A2 Media Studies Coursework Ideas For Fundraisers

Creative Filming and Editing Tasks

1)    Filming a person sitting down with the monitor window open and with another camera film the monitor.

2)    Cloning editing task – tripod and camera must remain still in wide shot. Actor is filmed moving in different parts of the shot. Standing by the board, sitting down. 6 different shots. Go to premiere link on how to edit it.

3)    Depth of field task –

·       Do a distance little and large shot so that someone looks very small in the background and another very large.

·       Place an object like a cup or a ball down maybe with grass background - place the camera level with the object quite far away and then zoom into it so the object is sharp but the camera is blurred.

·       Place your artist in the background and add various cut out props to the foreground to float around the artist.

4)   Reverse shot – while the artist is singing get them to walk carefully backwards, but to add excitement to the shot add obstacles for jumping over and ball throwing so it can be reversed.

5)    Wheelchair / Tripod – we are going to simulate tracking and dolly shots. Camera on wheelchair film artist moving towards you singing to camera one take 30 seconds.

Tripod shot – raise the front leg of the tripod so the camera is pushed forward on the back legs.

6)   Lego stop motion – 30 still shots of lego action (one second each)

Premiere editing techniques to practise

-         Cloning shots -

-         Split screen

-         Blurred background

-         Make someone colour and the rest black and white

-         Glow effect titles

Cloning Shots   using cropping or linear wipe tools

Split screen


How to make background black and white and artist colour


Blending two videos to get a fantasy effect


There are hundreds of how to channels on youtube but I really like these easy quick instruction videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC46antF70V5qEFoW8xbGnoA

Stop motion lego task


Year 10

Following a more sophisticated exploration of the key concepts of the subject, media students in Year 10 produce two pieces of extended coursework. The first piece focuses on the study of representation through the deconstruction of print and moving image advertising texts. The second is an analysis of the concept of genre through a number of moving image texts. Additionally, GCSE media students explore a wide range of media across various platforms, gaining experience of different genres and industries. In the summer term, students work on the practical production coursework. They begin by extensive research and planning. They are involved in creating various film/television text products and they explore and evaluate their productions in a detailed evaluative essay.


Year 11

Students complete their practical productions and prepare for the external assessment topic set by WJEC. Recent topics have included the music industry, television drama, advertising and film promotion. Students investigate various convergent aspects of the topic across a number of platforms. They also study important social contexts and concepts of ideology and industry. Once the investigation is over, students demonstrate their creative skills in the form of various production proposals. The final exam is 115 minutes in length.


WJEC GCE Media Studies



For the exam-assessed unit, students deconstruct numerous media texts through micro- and macro-analysis. They focus on the key concepts of representation, audience, institutions, genre, narrative, and media language. They study texts from a wide range of print, moving image, and emedia platforms. They analyse and apply theoretical concepts to the changing media representations of the teenager. The students explore a number of texts from the film, television, print, music and gaming industries. Students also study representations of the police, and the ways in which the media represents locations. For the coursework unit, students research films and other media associated with their film genre of choice. They then create their own film trailers, spending the spring term planning, scripting, filming, and editing. This process is then evaluated in an extended piece of textual analysis.



For the coursework module, A Level media students complete an investigation into media texts based on the key concepts of genre, narrative, and representation. They also create a corresponding media production, which is then evaluated. For the second unit (exam assessed), students analyze a variety of contemporary texts from three different media industries. For the film industry topic, students study British independent films and Hollywood blockbusters. For the television topic, students study UK television programmes form various genres. For the magazine topic, students analyse three different products and how these are marketed.


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