Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Top 5 Favourite Films

1: The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994)

Budget - $25,000,000
Gross - $30,000,000 (UK+USA)

The Shawshank Redemption is my faviourite film because it gives an interesting point of view of prison life from the inside, and the effects it can have. Also I think that the ending of the film is amazing and very inspirational.

The Trailer:

2: Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)

Budget- $63,000,000
Box Office UK- $5,400,000    US-$37,000,000

The reason Fight Club is my second favourite film is that I think the themes and ideas behind the film are really clever, and I love the twist at the end.

The Trailer:

3: Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000)

Budget: $103,000,000
Box Office UK- $30,700,000
                 USA- $187,700,000

The reason Gladiator is my third favourite film is I think everything about the film is epic, especially the battle scenes, and I think the ending is amazing. Also I think the sountrack by Hans Zimmer is brilliant and fits the film perfectly.

The Trailer:

4: The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)

Budget- $22,000,000
Box Office USA (opening weekend)- $600,000

The reason The Shining is in my top films is because I like the build up of tension right up until the great ending. Also I haven't got bored of it despite having seen it many times.

The Trailer:

Budget- $93,000,000
Box Office UK- $65,300,000
                   USA- $314,800,000

The reason this film is in my top 5 is that I think the whole film is epic, and like with Gladiatior I like the battle scenes. And again like Gladiator I think Howard Shore did an amazing job with the soudtrack that helps make the film so epic.

The Trailer:

Monday, 11 October 2010

My Coursework

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?

 G321 - Simplified Marking Criteria as 1 Sheet