Wednesday, 21 October 2009

AS Media Half term blog checklist-Due Monday 2nd Nov

  • Photoshop skills documented
  • Magazine analysis-labelling masthead, kickers, coverlines and analysing fonts and layout
  • Magazine comparison-2 college magazines
  • Mockup of own college magazine-fully annotated
  • First draft school magazine
  • Feedback
  • Evaluation-Answering the five questions
  • Mockup Table of Contents-Fully annotated

Use slideshare for all powerpoint presentations

Friday, 16 October 2009

AS Homework Response to student questions

Question 1, what do you mean by 'coventions' and 'develop and challenge the forms'

Conventions of standard magazine design-Masthead at the top, left third, Main cover image, use of cover lines-kickers and explanatory text, barcode, price date line etc. Do you stick to all these standards or develop/challenge them. Is a barcode necessary for a school magazine for example?

Question3, when you asked 'the kind of media institution' wuold it just be available in schools and colleges- is this what you mean

Yes a 6th form college or school. Is it:

All boys/girls/mixed. Performing arts/state/private/non-specialised

Would it be published by students or teachers or both.

question 5, when you say Attract do you mean by the layout and the masthead name, coloures etc.... or something else.

Yes "attract" by design, offering competitions, cover lines/editorial content/editorial pillars. I.e. what is it on your magazine that would make your user pick it up?

Finally Question 6, What do you mean by technologies employed?

So learning how to use:, blogger, photoshop tools-layers, filtering, cloning, magic wand etc.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

AS Level Blog of the Week

Blog of the week: Frankie-Rose's

Excellent detail and use of Slideshare. The only A-grade work to date...

Also worth a peek:

TJ-Good all round
Mia-Nice banner
Jade-Excellent detail on photoshop editting

Who's next. You Decide.

Remember to use to upload your powerpoints and word documents. Avoid just loading up pictures.

Monday, 12 October 2009

AS Level Media Homework Due: 19th October

  • Save your magazine as a JPEG. Give it to at least 3 people to feedback. Write down their feedback.

  • Make any changes. Save a new copy of your magazine after feedback.

Complete an evaluation on powerpoint to showacase your work and answer the following questions:
  1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge the forms & conventions of real media products?
  2. How does your media product represent particular social groups?
  3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
  4. Who is the audience for your media product? (the target market)?
  5. How did you attract/address your audience?
  6. In the process of constructing this product, what have you learnt about the technologies employed?

Ensure that:
Your work evaluates & reflects upon the creative process & your experience of it?
Your evaluation contains an element of AUDIENCE FEEDBACK?


Friday, 9 October 2009

A2 Homework

Complete 3 storyboard scenes, preferably hand drawn. Can be photo's. Fully annotated.

See for further storyboard resources.

Other resources on U:/Year 13/Media Studies/Resources/Mr Lau


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Wednesday, 7 October 2009


Blog of the week:

Worth a peek:

AS Media Homework

1. Photoshop editing - any images you have edited, showing and explaining the before and after.
2. Magazine labelling and analysis-Powerpoint
3. College magazine analysis-Powerpoint.

Word documents and powerpoints can be uploaded using You do not need to create an account, just press upload.

Complete mockups of college magazines