Year 12: evaluation is worth 20% of your marks.
If you have worked as part of a group to produce your film, you must produce your own evaluation independently. It must not be a collaborative effort. Your evaluation should be clearly your own personal work.
Year 13: Below are specific comments from last year’s examiner’s report.
Questions 1 and 2 were invariably the strongest responses, with informed and focused material
creatively presented. Short ‘making of’ videos seem to becoming more prominent for questions 1
and 2 and video commentaries were popular this session with many being thoughtful, selective
personal responses; however many video evaluations were done far less well, with lengthy
talking head shots and no illustrative material being edited in and with the candidates waffling
and seeming very unsure of their ground. Best practice is a carefully planned and concise
commentary (with hesitations and repetition edited out) over relevant images/video on screen.
Question 3 often was not properly answered, as candidates merely repeated what the feedback
said without actually answering the question. Also many candidates asked closed or leading
questions and the result was the feedback they wanted to hear rather than honest feedback (Did
you like our movie? Did it meet the conventions?). Centres that responded to this question by
discussing feedback that they had received at various stages throughout the production process
and then reflected on how that had shaped their final submission seemed like the best approach
to answering this question. The best question 3 answers balanced primary research, often ‘voxpops’
or interviews, with detailed and cogent responses from candidates. More successful
answers explored the entire process of production, with candidates reflecting on how they had
used feedback during as well as after completion of their work. The weakest answers simply
presented audience response without any real commentary; in these cases it was impossible to
see what had been learned.
Question 4 was often the weakest answer, with candidates simply presenting a list of
technologies used with little commentary or reflection. The best question 4 answers linked
clearly to candidates’ research, planning and production, with detailed reflection and
consideration. An effective model seen was a centre whose candidates had packaged this
question in the style of a DVD-extra, following a “making of” model; this allowed candidates to
consider their use of technology in context as well as in an entertaining and engaging manner.