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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 1 Exploring Film A* Exemplar (Full Marks)

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 13, 2016

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE

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The four-minute clip is an extended opening sequence and trailer from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) that introduces audiences to key characters including Captain America/Steve Rogers played by Chris Evans and Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff played by Scarlett Johansson:


(a) Identify one example of sound used in the extract. (1 mark)

Fast paced non-diegetic soundtrack as camera tracks over ship.

(b) Briefly explain how this sound creates meaning for the audience. (2 marks)

It is used to build excitement and tension and to parallel the visual image that is building to a fight scene. Audiences experience a fast moving action sequence, one of the conventions of the superhero genre.

(c) Explain how two of the following are used to involve the audience in the action:

  • Editing
  • Camerawork
  • Visual or special effects
  • Mise-en-scene. (7 marks)

Camerawork at the beginning of the sequence introduces audiences to character through a range of close ups. As the director holds on the close ups there is movement within the frame that helps to create tension for the audience who are aware that the film will soon be cutting to an action sequence.

Shot/reverse shot introduces audiences to Captain American and Black Widow, two key protagonists, as they discuss relationships prior to Captain America jumping out of the plane. The camera then cuts back to a two shot of two characters looking down at his falling body allowing the audience to understand Captain America’s respected status and role. As Captain America falls, a fast aerial tracking shot over the boat allows audiences to understand the location of the fight scene and also again builds tension.

Lighting as part of the mise-en-scene is initially dark, reinforcing narrative enigmas and generating audience interest. Although the scene is set at night, the single...

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