Location Practice: You have to do what by when?

Posted: March 3, 2013 by Alan Hardcastle in FdA 12_14, Media Production
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I want to take some time on Monday afternoon to confirm what you are submitting on Wednesday at 4.30pm. I want you to be completely sure about what I am expecting: mainly due to the “rabbit in the headlights” looks I normally get when I ask what you are going to submit…

So, I am expecting:-

The Blog
Well, I  don’t directly mark this to be honest. I expect to be able to read a record of what you did in this unit: kind of accounting for the 200 hrs you have spent on it! There should be references to theory (Books, journals, articles and websites) you have read and you reflecting on the meaning and how you can use it. So, while I don’t directly mark it (which means we don’t need to worry about the word count) it does have a huge influence on the rest of the grades. So, make sure I have that URL.

Blog Highlights
Only 10% of the grades, but it really demonstrates your understanding of the process. This should be 1000 words referencing your blog – so, you are pretty much pointing out the important stuff you learned. This should be a summary of your blog, with reflection of what this meant to you with citations back to your blog.

A Report
I think we have covered this – but just in case… Those journals, books, articles and Websites you mention on your blog? Well, the report is all about pulling those together. What happens in professional practice? How does it happen in the industry? Why Prove it! Cite it! List those books! 2000 words for 30% of the total grade.

2 products – edits, plus planning (depending on role). That’s it. For 60%. Remember, this is the time I look back over your blog, so no cheating. One of the artefacts should be your own inception, the other you can just be on the crew. You need to show how you have worked on them, and include a link to the product – don’t rely on anyone else to have submitted your work! And don’t forget the planning. If you were on the crew, you should still have been given a Call sheet and a shooting script (for example). If you were the main maker, well – you should have everything!

As a group, we will identify what you need to do, and negotiate what you are doing in this session. Consider the following questions:

  • What can you do on site?
  • What can you do in LRC?
  • What can you do at home?
  • What do you need guidance with?
  • What do you need me looking over your shoulder  with?

In other words, how can you best use you time? Some things can only be done on site  – I would assume everyone can write their reports at home, but I may be wrong. So, once we set out the tasks you need to do, we will identify what you are doing in the afternoon and set you off on an active session.

Once you are all on doing what you need to do to get your submissions in, I want to take 15 minutes with each of you to check over what you have and what you are doing ready for the Wednesday deadline. This includes viewing rough cuts and draft reports, as well as identifying the blog highlights. I have left time to go back and have a look at a few extra things if we need to.

I am expecting both Myself and you to stick to the times!

  • 1.50 – 2.05 – Sam
  • 2.05 – 2.20 – James
  • 2.20 – 2.35 – Kylie
  • 2.35 – 2.50 – Abi
  • 2.50 – 3.05 – Sian
  • 3.05 – 3.20 – Jake
  • 4.00 – back in the room

At 4, we will reconvene to check progress and set overnight targets.


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