Media Production - The Scenario Question - Section 2 Exam

What is the scenario question? Your Chance to be creative!
A piece of narrative is provided (either fiction or non-fiction) and you are asked to construct a passage in a medium you are familiar with. This means you have to translate the words into images and sound and show your knowledge and understanding of the production process and medium.

What are examiners looking for?
They are looking for you to:

Answer all parts of the question.
Demonstrate understanding of the key aspects of Media Studies.
Respond from a production point of view (You are the creator).
Demonstarte a knowledge and understanding of the production process.
Fully justify all points and ideas.
Link ideas to Target Audience

How do I answer a scenario question?

A scenario question will list four bullet points that you must discuss in your answer:Target Audience, Choice of Medium, Technical & Cultural Codes and Problems and Solutions. Your Scenaio Question booklet has in depth examples for these areas and you should also refer to the Marking Instruction grid.

How should I structure my response?

You should annotate the passage as you read through - ideas for shots, PP, Casting etc etc.
You should use bullet points given in the question to structure your response. You could use them as headings.
You need to answer the question from a production point of view, justifying all ideas and points with reference to the target audience.
You must stick to a medium you are familiar with - FILM.
Idealy you want to integrate the key aspects as you write, so make sure that your sections are flexible and look out for opportunities to integrate as you go along.
Avoid writing a wish list of shots/locations/starts. You must consider possible problems and areas of conflict.

Suggested Essay Plan for a Scenario Question.

Section 1: Choice of Medium
Give reasons for choice. Justify with reference to the TA.
Explain Genre, with reference to cultural codes from the narrative.
Explain other relevant categories (form, tone, style, institutions, audience).
Outline importance of pre-production planning (screenplay, casting, locations, props, costings and budget, scene rehersals).

Section 2: Target Audience
Profile Target Audience. Give reasons for selecting this audience.
What will appeal to/ attract/ entertain / position your intended audience.
Explain Mode of Address, justify by reffering to Target Audience.
You should discuss preferred reading and differential reading when you are explaining use of technical and cultural codes.

Section 3: Technical and Cultural Codes
Explain the tasks/jobs involved in the production stage.
Explain a selection of important technical and cultural codes you would use.
Explain the connotations of technical and cultural codes and justify use of film language by referring to TA.
Avoid writing a wish list of shots.
Integrate technical and cultural codes with narrative and representation.

Section 4: Problems and associated solutions
Consider potential problems and resolutions with all areas of production.
Consider internal and external limits / constraints / influences.