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nicoleponsford | Wednesday September 12, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS AS, EDUQAS A2, Hot Entries, Starters, KS5 Film Studies Starters


Synergy Starter

Ask students to come up with as many ways that they can use synergy to sell a film. You can give them the genre / narrative, or get them to come up with this. Works best in small groups. Compare and add to one another’s ideas. See What is Synergy? for assistance.

Explore The Theory ICT

Give the students a range of film theories to explore. You can share these out amongst the group, or get them to focus on one a lesson so you can discuss it later. Examples include Post Colonialism, Marxism and Surrealism. See here for more examples.

Back Through Time ICT

Give the students a decade to look at. Using IMBD or a similar site, ask them to research the most popular films of the decade. Start with early cinema 1890s until today. They can then create a display, electronic document or presentation for the class. Also a great starter for that blank wall display! Encourage students to be creative with their responses - either a BBC news report or a podcast. You could use one of these websites to get their creative juices flowing!

  • Glogster
  • Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr
  • Prezi, Scribd
  • Slideshare, Slide Rocket or SlideBoom
  • BUBBL, Wordle

World Cinema ICT

Using either the internet, a globe or blow up globe (much more fun!) choose a country and get the students to research either:

  • Cinema
  • A decade
  • A director
  • An actor / actress
  • Film theory / critic

You could add this to a wall display or their notes.

Radio Gaga ICT

Ask students to research how film is explored on the internet. Ask them to look at iTunes and the BBC iPlayer for example. Where can they hear about film? To get you started - Radio 5 Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode’s podcast (live at 2pm on a Friday if you are teaching!).

All Ears and Reviews ICT

Following on from the starter above, there are three follow ups.

  1. The first is to listen to one of the film reviews and ask students what they thought about it.
  2. Ask them to then compare this with a review in eMedia / print (Empire...

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