-en-scène support the genre? What is the role of the specific elements of the mise-en-scène? Refer to props, costume, makeup, location, theme etc.<br />What themes have been used?<br />Have generic conventions been adhered to or subverted?<br />How will the generic elements of production appeal to the audience?<br />Narrative<br />
  7. 7. Narrative Structure<br />What is the narrative structure of the product?<br />How do the specific elements of the production relate to the narrative structure?<br />Does the production adhere to, or subvert, narrative conventions?<br />How does the narrative support the establishment of the chosen genre of the production?<br />How have narrative techniques been used to appeal to the audience?<br />Refer to Todorov, Propp, Levi-Strauss, Barthes’ Enigma Code, multi-strand, restricted, unrestricted, non-linear etc.<br />
  8. 8. Representation<br />Representation theory – Dyer, Mulvey, Perkins etc.<br />Identify characters, events or issues within the production to discuss.<br />What representational concepts are highlighted? (i.e. race, gender, cultural attitudes etc.)<br />What representations have been generated?<br />Discuss the specific elements of character representation, i.e. modes of address, facial expression, costume, behaviour etc.<br />Have any stereotypical representations been generated?<br />Does the production conform to, or subvert, any dominant ideologies?<br />

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