Evaluation: Research and Planning

How did you use media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?

I have used my blog this year and last year more than any other technology. On it I have shown the research I have done into existing, magazines, posters and trailers.

This has been extensive as I not only looked at existing products, I also analysed them picking out what was good and bad about them, deciding what tehcniques I could use aswell as others I feel I would stay away from because I did not feel they worked. I also used the blog to research what film names were popular or what are the basic conventions of comedy trailers etc. All this information I gathered was crucial to the development of my trailer, magazine or poster over both years. Through this research mistakes I had previously made became clear to me and also provided me with options as to what to change it to. The main area I need to adress in both my poster/magazine and film was my skill with a camera. I have always been aware that this was my main weakness and through the research done on the internet I managed to learn how to frame certain shots and adjust the light balance which helped me.

Also on the blog I have been regularly posting my progress. These posts range from storyboards to videos. I have been constantly adding my latest developments on the construction side of things and the gradual evolving of my designs have been clear. I attempted to post a new blog every lesson with my latest progress and while this could not always be done I have been happy with the regularity of my blog posting.

There were many blogs and videos on the internet which provided a great amount of information to me, especially in year twelve when I was new to the whole idea. Websites like

http://www.mediaknowall.com/camangles.html

and

http://thehealingtouch.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/trailer-anatomy-a-comedy-consortium/

Both these sites helped me immensely and I was able to act upon lessons I had learned from them.

I was also able to create polls on the blog where I could asks people’s advice. I chose to ask people what their favourite name was for my film. I had a good response as the people in my class are always willing to help and are checking out what peers are doing constantly anyway so they were more than able to provide their opinion.

The blog also has a comments system meaning so my teacher can give me advice which I can then work into my coursework.

While I still feel more comfortable writing I am happy with the way I have improved on the technical side of things and am pleased whith what I have achieved practically over the two years.

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