Unit 12: Progression & Principles – FMP WORK

LEARNING OUTCOMES: On successful completion of this unit students will…

  • Understand the principles and practices of a chosen discipline in creative media production
  • Be able to locate and evaluate information from a range of sources
  • Be able to communicate ideas and arguments in a variety of forms


Notes: Research report… 

SECONDARY RESEARCH (qualitative, quantitative) – internet, range of websites, Harvard reference, books, magazines, range of newspapers (tabloid, broadsheet..), brochures, posters, films, TV, documentaries, YouTube

PEOPLE – experts, companies – 3 in depth examples

PRIMARY RESEARCH (qualitative, quantitative) – interviews, questionnaires

STRUCTURE- introduction, methodology – what am I researching and why, findings, discussion, produce a piece of extended writing with a minimum of 1500 words

INTRODUCTION – Introduce topic, research in wider context, personal reasons for choosing the topic, what research methods you used, findings and conclusions, what is to be expected of your writing – this can be rewritten and edited

METHODOLOGY – explain what methods you used – mind maps, interviews, survey questions, write about questions you wanted to answer, type of data you have collected, theories, strengths an weaknesses of methods

(Use – WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, HOW ??? – when researching)

FINDINGS – report the most significant things you found, use subheadings

DISCUSSION – summary of findings, what implication the findings have on your further thinking of the project, limitations of the study, future moves and how they are informed by your findings

PASSIONS – what are you really passionate about – why – how has it impacted your life, what is the big idea, how are you going to achieve idea, what will you do to realise the big idea, what skills will you use and need to develop, ho will you deal with compromise

EXPERIMENTING – testing ideas

HYPOTHESIS – a proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.

INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES – find out as much as possible about the interviewee, know your main research question, prepare your question in advance – WWWWH, script the interview

Types of questions: introductory, direct, probing, specifying


Addressing the L.O’s…

Choose 3 media products, film, video games, TV, magazine, photo, web page, games design, critically analyse,

Who produced it, what do you know about the producer,

Historical/political context,

Who own the media production, how does that influence the product, identify codes and conventions,

How is the world presented in each chosen media product,

Stereotyping, genres, race, social classes, positive/ negative images

What skills, production techniques, knowledge used in the production

What technologies have been used for the production/  distribution/ influenced the product

Define audience, specific, how it influences the product design and production

Using a range of sources and techniques, analyse, critically evaluate

First thoughts:

To begin my FMP research I have created a mind map which includes brief ideas of which I believe I would be able to successfully produce. My strengths in media are in writing and advertisement so these four ideas would give me the opportunity to embrace my skill set and produce a high level of work.


My first idea was to produce a charity appeal much like the ‘Catching Lives’ poster I created before. For this project I would have to take original photos which would be edited in Photoshop and InDesign. I could also turn this into an advertisement/ promotional piece and use audience to create an effective product that would make people want to donate/ volunteer. If I had enough time I could also make a web page for my chosen charity where you can gather information and donate online.

My second idea is to re create our group project called ‘Labels’. For this task we made a short film based on the idea of defying stereotypes and getting rid of labels. I would do this by producing a number of individual photos which reflect the topic using mirrors to emphasise personal image. I would use photo shop to edit my photos.

FMP final idea: Introduction

I will be creating a film magazine with a pupil from my class. A part of the magazine will be about Foley sound.  We want to question the audience on what Foley sound is, as it is quite an unfamiliar topic out of the media industry. Exploring it’s history and present day methods. We want to extract our own examples of Foley sound and create with Adobe Premiere a following sequence, maybe using a scene from Disney pixar. For the second part of the magazine we will be creating ‘How to create a short film’ and ‘Self image in media’ articles. There will be tutorials, links and reviews. The last few pages will be lighthearted  ‘How to survive being a media student’. The magazine will be created within Adobe InDesign.  We will be creating footage of us making our own Foley sound, following a sequence.

Wider Context:

I enjoyed creating short films, it was one of my strengths. I liked coming up with original ideas for the script and storyboards and being part of the direction of the actors. We worked well as a team and were able to create an effective end product.

I have always had an interest in media so it made sense for us to create a media based magazine. There is a wide range of subjects to include in our magazine and we can also pick subjects which are not popularly talked about. We can also choose things that we have a lot of experience with so we can go into detail and have a wider initial understanding.

Methods and Research: 

  • Researching the differences between short and long films
  • Researching the history behind Foley sound and what Foley sound is
  • Create a mind map about what is going to be in the magazine
  • Research some film magazines
  • Explain methods and techniques in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Premiere


My future is linked with this project as I will be hopefully working within the media industry. This will help to expand my knowledge of specific sectors of media that I haven’t completely covered. Having my future in mind will also help to think more into university and my career choices.


Competitor magazines 

EMPIRE: This is a British film magazine, which was first published in July 1989, and reviews mainstream and art films. Each issue also includes a ‘Classic Scene’, which is a transcript from a notable film scene.

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SIGHT & SOUND: This is a British film magazine which is published monthly by the British Film Institute. The magazine reviews films which have been released each month, including those with limited release, alongside a full cast list and the story line.

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SCREEN INTERNATIONALThis film magazine covers the international film business and was founded in 1975 and produces daily publications at destinations around the world.

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