Research and planning
Before carrying out any of my work through my years of doing media, I always
had to plan and research into what I was going to do to make sure I was
working efficiently. Starting the course in year 12, media was completely new
to me, and therefore I knew that I needed to get to grips with all the
knowledge and what I should be doing to ensure I am successful in the course.
At AS, I decided that I wanted to do an R’n’B magazine, and that I wanted to
make it as creative and eye catching as I could. Once I had decided on this, I
started to do research on what I could include within my magazine, and what
ideas would look good for an R’n’B magazine in particular. After carrying out a
lot of research, I presented to my class, which I then got audience feedback
from them, helping me to be able to develop and influence on my overall
decisions made. I wanted to make sure my magazine was different from
everybody else’s, therefore I did this through making several plans and re
plans of what will work. Again, I presented this to either my teacher or my
peers in my class, to get feedback on mainly what I could improve on. This
constantly gave me the boost to work on it even more and improve it to be able
to get the best result as possible!
Similarly to my AS magazine, my A2 piece of coursework had to have a lot of
planning and research to go with it. As this was a live recording and not a still
image, a lot depended on when I could film for example. The weather and the
locations available were an issue some days, as the availability was not as high
as I would of hoped it could have been. To ensure I didn’t encounter any
unexpected set backs such as the weather, I would research into the forecast
so that I could get a rough idea on when would be the best day to film. This
closely links to the availability of both of my actors. I had to plan a week or
two in advance so that I could ensure both actors are available and any
equipment I needed was also available for me to use.
I carried out a lot of research of what other/previous A2 media students have
done for their media coursework, and to what standard they were working at.
Again, once I had completed my first draft of my music video, I showed it to
my class and teacher, and got a lot of constructive critics which will help me
improve drastically and will hopefully impact on my grade.