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Unit 8 Assignment Brief

  1. 1. Page 1 of 11 BTEC National Diploma in Creative Media Production Year 12 Unit 8: Understanding the Television and Film Industries Name: ................................................................................................... Deadline: ...................................................................................................
  2. 2. Page 2 of 11 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Welcome Welcome to the BTEC National Diploma in Creative Media Production. You will find this a practical, work-related course on which you will learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. We aim to help you to develop your creative and technical skills, as well as helping you to gain an understanding of the underlying theory of digital media production. In addition to learning about the employment area you have chosen, you will develop the skills needed to start a career in the media industry. To do this, you will be required to produce a portfolio of practical productions supported by paperwork and theoretical research. To be successful in doing this, you will have to work both independently and within groups in a professional manner, showing yourself to be organised, resourceful, reliable, committed and being capable of meeting strict deadlines. We hope that you will benefit from this challenging, yet rewarding course and that it will lead to you continuing your studies or eventually finding a job in the media industry. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  3. 3. Page 3 of 11 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Your Responsibilities  You are expected to treat all equipment and accommodation with care.  You are NOT allowed to bring food, drink or chewing gum into work areas.  You may NOT use mobile phones while you are working, unless otherwise instructed.  NEVER allow other students or friends to use equipment booked out to you, and do not leave equipment unattended at any time. If it is damaged, lost or stolen, it is YOUR responsibility! If you experience any problems with equipment, ask for help from your teacher. Do not try to repair equipment yourself. Please remember It is your responsibility to back up your work onto a memory stick at the end of every lesson. You are responsible for saving your work to the hard drive of the computer and the safekeeping of your original material. Please remember to take your memory stick at the end of every session, and only use the memory stick to transport work. You must provide a folder for each unit and bring it to every lesson. You will also be introduced to a referencing system to allow you to produce comprehensive bibliographies of the materials you have used in your study. How to contact your teacher… Telephone: 0208 498 1300 E-Mail: zchristodoulou@kshsonline.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  4. 4. Page 4 of 11 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Unit 8: Understanding the Television and Film Industries Unit Introduction This unit aims to develop your knowledge of the television and film industries and the structure of individual companies. The unit will develop your understanding of job roles, working practices and regulation, and will enable you to prepare the necessary documentation to apply for a job in these industries. The television and film industries have gone through many changes in the last two decades. The development of new technology, as well as the inevitable changes in governing legislation and working practices, has resulted in an increase in the range of services and service providers that now make up an increasingly diverse industry. These changes have been driven, for the most part, by the technologies that have enabled media companies to access increasing audiences in ways different from the traditional ones, and, subsequently, to provide a greater range and diversity of content. Whilst terrestrial television is still dominated by the major household names such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, multi- channel services via satellite and cable have changed the face of television within the UK and across the world. The digital revolution now allows audiences to use television and a host of other media content in whatever way is most convenient to them. As a result, media content has become more inclusive, catering for a wider range of tastes and opinions and a greater spectrum of ages, cultural and geographical backgrounds. Similarly, the film industry has gone through a range of technological, financial, commercial and aesthetic changes – changes that have helped the British film industry go through a relatively strong period of growth and development in the first few years of the 21st century. An understanding of the operation of the various organisational structures in the television and film industries is essential for anyone intending to work in these sectors. It is equally important for anyone wishing to progress onto higher-level qualifications to be aware of the range of job opportunities and of the relevant training that is required. Learning Outcomes 1. Know about ownership and funding in the television and film industries 2. Know about job roles in the television and film industries 3. Understand contractual, legal and ethical obligation in the television and film industries 4. Understand developing technologies in the television and film industries 5. Be able to prepare personal career development material ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  5. 5. Page 5 of 11 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Brief You will soon be ready to take the next step into further education, training or employment. To develop and expand your knowledge of the media, you will need to conduct comprehensive research into two specific media industry – in this instance, the television and film industries. The TV and film industries have many doors and avenues open to budding filmmakers, cinematographers, writers, actors, art directors and graphic designers – just to name but a few job roles. Your tasks will involve you finding out about the job roles available, how to gain employment, and how the industries interact with their audiences. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  6. 6. Page 6 of 11 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Assessment Criteria for Unit 8: Understanding the Television and Film Industries P1 Describe ownership and funding in the television and film industries with some appropriate use of subject terminology M1 Explain ownership and funding in the television and film industries with reference to detailed illustrative examples and with generally correct use of subject terminology D1 Comprehensively explain ownership and funding in the television and film industries with reference to elucidated examples and consistently using subject terminology correctly P2 Describe the characteristics, duties and responsibilities of management, creative and technical job roles in the television and film industries with some appropriate use of subject terminology M2 Explain the characteristics, duties and responsibilities of management, creative and technical job roles in the television and film industries with reference to detailed illustrative examples and with generally correct use of subject terminology D2 Comprehensively explain the characteristics, duties and responsibilities of management, creative and technical job roles in the television and film industries showing how they relate to each other, with reference to elucidated examples and consistently using subject terminology correctly P3 Describe contractual, legal and ethical obligations in the television and film industries, with some appropriate use of subject terminology M3 Explain contractual, legal and ethical obligations in the television and film industries with reference to detailed illustrative examples and with generally correct use of subject terminology D3 Comprehensively explain contractual, legal and ethical obligations in the television and film industries with reference to elucidated examples and consistently using subject terminology correctly P4 Describe developing technologies in the television and film industries with some appropriate use of subject terminology M4 Explain developing technologies in the television and film industries with reference to detailed illustrative examples and with generally correct use of subject terminology D4 Comprehensively explain developing technologies in the television and film industries with elucidated examples and consistently using subject terminology correctly P5 Prepare personal career development material using basic formal language M5 Prepare carefully produced personal career development material using generally correct formal language D5 Prepare personal career development material to a quality that reflects near- professional standards, consistently using correct formal language ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  7. 7. Page 7 of 11 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Tasks Task 1 (8 = P1, M1, D1) Plan and design a slideshow that explains and illustrates the structure of a specific TV company, as well as a specific film company. Remember to create a separate bibliography that references your used sources. Things to consider: Ownership; funding; synergy; subsidiaries; examples of products/services. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Task 2 (8 = P2, M2, D2) Create a slideshow that explains and illustrates a variety of job roles available in the film and television industries Remember to create a separate bibliography that references your used sources. Explanation; examples; conditions of employment; skills and qualifications; methods of recruitment. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Task 3 (8 = P3, M3, D3) Produce an illustrated report that explains what legal and ethical obligations must be considered when working in the TV and film industries. Remember to create a separate bibliography that references your used sources. Things to consider: Industry codes of practice (TV/film); the British Board of Film Classification; Ofcom; the watershed; the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; the Defamation Act 2013. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  8. 8. Page 8 of 11 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Task 4 (8 = P4, M4, D4) Plan and design a slideshow that explains and illustrates the technologies available for TV and film producers, and how these technologies have evolved over recent decades. Remember to create a separate bibliography that references your used sources. Things to consider: Digital video; high definition; 3D; the Internet; on-demand. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Task 5 (8 = P5, M5, D5) You must now prepare personal career development material that demonstrates your abilities to work in the TV and film industries. Begin by conducting research into the two industries to read about what jobs are available and what personal skills and qualifications are required. Things to consider: Curriculum Vitae; personal statement; career action plan. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  9. 9. Page 9 of 11 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Task Deadlines Task 1 Task 2 Task 3 Task 4 Task 5 Portfolio hand-in ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  10. 10. Page 10 of 11 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Recommended Reading Key: Author (year), Title (edition), Publisher. ISBN Branston and Stafford (2010) The Media Student’s Book (fifth edition), Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-55842-6 Connell B (2010), Exploring the Media: Text, Industry, Audience (second edition), Auteur. ISBN: 978-1-906733-47-6 Lacey N (2002), Media Institutions and Audiences: Key Concepts in Media Studies, Palgrave. ISBN: 0-333-65870-1 Long and Wall (2009) Media Studies: Texts, Production and Context, Pearson Education. ISBN: 978-1-4058-5847-2 Turow (2011), Media Today (fourth edition), Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-87608-7 The BBC’s film site – www.bbc.co.uk/film The British Film Institute – www.bfi.org.uk The BFI’s History of Film and TV site – www.screenonline.org.uk The British Film Council – film.britishcouncil.org The Guardian’s film site – www.guardian.co.uk/film The Independent’s film site – www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/film The Internet Movie Database – www.imdb.com The Sector Skills Council for Creative Media – www.creativeskillset.org ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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