Thursday, March 24, 2011

Week 6: Friday 25 March

Media lesson P7&8 10F

Remember: everything you do that is recognised as a positive contribution to the project will gain you marks. You will all start with 0 and all of you could reach 100. You can't lose marks, but you will need to be pro-active and focused in the group if you want to start gaining some.

Today's lesson - you are all at different stages. Please push on with the following (use sugar paper for 1 - 4). Aim to

1. Final idea - brainstorm/list of points - to include conventions,format of episodes, what happens, basic information agreed by the group

2. Quick list of pros and cons

3. Trailer 3 part structure - work out what happens in the trailer and the rough order

4. Shotlist - break down the trailer shot by shot, create a list of the shots you would see in the trailer

5. For inspiration, watch some previous Latymer trailers on our youtube channel latymer media. Good ones to inspire the imagination are: 2010 Teachers from Hell, 2010 Style Police,2006 X-rated Parents, 2006 Lab Rats

6. Post-it note storyboard. Ask Chris if you can choose the colours of your post-its; he will also give you a large sheet of white card. Decide on the colour code you are using and draw out each shot from your shotlist (use big, bold outline PENCIL drawings, no colour at this stage)

End of lesson; your storyboards, sugar paper and group folders should be handed in for safe keeping. Please return the pens. Keep your remaining post-its in your group project folder.

Homework: no homework as you have done your meetings this week. But keep thinking about the project and set yourselves up a facebook group so you can chat with your group in between sessions, especially when so many of you are abroad!!

Have a lovely day, good luck to the linguists for next week, and looking forward to the lessons with those of you left behind! Sorry not to be with you for the lesson :(
Miss B

Monday, March 21, 2011


Organise and attend the group's first production meeting. The idea is to use this time to take the project on a step further, in particular to

a) finalise the group's decision
b) prepare the shotlist

Ideally this will be ready in time for Friday's lesson, when you will storyboard the trailer

What to do:
1. Arrange time and date to meet with your group (Tues to Fri 12.45 in PA6) and record it in your planner
2. Remind each other on the day of the meeting and turn up on time
3. Bring a cold lunch and a drink with you if you like
4. Don't forget your folder

Remember - you will score marks for every positive thing you do to help the project along!
No other homework this week

WEEK 6: First Group Meetings

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Week 5 > 6: what's happening in media . . .

Week 5
Thurs 17th March lesson - discuss ideas, narrow down selection
Hwk - come up with actual trailer proposals for the best ideas homework
Week 6
Weds 23rd March lesson - discuss all trailer ideas, choose one
Hwk - Lunchtime production meeting (Weds > Fri) - finalise 3 part structure, create shotlist
Fri 25th March lesson - turn shotlist into post-it note storyboard

Week 5
Hwk - come up with actual trailer proposals for your best idea 

Week 6
Tues 22nd March lesson - discuss ideas, narrow down selection
Hwk - Lunchtime production meeting (Weds > Fri) - finalise 3 part structure, create shotlist
Thurs 24th March lesson - turn shotlist into post-it note storyboard

Exchange students MUST have a meeting with Miss B before you leave for the exchange

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Week 4: Reality Show proposals teacher feedback

You all have your own proposals now, but any of the original ideas you came up with in class would be equally suitable for the project, so if you want to bid for one of them - that's fine. These are brilliant, creative ready-made ideas - created by you - and could save you a lot of work! (Copyright clearance is essential though!)

F Group
1. My Super Sleepover (social experiment based on Come Dine with Me, where kids plan a sleepover for their mates)
2. Bod to Boss (lifestyle makeover for nerdy kids, based on Ladette to Lady)
3. School Ties (docusoap, set in the primary school playground based on The Only Way is Essex)
4. SOS (reality game, called School of Survival, based on Shipwrecked but set on a beach for kids)
5. Mum's Away (social experiement based on Wifeswap, the kids get a new mum for the week)

B group 
1. Pimp My Parents (lifestyle, based on Pimp My Ride, where the parents are 'improved' in a variety of ways according to the wishes of the kids
2. Teen Troubles (social experiment/reality game, based on Big Brother, teenagers live in a house for a week and do challenges
3. Wild Child (reality game/social experiment) based on Shipwrecked, but set in a forest, kids learn survival techniques and have to do challenges
4. Shifted (social experiment) based on Wifeswap, kids swap over, live in a new family, and complete fun tasks. Slogan: Opposites Attract

Managing Director Report:
Thank you everyone, superb ideas - we couldn't choose between them so in the end we pitched all of them to Nickelodeon. They loved them so much that they have now asked to see trailers for these or any of our other potential shows we have, just to give them a flavour of what the actual series might look like.

My personal favourites? All of them actually, but if pushed I'd probably go for Pimp My Parents and School Ties for the sheer entertainment potential, and My Super Sleepover for originality and audience appeal


Develop a proposal for the trailer for your show ie the show you have written a proposal for already. This should be represented on 1 page for your portfolio. Aim for as creative and visual presentation as possible.

This is evidence of planning.

10F Weds 23rd March for the lesson
10B before your 1st group production meeting

Aim to include the following:
1. Length and approx number of shots
2. A brief description of what happens in the trailer, broken down into a 3 part structure
3. A brief explanation of the style and design of the trailer (branding, pace, colours, music, graphics etc)
4. What genre conventions it would include
5. What information it would include
6. How it would intrigue the audience and keep them guessing
7. Examples of specific key shots we could expect to see in the trailer (action, framing, lighting, setting)

Monday, March 14, 2011

WEEK 5 TV Trailers

Trailer 1: Britannia High (BBC)

Trailer 2: Jamie's Dream School Episode 2 (Ch4)

Trailer 3: Help! Teach is Coming to Stay (CBBC)

Trailer 4: The Kids' Apprentice (Latymer Media)

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Homework task: Brainstorm and proposal

Deadline: 10B + 10F Thursday 17th March before the lesson

1. Brainstorm a range of ideas for a new kids reality TV series for the Nickelodeon channel, for the 9-11 year old age range, both boys and girls.

2. Choose one of your best ideas and write up a proposal for this idea. You will need to include the following information:

Number of episodes
Length of each episode
What happens in each episode
Continuous story? or stand-alone?

Which sub-genre is it?
Describe the conventions of the genre that it will incude
What makes it original - its USP

how would your show appeal to 9-11 year old girls?
what needs would it fulfil (refer to the powerpoint on audience appeal)

What other shows have influenced your idea?

Presentation: present this work on one page as visually and creatively as possible. This work will provide evidence of RESEARCH + PLANNING. Your page should include both of the above tasks.

  • Pages W3-W5 in the folder may be useful for inspiring your ideas.
  • You may well want to draw on ideas developed during class activities recently
  • You can work with a partner on the brainstorming activity, but the proposal must be produced individually
  • Pick an idea that would be practical and achievable 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Feedback on the reality show research page for homework

Overall, this was a very successful piece of work, and produced some imaginative, experimental and diverse ideas for both the choice of programme and presentation styles. The most successful mixed analysis and information with a range of images, logos and media terminology and demonstrated a thoughtful approach to presentation. Often the presentation style was entirely suited to the type of reality show you had chosen, so connoting the same kind of assocations - a very smart idea! Others used TV frames, speech bubbles, headlines, text boxes, arrows, and so on.

A couple of points:

Firstly,every page you submit for you portfolio must have a header. This is the research stage so each page should clearly be labelled RESEARCH.

Secondly, on each page there should be short explanation of the purpose of the page. You should briefly explain what the page represents and why you submitted it.

Thirdly, there is no such word as BROADCASTED as in 'this show is broadcasted at 5pm on Fridays on Channel 4'. It should read 'this show is broadcast at 5pm on Fridays on Channel 4'.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Reality Game: create a show with 3 words on cards

This was a great activity, highly entertaining for me to watch and hopefully enouraged you to think in diverse and imaginative ways about the conventions and appeal of Reality TV, both for audiences and institutions.

Hard to judge though, as it really depended on the 3 words you were given - some lent themselves better to an effective idea than others - so there was of course an element of luck involved!

BUT on the basis of what I saw during the presentations, here are my judgements - purely personal opinion of course:

B class

Group 1: Fresh Reality Nicked
A very clever idea overall, strong sense of audience appeal

Group 2: Stately Comedy Questioned
Probably the hardest words to do something with - you took on the challenge really well, and the idea came together well in the end

Group 3: Police Designs Revisited
Excellent use of your cards, very inventive

Group 4: Divorced Monkeys Exposed
Very funny idea, but I would have liked the monkeys to have been more of a central focus

F class

Group 2: Divorced Renegade Showdown
Excellent use of the cards, a really funny idea

Group 3: Fat Robots Exposed
A tough one, but a really inventive idea developed in the end with a great prize.

Group 4: Wild Body in the City
Very inventive; I can see this one doing really well. Excellent use of the cards.

Group 5: West Coast Monkeys Unleashed
Very inventive; the monkey connection was a bit tenuous though - I would have liked the monkeys to have been more of a central focus

So, some final judgements - and 3 winners

Category 1: Most Entertaining
Winner: Divorced Renegade Showdown

Category 2: Best Use of Cards
Winner: Wild Body in the City

Category 3: Most likely to be Commissioned
Winner: Fresh Reality Nicked

Miss B :-)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

WEEK 4: Nickelodeon task

WEEK 3 HOMEWORK: one page of Nickelodeon research

Nickelodeon Website

1. Go to the UK Nickelodeon website at

2. Put yourself in the mind of an average 9 - 11 year old boy or girl, living in the UK. Have a really good explore round and observe as much as you can on the style and design of their website, its key features, its content and the opportunities for the audience to interact/get involved

3. Using your observations, produce a page of research to represent the various ways that Nickelodeon targets and appeals to 9-11 year old boys and girls in the UK. Here are some ideas on what to include:
  • an audience profile of the typical Nickelodeon consumer in the older age range (9-11)
  • which Nickelodeon programmes/ products would appeal to them
  • which characters/themes/settings/stories would most appeal to them
  • how programmes are scheduled to reach them
  • how the website/channel is designed to attract them
  • how the content and interactive features encourage them to get involved
10B Thurs 10th March before the lesson
10F Friday 11th March before the lesson

Don't forget: creative presentation for a Level 6! Print before the lesson!