Thursday, July 22, 2010

Get ahead with these tasks over the summer!

When you start the music video project next term, each group will be in charge of their own action plan. You will be advised to shoot and edit by certain dates and at certain times, but in the end it will be down to you to work at a pace that you have agreed. So if some people want to get cracking straight away - that is fine.

These tasks below are all about music, being inspired and using your imagination - not something you will want to rush through when you are trying to cope with lots of A2 work and doing your UCAS application! You will have to do the tasks below when you come back in September anyway, so use the summer as a good opportunity to get ahead with them if you want to. These tasks require, more than anything, time to think and browse and listen to music, and the holidays will be the perfect time for this.

1. In September, you will all be required to contribute to a lesson entitled 'What Music means to Me'.  As preparation, pick 3 tracks that mean something to you - in some way are a reflection on your life, and prepare to talk about your choices. One track should be from your childhood, one from your early teens and one that means a lot to you today. The purpose of this task is to get you to use music in an autobiographical way and to think about the significance of music personally, culturally and socially.

2. Think about who you would like to work with for your music video project. Pairs are a good idea at this stage, or threes; four is possible but it can be hard to work really closely as a team. Obviously bear in mind that the people you might want to work with may no longer be with us in September, so there are no guarantees at this stage, and all potential groupings must be approved first, so don't make any assumptions. Nobody must be left out - if this happens the teachers will have to organise the groups instead. Post your thoughts about this question on your blog, even if nothing is cast in stone at this stage.

3.  Start researching and thinking about potential tracks you could use for your music video. You need to apply the following when you are considering potential tracks:

- no mainstream chart hits of this decade
- the track must be identifiable by its genre/sub genre
- it must be something that will inspire the imaginations of all group members
- it must be something that will give you the scope to show off techniques expected at A2 Level 4
- copyright issues need to be considered
- the track must be suitable for a school-based project and must be suitable for mainstream broadcast
so do not consider tracks that contain drug references, swearing, sexually aggressive language etc

Narrow down your ideas, and post suitable tracks to your blog with a brief explanation of your choice

4. Pitching your track to the class
In September, each of you will need to pitch your own personal final track choice to the group. You can prepare for this in advance to save time in September. The pitch will involve playing your track to the class and explaining your proposed treatment - your ideas on how the music video will look and feel. Being able to bring your idea to life is important and can take time. Think about the visual references you may need to help you do this - references to other videos, films, books, adverts - anything that might help the rest of us visualise what is in your head. Prepare your treatment, links and visual references as a blog post - any written explanations should be no more than 100-200 words.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Well done everyone - the workshop appeared to be a great success! Please answer the following 5 questions on your blog to help you think about how it - and your lip sync activities - have impacted on your learning. You are expected to illustrate your evaluation with video clips and photos.

1. What do you think you learnt from Monday's workshop? You could discuss anything you like - technical, performance, production process, directing, the various roles, specific skills - anything you think is relevant.
2. For you, what was the best bit of the day and why?
3. Are you pleased with your edit? Is it how you expected it to look? Identify the successes and failures of your edited version. In hindsight, what would you do differently at the production stage?
4. Have the lip sync tasks benefitted you in any way?
5. How do you think the work you have completed for the preliminary tasks will impact on your real music video project?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Welcome to the Music Video blog!

To kick off your blog, please complete the following:

1. Customise your blog however you like - don't forget you will need a photo and a little description of you added at the top.

2. Add your first post: explain your thoughts/reflections on the course so far, what you have already learnt about music video production, what you have learnt from Jake and Jasmine so far, and what interests you about the up and coming workshop day. Label this post 'classwork'.

3. Add your labels list to your gadgets so it shows up

4. Add a links list and add this blog to your list

5. For your 2nd post, pick a music video you love, link it to your blog and explain your choice.

Finish this work for homework, to be completed by Monday morning 9 am. Don't forget to practice your dance routine and the lyrics for the lip sync task that's coming up!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Evaluation: each candidate will evaluate and reflect on the creative process and their experience of it. The following questions must be addressed in the evaluation:

1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
2. How effective is the combination of your main product and ancillary texts?
3. What have you learned from your audience feedback?
4. How did you use new media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?

Assessment: To achieve Level 4 in your evaluation (16 - 20 marks) you must demonstrate
  • excellent understanding of the forms and conventions used in the productions
  • excellent understanding of the role and use of new media in various stages of the production
  • excellent understanding of the combination of main product and ancillary texts
  • excellent understanding of the role of audience feedback
  • excellent ability to communicate
  • excellent use of digital technology or ICT in the evaluation

Friday, September 18, 2009

Mika - We're Golden

Have a go at analysing this using Goodwin's questions. Try comparing to Jasmine's video as well!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


LEAD SINGER: Brendan Brown
orange t-shirt round neck
bright blue t-shirt V neck
blue hat (Simon)
wrap around sunglasses
combats - beige colour
acoustic electric guitar
mic and stand

DRUMMER: Pete Brown
dark blue trackies
blue t-shirt - sports style with white stripe around V neck
green t-shirt
drum kit

green short sleeve shirt with collar
black long sleeve t-shirt with logo
bass guitar
leather/bead necklace
mic and stand
blue short sleeve shirt with collar (Simon)
dark blue baggy sports t-shirt
combats - beige colour (Simon)
bongo drums (Simon)

Monday, June 22, 2009

WORKSHOP Teenage Dirtbag (With Lyrics) - Wheatus

Here are the lyrics as sung in the music video

(Labels: workshop, teenage dirtbag, wheatus