AS: Disney production homework

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Choose a Disney film (you can carry on with one from previous homeworks or choose a new one)

Research the production of the film –

  • Describe the production values (Production values are the lighting, sound, scenery and props used to improve a film or play. An example of production values are the ways in which students set up the stage in a school play.)
  • What production issues were apparent?
  • What technology was used?
  • What problems were there?
  • How did audiences receive the production?
  • What do you think of the production values?

AS TV drama essay #1 – gender

The format of the paper is always the same (see below), the only difference is that the representational group and TV drama will change. It is usually expected that you will spend 30 minutes watching and making notes and then 30-45 minutes writing your answer which leaves 45-60 minutes for the audience and institutions question. Personally, I would aim for 40 minutes writing the representation answer which leaves you 50 minutes for the audiences and institutions question.

Section A: Textual Analysis and Representation (Unseen moving image extract)

You will be allowed two minutes to read the question for Section A before the extract is screened.

• The extract will be screened four times.

• First screening: watch the extract; no notes are to be made this time.

• Second screening: watch the extract and make notes. • There will be a brief break for note-making.

• Third and fourth screening: watch the extract and make notes.

• Your notes for Section A are to be written in the answer booklet provided and must be handed in at the end of the examination. Rule a diagonal line through your notes afterwards. Extract: The Killing Episode 1, Series 1  Extract length: 5 minutes max.

Timing of extract: First 5 minutes of Episode 1. Answer the question below, with detailed reference to specific examples from the extract only.

1 Discuss the ways in which the extract constructs representations of gender using the following: • Camera shots, angles, movement and composition • Editing • Sound • Mise-en-scene [50]

AS Evaluation

In the evaluation the following seven questions must be addressed:

• In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

• How does your media product represent particular social groups? • What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? • Who would be the audience for your media product?

• How did you attract/address your audience?

• What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

• Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

Please complete the first draft over half term.

Don’t forget the evaluation needs to be multi-media. Treat each question as a separate blog post.

Best of luck:

AS coursework deadlines

November 19th-27th:

  • Finish planning
  • Test shots

December 11th:

  • Finish filming

January 25th: Finish editing first cut

January 25th- 3rd – audience feedback, edit changes and evaluation

February 4th: First draft of evaluation and final edit due

February 4th-10th: evaluation and final changes to research and planning

February 11th: Final evaluation and completed project due

AS Audiences and Institutions H/W

In class we have begun to explore some of the issues concerning Disney and its status as a conglomerate. A conglomerate can be defined as:

A large corporation formed by the merging of separate and diverse institutions.

For your case study, explore the institutions involved with the production, distribution and marketing of the film.

For example, Aladdin (1992) was produced by Walt Disney Pictures and distributed by Buena Vista and Walt Disney Home Pictures. Thus, almost the entire film was delivered in house thanks to vertical integration. Therefore, for this research I would find out how Buena Vista and Walt Disney started and why. What do the institutions deal with? How have they developed through the years. Who are their competitors?

AS coursework class: homework

You have two more lessons to complete the shooting and editing of your practice shots. Once edited, we will watch the shots in class and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the shots and editing.

For homework, I would like you to write a formal evaluation of your work covering the following things:

  1. Describe any shots which you are particularly pleased with. Why do these shots work well? Consider the construction of the mise en scene – shot type, framing, camera movement, lighting and setting
  2. Describe any shots which you are particularly unhappy with. Why do these shots not work well? Consider the construction of the mise en scene – shot type, framing, camera movement, lighting and setting

Here is an example:

Perhaps the most successful shot of the practice task is the establishing shot of the hall. Whilst the setting was not perfect because the lighting in the hall was dim and there was a lack of natural light from the windows, we overcame this by increasing the exposure on the Canon 60. We increased the aperture to f/2.8 and also increased the ISO from 200 to 600; it was important to try and keep the ISO to a relatively low number in order to stop the image becoming grainy. After the adjustments to the settings, it was clear that the shot was correctly exposed. Also, the focus on the subject is tack sharp; by using the zoom function we made sure that the focus was absolutely perfect. Lastly, the pan is smooth which helps create a fluid, relaxed and professional feel.