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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Superhero Films | Batman v Superman and Deadpool »

Rob Miller | Thursday September 08, 2016

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Batman v Superman, Deadpool, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, Superhero, Hot Entries

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Batman v Superman) is a 2016 blockbuster superhero movie produced by DC, and distributed by Warner Bros. From a marketing point of view (common question 3 in Paper 1) it is an attempt to compete with the most successful franchise in film history – Marvel Cinematic Universe, whose recent films have been distributed by the owner of the franchise, Disney Motion Picture Studios.

To simplify, Marvel and DC Comics were, and still are, competing superhero comic publishers who both have now...

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Iron Man Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday March 12, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Iron Man, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, Adventure, Science Fiction, Superhero, Hot Entries

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Paper 1 | Superhero Film Case Study | Iron Man (2008)

Institutional Factors

  • Literary Origins
  • Production and Funding
  • Distribution
  • Cast and Crew

Iron Man is a successful film franchise - Iron Man 2 (2010), Iron Man 3 (2013) and rumours of Iron Man 4 are all based on Marvel Comics characters developed by Stan Lee in 1963. In terms of the 1960s comics, ‘Iron Man’ Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr. in all three films) is an American billionaire playboy, industrialist and engineer who suffers a severe chest injury during a kidnapping after...

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Student Example of Micro Analysis | High Level Work »

Rob Miller | Monday October 01, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Micro Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Your Highness, Genres & Case Studies, Action Adventure, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Hot Entries

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Associated Resources

  • GCSE Film Studies Micro Analysis A* Grade Example.doc



Sherlock Holmes Case Study »

Nicole Ponsford | Monday September 10, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, Adventure, Crime, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language

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AS WJEC FM2: Producers and Audience

For FM2, British and American Film each question is worth 40 marks, and there is 2.5 hours to answer three questions. The paper is made up from resource material and 12 page answer book. Candidates are asked to explore the relationship between film producers and audience.

The resource material can include:

  • Home page of a fan website
  • Table illustrating box office figures
  • Poster of a film
  • Front cover of a magazine
  • Press release
  • Cinema programme
  • Blog extracts

Candidates will be asked to use the exam material as a starting point, but will...

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Superman Case Study »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday November 24, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Superman, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, Superhero, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Superhero Films Case Study | Superman

Synopsis

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1938. A child reads a comic book about a Metropolitan newspaper, The Daily Planet. Meanwhile Krypton, a planet which orbits around a red sun - six galaxies away - is inhabited by a race of super beings. Jor-El (Marlon Brando), the planet’s greatest scientist (sporting a ‘S’ shaped crest), is overseeing the trial and conviction of three criminals. The Council of Elders finds General Zod, Non and Ursa guilty. Zod (unsuccessfully) threatens Jor-El before being banished from Krypton to the Phantom Zone, a place of...

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Kick Ass Case Study »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday November 16, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Kick Ass, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, British Film, Comedy, Independent, Superhero, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Superhero Films Case Study | Kick Ass

Synopsis

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Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is Kick Ass. The film begins with his voiceover about superheroes and the story of his life. Six months ago, he was “the last person you would expect to be a superhero”. He is an American student who doesn’t belong to any clubs, “invisible to girls“, he fantasises about his English teacher and has a crush on Katie Deauxma, a cute girl who has a locker near his. His mother died 18 months ago of an aneurysm, and he lives with his dad. Instead of following the normal superhero codes...

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The Incredibles Case Study »

Viki Walden | Wednesday November 09, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, The Incredibles, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, Adventure, Animation, 1990 Onwards, Superhero, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Superhero Films Case Study | The Incredibles

Synopsis

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In the beginning of The Incredibles, superheroes are celebrated by the city folk; they are celebrities, interviewed on television. Mr Incredible is able to prevent a number of crimes: rescuing a cat from a tree; preventing a heist; saving a man trying to commit suicide; capturing a thief; preventing a train crash; and a bank robbery - even on the way to his wedding to Elastigirl. During his missions, a young fan of Mr Incredible, Buddy, who goes by the name Incrediboy, keeps trying to help him. Mr Incredible...

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Star Trek »

Rob Miller | Wednesday November 09, 2011

Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Star Trek, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, Adventure, Science Fiction, Hot Entries

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Cultural capital would be relevant in terms of intertextual references to the Star Trek television series and significant Star Trek film franchise (8 films) including Star Trek (1979), The Wrath of Kahn (1982), The Search for Spock (1984) and Nemesis (2001). All films were distributed by Paramount Studios, and written and produced by Gene Roddenberry, who created the original 1966 TV Series made by Paramount TV. These are characters of which Star Trek (2009) brings back to life, through younger actors and more contemporary representations.

After Captain James T Kirk and...

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Marketing a Blockbuster | Star Trek Paramount Pictures UK »

Rob Miller | Wednesday November 09, 2011

Categories: Film Industry, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Star Trek, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, Adventure, Science Fiction, Hot Entries

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The main aspects of marketing are:

  • PR: offline/online
  • Media: budget, targeting TV, press, radio, outdoor, interactive
  • Research: NRG, Fame, TGI
  • Creative: trailer, POS, print, TV/radio, interactive, strategy.

The main aim of marketing is to draw people into the film, but also to target audiences who the company believe will make it a blockbuster.

Star Trek provides a very valuable franchise, which has spanned a large period of time. Overall (in terms of films and TV series), the franchise is worth £49.9m in total for the UK box office.

The last two Star Trek films have...

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Spider-Man Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday November 09, 2011

Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Spider-Man, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, Adventure, Fantasy, Superhero, Hot Entries, CCEA, CCEA Case Studies

Paper 1 | Superhero Films Case Study | Spider-Man

“Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can; spins a web, any size, catches thieves just like flies look out! Here comes the Spider-Man”

Synopsis and Character Profiles

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Toby Maguire plays Peter Parker, an orphaned, teenage High School student plagued by feelings of inadequacy and rejection. He is stereotypically ‘geeky’ and pines for the ‘girl next door’, Mary Jane Watson (played by Kirsten Dunst), and lives with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May, who he is very close to and who dote on him. Mary Jane shows no...

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Towering Inferno Case Study »

Viki Walden | Wednesday November 02, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, Action Adventure, Disaster, Thriller, Hot Entries, Towering Inferno

Paper 1 | Disaster Movies Case Study | Towering Inferno

Synopsis

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The film opens, with beautiful wide shots, following a helicopter out of the wilderness into the centre of San Francisco; Architect Doug Roberts explains his plans to go and live in the countryside, as he prepares for the opening ceremony of the Tower, he designed for James Duncan (J.D.). As part of a routine systems check, an electrical short starts a small fire on the 81st floor, which is initially undetected.

Doug confronts the building’s electrical engineer, Roger Simmons, who is also J.D’s son-in-law,...

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The Day After Tomorrow Case Study »

Viki Walden | Tuesday November 01, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, The Day After Tomorrow, Genres & Case Studies, Action Adventure, Disaster, Drama, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Disaster Movies Case Study | The Day After Tomorrow

Synopsis

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The Day After Tomorrow starts with a view of the Antarctica, segments of ice float in the sea in this beautiful natural landscape. A team of American scientists led by Jack are drilling in the ice, suddenly the shelf splits and they are separated from their equipment.

At a UN Conference in New Delhi Jack tries to warn the world’s leaders, but they refuse to the threat of global warming seriously when he states it could happen anytime- 50, 100 or more years’ time. The leaders are more concerned about...

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Independence Day Case Study »

Viki Walden | Monday October 31, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Independence Day, Genres & Case Studies, Action Adventure, Disaster, Science Fiction, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Disaster Movies Case Study | Independence Day

Synopsis

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Independence Day starts with a Wide Shot of the moon displaying the flag and plaque left by the moon landing crew in 1969. Suddenly a shadow engulfs the surface, and space ships are seen heading towards Earth.

At S.E.T.I (Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence), New Mexico, a Scientist is killing time playing golf in the lab; his game is interrupted by an alarm. He sees a signal coming through and awakens his superior. The news is quickly passed on to the Pentagon.

On the morning of July 2nd, the President...

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