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WJEC AS Film Studies FM1 Exploring Film Form Scheme

Rob Miller | Thursday July 16, 2015

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS AS, FM1, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Opening Analysis, Macro Analysis, Micro Analysis, Shot Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Grand Budapest Hotel, Gravity, Skyfall, The Shining, Up, Non-Hollywood Films, Submarine, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Genre, Narrative, Representation, Key Skills, Cinematography, Editing, Filming, Mise-en-Scene, Planning, Pre-Production, Reflective Analysis, Production Zone, Moving Image Production


  • Analysis of a 3-5 min Film Extract – Mise-en-Scene, Cinematography and Editing only: (30 Marks)
  • Creative Project – Planning, Producing and Editing a 2 min approx. film sequence of between 10-25 shots (50 Marks)
  • Reflective Analysis – (10 Marks)

Edusites Film recommends a logical time to introduce the FM1 coursework is in week 6, the second week in October, 1 week before the Half Term. By then, students will have learnt skills of textual analysis in regards to micro and macro features and be fully aware of the requirements of the subject (film analysis is a relevant, and enjoyable start to a Film Studies course which links directly with the first piece of coursework).

Week 2: Introduction to Cinematography

An introduction to cinematography through a range of extracts, lead by a sample teacher deconstruction.

  • Up (Pixar, 2009) – opening sequence compressing (Carl and Ellie) Mr. and Mrs. Fredrickson’s life together.
  • Gravity (2013) – ‘Detached’ trailer.

Week 3: Introduction to Mise-en-Scene

  • Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Lobby Boy interview sequence:
  • The Shining (1980) – Bat Scene:

Week 4: Introduction to Editing

  • Skyfall (2012) – Motorbike chase sequence.
  • Submarine (2010) – Under the Bridge scene.

Week 5: Holistic Deconstruction

Holistic deconstruction of all micro features linking to the macro - Genre, Narrative and Representation.

Week 6: Introduction to Brief - Analysis of Film Extract

  • Emphasis on the fact that WJEC insist on each student analysing a different extract – although film texts have been studied collectively as a group, for assessment purposes the student must independently choose an extract.
  • Ensure the extract is not less than 3 minutes, not more than 5 minutes long (the examples above do not reflect the expected length of sequence, they have been selected as exemplar pieces of moving image to demonstrate cinematography, mise-en-scene and editing).
  • The discipline of keeping the...

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