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The Ormiston Bushfield Academy Film and Media department are committed to raising the level of film and media literacy amongst all students by providing a flourishing twenty first century learning environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive.

We do this by:

  • encouraging students to become independent thinkers, and to explore their leaning beyond the curriculum
  • providing a learning environment which encourages self-discipline and time management
  • providing state of the art learning facilities
  • encouraging students to be critical of the media and examine how it shapes contemporary society, the way we think and the way we behave
  • collaborating with media professionals to develop industry standard production briefs
  • developing the next generation of film-makers
  • Wherever you are based in the 21st century global village, you will benefit from a critical and creative grasp of the media.

Contact the staff

Mr G Richards
CTL for Film and Media

Mr C Parker
Teacher of Film and Media

  • GCSE Media GCSE Film BTEC Creative Media Production

    Unit 2: Understanding the Media

    The aim of this unit is for students to develop an understanding of how and why media texts are produced as they are. Students will produce one introductory assignment, one assignment that requires students to look closely at cross-media platforms which reflect the media industry today and one Practical Production and Evaluation, each chosen from a different bank of assignments.

    This course encourages students to engage critically with the major art form of the 20th century. Students will develop an ability to analyse the micro and macro aspects of the film language, through an exploration of genre and world cinema, demonstrating an understanding of how meanings are communicated to an audience. To support this theoretical understanding, students will complete a range of practical tasks based on their own original film idea.

    Controlled Assessment 50% - Exploring and Creating

    1: Exploring a film of the student’s choice – two tasks (30 marks)
    (i) industry research
    (ii) a micro analysis of a short extract from the film
    (350 – 750 words).

    2: Production – four tasks (70 marks)
    Students create
    (i) a pitch for an imaginary film (approximately 150 words)
    (ii) Complete preproduction planning tasks.
    (iii) A final practical production
    (iv) Evaluative analysis of their work

    Unit 1: Research for Creative Media Production

    The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop skills in the main research methods and techniques used within the creative media sector. Learners will do this through researching an existing media product and through undertaking research for one of their own production projects.

    Unit 2: Communication techniques for creative media production

    This unit aims to develop learners’ communication skills in media production contexts. It covers oral and written, formal and informal communication using the formats, documentation and technologies needed to communicate effectively in the media sector.

  • GCSE Media GCSE Film BTEC Creative Media Production

    Unit 1: Investigating the Media

    Written paper - 1 hour 30 minutes - 60 marks - 40% of GCSE

    The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop their critical understanding of the role of the mass media in society. The external assessment will take a case study approach and will be based on a specific media topic which changes each year. It will take the form of a contextualised simulation and students will respond in role. The exam paper brief will be pre-released four weeks prior to the examination giving candidates time to research and plan for the examination.

    Paper 1: Exploring Film - 1 hour 30 minutes - 30%

    Four compulsory questions focusing on one film genre. These questions will assess knowledge and understanding of film language and key industry and audience issues. Genre for examinations up till Summer 2015 is Superhero Films.

    Paper 2: Exploring Film outside Hollywood – 1 hour 20%

    Three compulsory questions on one film produced outside Hollywood. 

    Questions will be based on:

    • Characters, narratives, themes and issues in the film chosen
    • The way people, places, events and issues are represented in the film
    • A creative question involving individual responses to the film (e.g., reviews, blogs, website entries).

    Unit 7: Print Production

    This unit aims to develop learners’ understanding of print production techniques and technology. Learners will be introduced to ways of developing ideas for print products, and will investigate and practice hand, mechanical and digital print production methods.

    Unit 18: Advertising Production

    The aim of this unit is to introduce learners to the way advertisements are created and the ways in which they work. Learners will study existing advertisement techniques in a number of mediums, and plan and produce an advertisement of their own in a chosen medium.

  • A-Level Media A-Level Film BTEC Creative Media

    Unit 1: Foundation Portfolio in Media

    The study of media form, language and audience is conducted alongside your own practical production work. You will explore and document this process from idea development, through to planning, production and culminating in a fully realised media product.

    Unit 2: Key Media Concepts (TV Drama)

    This theoretical unit will expand your ability to read media texts by encouraging you to question and challenge the messages put forward by the media. The main medium of study, the television drama, will allow you to explore the various narrative approaches, representations of character and genre specific codes and conventions.

    Unit 1: Exploring Film Form

    The study of cinema as a medium, an art form, and a social and economic institution takes place alongside your own production work. This will develop your technical skills, as well as preparing you to tackle the theoretical, cultural and ethical debates that Film Studies advances.

    Unit 2: British and American Film

    Within this unit you will engage in a comparison of British and American cinema, studying the film industry and the inter-relationship between film audiences and producers. You will also prepare a topic of study on British film (e.g. Identity in British Cinema), and a comparative study of two American films for the external exam.

    This vocational course is designed to provide you with a wide range of creative production skills; an ability to think independently and work collaboratively with your peers and real media institutions. Through a series of industry standard briefs you will be challenged to think critically, question and explore a wide range of different mediums, in order to develop suitable creative responses. You will complete the subsidiary diploma during year 12 with the option to extend this qualification to the full diploma in year 13.

    YEAR 12

    Television Advertising

    This assignment will tests your creativity and marketing skills by inviting you to develop a brand for a new confectionary product and creating the full 30 second TV advert to promote it. This assignment provides you with great insight into how advertisers define and target specific audiences, as well as considering how audiences then respond to media products.

    Film promotion package

    This exciting assignment guides you through the process of producing and marketing a brand new film, and you will develop a comprehensive regard for genre, narrative and audience. Alongside this theoretical aspect, you will be required to produce a wide selection of media artifacts that market your original film concept - including: posters, 3D cutouts and the teaser trailer/opening scene.

    Live TV Show

    As the title of this unit suggest you will work in production teams to plan and produce a live T.V. show, filmed in front of studio audience. Organisation is key to the success of this unit, as you will experience first hand the pressures faced.

  • A-Level Media A-Level Film BTEC Creative Media Production

    Unit 3: Advanced Portfolio in Media

    Within this final coursework unit you are asked to develop a small scale marketing campaign for a particular media product. This will assess your ability to identify and respond to a specific target audience.

    Unit 4: Critical Perspectives in Media

    This final unit invites you to explore a theoretical understanding of your own production work through reflection and debate.

    You will also widen your apprehension of contemporary media issues through a study of media institutions, their regulatory procedures and the subsequent audience affects.

    Unit 3: Film Research and Creative Projects

    Within this unit you will produce a portfolio of work that includes:

    A small scale research project into an area of your choice using some of the critical approaches introduced throughout the course.

    A short film or other creative project that demonstrates an active engagement with the issues raised throughout both AS and A2.

    Unit 4: Varieties of Film Experiences: Issue and Debates

    Within this final synoptic unit you will study aspects of national cinema; explore a spectatorship topic by focusing on popular horror film; and prepare a critical study of a single film, such as Vertigo (Hitchcock, US, 1958), Fight Club (Fincher, US, 1999), Talk to Her (Almodovar, Spain, 2002) and Morvern Callar (Ramsay, UK, 2002).

    Magazine Production

    This print-based assignment will test your creativity and design skills by developing a new youth culture magazine. Students will produce a front page, contents page and double page spread of their new magazine concept using industry standard software. This assignment provides students with an ideal platform to progress into print and digital based design industries.

    Working for an external client

    Providing a real-industry experience is a fundamental aspect of the course, and within this unit you will be placed in direct contact with a real industry professional. Through this collaboration you will gain an understanding of the importance and restrictions of working to a brief; developing communicative and team- working skills by liaising with the client.

    Digital Photography

    This project will provide you with a solid understanding of digital photography methods, whilst allowing you to develop your artistic practice. You will explore photography as a form of communication and expression, and examine it’s application within the media. Each student will produce a portfolio of their own work.

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