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Wednesday, 7 October 2009

G324 Advanced Portfolio

At A2 for the music video package we have DTP, Fireworks and Windows Moviemaker. Is this sufficient?

To make a music promo in Moviemaker would be a challenge as it has its limitations.

If students are producing print for coursework, are they still allowed to print a hard copy for assessment at AS and at A2.

Yes, but there should be a digital copy at A2 as well.

Is a teaser trailer for a thriller/horror too close to the opening of a thriller in AS? Will it affect marks?
No, the task is fine

What should research include for the soap trailer task?

Whatever you and they feel is needed for the three elements of the task to enable them to produce effective work

As part of their research, students wrote essays on genre and narrative. Is it ok to hyperlink these through powerpoint?

Yes that's fine

For the digipak – is there a template for students to produce all 4 panes or can they just do 4 CD sized examples?

No template provided by OCR. All you would need to do would be to identify which bit belongs where, e.g. front cover, front inside etc.

Is there room for flexibility in A2 briefs, e.g. swapping 'digipak' for CD cover as music video ancillary task?

No there's no flexibility to the briefs.

What ideas do you have for producing an animatic?


It is amazingly easy. They draw the storyboard, take a photo of each frame, upload the photos to the computer, drop into the edit program and cut to length, add sound, upload to youtube or blogger and paste/embed code onto blog.

Can we submit storyboard on paper for A2?

No everything must be digital. If you are not using blogs, either photos of the storyboard on a disk or an animatic on a disk would be the answer

Can students do a teaser trailer for a documentary drama? They want to a disaster theme so can they use found images?

Yes no limits on type of film and they can make limited use of found material- especially where it would be impossible to film.

What are good ways to organise electronic files in A2?

If on a disk, just have a folder for each candidate with everything labelled

How long should trailers and music videos be?

there was a good post on teaser trailers on the e-list which we will copy below. Music videos- the length of the track is the usual convention, but if it is a particularly long track, they could fade early. three minutes is the classic pop song....

Nils posted this:


However, I would argue that 'teaser' is not as prescriptive as has been
suggested. Three trailers stated as teaser recently:

-'Cemetery Junction' (no footage from the film just Ricky Gervais and
Steve Merchant joking about Ralph Fiennes)
-'G-Force 3D' (only clips from the film)
-'Cloverfield' (a mix of 'gimmick' and 'clips')

to me have highlighted the fact that there is no set definition of a
teaser trailer in Hollywood and that the only criteria is that it is
released a longer time before the film than the theatrical trailer and
that it is shorter- I have told my students it could be 30 seconds but
no more than 90 seconds, as anything longer would be a theatrical
trailer.

A suggestion for A2 group marking from one teacher:

set students one area to be in charge of and mark them on that- e.g. one person as editor, one person as cinematographer, one as art director

If that helps you, it's not a problem. just be absolutely clear in your marking!

Are marks for construction distributed across all three products at A2?

40 for main, 10 each for the two subsids

For the digipack, what exactly is expected?

Needs to be at least four panes- could be CD size or DVD size, but needs to show clearly what the consumer can expect to get. Example here of the range of digipacks available, but you only see the front covers!

How do we deal with copyright issues in relation to using music for advanced production?

For the purposes of the spec, we request that for music video, they show evidence they have sought permission to use the track- no more than that. Other material may only be used in a limited way. Non-copyright audio may be used for any task.We actively encourage students to create their own soundtracks. A site for unsigned bands here may be useful

Should they work as a group across all three tasks or can they work individually on the ancillary tasks?

If they are submitting one digipack and one magazine advert, for example, they may have each taken responsibility for the mechanics of producing one or the other, but they should each have been involved with both- in other words avoid 'producing it in its entirety' on their own or they can't get any credit. They may if they wish each individually produce alternative ancillary packages, so you would have the main task and three or four each of the ancillary tasks.

Is the ancillary task of website home page just that or do the links all have to work?

Home page is enough

Do tasks have to be on disk/blog only or can they be printed out?

Feel free to print out if you want to provide a final version

there do not seem to be any opportunities to look at institutional issues in the markscheme

Re-reading the criteria, I can see how this might appear to be the case. Crucial elements are:
Planning: research into similar products and target audience
Construction: producing material appropriate to the task set (showing institutional understanding)
Evaluation: understanding of the combination of main and ancillary tasks

What does an advert for a digipack look like?

Good question- get the students to look at adverts for the release of albums in any format to see the conventions

3 comments:

  1. I am a student doing my A2 portfolio.

    My teacher has told me that me that we have a 500 word limit on each of the 4 evaluations. (to amount to 2000 words in total)

    However the questions provided (for example: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?) can lead to answers totalling much over 500 words alone. Do we include these questions in our main evaluations or should we use them separate?

    Thanks

    Thomas Griffiths

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  2. Please ignore my previous comment, is was signed on the wrong gmail account.

    I am a student doing my A2 portfolio.

    My teacher has told me that me that we have a 500 word limit on each of the 4 evaluations. (to amount to 2000 words in total)

    However the questions provided (for example: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?) can lead to answers totalling much over 500 words alone. Do we include these questions in our main evaluations or should we use them separate?

    Also please put a link to this youtube account on your blog, it offers help to anyone using "wordpress" to create their blogs:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/mediaforschools

    Thanks

    Thomas Griffiths

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  3. Please reply to this email address:

    tomgriffiths.1508@googlemail.com

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