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?
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:
- Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
EXCELLENTIf 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.