Sunday, 22 September 2013

Fantastic Resources!

In this week's post, I shall highlight some sites that have some really useful suff but also talk about some of the amazing resources which subscribers to Media magazine can access.

Campaigning documentaries to watch

Documentary is an area that is often covered at A level but usually with reference to a very small range of examples. This site is an incredible resource, since it features direct links to over 350 documentaries that you can watch!
 http://www.filmsforaction.org/walloffilms/. Really useful and really excellent! Each film has a little pop-up description when you click on the picture, giving you the year, running time and some details about the film. Then you click through and you can be watching within seconds! A great resource for teachers and for students.


http://www.artofthetitle.com/ is an excellent site for film openings (and TV) with lots of examples and detail on how they have been made. Anyone doing the OCR A level Media film opening task should definitely go here to learn about the conventions of titling. But for making your own film or analysing how narratives are set up, its really useful too.


Latest state of the music video industry- very interesting stuff! This is the first in a series from the Videographers, interviewing up and coming film-makers about their work. It gives a pretty good overview of where things are at in the industry and some real insights into music video as an art form.

http://fstoppers.com/the-changing-face-of-the-music-video-and-what-we-can-all-learn-from-it

The Videographers Guide Ep. 1 - The Music Video from Hypebeast on Vimeo.

Media Magazine resources

If you are not yet a subscriber to Media Magazine- why not? It's great value for money and a beautiful addition to your bookshelf! Details of how to subscribe are here: http://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/mm/  If a school subscribes to the website, you get access to an amazing array of extra resources and the whole archive of Media Magazines from the past 11 years. This includes downloadable PDFs of the last twenty copies of the magazine (5 years worth) and an index you can search for articles about all kinds of topics useful to your studies. There are also a number of web-only 'extras', articles which didn't make the main magazine, but which are produced in the same format for subscribers.

I had a look at the two most recent supplements or 'Media Magazine extras' and found some incredibly useful stuff that i'd want to use as a teacher and that would be really helpful for students: textual analysis examples to accompany the latest MM45 on 'Primeval', 'Game of Thrones' and 'Big bang theory'. I also found to go alongside MM42 on 'icons' excellent material on the crisis at the BBC, Women in Danish dramas- The Killing, The Bridge, Borgen- an analysis of 'Four Lions' and an article about the coverage of the death of Bin Laden.

This is just scratching the surface! In later blogs, I'll let you know about more stuff that's there- meantime get subscribing!

REMINDER: Media Magazine Student Conference 13 December- bookings now open!  I'll be there- will you?

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