Friday, 4 April 2014

Technical Vocabulary for Evaluation

You should already be using technical vocabulary in all your work (this is, afterall, a post for an AS Level dictionary!), but I thought I would put it up as a reminder before you write up your evaluations anyway.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

A2 Media Portfolio Marking Criteria

The A2 Media marking criteria is below for all aspects of the production (planning and research, production, and evalutation). While you're finishing off the production you should be particularly focusing your blogging on the bits I have highlighted in yellow.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Sound Equipment

Okay, here is some sound equipment that we recently ordered in. First up is the SMX-10 Microphone. This is a shotgun mic that should localise sound from a specific direction (hence the reason it is also known as a directional mic). The bottom picture has a windscreen, which is used to... err, well, screen wind noise. Relatively speaking, they were pretty cheap mics (compared to the usual ten million pounds needed to buy anything decent), but I've tested them out and they do the job just fine. We also have some even cheaper Hama Mono Directional RMZ-1 Zoom mics. I'll let you know if these are any good once they've arrived.

We also ordered five digital voice recorders (Olympus VN-711PC) to plug the mics in. This allows for medium and long shots to be taken without the massive degradation of sound quality that you usually find when using the Sony Bloggies... the only thing you need to avoid is placing the mic and recorder too closely to the subject so that they are in the camera shot (duh!).

Of course it would not be a professional set up without the boom! Ideally you would have an operator holding a boom pole to ensure the mic is in the perfect position to pick up the sound, but practically speaking, the stand means you have one less person to draft into your production.

And no, the clapper boards below are not just to make the whole production shebang look a little snazzy. They have a very practical function. Of course, when you are using sound equipment separate to the video capture equipment, you have the issue of matching the timing between the two during the editing process (it can be a serious headache doing this). The clapper board, however, will leave a spike in the audio display which should make it easier to match up with the actual visual of the clapper board shutting.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Digipak Stuff

8 easy to follow steps of things that you should have or should do on your blog before you start producing the digipak.


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Music Video Industry

This PPT gives you the run down on the type of questions you should be asking yourself when researching the music video industry, with plenty examples along the way.

(Okay, I know it's unfinished at the moment, but I will update it soon).

Friday, 22 November 2013


Here's the lesson we did on representation. It's focused on gender portrayals, but you can explore the representation of any relelvant social group. You do not have to focus on one group, and you look at various mediums of media (music videos, digipak covers, magazine portrayals, in the news, etc.).