MEDIA STUDIES TV FILM MAGAZINES COMICS ESSAYS TESTS SKILLS OF ANALYSIS PRACTICAL SKILLS MAKING A FILM TRAILER CREATING A MAGAZINE OR COMIC
To further your understanding of the term ‘representation’
AQA GCSE Media Studies COURSEWORK EXAM 4 Pieces. For one you plan & create a media production. The other 3 can be written or practical or a mixture of both One ‘timed test’ (3 hrs). This will be on And you will get some info beforehand 50% 50% 120marks 100 marks
BIG CONCEPT! ‘ Representation’. OR: ‘ RE-PRESENTATION’
HOW THE MEDIA PORTRAYS THE WORLD
The media text (film) takes a person, place or thing and re-presents them in a certain way
The film changes or adjusts things; people, places and things can be re-presented in many ways
Let’s look at an example…
The final girl
Connection with the killer
Gains more strength as the movie progresses
Unstoppable until the end
The source of all evil
Stronger than humans
The place of refuge
Often a church
No evil may enter
Place of magic
Protected by God
The daylight is seen as safe
Usually a big building (like a mansion or a hotel)
At night it is not safe (this is when most of the killings take place).
Cold and dark in places
Where by objects come to life (Statues and paintings)
To research and present findings about representation of people and places in your chosen genre
To create a Publisher document to show the above (1 per group member)
Must contain an image and bullet points about how the person or place is represented in the film
Add as much detail as you can, ready to print and feedback
Those who did not deliver their ‘genre’ presentation will go with Mr Griffiths to 315 to present this…
Use the digital camera
Take 3 or 4 shots to represent a typical character or location in your chosen genre
Think about shot type, framing, lighting, props and costume
Look at the photographs you took last week
You need to mount them on the A4 template
Fill in the text as indicated, to explain how you have represented the person or place
Position in frame?
Messages you wanted to convey to your ‘audience’?
Why is this person/place often represented in this way in your chosen genre?
What props have you used and why?
Anything else to annotate?
Representation in action:
We need to ensure you can talk with confidence about representation in film texts
You will watch two clips or trailers and take notes
These will be about how people, places and events are being represented
You will then have 10 minutes to write up some of these notes ready to feedback…
The ‘Pitch’: All movies start with ‘an idea’.
NONE OF THESE FILMS ARE ORIGINAL CONCEPTS!
In fact: Around 50% of major movies are based on books, comics, TV shows or are sequels/ prequels/ remakes!
Low risk investment:
‘ Name’ director
‘ High Concept’
Existing story Sequels Built-in fan base Book sales in millions Huge marketing potential = Low Risk
Film virtually in profit even before release due to marketing spin offs.
HOWEVER: For this task, we want originality!
Task: Write and then deliver a 60 second pitch for a movie in your chosen genre.
The Movie Pitch:
Will try and portray the film in a short, snappy series of statements/sentences
Will often reference genre, star names, and previous ‘hit’ movies
Is a ‘persuasive’ text; will need to convey a sense of ‘excitement’ about the movie idea
You will be ‘scripting’ this today and delivering it next week