201MC: Professional Experience- Summer Homework

Over the course of the year you will be increasingly expected to start seeing yourself as a professional media practitioner and acting as one. You should, therefore, use the summer to start to research how you can start to use the different platforms and networks open to media professionals to present yourself to the outside world. For example, do you need to have your own portfolio website and profiles on professional networks such as Linkedin/Twitter/Shooting People etc).

During the year, you will be involved in a significant period of professional experience through the 201MC: Professional Experience module. The module starts in October with the main professional experience – a placement, an internship, a self-directed project or a mixture of all of them – taking place from Easter to the middle of May. If you want this to include a professional placement this will have to be arranged and agreed by February 2015. Please followhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/mediaopportunities/ for links to opportunities that could be part of your Professional Experience Module

What you need to do now is to:

·Reflect upon your experience to date and the steps you need to take to improve your professionalism during your second year at University.

·Think about the skills (personal, professional, transferable) you wish to develop during your second year, specifically in the Professional Experience module. Don’t just play to your strengths: use this as an opportunity to develop your weaker areas

·Isolate how you might develop those skills: as a formal work placement, in a number of smaller placements, working independently on a project for a client, working independently on your own professional project etc.

·Contact potential placement providers and arranging placements. The earlier you do this the more successful you will be so it is important that you do this now.

Write at least one blog post that covers each of these areas.


262MC: Formats Production- Summer Homework

So over the summer you should be sparking up your creativity. On your blog, start to make a note of your thoughts on:

 TV Formats.

Quiz shows, entertainment shows, lifestyle shows, reality shows – all have a formula or format.  Watch as diverse a range you can and start to work out what it is about each of them makes them work for the intended audience.

Compare and contrast two formats on your blog. Consider the production choices that have been made to make the production successful -the presenter, contributor, set design, graphics, tone, audience interaction etc.

Reality Show: Come Dine With Me

Presenter- Narrated by Dave Lamb, comedic narration which is what makes it so popular.

Set Design- set in competitors houses or outside in the city where they live, gives a sense of reality because it is the real life with real life people.

Graphics- no graphics really used other than in the title sequence where the title actually appears. Colour filters used to take away the sense of reality from the program for a brief moment.

Tone- suitable for family viewing, not inappropriate, shown around late afternoon/early evening suitable to watch when eating dinner (connotation of food).

Audience interaction: doesn’t really interact with audiences personally but sometimes aims itself at us when narrator says “if you want to see the recipes… or apply for the show…” etc.

Quiz Show: Pointless

Presenter- Alexander Armstrong

Set Design- contestants have their own stand on the left side of the studio with scores at the front on their screen. Alexander Armstrong stands alone in front of main screen which asks the questions, in the centre. Another screen next to the main screen (closer to the contestants) showing whether a contestant was correct or not as well as how many points they scored. Richard Osmand sits on the right side of the studio behind a desk and checks whether any answers are pointless and how many people of the public said the same answer.

Graphics- including the title sequence, there are the two screens which display no lack of graphics as one is for questions and the other is for answers.

Tone- suitable for family viewing, not inappropriate, shown around late afternoon/early evening.

Audience interaction: doesn’t really interact with audiences personally but sometimes aims itself at us when presenters congratulate us if we got any answers correct at home and if we want to apply for the show.

Local Radio.

You will be making a radio programme suitable for a Coventry audience.  So start listening to a range of local radio (BBC, community and local commercial). Try listening at different times of the day and week so that you get a good understanding of the schedule. Consider the choice of presenters, the stories and the audience interaction you hear. Post your reflections upon your blog for use later.

Thinking like a Producer.

After all that watching and listening you will be ready to come up with at least one idea for a TV or radio format that you could make for this module.  You need to decide on a subject area and then a hook – the reason a sophisticated audience will want to watch. Your format needs to be offer something new or different.Prepare to pitch your idea the first week back. (You can decide how you want to do this – here’s some help: http://www.tvmole.com/2009/01/how-write-proposal-tv-commissioner-will-read/)

260MC: Placing your Media Production in Context- Summer Homework

For your summer task we would like you to watch a film in an independent or art house cinema (e.g. Electric Cinema, Birmingham or Notting Hill, Curzon, Picturehouse, BFI, etc).  The film you see must be independent (not Hollywood).

You should:

  • Pick a film at random
  • Go alone
  • Go in the daytime
  • Take a pen and a note pad to write down your reflections once the film and has finished

You should reflect on the style of the film, the mood and tone of the film, and your experience of watching it in a cinema.  Write not only on the film itself, but on the whole experience.  Observe the world around you as you enter the cinema, and when you leave.  Be quiet.  Consider what you see and what you hear.  Observe the way light operates in different spaces, the changes in sound, and look at the people around you.

Bring your reflections with you on week 1. 

 I went to see Cartel Land at the Phoenix, Leicester on the 9th of September. It was a documentary about dictation in Mexico in small villages who were tormented by drug cartels, and how two different vigilante groups were attempting to put a stop to it.

Experience before film: Booked tickets two hours before it started, I was also given a separate ticket encouraging audience participation to scratch it and maybe win a prize. It was solely for this particular film. This was the earliest film playing at the Phoenix Cinema on this day so I sat in the cafe before giving in my ticket to be checked. The film started on point and I noticed that the screen room was smaller than normal cinemas because it is an indie art cinema which also had a stage where the screen was.

Produced by:

  • A&E
  • Ourtime
  • Docgroup

Drug Cartel family so big had to be split into 2 groups: Il Familia/ Knights Templars- wanted for smuggling meth across the border. They terrorise small villages such as Michoacan where they are allowed to behead and torture anyone they desire as no one is brave enough to stop them. The police don’t stop them and they force the public to hand over tax payments. For example an employer of a small lime company didn’t have any money to pay to them so they took revenge by killing 15 employees and small babies of the family by holding their feet and smashing their heads against rocks before throwing them into wells. In the small town of Michoacan are the town’s elders where there is a man named Jose Manuel Mirelez who decides with other elders to create a division called Autodefensas that will also use weapons to stop the Knights Templars as it is they who have caused trouble to them. They go from town to town gathering more volunteers with the sole purpose of only stopping them cartels and handing them to the police. However the police simply release them and hand them their weapons back giving Jose Mirelez the impression that the government are supporting them and this is all organised crime. Some volunteers in some towns are stopping the Templars but are also using it to their advantage to steal possessions and break into houses which goes against the rules of the Autodefensas. Meanwhile there is another vigilante group of Americans in Arizona lead by Tim “Nailer” Foley who is trying to stop drugs being smuggled across the border. 18 years before this he was also a Meth addict but had cleaned himself up after an accident. Going back to small time physician, Doctor Jose, the government find that his group “Autodefensas” are a threat to society by carrying weapons without a licence obviously showing double standards which can be seen by Jose Mirelez so they ask him to shut down the Autodefensas but because the government still haven’t stopped the Templars Jose says he won’t. The government then try to negotiate by saying to him to shut down the Autodefensas and to reopen another defence league which worked for the Government howeveer Jose Mirelez declined yet again, putting him on the run from the Government and the Templars and not long till the Autodefensas themselves. This is because of how volunteers went rogue and became just as vicious as the cartels themselves, and also because his partner,Estanislao Beltran (aka- Papa Smurf), of the autodefensas signed an agreement with the government saying that they would work for them. Jose Mirelez also had no support from his family because he cheated on his wife during this time so he had to hide but on 27th June 2014 he was arrested for carrying weapons without a licence and till this day the public and him speak out saying that the government are trying to silence him. As for the newly formed Autodefensas, they are working for the government still thinking or perhaps pretending that they are after the Cartels but maybe don’t realise that they are in fact allies with them as the Cartels are allies with the government itself. Tim Foley is still trying to stop drugs being smuggled across the border but unfortunately to this day meth is still being made and sold to the public in both Mexico and the USA by the Cartels.

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