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Breaking Down The Mock Exam | Paper 1 Disaster Film

Nicole Ponsford | Monday September 19, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Genres & Case Studies, Disaster, Hot Entries, Mock Exams, GCSE Mock Exams

Top Tips for Students

1. Always read all the questions and follow the instructions to the letter!

2. In advance, consider how much time you have for each section. Try to keep to this. Always give yourself 5-8 minutes at the end for checking work over. If you are working and cannot answer a question, move on and come back to it.

3. Look at the amount of marks available. You may be able to write bullet point answers for some questions, but need to write a longer and more detailed response for others.

4. ALWAYS USE FILM LANGUAGE as much as you can. This shows the examiner that you know what you are talking about and shows evidence of teaching / learning.

5. Always consider the sign / signified meaning or denotation / connotation. If you are asked to identify a camera angle - name it and describe its signified meaning.

For example, The extreme close up presents the character’s reaction.

6. For longer answers PEE is best (Point/ topic sentence, evidence from the text, explanation/ discussion/ analysis).

7. Know the Assessment Objectives inside out. If you look at Question 1c below, you can see you are being asked to give two examples. This needs to fulfill A02 Explore, respond to and reflect on a range of films and topics using key film concepts and appropriate terminology. For each explanation of the two signs / micro features, this is how it will be marked:

Basic - communication is accurate enough so meaning is clear (1 mark)
Adequate - reasonably accurate (2 marks)
Detailed - clear, controlled and generally accurate response, some terminology (3 marks)
Excellent - appropriate style and coherent use of specialist vocabulary. Very accurate (4 marks).

8. When in Q1 you are asked ‘Why is it used?’, consider why the DIRECTOR used it, what meaning / message did they want to give the audience?

9. In Q.2 you are asked about generic codes and conventions. This is where your understanding of the genre as a whole will...


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