Task One



Recently in lessons we have been talking about creativity and what it means and what it means to be creative. 

Objectives that were to be completed by the end of the lesson; 

  • To explore what it is to be creative.
  • To use a poem as a stimulus for ideas. 

Creativity= Fantasy, Vision, Inspiration, Originality and Innovative. 

The poem we looked at in class was called A Poison Tree, by William Blake.

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night
Till it bore an apple bright;
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole:
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

William Blake

I believed the poem was creative because of the message behind it and although it did not openly say the true meaning behind it the author writ it in such a way that it seems like he is describing something else when really he is describing his anger and emotions. 

Creativity Questions;

Can you follow conventions yet still be creative?

I believe that following conventions can still enable a person to be creative and use their creativity and imaginative skills, as the individual can also broaden their mind and become more and more creative whilst following typical codes and conventions.

Can creativity be taught or learnt?

In my opinion I do not think creativity can be taught or learnt, and I believe it is something individuals are born with and have a natural talent in. However, I do believe everybody is creative in their own ways and different people can learn more about their creativity skills and perhaps expand their skills and knowledge over time.

How do you give creativity direction?

I believe that creativity does not require direction, because in other words giving creativity direction means trying to control creativity and I don’t think creativity should be controlled in any way. As long as creativity is possibly following codes and conventions, then therefore that is the direction is which creativity should follow.

Is creativity better if it is controlled in some way(s)?

In my opinion I do not think creativity should be controlled in any way at all, if people are born with the gift of being creative and imaginative then that should not be controlled. I believe creativity should be expressed and shown in any way possible

Short Films; Question 1-5.

Task one;


  1. A short film is defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits. http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/rule19.html.  Short films have been around in Britain since the 1930’s. http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/1350979/ .Many short films have small budgets and often feature a plot twist. Some famous examples of short films are “The Black Hole” directed by Phil Sansom and Olly Williams. This is a short silent film which made its debut on YouTube, gathering around 8,000,000 in 2008. The film also won the Virgin media short film competition. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/dec/19/short-films-documentary-animation-viral
  2. Anybody can make a short film. However, there are many different reasons in which people make short films, for example some people may make short films for some experience so an individual may gather a team of people in order to help create their short film. Often short films also have a very small budget and cost a lot less than making a full length film. Some people may also want to experiment by making a short film and publishing it on the internet in order to see how many views they get and if it was successful or not. http://www.bbc.co.uk/filmnetwork/filmmaking/guide/introduction/why-make-a-short
  3. Many short films can be funded by the Film Council, and the British Film Institute. However, a lot of films are funded by local charities, production schemes and completions and some local councils.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/filmnetwork/filmmaking/guide/before-you-start/funding http://industry.bfi.org.uk/funding
  4. In order to make a short film successful it must include a variety of things. There must be a strong script and a strong story line/plot, a new, original idea, individuals considering making short films must also ensure they have a good set of actors taking part in the short, they must also make sure that they have considered how they are going to be funded and how they are going to fund the film. http://www.thefilmlot.com/articles/ARTsuccessfulshort.php. There are also seven rules that film makers must consider when planning their short film, the shorter the better, practical script, make it visual, concentrate on a single moment, tell a story, engage the view, beware of clichés.  http://www.raindance.org/7-rules-for-writing-short-films-2/

Media Language

Parallel Sound;

When a soundtrack or sound within a scene matches the action within the scene (Synchronous)

Contrapuntal Sound; 

Refers to when sound within the scene does not match the action within the scene (Asynchronous)


Where something or someone is presented within a frame, for example foreground or background.

Roland Barthes is a French theorist who came up with two media language definitions;

  • Connotation.
  • Denotation.


Refers to a basic literal description of something. For example  a young man was wearing dark clothes, boots and a leather jacket.


This refers to what the audience see behind the literal description and what they associate with it. For example, the young man wearing the dark clothes, boots and leather jacket would normally be associate as a ‘rocker’ or some sort of rebel.

Key Media Concepts (Narrative)

Narrative Themes– Topics explored within a text.

Single Strand Narrative;

Where one storyline develops in sequential time, event A is followed by event B, C and so on. For example, fairytales and Hollywood movies.

Multi-Strand Narrative; 

Where two or more story lines develop in sequential time, ensemble cast (attracts broader audience.) For example, Soap Operas such as Eastenders and films such as ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’

Open Narrative;

An open ended narrative refers to when a movie or programme leaves the audience wondering what will happen next.

Closed Narrative;

A closed narrative is when a film ties everything up and provides the audience with a resolution. (order)

Linear Narratives; 

Events that occur in chronological order, most common type of film.


When films occur not in chronological order, such as went characters are having flashbacks. For example, Memento.