One day everything is going breezily along and then. . .
OK serendipitous moment here. Albert Uderzo died yesterday, He was the original artist for Asterix and Obelix. In 2017 the Asterix comic “Asterix and the Chariot Race” (not drawn by Uderzo – ‘cos he retired) featured a masked character called,
If you are confused, they weren’t being all Nostradamus style predictory people – it is the name for a particular group of microscopic beasties which include the four viruses which we refer to as “having a cold” and the new virus-on-the-block COVID-19 (which sounds like a far-right skinhead organisation and I’m sure is just as fun at gatherings).
I hope you, and yours, dear reader are well.
You may well, also, be really, really confused.
At first it seemed easy. Teachers can use mock grades and predictions to help the exam boards work out a grade for you.
And this might be all you need. You may have an unconditional place somewhere. Or your grade-dependent place suddenly became unconditional.
But there are snaggles.
What if you hadn’t applied anywhere yet? You wuz thinking, “I’ll get my grades. Make, like a bank. Apply next year when I’ve sorted out my head-space.”
What if you were counting on your fabulous coursework to boost your grade? I’m not being sarky here. I know loads of students who write ho-hum essays but their films are staggeringly good; good enough to add at least one more grade.
Or what if you hadn’t really got your head around how to tackle the exam papers when the mocks came around but you get it now?
The exam boards are scrambling to get something in place for this.
It looks like you will be able to sit exams in September or October if you want. But this isn’t the whole deal with a grade in these subjects.
Making practical coursework? Some of you will already have it. Some of you won’t. What is really clear is that none of you should go out and start filming stuff now!
It’s a really bad idea.
Stay at home.
Stop spreading this virus like gossip in a high-school movie.
So gawd knows what the system will be to assess you on doing something that you haven’t done the doing of yet. I am sure your teachers are in touch with you about all this – keep in contact with them.
In the meantime it looks like you might have to study from home.
This is where I break out the Pony Promise gif I’ve been sitting on for a while.
I will continue to post up material to support AQA A level Media Studies and Eduqas Film Studies students.
Over the next few days I’ll roll out the following pages:
Media: Pages which focus on theory, and “enabling idea” areas and then link them to a variety of CSPs. First up – Feminism (Van Zoonen and hooks).
Film: WTF is a sequence? And how should I write about it in an exam? How to write short exam answers – with a focus on silent cinema and F.W Murnau’s “Sunrise”.
In the mean time, make sure you,
And when we come out the other side of this we’ll all be as fabulous as Gigi,
That’s Billie Lourde, who is Carrie Fisher’s daughter. She’s great in Booksmart. Yeah – you should go and rewatch Booksmart too!