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DIY Animation Film »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday September 22, 2011

Categories: Genres & Case Studies, Animation, DIY Animation, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

Animation - Making Your Own Film

Anyone aspiring to be taken seriously as an animator would be well advised to first learn how to draw and then to learn the animation basics.

No matter if you are interested in doing 3d computer animation or stylised 2d drawings if you can’t draw you are at a disadvantage. Drawing is best learned from doing life drawing lessons, from studying other people’s work who can draw and from just practising.

Leaning to draw will teach you things like anatomy, character, design and composition, all very important as an animator, and also how to...

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WJEC AS Film Studies FM1 Exploring Film Form Scheme »

Rob Miller | Thursday July 16, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM1, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Opening Analysis, Macro Analysis, Micro Analysis, Shot Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Grand Budapest Hotel, Gravity, Skyfall, The Shining, Up, Non-Hollywood Films, Submarine, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Genre, Narrative, Representation, Key Skills, Cinematography, Editing, Filming, Mise-en-Scene, Planning, Pre-Production, Reflective Analysis, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

Overview

  • Analysis of a 3-5 min Film Extract – Mise-en-Scene, Cinematography and Editing only: (30 Marks)
  • Creative Project – Planning, Producing and Editing a 2 min approx. film sequence of between 10-25 shots (50 Marks)
  • Reflective Analysis – (10 Marks)

Edusites Film recommends a logical time to introduce the FM1 coursework is in week 6, the second week in October, 1 week before the Half Term. By then, students will have learnt skills of textual analysis in regards to micro and macro features and be fully aware of the requirements of the subject (film analysis is a...

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Planning, Filming and Editing with Mobile Devices Workshop »

Morag Larsen | Friday July 03, 2015

Categories: Hot Entries, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

In this increasingly mobile age a significant amount of content is now delivered by mobile for mobile devices.

In this course the training will show you how to produce film content quickly and easily on mobile devices for a variety of different uses.

Programme Details

We can provide training to teachers or students or both in:

  • Planning, Filming and Editing with mobile devices.

Our training can focus on specific skills such as:

  • Organising and preparing content and shooting on mobile devices
  • Using mobile devices for filming
  • Sourcing and using equipment for making short...
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DVD & Book Store »

Morag Larsen | Friday June 19, 2015

Categories: KS3, GCSE, A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Film Language, Representation, Production Zone, Moving Image Production, Research, Film Research, Scriptwriting, Starters, Storyboarding

Introducing our DVD & Book Resources for Film & Media

Editsense & Filmsense £69.00+VAT (30% off)

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‘Editsense is a new approach to learning about film language and film-making’.

This is an interactive DVD with excellent, practical examples of film - perfect for teachers of moving image, be it English, Creative and Digital Media or Film Studies.

It has over fifty video examples and includes materials for the introduction and revision of film. There are no audio clips.

The site licence is now available for £69.00+VAT. This is a 30% discount from the original price of...

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WJEC Film Studies AS > A2 Transition Unit »

Rob Miller | Thursday October 30, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

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FilmEdu recommend that AS-A2 Transition is introduced on or around 18th May 2015, after FM2 examined unit is complete and after FM1 coursework has been assessed with the marks submitted to WJEC. For centres whose students stay on until the end of term, this means a valuable 8 weeks of study that can potentially mean the difference between grades in terms of final assessment.

During this period, students should enjoy, as much as expand their understanding of film culture - this is reflected in the range of activities. FilmEdu also offer during...

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WJEC AS Film Studies FM1 Exploring Film Form »

Rob Miller | Friday March 14, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM1, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Submarine, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Audio Production, Moving Image Production, Print Production

Overview

  • 20% of A Level Qualification, 40% of AS
  • An Analysis of a Film Extract: (30 Marks)
  • Creative Project: (40 Marks)
  • Reflective Analysis: (10 Marks)

FM1 Unit Introduction

WJEC: “This unit focuses on the micro features of film and the construction of meaning and emotion”. Macro features form the basis for the examined AS module, FM2 although it is accepted by the exam board that it is often difficult to separate macro features narrative and genre from a micro analysis. In this regard, linking two should be encouraged and not repressed e.g. “the sequence in Moulin...

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Editsense | A Film Language & Film Making Interactive DVD »

Nicole Ponsford | Monday February 10, 2014

Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Micro Analysis, Shot Analysis, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Film Language, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

Editsense & Filmsense

What is Editsense?

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‘Editsense is a new approach to learning about film language and film-making’.

This is an interactive DVD with excellent, practical examples of film - perfect for teachers of moving image, be it English, Creative and Digital Media or Film Studies.

It has over fifty video examples and includes materials for the introduction and revision of film.  There are no audio clips.

The site licence is now available for £69.00+VAT. This is a 30% discount from the original price of £99.00+VAT

What does it include?

It includes video...

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Video Equipment Guide »

Jeremy Orlebar | Thursday April 25, 2013

Categories: Production Zone, Moving Image Production

Digital camcorders are now very good value and you can buy one for about £200. Important considerations:

1. Memory Card | The Most User Friendly Format

Virtually all camcorders now use memory cards to store audio and video.

This works well in an educational situation as each video group, or individual, can have its own card, making it less likely to lose shot material. 

2. Choose A Camcorder with an Exterior Mic Input

An exterior mic offers superior sound quality. The on camera mic is only adequate quality and records sound across a wide angle, and so picks up...

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Creating Film Projects Guide »

Richard Gent | Monday March 04, 2013

Categories: KS3, GCSE, A Level, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Moving Image Production, Research, Scriptwriting, Storyboarding

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This colourful, jargon free guide will take you on a step-by-step journey, enabling groups or individuals to create films of their own. This guide is specifically designed for new film makers and is written by Lizzie Sykes, Senior Lecturer in TV Production at Bournemouth University and a community film maker with over 15 years’ experience. 

The aim of the guide is to provide its readers with the information they need to make key decisions about the films they want to make, and avoid common pitfalls that many groups experience. From planning a project, to shooting safely...

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Film Studies Apps »

Richard Gent | Friday January 18, 2013

Categories: KS3, GCSE, A Level, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Film Language, Production Zone, Moving Image Production, Print Production, Research, Film Research, Scriptwriting, An Introduction to Scriptwriting, Storyboarding, An Introduction to Storyboarding

Here are some apps that are used in and out of the Film Studies classroom. We’ve attempted to find links to the different operating systems to help identify if the version you need exists.

Language

Close Up Film Language Glossary iOS

The Close-Up Film Language Glossary of the well-known German Educational Publishers Schöningh provides clear and concise definitions of essential film language terms used in basic and advanced film courses. Though geared for use in high school (particular sixth forms) and higher education the glossary is appropriate for anyone generally...

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iTraining | Guide to Post Production | Editing »

Nicole Ponsford | Friday December 09, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

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When you are teaching students how to edit, there are a few things that you need to consider. Firstly what you will want them to edit - usually, moving image and audio. You will therefore need the things which go with this. In this guide, you will be able to find out about the best editing software for your budget, top tips and more.

Hardware

You will obviously need access to computers. When students are editing, it can take more than a few lessons - especially when they get really into it. You may want to consider having access to a classroom after school hours, so...

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Understanding Editing »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday December 07, 2011

Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Micro Analysis, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Film Language, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

What is it?

This is the post-production process of making a moving image text, by the selection and ordering of a range of shots (the footage) into a continuous sequence. Editing can bring in audio (dialogue, score and sound effects), titles (credits) and still images.

Editing can help to enforce a theme, narrative or atmosphere, due to the pace and combination of elements selected. This could be through the use of a montage, the use of continuity editing, or the timing of music combined with the footage to create a mixture of emotive responses in the audience (from happy...

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Guide to Sound Design with Audacity »

Viki Walden | Monday November 28, 2011

Categories: GCSE, A Level, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Audio Production

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Associated Resources

  • Audacity Cross-Platform Sound Editor

Step 1 | Importing Sound or Music

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Click on the Project tab and select Import Audio. Choose your selected sound effect or music track from the hard drive.

Note: Music or sounds from CDs should be uploaded onto the computer hard drive first, rather than importing from CD.

Audacity will then load the audio file into the project window.

Step 2 | Functions

The Selection Tool

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This is the most useful icon and will allow you to select a place on a track. With this cursor you can play a track from a particular point...

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iTraining | How to Teach Print in the Classroom »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday November 24, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, Production Zone, Print Production

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The WJEC course allows you to go beyond teaching only moving image and will allow you to bring in some print for the internal assessment. This is helpful if you are a non-specialist teacher and feel that print is a ‘safer’ medium for you to begin with. There are a few resources on the FilmEdu site to get you started.

  • Producing Printed Image Texts
  • Digital Cameras and Photography This an excellent guide for using cameras and the appropriate language / techniques.
  • Deconstructing Film Posters
  • Film Poster Analysis
  • How to Teach Photography

What is Print?

Print can be...

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iTraining | Teaching Film Production »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday November 16, 2011

Categories: GCSE, A Level, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

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At Edusites, we believe that we can help to teach the different elements you need for teaching your subject. This is the first in a range of iTraining Guides for teaching the practical side of the subject. As the WJEC Film Studies course requires you to also be able to teach Print and Photography, we will be following these mediums too.

FilmEdu already has teaching material on the following, which you will find helpful to go alongside this guide. Here are some links to get you started:

  • Micro Analysis
  • Film Opening Analysis
  • Film Analysis ~ Meaning in Film
  • Screening Notes
  • ...
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Improve Your Teaching | Audio Production »

Viki Walden | Wednesday November 09, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, Production Zone, Audio Production

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1. Understanding Sound

Sound is a feature often dismissed by students as the least important element, when in fact it can provide as much meaning for the audience as every visual and technical facet.

In this scene from Reservoir Dogs the song playing on the radio “Stuck In The Middle With You” is contrapuntal to the action, revealing the psychopathic nature of Mr Blonde. Parallel sound would have created a completely different sense, such as in the second clip: Casino Royale.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSuZ2_yk-lc [check rating for suitability before screening...

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Animation Links »

Steve Cavalier | Thursday September 22, 2011

Categories: Genres & Case Studies, Animation, DIY Animation, Animation Links, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

2D Animation Software

Adobe AfterEffects [PC & Mac]
Publisher: Adobe
License: Free Trial
Comments: Motion graphics and visual effects for film and media.

Animator-9 3.6 [PC]
Publisher: Key Technology
License: Free
Comments: Make animated GIFs from your digital camera.

AniS 1.0 [PC]
Publisher: Tom Whittaker
License: Free
Comments: Simple image manipulation for the web.

Bauhaus Mirage [PC]

Jumpwel [PC]
Publisher: Phildes
License: Free
Comments: Basic object manipulator for use in HTML; uses Java applets.

Macromedia Flash [PC & Mac]
Publisher: Macromedia
License: Free...

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Producing Printed Image Texts »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday September 12, 2011

Categories: Production Zone, Print Production

Genre

The print material usually relates to the study in an earlier module of genres such as Advertising, Magazines or British newspapers. The print course work should be in the same genres such as journalism/newspapers/magazines or advertising copy and images. Three pages are the minimum required. There is no harm in doing an extra page, and a cover page for a magazine. A very small percentage of your final product can be ‘found’ material.

Exam Alert. It is best to only use original material as examiners are very hot on plagiarism, copyright issues and the use of other...

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Digital Cameras and Photography »

Paul Bradforth | Monday September 12, 2011

Categories: Photography, An Introduction to Digital Cameras, Production Zone, Print Production

Early history

Digital cameras have been around since about 1985. Then, they were bulky, with tiny resolutions and big prices, and were mainly for specialist applications only.

By 1997 we began to see the kind of camera we’re used to today: compact, pocket-sized, but with a resolution of only around a third of a Megapixel, not enough to print from successfully, although fine for Web use.

Things really started to take off around 1999, with many 1-3 Megapixel compacts on the market. DSLRs (Digital Single-lens reflex) began to appear then too, but at a staggering...

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Understanding Storyboarding »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday September 12, 2011

Categories: Production Zone, Moving Image Production, Storyboarding, An Introduction to Storyboarding

A Level Storyboarding

Pre-production Item | Storyboard

Example Brief: Create a storyboard (and video trailer) for a TV Crime Drama

The pre-production brief is to create a storyboard. Students should create a storyboard that shows as much detail as possible including camera instructions with details of camera movement, shot duration, content, details of audio tracks and details of transitions between frames.

This guide opens with a screenshot of the first three frames of a storyboard below that accurately follows the codes and conventions of a professional storyboard. The...

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Video Production Part 2 »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday September 12, 2011

Categories: Production Zone, Moving Image Production

Storyboarding

See Understanding Storyboarding.

Interviewing

Interviewing is fun. Being part of a video crew allows you to interview all sorts of people in all sorts of places.

Sometimes, of course, people will refuse to be interviewed and don’t expect to be allowed onto the red carpet at a film première in Leicester Square without a lot of ‘talking to the right people’. Basically if you don’t ask then you have no chance of getting that star interview.

I have had the pleasure of seeing some famous and many not so famous people interviewed on camera by students....

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Video Production Part 1 »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday September 12, 2011

Categories: Production Zone, Moving Image Production

Video Camera Skills

Video Camera – Getting Started

Making an interesting video with a modern digital camera is pretty easy – making a really good one, like most things, takes practice, and knowledge of a few techniques. You could be forgiven for thinking that it is just a case of pointing the camera, and pressing the red button.

Yes, you will shoot some pictures. They might be quite entertaining especially if it is a nice sunny day and you have some interesting action to shoot such as a street carnival, but this is a home movie, and not a video product that can be...

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Understanding Scriptwriting »

Jeremy Orlebar | Monday September 12, 2011

Categories: Production Zone, Moving Image Production, Scriptwriting, An Introduction to Scriptwriting

Tell the world

What do you want to tell the world? It’s a good idea to have something you want to talk about or discuss with the world. This is not the frustration you get on the bus when you have to stand all the way again, and you really do want to tell someone something. That could make a reasonable item for a short comedy sketch, but it will not make a film or television programme. You may just want to tell the world that you can write really good entertainment. 

You are going to spend a lot of time and an enormous amount of effort creating a film. Even a 5 minute...

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Design | A Grid-Based Approach »

Richard Gent | Monday September 12, 2011

Categories: Posters, Production Zone, Print Production

Find out more about the grid-based approach to design by clicking on the link below:

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/04/14/designing-with-grid-based-approach/

Shared with FilmEdu by Elayne Senn.




GCSE Film Studies Pre-Production Guide »

Mel Guidera | Monday September 12, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Hot Entries, Production Zone

Source: http://marvel.com/images/gallery/movie/127/untitled_gallery/image/740638

This guide explains what you have to do for the pre-production phase of WJEC GCSE Film Studies.

It shows you:

  • how to write a script
  • how to create a storyboard
  • how to produce a front page and contents page for a new film magazine
  • how to produce a marketing campaign for your film

It then explains how you will do / what grade you will get.

GCSE Film Studies Pre-Production Guide.pdf




Audio Editing Tutorials »

Richard Gent | Monday September 12, 2011

Categories: Production Zone, Audio Production

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Simple

Audacity Tutorials

Advanced

Apple Logic Express

Adobe Audition

Sony Acid Pro