Think outside the box. Then collapse the box and stick a knife to it!
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Some Words of Advice
Your production may be the only piece of year 12 work you reflect on in later years. It’s an exciting, challenging yet rewarding experience which allows you to fully immerse yourself in a chosen media form. At this early stage in the production process, some students may find it difficult to choose an appropriate idea, but don’t settle for second best. Explore, experiment and be active in chasing new ideas! Pick up a book, read a magazine, go to an exhibition, and talk to people who have experience in the field. And finally, don’t settle on something that has already be done – as Steve Job once said; “be different”.
What is The School Assessed Task?
One of the most exciting and engaging components of Media Studies is the ability to create products using a variety of media forms. The Unit 1 & 2 Media Studies course is specifically designed to allow students the opportunity to get hands-on with media forms such as photography, print, film, web and even radio! By exploring these mediums, students should be able to make an informed decision as to which one to specialize in for the School Assessed Task in Unit 3 & 4.
Students also develop practical skills through undertaking short exercises related to aspects of the design and production process. Following this, students will develop a Production Design Plan for a specific media form and audience which will assist them in the creation of their final product in Semester Two. The format of the finished product is dependent on the media form(s).
The School Assessed Task contributes to 37 per cent to the study score and is commenced in Unit 3 and completed in Unit 4. There are three components to the SAT:
- Unit 3, Outcome 2: Production Skills
- Unit 3, Outcome 3: Production Design plan (PDP)
- Unit 4, Outcome 1: Media Process
Students will succumb to periodic reviews which is documented in the Authentication Record (supplied by VCAA). This is to ensure that all work is being undertaken by the student, bearing in mind that assistance may be outsourced but clearly documented in the PDP. Authentication records also provide students with feedback during the production process.
NOTE: Using copyright material is acceptable, but it may affect their ability to create an INDIVIDUAL project. As expected, copyright material needs to be thoroughly documented in the PDP.
STUDENTS NEED TO MAINTAIN CREATIVE CONTROL.
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Students select one media form from the following list and adhere to the identified scope. They take into account the appropriate codes and conventions of the selected media form and the detailed profile of the audience determined by the student’s research.
- a video or film sequence 3–10 minutes in length, including title and credit sequences
- an animated production of no more than 10 minutes in length, including title and credit sequences
- a photographic presentation, sequence or series of images that incorporates a minimum of 10 original source images that must be processed and printed by the student
- print production of a minimum of 8 pages or layouts printed by the student
- a convergent media production that incorporates aspects of a range of media forms and is consistent with product durations and/or descriptors listed.
Exerpt from: Media Studies Study Design
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Unit 3, Outcome Two: Production Exercises
On completion of this unit the student should be able to use a range of technical equipment, applications and media processes and evaluate the capacity of these to present ideas, achieve effects and explore aesthetic qualities in media forms.
For this Outcome, students will compete two production exercises to develop specific skills in a chosen media form. This is an opportunity for students to explore technical equipment, media processes and aesthetic qualities of the media form you wish to specialize in.
The teacher will provide students with a list of production exercises to choose from; however, students may wish to divert from this. It’s important to chose two production exercises that will help students to make more informed decisions during the Production Design Process (Outcome Three). Furthermore, they must be accompanied with documentation which includes an intention and evaluation.
Production Exercises must be clearly labelled ‘Production Exercise 1’ and ‘Production Exercise 2’.
Sample Production Exercise:
For Production Exercise One, this students explored complex editing techniques using Adobe After Effects.
By completing this exercise, the student obtained a basic understanding of how to use Adobe After Effects and how it can be used in post-production to merge footage into one composition.