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Film Studies Induction Resources and Activities

Rob Miller | Friday November 07, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS AS, Hot Entries

Welcome to FilmEdu’s Film Studies Induction Resource – please find below

suggested only

ways of introducing WJEC and OCR AS Film Studies students, and also GCSE students to the study of Film. Schemes of Work and assessment deadlines are tight these days but there is always/should always be an Induction Week, or week and a half at the very start of the course when the students/pupils can grapple with the fundamentals of the subject.

What is Film Studies?

In one sentence, write down what you think Film Studies is all about and pass your definition on to the person next to you to read out – the teacher will then collect in the descriptions, type up and print onto a sheet of A3 and display in the classroom. Early definitions may make interesting reading as the course progresses.

Now ask the students to read the following article – with each emboldened term, they write down a definition of what the word/words means and then discuss in class.

“Film is not only entertainment, it’s the art and cultural product of our time – everyone talks about Film but doesn’t really know much about the industry. For anyone passionate about film production, history, narratives, images and sound and how to interpret them Film Studies is the ideal course. It offers you specialist preparation for jobs in the film industry, particularly with the pre production and production element of the course and also develops skills of textual analysis, research, IT, creativity, communication, debate and argument and working with others.

Books and films now have equal cultural significance – while in English Literature micro and macro elements are studied, the same can be said for Film Studies interpreting camera angles, types of shot, CGI, mise-en-scene, editing, cinematography and sound. However, with Film Studies the subject takes a significant leap beyond this by studying industry aspects including film production, distribution, exchange (the...

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