Section A , Question B – Theoretical Evaluation of Production
Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production
Section A, question 1b of the A2 exam is worth 25 marks
You will choose to evaluate one of your pieces of coursework in relation to a media concept.
In the exam one of the following areas will be selected for you to write about:
How to approach 1b.
You need to understand all 5 concepts, including relevant theories.
In pairs brainstorm what each of the 5 concepts mean.
Your task is to produce a detailed evaluation of your coursework using all 5 concepts. The documents you produce will be vital revision aids for the exam next summer. You must use a variety of ICT/digital technology skills when creating your revision documents.
As a media student, it is expected that you are up to date with technology. Therefore you should aim to use as many ways as possible in which to create and display your work:
All media texts tell stories. The structure of these stories is called the narrative.
A story must have verisimilitude (appear to be real) in order to engage us – how does your c/w have verisimilitude?
It might seem more obvious to apply narrative theory to a film (see next 2 slides), but if you created a magazine you need to consider the following:
How is your magazine structured? How does the front cover lead the reader into the magazine? How does the contents page lead the reader into the rest of the magazine? Consider enigma codes (Barthes) used in all 3 aspects of your c/w. Analyse your dps in relation to Todorov’s theory.
Opening sequences and narrative
• To introduce character (Propp)
• Establish narrative structure (Todorov)
• Captivate audience/interest
• Establish core themes (Levi Strauss)
• Introduce core iconography
• Establishes audience expectation through use of
• Establish sense of enigma (Barthes)
Narrative conventions of opening sequences
• Predominance of action codes (Barthes)
• Significance of soundtrack – establishing mood
• Use of titles as credits/ event signifiers
Everything in the media is a representation - everything we see is being represented e.g. regions/locations, individuals, groups, places, nations, ideas
Questions we would ask when analysing representations:
WHO or WHAT is being represented?
HOW is the representation created?
WHO has created the representation?
WHY is the representation created in that way? What is the
WHAT is the effect of the representation?
Consider the representations in your c/w and answer the above questions in detail.
To maintain a representation of reality, media language elements such as lighting, music, editing, camera work and mise en scene are used. How did you use these micro aspects to create representations?
Sometimes, representations are seen to be a deliberate attempt to create associations and ideas for the audience – did you represent any characters in a certain way so as to remind your audience or someone/something else?
You might not have studied many representation theories at AS Level, but consider how the following can be applied to your c/w: