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F634: Creative Investigation in Film Guide

jclarke | Tuesday September 02, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Film Industry, Film Marketing, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Steven Spielberg, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Posters, Film Poster Analysis

The purpose of this unit is to assess students’ ability to independently research, investigate and analyse a film based topic and present the findings; secondly, to assess the students’ application of knowledge and understanding to the planning and construction of a creative realisation; and finally, to assess candidate’s application of knowledge and understanding in evaluating their own work.

1. Research

  • Independent Research Project: 40 marks
  • Planning: evidence of planning for a filmed sequence within the field of Film Studies: 10 marks

2. Creative Realisation

  • A creative realisation of the work planned: 30 marks
  • A critical evaluation of the work produced: 20 marks


This A2 coursework is designed to extend and enhance the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in other units. The purpose of the coursework is also to broaden students’ critical appreciation of film from both the perspective of spectator and of creative producer.

It is important that the right time is spent on the project. Aim to devote 10-12 weeks to F634.

At the beginning, or as near to the beginning of the year as possible, negotiate the coursework project with your students and then explain that sessions will, in the first instance, be researching coursework on F634 before exam teaching commences (they may have already started researching their coursework in AS transition).

The coursework is split into 1) a Research element entitled Independent Research Project and this project is comprised of two parts: analytical research and planning (see full details below). This should always be undertaken first with the introduction of 2) the second coursework element, entitled the Creative Realisation, just before Christmas.

Independent Research Project (40 marks)

For the Independent Research Project the student has to analyse primary materials – from Auteur, Cultural Studies, Representation of Ethnicity and Institution – this work should be...

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