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A2 section a exam tips

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A2 section a exam tips

  1. 1. A2 ExaminationTipsLO: To review some examtechniques.
  2. 2. Question 1A Question 1A will ask you about your development in skills from one of the following areas Research and Planning digital technology use post-production use of real media conventions creativity
  3. 3.  Itis possible that a question might refer to two of these categories, so be prepared to talk about any/all of them!
  4. 4. Digital Technology Digital technology refers to hardware, software and online technology, so the cameras, the computers, the packages you used and the programs online that you have worked with. It is worth considering how all this inter-links.
  5. 5. Post Production Post-production would actually fall under digital technology as well, so if that comes up it would probably represent an expansion of points youd make in one section of digital technology. It is really about everything you do after constructing the raw materials for your production; so once you have taken photos and written text, how do you manipulate it all in photoshop or desktop publishing for a print product or once you have shot your video, what do you do to it in editing?
  6. 6. Research and Planning Research refers to looking at real media and audiences to inform your thinking about a media production and also how you record all that research. Planning refers to all the creative and logistical thinking and all the organisation that goes on in putting the production together so that everything works and again gives you the chance to write about how you kept records of it.
  7. 7. Creativity Creativity is the hardest one in many ways because it involves thinking about what the creative process might mean. Wikipedia describes it as "a mental process involving the discovery of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the existing ideas or concepts, fueled by the process of either conscious or unconscious insight." For your projects it might involve considering where ideas came from, how you worked collaboratively to share ideas, how you changed things or even how you used tools like the programs to achieve something imaginative.
  8. 8. Use of Real MediaConventions Useof real media conventions involves consideration of other texts that you looked at and how skilfully you were able to weave their conventions into your work or ways in which you might have challenged them.
  9. 9.  You will notice that most of the above were areas that you covered in the evaluation task at the end of each of your productions. This time, you are putting together ideas from evaluations and standing a bit further back to look across your production work and reflecting on how you developed across the course. You should feel free to acknowledge weaknesses and to reflect upon how you learned from them and how you overcame problems. It is not a place to be defensive about your work but to really reflect on it!
  10. 10. Essay Structureparagraph 1 should be an introduction which explains which projectsyou did. It can be quite short.paragraph 2 should pick up the skill area and perhaps suggestsomething about your starting point with it- what skills did you havealready and how were these illustrated. use an example.paragraph 3 should talk through your use of that skill in early projectsand what you learned and developed through these. again thereshould be examples to support all that you say.paragraph 4 should go on to demonstrate how the skill developed inlater projects, again backed by examples, and reflecting back on howthis represents moves forward for you from your early position.paragraph 5 short conclusion
  11. 11. Question 1 B Question 1b With this question you should be imagining you are someone else looking at it for the first time. How would you analyse this music video, this magazine or whatever? Imagine you didnt make it but that it is a real media production. With your theoretical knowledge, you should have no problem with this.
  12. 12. Question1B For each area there are theories or ideas which you must learn thoroughly; then you have to apply those ideas to ONE of your productions and analyse it accordingly. Decide in advance which piece you will write about and make sure that whatever the concept, you can actually do it. Again, here is a bit of a breakdown of what the five concepts might involve
  13. 13. Essay Structure para 1 Intro: which of your projects are you going to write about? briefly describe it para 2: what are some of the key features of the concept you are being asked to apply? maybe outline some of the theories briefly para 3; start to apply the concept, making close reference to your production para 4: try to show ways in which ideas work in relation to your production and also ways in which those ideas might not apply/could be challenged para 5; conclusion

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