Wednesday, 13 October 2010

GM - My 5 fave films

1. The Notebook (Nick Cassavetes, 2004)
Budget: $30,000,000
UK box office: £1,109,047
US box office: $81,001,787

This movie is in my top five because I find the story line very real and it is a classic love story. I also love the fact that it reflects the book so well, which a good choice of actors from the main characters.

"'The Notebook' excels most when contemplating love's obligations and responsabilies, that unique balance of fire and calm."
"One of contemporary cinema's most compelling and flat-out love stories"
2. P.S I love you (Richard LaGravenese, 2007)
Budget: $30,000,000
UK box office: £10,313,211
US box office: $53,695,808

P.S I love you is on my list because I really like following the main character as she reads the 10 letters that her dead husband wrote before passing away in order to help her overcome his death. I find the film rather emotional.

3. Love in the time of Cholera (Mike Newell, 2007)
Budget: $45,000,000
UK box office: £------
US box office: $4,607,608

I found this movie interesting because it is not the same to the usual style that I would choose to watch but it is a very well made movie. I enjoyed it because it was different, a romantic film set towards the end of the 19th century.

4. The Hangover (Todd Phillips, 2009)
Budget: $35,000,000
UK box office: £21,620,272
US box office: $277,313,371

I liked it because it was a very funny film which has an entertaining and gripping story line. I was hooked into watching how the story unfolds as the actions from the night before are re-lived.

5. Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004)
Budget: $17,000,000
UK box office: £5,411,323
UK box office: $86,049,418

It is a movie that I can relate to but everything is presented in a funny and lighthearted manner.

Friday, 8 October 2010

GM - 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:


Even before you start shooting (let alone planning) your production, you need to keep this final stage in mind. If you start (b)logging notes on this now it will save you a lot of stress as the final deadline (in May!) approaches. You are tasked with answering these questions (see below for details on how this is marked):

  • 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 it is being marked by my teacher, they have got to write a paragraph for the exam board justifying the marks they have given me. The grid embedded below summarises the criteria they have to follow, and so I am advised to occasionally re-read this and ask myself where I think I'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