Friday, 23 December 2011

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Occupy Wall St Posters

Occupy Wall Street and the global Occupy Movement have inspired some striking artwork. Graphic artists from around the world (including Shepard Fairey mentioned here earlier today) have contributed their talents to the movement. Many of their posters are available for free or at low cost, either directly from the artist or through organizations like Occuprint and OccupyTogether. You can post them in your town.
New Yorker cover artist and book illustrator Eric Drooker has created several beautiful posters, including the one above. You can download a high-resolution copy suitable for printing at

The noted Los Angeles graphic artist, cartoonist and radio personality Lalo Alcaraz created this parody of the toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad for Occupy Los Angeles. In a message on his website, Alcaraz invites people to distribute the image.

Alexandra Clotfelter is a student of advertising design and illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Since donating her design, “The Beginning is Near,” to, it has become one of the most popular posters to emerge from the movement. In response to requests, Clotfelter is offering a high-quality Giclee print for sale, with a portion of the profits going to support Occuprint’s project of distributing free posters worldwide.

In this poster, Zucotti Park is portrayed as the “Tip of the Iceberg.” Indeed, the Occupy movement extends to places like Lawrence, Kansas, where muralist, printmaker and writer Dave Loewenstein is based. Loewenstein’s design is available for free at

Poster artist Rich Black of Berkeley, California created this image for Occupy Oakland. It’s available for free download at
To see a variety of Occupy posters by other artists (and to download them for free) you can visit and
And don’t miss our post earlier today: Shepard Fairey Caves In, Revises Occupy Wall Street Poster.


Film review (Year 13) Mon 5th Dec

Bring your tape and cameras, pick 3 scenes to show the class-have the timecodes of the tape ready. You will get feedback on your filming.


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Timelapse and Chalk

From one of the newest photographical crazes to one of the most primitive technologies. Beauty takes many forms:

Saturday, 29 October 2011

AS Checklist due: Fri Nov 4th

  • Photoshop Skills (Optional-Skin, eye colour, cloning)    
  • School Magazine Analysis
  • School Magazine Sketched mockup
  • School Magazine Photoshoot plan
  • Photoshoot images (Selection of images)
  • 1st Draft School Magazine
  • Feedback
  • 2nd Draft School Magazine
  • Blog Heading Design

  • Table of Contents (TOC) Mockup
  • TOC Photoshoot plan
  • TOC Photoshoot images

A2 Checklist due: Fri 4th Nov

  • 3x Teaser Analysis
  • 2x Poster Analysis
  • 2x Website Analysis
  • Your role
  • Moodboard

  • First planning presentation video
  • Genre convention analysis

  • Second planning presentation video
  • Animatic

  • Voxpop-full quality uploaded to Youtube and embedded
  • Other planning/research/inspiration 
  • Time plan
Exemplar blog: Tibyaan Nassir

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Sherlock and friends in a new light

via Email Inspiration:




Designed By Alice X. Zhang

Saturday, 8 October 2011

This has it all.

Cinematography, Costume, Choreography, Lighting, Smoke, Shadows. All on point!

This advert with this original "Steve Jobs" voiceover was never aired

His legacy will be remembered and may the likes of Jonathan Ive, David Kelley, Tim Brown and Steve Wozniak continue changing the technological landscape.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Homer in Homage to Noah

Also iCarly Parody of The Wire:

Friday, 30 September 2011

How to analyse movie posters

Useful link:

How to design a movie poster:

Nasa Astronaut's Photography Manual

If it’s good enough for astronauts, it’s good enough for you: someone on metafilter found NASA/Hasselblad’s photography guide for astronauts, which doubles as an instruction manual for the space Hasselblad. It’s actually a not half bad introduction to the basics of photography, including exposure, focus, depth of field, the effects of different focal lengths, and composition. Guys who had no training in photography beyond this little booklet took some of the most striking and recognizable photos ever. Of course, it’s easier to make great photos when you have a camera angle that only a dozen people have ever had access to.


Do something today

This brought tears of happiness and sorrow:

What will you do today?

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Creative Challenge 1-Redesign a movie poster

We are all a part of the same thing

Dominique Falla

Dominique Falla

Dominique Falla

Designed By Dominique Falla

Via Email Inspiration.

Be inspired. Create Something

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Typography 101

Magazine Design Videos

Linefeed Decadism: Magazines 2000—2009 from Michael Bojkowski on Vimeo.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Blogs for teachers will soon be moved

At the end of the summer holidays, all my teaching blogs will be moving over to the sister blog: 

This is for simplicity and so that each of my blogs has a clear target audience and focus.

MrLauTest: Will remain the blog for students (excuse the terrible name, it started out as a test account!)

MrLauLearning: Will be the new blog for teachers, educators, researchers who are interested in my classroom practice from a teacher's point of view

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

First we must copy, then we can create

Everything is a Remix Part 3 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

My favourite video series at the moment. So enlightening and it applies to media, technology, dance. Pretty much everything. Thanks Kirby for the inspiration.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Little White Lies

One of the best designed magazines out there. Also relevant to A2 media. Go subscribe it's only £20/year!

Little White Lies - A Magazine is Born from Archer's Mark on Vimeo.

Sunday, 20 March 2011


First Cut Teasers for Y12 Preview: 1.30pm Fri 25th March
Websites (with embedded teaser) and Posters: 6pm Weds 6 April
Final Cut Teasers: 6pm Weds 6 April
Blogs: 6pm Weds 6 April
Evaluations: 1.30pm Weds 27 April

Final Publications: 6pm Mon 21st March
Evaluations: 1.30pm Fri 25th March
Blogs: 6pm Weds 6 April

Friday, 11 March 2011

Y12 AS Level Evaluation

Having completed your draft TOC, You should start to complete your Evaluation.

Aim for 10-15 Mins.

The questions that must be addressed in the evaluation are:

1) In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and 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 would be the audience for your media product?
5) How did you attract/address your audience?
6) What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
7) Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?


Y12 Eval Frankie by mrlautest

Lucy Cornelius Media Studies Evaluation from St Marylebone Media Studies on Vimeo.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Tibyaan's use of

Have a look at Tibyaan's blog for a more effective alternative to Slideshare.

Click CC to view the notes

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

A2, the plan for 2011

Most of you will have figured that you need to go on at least 3 or 4 shoots, often re-shooting due to lighting, sound, camera work etc. Please do not simply plan on doing one shoot in Feb. Your grade will suffer heavily if this occurs. I would aim to be shooting at least once a week before now and the 16 Feb, loading footage into Final Cut every week and so you can check your footage, storyline and re-shoot where necessary. Shooting in half term will simply not allow you enough time to edit.

Ziad, Ava, Hana and Mia. Come and see me as I don’t think you have a tripod yet, which clearly means you haven’t started filming yet. You won’t be able to film without a tripod.

Rough guidelines for next 7 weeks:

Week 1:
Weds 12 Jan
Resits/Filming/Poster photoshoot/blogging

Week 2:
Weds 19 Jan
MEWS: TJones, Frankie, Ama, Sonia, Maria, Fatema, Tina (EDITING)
OUT: Mia, Hana, Ziad, Ava, James, TJG (Resits/ Filming/Poster photoshoot / blogging)

Week 3:
Weds 2 Feb
Filming/Editing/Poster editing
MEWS: Mia, Hana, Ziad, Ava, James, TJG (EDITING)
OUT: TJones, Frankie, Ama, Sonia, Maria, Fatema, Tina (Filming/Poster photoshoot / blogging)

Week 4:
Weds 9 Feb
MEWS: TJones, Frankie, Ama, Sonia, Maria, Fatema, Tina (EDITING)
OUT: Mia, Hana, Ziad, Ava, James, TJG (FINAL Filming/Making Poster/ blogging)
 Filming complete by Wed 16th Feb (at latest)

Week 5:
Weds 16 Feb
MEWS: Mia, Hana, Ziad, Ava, James, TJG (EDITING)
OUT: TJones, Frankie, Ama, Sonia, Maria, Fatema, Tina (FINAL Filming/Making Poster/ blogging)
Filming complete by Wed 16th Feb (at latest)

Complete Poster
Finalise Music
Posters First Draft due on blogs Mon 28 Feb

Week 6:
Weds 2 Mar

Week 7:
Teaser First Cut Weds 9 Mar