Media production AOS 1 – Unit 4

How do students realise their intention through their media productions?

The production, post-production and distribution stages of a media product are a natural progression from the pre-production stage of the media production process. Students move from production into post-production, where the manipulation, arrangement or layering of the ideas and material generated in pre-production and production leads to the realisation of their pre-production plans.

Media creators and producers reflect on and work with others to gain insight into whether their products communicate their planned intent, refining their products in the production and post-production stages. Students undertake personal reflection and seek feedback on their work, developing, refining and resolving their product as a result. They document iterations of their production after considering the factors that have influenced the development and refinement of materials, technologies and processes, the resolution of ideas and the effect these factors have had on the final product.

The creation and production of the media product is an individual undertaking. In some cases, the implementation of the production plans may require the student to work with others. Throughout both the production and post-production stages, the student should be the key principal in the production process. All work undertaken by any cast or crew, or external assistance, must be under the direction of the student and documented along with the pre-production plans.

Key knowledge

  • production and post-production processes used to realise pre-production plans
  • the operation of equipment, materials and technologies used in the creation of media products
  • media codes and conventions to construct meaning relevant to the selected form, product and audience
  • reflection and feedback processes to refine and resolve media products
  • methods for documenting development, refinement and realisation of media products
  • media language appropriate to the construction and evaluation of media representations.

Key skills

  • realise pre-production plans through production and post-production processes
  • operate equipment, materials and technologies in the production of a media product
  • apply media codes and conventions to construct meaning relevant to the selected media form, product and audience
  • use reflection and feedback to refine and resolve a media product
  • document the development, refinement and resolution of a media product
  • use media language relevant to the construction and evaluation of media representations.

Magazine – Print Production

If you are planning to create a print publication and want a particular finish to the printing and binding make sure you investigate who and where can do what. Locally you may find that your local printing house, like Officeworks or Kmart may not produce the finish you want. You may need to go to Bookwrite and download the application that allows you to create your publication and layout for free. However, if you want to print it you will need to send this off to America, in which you will need to allow the time frame of delivery. I recommend allowing up to 4 weeks for this. Include this in your timeline. Also check the cost of printing and this will need to be budgeted for.

Print Production Examples

Print Production Example: Magazine Cover Series: By Student