Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Dead Sea - 8.50

Monday, 20 February 2017

AFL Task

This task will develop your ability to understand and apply the OCR mark scheme. This activity counts towards your research and planning marks, and will enable you to make improvements to your own work, so it is important that you complete it to the best of your ability.

Download the booklet (see post above) and complete all tasks either by typing directly onto the document or by printing off and completing it using a biro.

Read the grade descriptors and mark each example using your best judgement. Give reasons for your marks.

The example magazines can be found here.

This work should take one lesson.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Magazine tips

  • Even numbers on the left
  • Odd numbers on the right
  • Measure a real barcode with a ruler and apply those dimensions to your blog
  • Columns need to be the same width
  • Margins need to be the same width too
  • Your double page spread needs a heading - an artist name is not enough
  • Credit the writer and photographer (use different names)
  • Magazine is music only
  • 'Borrow' from other magazines
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar are very important
  • Think of your pages as grids
  • Print out your work and check the size of the text

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Exam Advice-Audience and Institution

It is important that you show understanding of the key concepts and refer to specific examples in your answer. You can help yourself do well with five 'top tips'.

1. Read the question carefully

You have no choice of questions, so you have to have a go at what is there on the paper; sometimes students panic and think that they don't understand the question- maybe because of one particular word- but so long as you have prepared on all the concepts there will be something in the question that you recognise. Words like 'technology', 'convergence', 'distribution', 'marketing', 'digital'  come up and you should see them as your 'hook' into the question. Even if the overall wording seems to be baffling, look for the terms that are there in the question and see them as the springboard for your answer.

2. Don't spend ages on an introduction

You only have 45 minutes to answer the question, so there isn't time to waffle! A quick sentence which sets out what you are going to do and which media area or industry you are going to use will suffice. You can prepare a lot of this in your head in advance, so something like: In this essay, I shall write about (concept) in relation to the (film, music, radio, etc) industry, drawing on (examples) as my case studies.

3. Know your examples

Whichever industry you are writing about, you will need examples to support your points. I would always advocate having some contrasting examples so that you can look at all angles; for example, you might have a mainstream high budget film from the USA to contrast with a low budget independent Uk film, or a major record label to contrast with a little UK indie label. That way, you can talk about the different ways in which the industry might operate in different circumstances. You need not know absolutely eveything about just two examples, however. It could be that you know about the funding of a particular low budget film, but don't know about its marketing; in which case find another example of something similar where you can find out about its marketing. The important thing is to get a good grasp of the ways in which the concepts apply rather than every tiny detail of a specific case study example. What you do need is to make sure you understand the general principles well and can back up your points accurately.

4. Try to be systematic

Don't jump about between points; spend a bit of time at the start of the exam planning the structure of your answer and working out the main points and examples for each paragraph. this will ensure that the rest of your time is spent fruitfully as well. Know what key point you will make in each paragraph, what examples you will refer to and how you want to make a case from it all. Use similarity and difference as starting points for organising an argument; there will be differences between mainstream and indie which you might use as your way through, for example.

5. Make it all legible

Remember, examiners may be old and may have poor eyesight. Most students do not have great handwriting, so make it easier for the examiner to find the strengths in what you have written. Keep your paragraphs relatively short- half a page at most. Leave a clear line between each paragraph. There is nothing in the rules to say that you can't use a highlighter pen to emphasise your key examples or terms. Don't overdo this, but it does sometimes help to draw the reader's attention to points which ought to pick you up marks.

Prepare well and you should do well. Answers to Q2 often look shorter than those for Q1, but if you know your stuff and have revised properly, they shouldn't be. Good luck!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Creating A Band or Artist Name

If you are struggling for a band name for your magazine just do the following.:
  1. Go to “Wikipedia".
  2. ”Hit “random article” and the first article you get is the name of your band. 
  3. Then go to “Random Quotations”and the last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Magazine Names

  • Q
  • NME
  • Mojo
  • The Source
  • XXL
  • Vibe
  • Spin
  • Billboard
  • Blender
  • Paste
  • Wire
  • Loud and Quiet
  • Uncut
  • Mixmag
  • Rolling Stone
  • Metal Hammer
  • Kerrang
  • Classic Rock
  • Artrocker
  • The Fly
  • Wax Poetics
Defunct titles:
  • Melody Maker
  • Clash
  • The Stool Pigeon
  • Creem
  • Smash Hits
  • Sounds
  • Select
  • The Face 
  • Raygun
  • Record Mirror