Sunday, 22 November 2015

Chanel - Coco Mademoiselle adverts

For your Controlled Assessment, as well as print adverts, you will need to analyse the TV advert for Coco Mademoiselle, featuring Keira Knightley, from the 2011 campaign.

The (shorter) version of the advert is below:

The magazine print advert:


Friday, 2 October 2015

Home-Learning for Monday 5th October

You must read the article below then answer the two questions in your home-learning book in detail.

1. Sum up the varied reasons why the Beats headphones have been such a success in terms of sales. (this should be a detailed paragraph - note: you will find reasons on both pages of the article)
2. What are Beats doing to maintain market dominance?


Sunday, 27 September 2015

Monday Lesson resource: Amazing resources to learn everything about Film Terms and Techniques

Stretch your knowledge! Go through these wonderful presentations then make some notes in a new post on your blog about what new terms you have learnt. You may wish to illustrate with screenshots.

Two epic resources by Andy Wallis, Media teacher:

Monday, 14 September 2015

10ac (HO) Tasks to be completed on your blog and in your books by Monday 28th September

1. All the links to your blogs should have been sent to me by now.

2. The photos you took must be uploaded to your blog in a new post titled My Photos. You must describe each shot using the correct media language. Add a sentence to explain what you would change or tweak to make each photo even better.

3. Revise all the terminology learnt so far including camera shots and angles, and mise-en-scene. In the test, you must score at least 80% or take the test again after school on Friday.

4. Home-learning to be completed in your exercise book by Monday (You can type up your work, print it out and stick it in your home-learning book)

Choose either slide 1, 2 or 6 in the presentation below and use the prompts below to analyse what is happening in the 4 shots on that slide.

The prompts are at the end of this post.

Screenshots from an episode of The Bill

The bill shots from Hélène Galdin-O'Shea

Screenshots from The Bill.

I have chosen to analyse slide 1, featuring 4 different shots.

1. What seems to be happening:

e.g. The four shots depict a dramatic scene in which some characters appear to be held hostage, or at least are victims of some attack.

2. Describe each shot (including mise-en-scene) using correct terminology and explain how meaning is constructed (or effects created for the audience).

eg. Shot 1 is a two-shot from a slightly low angle which emphasises the tension between the two characters. All characters seem to be sitting on the floor as can be seen from the low angle revealing the bottom of a window. We can see the top of the head of a couple of other characters which suggests that they are crouching, possibly in fear for their lives.
In terms of composition, the character on the left is more prominent and dominant compared to the other character, suggesting that he is the one holding the power. This is also reinforced by the second character's facial expression which shows distress, whilst the first character shows either hatred or anger. Low key lighting is also used to add to the threatening atmosphere, creating menacing shadows on the antagonist's (or villain's) face. The shot is crowded which creates a harsh and dangerous atmosphere. The fact that the window seems out of reach reinforces the idea that the characters are trapped.

In shot 2, ...

Wednesday, 9 September 2015


Powerpoint on Mise-en-scene below. Go over it again.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Welcome to Media Studies, year 10 students!

This will be a steep learning curve at first as you need to transform into Media students first!
It doesn't happen overnight but it will eventually. The more grown up and mature you act in class and towards your study, the more quicklywe can start experimenting with the equipment.

This subject runs on TRUST, safety, maturity. So let's see your blogs and the wonderful work that you can produce. Think things throuogh carefully and always evaluate your productions!
Get started taking your own pictures. Here are a few from my summer to give you some examples: