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Wednesday, 13 October 2010

My Five Favourite Films of All Times

1. Black Hawk Down
(Ridley Scott, 18th January 2002). Budget of $90mil. UK Gross: £5.7mil and USA Gross: $108.6mil.

2. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
(Peter Jackson, 19th December 2001, 18th December 2002, 17th December 2003). Budget of $93mil, $94mil, $94mil. UK Gross: £65.3mil, £57.1mil, £60.7mil. USA Gross: $314.8mil $340.5mil, $377.1mil

3. The Hurt Locker
(Kathryn Bigalow, 28th August 2009). Budget of $11mil. UK Gross: £308,887. USA Gross: $12.6mil.

4. Saving Private Ryan
(Steven Spielberg, 11th September, 1998). Budget of $70mil. UK Gross: £18.7mil. USA Gross: $216.1mil.

5. The Hangover
(Todd Philips, 12th June 2009). Budget of $35mil. UK Gross: £21.7mil. USA Gross: $277.3mil.

1. I love this film just for the passion you can sense throughout it, the main storyline is somewhat lacking but the action scenes and acting is great throughout. I just love it.
2. Lord of the Rings is the only trilogy in which I love all three films. The action scenes, dialogue, acting and special effects are all sublim3. This film is very original, i've never seen another film quite like it. The lead role is done superbly and the sheer tension throughout is mind-blowing.
4. Possibly one of the most violent films i've seen, but the passion and drama is present throughout it. Tom Hanks is excellent and with Spielberg directing, the cinematography is pure brilliant.
5. The funniest film i've ever seen. The story line is so simple, but the comedy is just pure genius. It has so many original ideas and I just hope, that if they make a sequal, it is representative to this one.

Friday, 8 October 2010

My Coursework Task...

Your mission is to carry out the following brief:

Preliminary exercise: Continuity task involving filming and editing a character opening a door, crossing a room and sitting down in a chair opposite another character, with whom she/he then exchanges a couple of lines of dialogue. This task should demonstrate match on action, shot/reverse shot and the 180-degree rule.
Main task: the titles and opening of a new fiction film, to last a maximum of two minutes.
All video and audio material must be original, produced by the candidate(s), with the exception of music or audio effects from a copyright-free source.

The coursework is worth 50% of the AS (same at A2) and the marking (detailed later) is divided into 3 sections:


  • 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?
 When the examiner is marking all this, they've got to write a paragraph for the exam board justifying the marks they've given you. The grid embedded below summarises the criteria they have to follow, and so you're advised to occasionally re-read this and ask yourself where you think you'll fall within the marking scheme!
For each section there are key components of the work which they have to assess as being one of the following:

G321 - Simplified Marking Criteria as 1 Sheet