Saturday, 19 June 2010

The finished coursework

See the Thriller openings here.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Improving Evaluations

Do visit this website as there are so many opening sequences discussed and reduced to 9 frames. This should really help you choose and write about your frames.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Update and deadline

Dear all,

It was with much pride that I watched your thriller openings on a big screen today. They don't look half bad, do they?

We hope that you found the feedback from our guests helpful and will be using it in your evaluations.

Your blogs are looking much better, though can I urge you to proof read your evaluations? Some of you need to be a little more analytical and give specific examples. The work on audience research could also be improved or more clearly mentioned in a few cases.

We have decided to give you till NEXT FRIDAY (12.03) to complete and post everything you need to. There aren't any shot list or copies of your storyboard and this needs to feature somewhere, at least on the group blogs.

Finally, if you are still unsure about what to include in your personal blog, please refer back to earlier posts on this blog (use labels on the side)as well as the mark scheme below (for a level 4).

It's been a good week and it seems that everything is slowly coming together.

Ready to show your work in assembly?

Update - 6.03.10 - Well done to group 3 for posting their storyboard. Two groups to go... I would like to see more updated Evaluations reflecting the feedback given last week as well.

Thursday, 18 February 2010


Boys and girls,

We need to see the evaluations on your blogs! Despite all our reminders, your blogs are still falling well short of level 4 and we are worried. The deadline is the end of this week!
In Tuesday's lesson, we will have a quick look at them and they should be as good as finished. You will then have a few days to improve them in the light of feedback given.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Completing the Research and Planning part of your blog - Assessment

Most of you still need to do more research on your blogs, particularly into "similar products", i.e. thrillers, in order to get to level 3 or 4. Below is a reminder of the assessment criteria. Please also refer to my previous posts about what to include on your blog.

Level 4 16–20 marks
- There is excellent research into similar products and a potential target audience.
- There is excellent organisation of actors, locations, costumes or props.
- There is excellent work on shotlists, layouts, drafting, scripting or storyboarding.
- There is an excellent level of care in the presentation of the research and planning
- Time management is excellent.

You also need to get on with your evaluation. Below are the criteria for level 4.
Level 4 16–20 marks
- Excellent understanding of issues around audience, institution, technology, representation, forms and conventions in relation to production.
- Excellent ability to refer to the choices made and outcomes.
- Excellent understanding of their development from preliminary to full task.
- Excellent ability to communicate.
- Excellent skill in the use of digital technology or ICT in the evaluation

You must get to work! Deadline before halt-term.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

The Preliminary tasks

Here they are...

We still need the Thriller homage one. Can it be saved in the media folder and uploaded on your blog as well?

Monday, 11 January 2010

Updating blogs and presentations

Some of your blogs have been updated but not all. Furthermore, there is little evidence as yet that work is underway for your evaluation. These will need to be completed shortly as the deadline is looming. Get working!

Some of the research part of the coursework is still incomplete, particularly your research on famous directors and iconic thriller scenes. What you tend to provide so far is general information about directors rather than explaining why they are famous and/or respected in the business. For example, what is their signature film and why, or their signature style and how is it achieved? You obviously need to have seen some of their key films, particularly if they have inspired you for your own filming.

You also need to embed some Youtube videos of key iconic thriller scenes or opening sequences that are a source of inspiration (or aspiration) for you. Write a sharp analysis of the techniques used and to what effect.

Finally, you need to use some screen grabs from your own work and comment on them on your blog. Find a way to scan your storyboards to upload them as well, at least on your group blog, and comment on how well you've kept to them or what you had to change for whatever reason.

In an ideal world, all groups should have produced and commented on their film posters for your new thriller. As far as I know, two groups are working on that.

All in all, still a lot of work to be done... Some good work on DVD covers/film posters though.

Work hard! Some of you are not getting above an E for the first part of the coursework at the moment (It should be 20 marks easily gained).Look at the criteria distributed in class.

Your film openings as they stand will be presented in groups on Thursday. You'll need to present them and answer any question thrown at you. You will also get feedback to allow you to make final changes and adjustments in next Tuesday's triple (19/01/10).

Please see either of us for any guidance.