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Recommended A2 Film Studies Theorists

Rob Miller | Monday September 15, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM3, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Section B: Spectatorship Topics, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Representation, Theory, Theorists

The following theorists represent a selection of film theorists (from many) whose work can be cited in both A Level Film Studies coursework and external assessment, for both WJEC and OCR. For example, OCR Film Studies Section B F633 suggests: “candidates are encouraged to engage with critical frameworks relevant to the topic area? e.g. Film Regulation, Authorship and Film and Audience Experience while WJEC Film Studies FM4 states that students should: “apply key concepts and critical approaches gained throughout the course to explore film in a synoptic manner?.

In terms of coursework, OCR Film Studies F634 states that students need to: “make sense of ideas and theories? and “contextualise their investigation using secondary research sources (the work of recognised theorists for example?. WJEC say for FM3 coursework that: ?short credited quotations may be used but care must be taken to ensure the words of the presentation are the candidates’ own?.

Institution, Film Genre, Narrative, Audiences, Ideology and Representation

  • Representation, Realism and Fantasy (BFI, 2003) – “various kinds of representation give audiences insights into particular cultures, meanings and varieties of knowledge of the world and it tends to be the case that most films construct themselves with a transparent style, the intention being that the viewer feels they are being given a window on a world that has been captured on film?
  • Gill Branston (New Technology and Globalisation) - “far from being ‘dead’, film and cinematic imagery are, and have been, central to higher consumer cultures of the visual, in all their globally unequal spread. It is key to the convergence of screens in the twenty-first century.? (Cinema and Modernity).
  • David Bordwell (New Technology) - “digitization offers a new chance to show films outside the dominant forms of commercial cinema?.
  • David Bordwell (Art Cinema) - “The art cinema is classical in its reliance upon...

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