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OCR H410 Set Films

Richard Gent | Tuesday February 27, 2018

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, Films & Case Studies, American, Directors, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Key Concepts, A Level Film

Click to see our Revision Part 1: Knowledge Organisers

The exam reports from the Summer 2018 AS exams identified areas for development which may well be similar for the A Level students taking the exam this summer. I certainly identified with some of the issues as they were very similar to ones I had seen on the student attempts at the Mock exams.

  • A knowledge organiser (KO) sets out the important, useful and powerful knowledge on a topic on a single page.
  • Linked below are Knowledge Organisers for all of the films we have covered in detail through Case Studies, Workbooks and Comparison Studies plus the rest of the films on the specification. 

So each knowledge organiser has sections of the exam report under each of the headings we identified for exam responses. They don't have to use it and if you have other ideas do get in touch with Edusites but I found that this scaffolding offers my students pointers when working with the case study to identify the important information to memorise. 

OCR Specification Films

Films marked 'live!' are complete Edusites case studies

Component 01 Film History 35%

Section A: Film Form in US Cinema | Silent Era to 1990

These examination tasks require that you study three American films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film language
  • Film meaning
  • Film context
  • Meaning and response

The task will require you compare three films, one from each Component Group:

  • The Silent Era
  • Hollywood 1930-1960
  • Hollywood 1961-1990

Silent Era

  • The Birth of a Nation (Griffith, 1915) live!
    • The Birth of a Nation Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • The Gold Rush (Chaplin, 1925) live!
    • The Gold Rush Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • The Mark of Zorro (Niblo and Reed, 1920)
    • The Mark of Zorro Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • The General (Bruckman and Keaton, 1926) live!
    • The General Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Sunrise (Murnau, 1927)
    • Sunrise Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • The Wind (Sjostrom, 1928)
    • The Wind Knowledge Organiser Template PDF

1930–1960

  • Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) live!
    • Citizen Kane Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Singin’ in the Rain (Kelly and Donen, 1952)
    • Singin’ in the Rain Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Stagecoach (Ford, 1939) live!
    • Stagecoach Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) live!
    • Vertigo Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Double Indemnity (Wilder, 1944) live!
    • Double Indemnity Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • All that Heaven Allows (Douglas, 1955)
    • All that Heaven Allows Knowledge Organiser Template PDF

1961–1990

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) live!
    • 2001: A Space Odyssey Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Raging Bull (Scorsese, 1980) live!
    • Raging Bull Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (Spielberg, 1982) live!
    • E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Do the Right Thing! (Lee, 1989) live!
    • Do the Right Thing! Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • The Conversation (Coppola, 1974) live!
    • The Conversation Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • West Side Story (Robbins and Wise, 1961)
    • West Side Story Knowledge Organiser Template PDF

Section B: European Cinema History

Experimental film – European surrealist film

Learners must study a set pair of two experimental films from the European surrealist film movement of the 1920s and 1930s. The set experimental film pair is equivalent in study to one feature length set film.

  • Un Chien Andalou: Silent film (Buñuel and Dali, 1929) live!
    • Un Chien Andalou Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • L'Age D'or (Buñuel, 1930) live comparative study!
    • L'Age D'or Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
In addition to the above, learners must also study at least one other set film. This film should be drawn from one of the other European film movements or stylistic developments listed below:

French New Wave | Film Movement - click here

  • The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups) (Truffaut, 1959) live!
    • The 400 Blows Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • À Bout de Souffle (Godard, 1960) live!
    • À Bout de Souffle Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Cleo from 5 to 7 (Varda, 1962)
    • Cleo from 5 to 7 Knowledge Organiser Template PDF

German Cinema | Study of Expressionism - click here

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Weine, 1920) live!
    • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Nosferatu (Murnau, 1922) live!
    • Nosferatu Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Metropolis (Lang, 1927) live!
    • Metropolis Knowledge Organiser Template PDF

Mexican Cinema - click here

Key films covered in the above resource:
  • Amores Perros (Love’s A Bitch), 2000 live!
    • Amores Perros Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Y Tu Mama También (And Your Mother Too), 2001 live!
    • Y Tu Mama También Knowledge Organiser Template PDF

Component 02 Critical Approaches to Film 35%

Learners will further develop knowledge and understanding of key critical approaches to film and of narrative, genre, representations and spectatorship.

Learners must study at least one set film from each of the categories below:

Section A Contemporary British and US Film

Contemporary British*

  • Pride (Warchus, 2014)
    • Pride Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Gone Too Far (Ekaragha, 2013) live!
    • Gone Too Far Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Ex-Machina (Garland, 2014) Workbook here!
    • Ex-Machina Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • The Angel’s Share (Loach, 2012)
    • The Angel’s Share Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin (Ramsay, 2011)
    • We Need to Talk About Kevin Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Skyfall (Mendes, 2012)
    • Skyfall Knowledge Organiser Template PDF

*Click here for our A Level Film Unit 3 Core: Film Audience and Spectatorship+ lessons on Skyfall, Ex-Machina and some study on British Social Realism looking at The Angel's Share and Fish Tank.

Contemporary US

  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Gunn, 2014)
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • The Hunger Games (Ross, 2012)
    • The Hunger Games Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Abrams, 2015) Workbook here!
    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • The Dark Knight Rises (Nolan, 2012)
    • The Dark Knight Rises Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Zootopia (Bush, 2016)
    • Zootopia Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Jurassic World (Trevorrow, 2015)
    • Jurassic World Knowledge Organiser Template PDF

Section B Documentary

Click here for Analysing a Documentary Film resource

Documentary

  • Stories We Tell (Polley, 2013) live!
    • Stories We Tell Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Searching for Sugarman (Bendjelloul, 2012)
    • Searching for Sugarman Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • 5 Broken Cameras (Burnat & Davidi, 2011)
    • 5 Broken Cameras Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer, 2012)
    • The Act of Killing Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Man on Wire (Marsh, 2008)
    • Man on Wire Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Citizenfour (Poitras, 2014)
    • Citizenfour Knowledge Organiser Template PDF

Section C Ideology

Learners will be required to study and compare three set films which tackle challenging issues. The set films for this section have been arranged into three thematic categories:

  • Family and Home
  • Outsiders - the Edusites focus

  • Conflict

Learners must select one thematic category, e.g.Outsiders, and study three set films within that category. Within a chosen theme one set film must be studied from each of the following categories:

  • US Independent
  • English language (non-US)
  • Non-European non-English language

US Independent

Family and Home:

  • Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson, 2012)
    • Moonrise Kingdom Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • The Tree of Life (Malick, 2011)
    • The Tree of Life Knowledge Organiser Template PDF

Outsiders:

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Amirpour, 2014)
    • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Knowledge Organiser Template PDF
  • Elephant (Van Sant, 2003) live!
    • Elephant Organiser Template PDF

Conflict:

  • The Hurt Locker (Bigelow, 2008)
    • The Hurt Locker Organiser Template PDF
  • Whiplash (Chazelle, 2015)
    • Whiplash Organiser Template PDF

English language (non-US)

Family and Home:

  • Room (Abrahamson, 2015)
    • Room Organiser Template PDF
  • Animal Kingdom (Michod, 2010)
    • Animal Kingdom Organiser Template PDF

Outsiders:

  • The Babadook (Kent, 2014) live!
    • The Babadook Organiser Template PDF
  • The Piano (Campion, 1993)
    • The Piano Organiser Template PDF

Conflict:

  • District 9 (Blomkamp, 2009)
    • District 9 Organiser Template PDF
  • Mad Max (Miller, 1979)
    • Mad Max Organiser Template PDF

Non-European non-English language

Family and Home:

  • A Separation (Farhadi, 2011)
    • A Separation Organiser Template PDF
  • Our Little Sister (Koreeda, 2016)
    • Our Little Sister Organiser Template PDF

Outsiders:

  • Yojimbo (The Bodyguard) (Kurosawa, 1961)
    • Yojimbo Organiser Template PDF
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien (Cuaron, 2001) live!
    • Y Tu Mama Tambien Organiser Template PDF

Conflict:

  • Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1965) live!
    • Battle of Algiers Organiser Template PDF
  • The Grandmaster (Kar-Wai, 2013)
    • The Grandmaster Organiser Template PDF

Component 03/04 Making a Short Film 30%

Learners must study one compilation of short British fiction films. Learners have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills through:

  • the production of a 5 minute short film or a 10 minute screenplay for a short film (incorporating a digitally photographed storyboard)
  • an evaluative analysis of the production in relation to professionally produced set short films.

Guide on Making a Short Film, Production and Evaluative Analysis

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