Skills Project

Year 12 into 13 Transition Skills Project

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Year 12 Transition Skills Project

Your A2 coursework requires an increase in your level of filming and editing skills.  Over the next weeks you will create a short film illustrating the following filming effects, as you create it you will learn what they are and how to do them.  They will prove very useful in your A2 coursework.


Create a short film (3-4mins) which illustrates the following filming effects and tricks:


  • Dolly zoom/contrazoom
  • Pole Cam
  • Timelapse
  • Tilt shift
  • Slow Motion
  • Stop motion
  • Reverse motion
  • False perspective
  • Walking up the side of a building

Editing (pick 3 of the following):

  • Split screen
  • Lens flare
  • Bokeh
  • Stencil
  • Holgaart
  • Pinhole camera
  • Pop Art
  • Halftone

Mise-en-scene (pick 1)

  •  Black light make-up and costume
  • Hollywood glamour era make-up and hair
  • Horror make-up
  • Science fiction make-up
  • Face/body paint as art

You may work in groups or on your own.

The following should be submitted as proof of work (your teacher will give you the final submission date):

  • Storyboard
  • Shot list
  • Finished film

Year 12 Transition Skills Project

Below are some examples of the techniques in use:

Poll camera

Time lapse and stop motion

Tilt shift

Reverse motion

Extreme slow motion

Walking up the side of the building (and ‘comic book’)

Split screen


Stencil effect

Halftone and Pop Art

Black light

Face/body paint


Year 12 Summer Music Video Project 2016

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Your task over the next 2 1/2 weeks is to make a parody, pastiche or homage of one of the following iconic summer music videos.

You will have to plan, film and edit your video and have it ready by the one before last lesson of Media this term.  Having done your AS coursework you will already know that there is more to making a media film than just pointing the camera at something, and that you will have to plan your time carefully. 

You may work on your own or in a group of up to 4.

The best work will earn credit slips and chocolate for the group and a brew for the whole class.  There is only one end of term brew available.

Parody – an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect.

Pastiche – an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.  More respectful than parody.

Homage – Anything done to show respect, honour or show reverence to someone or something.

(Tip to get started – pick your video and create a storyboard of it).

Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake (video 1)

Video 2

Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen – Baz Luhrmann

Happy – Pharrell Williams

Summer Nights – Grease

Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Club Tropicana – Wham

Umbrella – Rihanna

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars



Skills – How to film on an iphone

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Useful little article…

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Year 12 Skills project

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“The Seven Deadly Sins”

Over the next 4 weeks you are going to produce a short film on the topic of ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’. The following things need to be featured in film and you must learn how to do these properly:

The film may be no longer than 3 minutes in length.

You may work on your own or in groups to do this.

Everything you need for the project will be on this website under the tag ‘Skills Project’

Below are some helpful documents that might prove helpful and a pop video from the 80s that might also prove helpful!

The 7 Deadly Sins

What are they

Skills Project – Contrazoom (also called Dolly zoom)

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This is what we mean…

This is how to do it…

Skills Project – Camera on a pole (also called Snorricam)

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This should tell you all you need to know…

and in use… (2.45 mins in)