Summer Projects 2018

Studying film or media? Or interested in studying them in the future? Why not keep yourself busy with one of our summer projects! Choose any of the tasks outlined below and get to work! If you complete something you’d like to submit come September then pass your work on to Mr Vickers or Mrs Jones and you will be richly rewarded!


Note: Please ensure that everything you do in response to the tasks below, particularly those involving filming, is done safely and with the full knowledge of your parents. Any film or media products you create should be suitable for a family audience and you should not access anything that is not age appropriate in order to complete tasks.

Media Projects

Television

Come up with ideas for the opening episode of a school-based Television Drama, set at RHS and aimed at teenagers. Write a 500 word summary of the episode and storyboard the opening scene. If it’s really good, we could have a go at filming it once you return to school!

Podcasting

Use the GarageBand app on your iPad to record a podcast about something you are interested in: it could be music, fashion, an academic subject or even film or television related. If you are unsure what a podcast is, download the podcast app to you iPad and listen to examples before you get started! When you have a clear idea about what you want to do, decide what you will talk about, who else will feature and how you can use sounds other than your own voice to make your podcast interesting. Then, get started!

Magazines

Come up with a design for the cover of a new magazine aimed at a teenage audience and covering one of the following topics: fashion, music, a sport, gaming or gadgets. You can sketch your cover idea or use one of a number or iPad apps or something more advanced like Photoshop or Illustrator.

Advertising

Pick a product from around the house (it could be something edible or a household cleaning product for example) and create an advert, either print or video based that tries to sell the product to a specific target audience.

The Essay

Feeling academic? Try to answer the following question, using Blumler & Katz’s Uses and Gratifications Theory, in no more than 1000 words:

‘Television shows like Love Island are a positive addition to modern media.’ Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement?

Film Projects

The Short

Create your own short film. Your film should be a maximum of three minutes long and link in some way to this year’s chosen themes: Home or Escape.

The Feature

Fancy taking on something bigger? Come up with an idea for your own full length film. Begin by writing a 500 word summary of your plot and then film the opening three minutes of your idea. Your idea must be from one of this year’s chosen genres: Action or Sci-Fi.

The Critic

Prefer watching films to making them? Get yourself to the cinema and then write a 300-500 word review explaining why your chosen film was good, or not!

The Superfan

Have a favourite actor, director or franchise? Prepare a research project in to them and why you think they have been successful. Use PowerPoint to collate as much information about them as you can.

The Essay

Feeling academic? Using examples from films you have seen, answer the essay question below in no more than 1000 words:

Explain why you agree or disagree with the statement: ‘Film is the only art form that can truly reflect and represent all of society’