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AS OCR Film Studies: Contemporary English Language Film

nicoleponsford | Tuesday September 11, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Hot Fuzz, The Woman in Black, Genres & Case Studies, Action, British Film, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Independent, Mystery, Thriller, Hot Entries


In both the exam and in the coursework, candidates will be asked to study English Language Texts. They are NOT able to study the same texts for both sections and will prepare for this in different ways. For example, the coursework will act as a catalyst for their creative work in their portfolios. In the exam, students will have part of a two hour exam to answer a specific (unseen) question on an aspect of the film.

Both the coursework and examination texts will have shared aspects. This is mainly the understanding of both the micro and macro features of a text. It is best to teach students both Hollywood and non-Hollywood texts, so they are able to access both in the exam. Students are expected to look at no more than one Hollywood film for both sections. The idea is that they look outside of blockbusters from Los Angeles and explore the world of English Speaking film - this brings in Canadian, Australian and UK film, which in turn can mean focusing upon just Irish cinema or the work of an independent English director.

You may also want to keep it fresh - particularly for the Exam as the texts must have been released in the last ten years of 2003.

What Will They Need to Know?

Macro Analysis

The emphasis for the exam / portfolio are on the following seven Macro frameworks (or key concepts for the Media teachers out there):

  1. Representation
  2. Messages and Values
  3. Genre
  4. Narrative
  5. Theme: Including moral dilemmas, conflict, racism, love, betrayal and redemption.
  6. Style: Film Production techniques
  7. Authorship: Influence of film-makers from directors and producers to studios and sound designers

Micro Analysis

In the exam, candidates should be prepared to use and illustrate their knowledge and understanding of the text through quoting micro-technical elements. For example, candidates need to select and include relevant textual examples to argue/ support/establish their Macro elements.

These Micro elements are:

  • Cinematography | The use of...

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