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WJEC AS FM2 British & American Film Producers and Audiences Resource Items

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 08, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS AS, FM1, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Section C: US Film Comparative Study, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Hot Entries

FM2: British and American Film ‘How to Respond to Section A - Producers and Audiences: Resource Items’

This resource examines approaches to Section A of FM2 in terms of areas of questioning but specifically, how to respond to the range of stimulus WJEC could use, and expect students to refer to in Part A and Part B of the resource items.

The section title, ‘Producers and Audiences’ is important in letting students know the type of response expected in the exam – an equal engagement with both film producers and film audience is expected in both questions (there will always be a choice of two questions) and the key focus will be on British and American film or British film, with American film as the more dominant commercial brand.

In the exam there will be both Part A resource material that Q1 will be based on, and also Part B resource material for Q2. The exam is 2 ½ hours long and students have to answer 3 questions, all worth 40 marks - one question from Section A, one from Section B and one from Section C. This means that the Section A exam response (like B and C) should be approximately 50 minutes long (realistically 45 minutes per essay).  Do not spend too long deciding which question to answer.

What must be achieved is a exam response that refers to the resource material but also from the students’ own knowledge of the British and American film industries, in part learnt during their studies – the questions will be themed (see below) in how the resource material relates to the question. As an example, in summer 2012 students were given a blog discussing film genre and a forum discussion on movie genres with the question on the importance of genre for producers and audiences. In summer 2013 the resource material was details of the YouTube channel of a film student, fan and filmmaker and top social sites for film fans – the question was on how the internet has changed film experiences for audiences.

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