Welcome to Media at Blackburn College

Your Media task

Using the video equipment that you have available try and produce series of short videos that illustrates who you are, what your interests are and, most importantly, what your interest in our subject is.

If you don’t have a video camera and/or editing software on a computer you could use a smart phone’s video feature or a computer’s webcam and a free video-editing app such as Adobe Premiere Rush.

If you have produced some video work already feel free to include it as part of your project.

Below are some links that you may find useful with this project.

Developing your English skills in Media

English, both in written and verbal forms, are massively important to our subject area. Our aim is to prepare you to work in the film, TV and video production industries where communication is vital. This includes the sharing of ideas as well as the ability to creatively understand and respond to the needs of clients.

To demonstrate your written communication skills we want you to review one of the following films, programmes or documentaries in no more than 400 words.

  • Sky Ladder (Netflix)
  • Behind the Curve (Netflix)
  • Primates (BBC iplayer)
  • Bird Box (Netflix)
  • Dunkirk (Netflix)
  • Killing Eve (BBC iplayer)
  • The Gruffalo (BBC iplayer)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Channel 4 and Netflix)

If the programme is part of a series then chose one episode to review.

  • Start your review with a short summary of the film / series / documentary plot.
  • Try to research and include some key facts about the piece such as the director’s name, the year of release as well as other reviews / awards that it may have received.
  • Next you should write your own review of strengths and weaknesses of your chosen film.
  • Try to explain your opinions and give examples to support them as much as possible.
  • End with a summary and a score out of 5*

Things to do in later weeks

Here’s a mini 3-4 week project brief.

Why not create a video diary challenge to track life in Lock Down.

Some ideas!

Week 1 – Introduce yourself and discuss how life has changed.

Week 2 – How are you using outdoor ‘exercise’?

Week 3 – What is your interest in Media and what are you hopes for the course? (show examples of any video or photography work you have done before).

Try the Film Review Activity.


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