Sunday, 17 October 2010

Top 5 Favourite Movies Ever Made

1. Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)

  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Duration: 178 minutes
  • Rated: PG
  • IMDB rating: 8.8/10
  • Budget: $93,000,000
  • Box Office: $314,776,114

Simply one of the greatest films ever made, in my opinion. An epic and powerful fantasy adventure, and one of the best adaptation from a book that I've ever seen. The Two Towers and Return Of the King are also amazing, check them out now if you haven't already!

The Battle Of The Last Alliance, LOTR

The amazing battle scene at the beginning of the film, between an alliance of Elves and Men, against the forces of Mordor.



2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Duration: 169 minutes
  • Rated: 15
  • IMDB rating: 8.5/10
  • Budget: $70,000,000
  • Box Office: $216,119,491

A stunning World War II film following the story of American soldiers in France trying to track down someone, with plenty of brilliant battle scenes and emotion thrown into the mix. 

An infamous fighting scene in Saving Private Ryan, between Pvt. Jackson and a German sniper.

Re-release trailer: 

3. District 9 (2009)

  • Director: Neill Blomkamp
  • Duration: 112 minutes
  • Rated: 15
  • IMDB rating: 8.3/10
  • Budget: $30,000,000
  • Box Office: $115, 502, 313

A brilliant science fiction thriller film following differences between humankind and the unhostile aliens, or "prawns". It is bloody and exciting film that also deals with matters of xenophobia and social segregation. 

    Wikus Van Der Merwe and an MNU soldier evict a prawn from its settlement. 


  • Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
  • Duration: 91 minutes
  • Rating: 15
  • IMDB rating: 8.4/10
  • Budget: £229,575
  • Box Office: £80,371,739

The best comedy film ever made, simple. Absolutely hilarious roles from the Pythons, with the Black Knight and Tim the Sorcerer, as well as the French soldiers and Sir Lancelot's running cycle making the film flawless.  

The side-splitting run towards the castle, by Sir Lancelot (John Cleese) 
He then proceeds to kill everyone in the castle. 

The classic scene of King Arthur and The Black Knight after his blatant defeat.


5. 300 (2007)

  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Duration: 117 minutes
  • Rating: 15
  • IMDB rating: 7.8/10
  • Budget: $70,000,000
  • Box Office: $456,068,181
300 is a superb action film, adapted from the graphic novel. King Leonidas leads 300 Spartans into battle against Persian "God-King"Xerxes and his army of more than one million soldiers. Bloody and gory battles ensue, and the effects used are outstanding. 

Immortals, the Persian army's elite soldiers.


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 have got to write a paragraph for the exam board justifying the marks we've been given. The grid embedded below summarises the criteria they have to follow, and so we're advised to occasionally re-read this and ask ourselves where we think we'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:

If we  think we're currently at the 'minimal' or 'basic' level for any of these, ask ourselves and Mr. Burrowes what we can do to jump up to at least proficient.