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  1. 1. G325 Critical Perspectives: Section A: Approaching Question 1aThese are the previous questions that came up for this part of the exam: • Describe how you developed research and planning skills for media production and evaluate how these skills contributed to creative decision making. Refer to a range of examples in your answer to show how these skills developed over time. • Describe the ways in which your production work was informed by research into real media texts and how your ability to use such research for production developed over time. • Describe how you developed your skills in the use of digital technology for media production and evaluate how these skills contributed to your creative decision making. Refer to a range of examples in your answer to show how these skills developed over time.You will notice that each of these begins by asking you to describe and thengoes on to ask you to reflect in some way: "evaluate", "how you used" "how yourskills developed", herein lies the key to this part of the exam! You only have halfan hour for the question and you really need to make the most of that time byquickly moving from description (so the reader knows what you did) toanalysis/evaluation/reflection, so he/she starts to understand what you learntfrom it.there are five possible areas which can come up 1. Digital technology 2. Research and Planning 3. Conventions of Real Media 4. Post-Production 5. Creativity.If you look through those questions above, you will see that they all contain atleast two of the five- creativity is mentioned (as creative decision making) intwo of them alongside the main area (digital technology on one, research andplanning skills in the other). In the third of those past questions , research iscombined with conventions of real media. So as you can see, the question is likelyto mix and match the five, so you HAVE to be able to think on your feet andanswer the question that is there.So, how do you get started preparing and revising this stuff? Begin by setting out,on cards or post-its, a list of answers to these questions:What production activities have you done?This should include both the main task and preliminary task from AS and themain and ancillaries at A2 plus any non-assessed activities you have done aspractice, and additionally anything you have done outside the course which youSource:
  2. 2. might want to refer to, such as films made for other courses or skateboard videosmade with your mates if you think you can make them relevant to your answer.What digital technology have you used?This should not be too hard- include hardware (cameras, phones forpictures/audio, computers and anything else you used) software (on yourcomputer) and online programs, such as blogger, youtube etcIn what ways can the work you have done be described as creative?This is a difficult question and one that does not have a correct answer as such,but ought to give you food for thought.What different forms of research did you do?Again you will need to include a variety of examples- institutional research (suchas on how titles work in film openings), audience research (before you madeyour products and after you finished for feedback), research into conventions ofmedia texts (layout, fonts, camera shots, soundtracks, everything!) and finallylogistical research- recce shots of your locations, research into costume, actors,etcWhat conventions of real media did you need to know about?For this, it is worth making a list for each project you have worked on andcategorising them by medium so that you don’t repeat yourselfWhat do you understand by ‘post-production’ in your work?For the purpose of this exam, it is defined as everything after planning andshooting or live recording. In other words, the stage of your work where youmanipulated your raw material on the computer, maybe using photoshop, avideo editing program or desktop publishing.For each of these lists, your next stage is to produce a set of examples- so thatwhen you make the point in the exam, you can then back it up with a concreteexample. You need to be able to talk about specific things you did in post-production and why they were significant, just as you need to do more than justsay ‘I looked on youtube’ for conventions of real media, but actually namespecific videos you looked at, what you gained from them and how theyinfluenced your work.This question will be very much about looking at your skills development overtime, the process that brought about this progress, most if not all the projectsyou worked on from that list above, and about reflection on how you as a mediastudent have developed. Unusually, this is an exam that rewards you for talkingabout yourself and the work you have done!Source: