Media Studies Revision

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  • Media Studies February Mock Revision
    • Mood Boards
      • Collection of sample materials and products
      • Purpose - Mood Boards help stimulate creativity and generate ideas at the start of a project
      • They do not show what the final product is like but give a constant reminder of possible styles
      • Content - Images, colours, text fonts and styles, fabrics and other materials
    • Work Plans
      • Structured lists of tasks to be completed with a timescale for when they need to be done
      • Purpose - to map out all aspects of a project against time in order to meet the deadline
      • Content - Tasks, activities, durations, timescales, milestones, deadlines, resources, contingencies with back-up plans and extra time.
      • Used for any media product such as a comic book or film trailer
    • Health and Safety
      • A Recce is a visit to a specific location to be used for filming purposes to check access and environmental considerations
        • Report may include notes on location, access, lighting, power and potential issues
      • A Risk assessment is a report that determines hazards, who might be harmed and precautions to be taken
      • When using computers make sure the chair height, seating position, distance from screen and keyboard/mice positioning are suitable to prevent repetitive strain on the body
      • Keep loose cables tied up and out of the way to prevent trip hazards
    • Hardware and Software
      • Hardware is the devices and equipment used to create and digitise pre-production documents
        • PC desktop, Laptop, Mac, iPad
        • keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, graphics tablet
      • Software is the applications used to create and digitise pre-production documents
    • Storyboards
      • Used to illustrate a sequence of images, with a flow of scenes that follow a timeline
      • Purpose - They provide a visual representation of the media project with guidance on what scenes to make and edit
      • Uses - video projects, comic books and computer games
      • Content - Images, locations, camera shots and movement, shot length and timings, lighting and sound
    • Legislation
      • copyright and intellectual property
        • all content published on the internet is likely to have automatic copyright in the UK - to use it legally you must contact the owner and ask their permission to use it (sometimes there is a fee)
      • certification and classification
        • the UK has laws on content that is allowed to be seen and shown - e.g violence, strong language, scenes of sexual nature
          • BBFC (British board of film classification) ratings for films - U, PG, 12, 12A, 15, 18.
          • PEGI (Pan european game information) ratings for games - 3, 7, 12, 16, 18
      • data protection
        • Data Protection Act 1998 - organisations must collect and store personal information securely and with fair reason
          • everyone has a right to view and correct their own personal information collected by an organisation
      • privacy and defamation
        • people have the right to privacy and this should be considered at all stages in pre-production and production stages of a project
        • you must be careful how you portray people, including how you write and talk about them
    • File Formats
      • jpg. used as a common compressed image file format in digital cameras and phones (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
      • png. similar to .jpg but supports transparency (portable network graphics)
      • tiff. these files are uncompressed and maintain full quality; however they have a large file size making them somewhat unpopular (Tagged Image File Format)
      • gif. supports animation and transparency; limited range of colours so it is more suitable for logos and graphics rather than photos (Graphic Interchange Format)
      • pdf. widely used format for images and other documents that can be sent but cannot be edited (Portable Document Format)
      • psd. Generic format used by adobe in its graphics software. Retains all layers of the image for future editing (Adobe Photoshop Document)
      • this file is suitable for windows users; it is commonly used for image files that are awaiting editing or being used as a desktop background (bit-mapped file)
    • visualisation diagrams
      • rough hand drawn sketch of what final product is intended to look like
      • purpose - to plan the layout of a static image visually
      • uses - Blu-ray cover, poster, game menus, web page layout, comic book layout
      • content - multiple images, colours, position and style of text, fonts, annotations
    • scripts
      • piece of written work that is often the starting point of products
      • purpose - identify location of the action, who will be in the scene, provide stage directions and dialogue between characters
      • uses - video, audio and animation products such as TV products
      • content - scene descriptions, stage directions, set locations, names, sounds, dialogue, camera shot/angle


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