A2 MEDIA STUDIES:COURSEWORK EVALUATION MEGAN HEMMING
QUESTION ONE: IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT USE, DEVELOP OR CHALENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF REAL LIFE MEDIA PRODUCTS? DOCUMENTARY Our coursework task was to create the opening 5 minutes of a TV documentary. During our research and planning we looked at all the conventions of a real documentary. Our documentary was one part of a series called ‘SO YOU THINK YOU’RE OLD ENOUGH? Investigating Sex’. We looked at documentaries similar to our own such as ‘THE SEX EDUCATION SHOW’. In order to create a realistic feel about our documentary we included the following methods: CHANNEL 4 IDENT: This included a voiceover that we recorded ourselves.MONTAGE: Wecreated a fast pacedmontage of images thatwe had photographedourselves.
INTRODUCTION: We filmed a shortintroduction for the documentary whichintroduced the show. This was then followedby another short montage.
INTERVIEWS: We interviewed specialistsexual healthcare professionals to get thereopinion. CAPTIONS: We included captions to show the name and profession of the people we interviewed.
INTERVIEWS: Weinterviewed some student fromSolihull Sixth Form as they areour main target audience.
INTERVIEWS: Weinterviewed a parent as well asparents were our secondarytarget audience.
QUESTION ONE:IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT USE, DEVELOP OR CHALENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF REAL LIFE MEDIA PRODUCTS? TV LISTINGS
In order to create our TV Listings page we researched thecommon conventions that were often used. We then createdour own using these conventions. HEADING: We create a large eye catching heading to go in the top let corner of our TV Listings, where it is often placed on real TV Listing pages. CAPTION: We create a caption to draw the readers attention into reading about the documentary.
INFORMATION: Asseen on real TV Listings pagesthe program title, channel, dateand time are often shown in thestart of the article. DROPPED CAP: We used several dropped caps in our article as this was one of the main conventions we noticed when reviewing other listings. They often signal a change in the articles topic.
PAGE NUMBERS: It is vital that the article has a page number on one of the pages. This is because in a real magazine there would be a contents page where the number would be shown. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: To make our TV Listings look realistic we also included peoples names to show who wrote the article, who took the photograph and who the photograph is of.MAGAZINE NAME: We includedthe name of a popular TV Listings magazine inthe bottom right corner of the article, thismakes the article seem more realistic.
QUESTION ONE:IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT USE, DEVELOP OR CHALENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF REAL LIFE MEDIA PRODUCTS? RADIO TRAILER We used Garage Band to create our radio trailer.
We used a soundtrack from garage bandfor our backing track. We also used recordings that we made especially for the radio trailer as well as sound bites from our documentary.
QUESTION TWO:HOW EFFECTIVE IS THE COMBINATION OF YOUR MAIN PRODUCT ANDS ANCILLARY TASKS? As we had 3 tasks, the main documentary and the two ancillary task which were the Radio Trailer and the TV Listings, they all had to link together to show that they were all part of each other. In order to do this we used multiple techniques to ensure that we advertsed the documentary, radio trailer and TV Listings as a brand product.
Print screen from the documentary Image from TV Listings Page.By using the an image of theDocumentary presenter on theTV Listings Page, we havecreated a link.
Print Screen from the Documentary. TV Listings Page title.A link has been made withthe title of theDocumentary and the titleof the TV Listings page.Similar phrasing of wordshelped us do this.
Print screen of clips from the documentary. By using sound bites from the documentary in the Radio Trailer, we have created a link as it is allowing the listeners to hear some of what is included within the documentary that it is advertising.Print screen from radio trailer,showing sound bites of the aboveclips from our documentary.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR AUDIENCE FEEDBACK?We received feedback from our class for our Documentary, Radio Trailer and TV Listings.For the documentary, the class watched it all together then filled out individual feedback sheets. For the Radio Trailer and TV Listings a sheetwas filled in where we asked at least 5 people to give one strength and one area for improvement and a mark out of 10.
DOCUMENTARY The class watched the documentary together then filled out individual feedback sheets.Our feedback for this was not great, but we didn’t expect it to be as we know as agroup we could have done a lot better. The main issues were the sound levels and editing, as a group we did struggle with these when creating the documentary.
RADIO TRAILER We received average feedback for our radio trailer, receiving mainly scores of 6/7 out of 10. The main area which was suggested to haveimprovements was the volume levels throughout the trailer.
TV LISTINGS We received very positive feedback from our TV ListingsPage. Suggestions such as text alignment and image lightingwere made for improvements, but overall we received a very positive response.
QUESTION 4: HOW DID YOU USE MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES INTHE CONSTRUCTION AND RESEARCH, PLANNING AND EVALUATION STAGES? Throughout the production process of this project we used various technologies to help. These were final cut express, M:Audios, cameras, Garageband, photoshop, indesign, tripods and microphones. We also used comic life and our blogs during this process.
FINAL CUT EXPRESSWe used this software to create ourdocumentary. These are our documentary ‘Bins’. They were used to keep all of our footage organized within final cut express. This is our timeline that we used to order our documentary.
GARAGE BANDWe used garage band to create theradio trailer. We used recordings that wew had made orselves, soundbites and music.
IN DESIGN to create the TV Listings. This was primarily my task and as this This software was used software was used in another media product I was very confident in using it. I feel that my skills were developed and I did find it very easy to use.
PHOTOSHOPThis software was used toedit the image for the TVListings page. Like InDesign,I had used this before sowas very confident in usingit again. I found it easy tomanipulate my image to getit how I wanted it. I feel thatI could have done moreediting on the face thoughjust to get a cleaner finish.
COMIC LIFE In order to begin creating our documentary we created a storyboard in comic life to plan our documentary.
BLOGGERTo keep track of ouractions we usedblogger.com to recordwhat we did and toshow our research. PRINT SCREENS FROM OUR BLOG
OTHER TECHNOLOGIES As well as all the computer software we used technologies such as microphones, M:Audios, Cameras and Tripods in order to create our documentary, Radio Trailer and TV Listings page.VIDEO CAMERA AND TRIPOD: I think M:AUDIOS AND MICROPHONES: Ithat we could have tried to be more think that we used this quite well ascreative with the camera and we we had already used them inshould have used it with the tripod previous projects therefore weremore often to get more of a steadycamera shot. We should have also familiar with the way they worked.used our filming time more One mistake we did make was notconstructively and organised the listening to the recording beforeproperly instead of just going straight finishing and uploading the files toout with only a vague idea of the the computer, because of this wefootage we wanted. had to re-record a few things.