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IB Film Theory, History and Textual Analysis

Richard Gent | Friday January 26, 2018

Categories: IB Film, IB, IB Film Resources, Analysis, Film History, Film Industry, Films & Case Studies, American, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, Silent Era, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Genre, Narrative, Representation, Key Skills, Research, Film Research, Theory, Auteur Theory, Film Theory, Queer Theory, Spectatorship Theory

So what do we need to do for students and teachers to perform brilliantly?

Our resources are a guide to producing critically autonomous students who gain a wide range of skills in the study of film and truly make the transition from film fan to film student.

Reading film

  • Examine film as an art form, studying a broad range of film texts from a variety of cultural contexts and analysing how film elements combine to create meaning.

Contextualising film

  • Explore the evolution of film across time and culture. Examine various areas of
  • film focus in order to recognise the similarities and differences that exist between films from contrasting cultural contexts.


  • Textual analysis (max 1,750 words) of a prescribed film text based on a chosen extract (max 5 mins), and list of sources.
  • Portfolio pages (max 9 pages: 3 pages per production role) and list of sources. A film reel (max 9 mins: 3 mins per production role, including 1 completed film).

Files you will need for your lessons

Each Edusites Unit has the following materials for learning:

  • A Teacher Plan (Scheme of Learning)
  • Online Slides to be projected for the whole class to see
  • A Student Workbook (can be cut and pasted from the online page into a booklet)
  • Student Images/Tables (printable pdf files for making notes/tasks)

Unit 1: The Language of Film

Film Theory, History and Textual Analysis - click for resources

Content Overview

  • Cultural Context
  • Film Elements*

Assessment Overview

Which assessment objectives are covered in this unit?

Denotated with *
  • Cinematography*
  • Critical Response and Reception
  • Editing *
  • Filmmakers’ influences, intentions and vision*
  • Genre, codes and conventions*
  • Mise-en-Scene*
  • Motifs, Symbols and Themes
  • Narrative Structure*
  • Sound*

Unit 2: Representation in Film

Film Theory, History and Textual Analysis - click for resources

Content Overview

  • Cultural Context*
  • Film Elements*

Assessment Overview

  • Which...

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