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Disaster Film Quiz »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday May 02, 2012

Categories: GCSE, Genres & Case Studies, Disaster, Hot Entries, Quizzes, Film Studies Quizzes

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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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Titanic Case Study »

Viki Walden | Wednesday November 02, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Titanic, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Disaster, Drama, History, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Disaster Movies Case Study | Titanic

Synopsis

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The credit sequence shows archive footage of the real Titanic taking off for its maiden (and only) voyage.

An excavation team, led by Brock, search the Titanic wreck for Hartley’s chest, but when they find it, it does not have the treasure they were looking for- a necklace: the heart of the ocean. However, they do discovered a drawing of a woman, Rose, which they advertise on the news. Rose, aged 101, sees the news programme and contacts the team. She travels to their boat and tells them her story.

Flashback: Rose...

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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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Breaking Down The Mock Exam | Paper 1 Disaster Film »

Nicole Ponsford | Monday September 19, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Genres & Case Studies, Disaster, Hot Entries, Mock Exams, GCSE Mock Exams

Top Tips for Students

1. Always read all the questions and follow the instructions to the letter!

2. In advance, consider how much time you have for each section. Try to keep to this. Always give yourself 5-8 minutes at the end for checking work over. If you are working and cannot answer a question, move on and come back to it.

3. Look at the amount of marks available. You may be able to write bullet point answers for some questions, but need to write a longer and more detailed response for others.

4. ALWAYS USE FILM LANGUAGE as much as you can. This shows the examiner...

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2012 Case Study »

Viki Walden | Tuesday September 13, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Twenty Twelve, Genres & Case Studies, Disaster, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Disaster Movies Case Study | 2012

Synopsis

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It is 2009, eruptions are seen on the sun’s surface. The audience are introduced to Satnam, an Indian Scientist who identifies that these eruptions are increasing in ferocity. Satnam explains to Adrain Helmsley, one of America’s top Geologists that the sun eruptions are warming up the Earth’s core which could have serious consequences for the entire planet. Adrian immediately takes the news to the White House, to Carl Anheuser, who reports to the President. The year is 2009.

2010 | There are riots on the streets of...

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Airport Case Study »

Viki Walden | Tuesday September 13, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Airport, Genres & Case Studies, Disaster, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Disaster Movies Case Study | Airport

Analysing Genre Codes and Conventions

Mise-en-Scene [Costumes, Props and Setting]

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The action of the landing sequence takes place mostly on the airplane, this means the space is limited and so the audience feel imprisoned and claustrophobic, like the characters. This helps to build tension.

However, other scenes happen in the control room, on the ground and inside snow control. These settings are official, characters use radios to communicate with each other, the clinical, plain appearance of the locations represents that these...

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Disaster Films Lesson Content »

Nicole Ponsford | Tuesday September 13, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Genres & Case Studies, Disaster, Hot Entries

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Student Example of Analysis P1 DF 2012 »

Nicole Ponsford | Tuesday September 13, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Genres & Case Studies, Disaster, Hot Entries

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Example of Disaster Film Class Notes »

Nicole Ponsford | Tuesday September 13, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Screening Notes, Genres & Case Studies, Disaster, Hot Entries

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Understanding Disaster Movies »

Antony Bateman | Monday September 12, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Airplane, Cloverfield, Genres & Case Studies, Disaster, Hot Entries

This guide is designed to cover the main points of the genre of Disaster Movies, which is the designated topic until summer 2012 for the WJEC GCSE in Film Studies for Paper 1 Exploring Film and to explain what you are likely to be asked in the examination

Defining the genre, what is a disaster movie?

Like all film genres, disaster movies are recognisable because of the presence of certain key elements which we would expect to see in a film belonging to a genre. However, before looking at these, it is perhaps a good idea to chart a history of the genre.

A brief history...

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Airplane Case Study »

Viki Walden | Friday September 09, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Airplane, Genres & Case Studies, Disaster, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Disaster Movies Case Study | Airplane

Analysing Genre Codes and Conventions

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Airplane is a parody of Disaster Movies like Airport; a parody is a film which is overtly aware of genre conventions, and often presents them in a comical fashion.

Mise-en-Scene [Costumes, Props and Setting]

In the Control Room, one of the men looks at a microwave instead of a radar imaging screen, another takes his clothes washing out of the screen. Then, on the plane when instruments are referred to, the crew play musical instruments. The use of props in this comical nature references the...

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Cloverfield Case Study »

Viki Walden | Thursday September 08, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Cloverfield, Genres & Case Studies, Disaster, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Disaster Movies Case Study | Cloverfield

Synopsis

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Rob has received an offer for a Vice Company President job in Japan; his brother, Jason, and Jason’s girlfriend, Lily are throwing him a going away party.

Jason nominates Rob’s best friend, Hudson (Hud) to collect video testimonies of the guests, as a leaving present for Rob. As Jason and Rob are discussing Rob’s affair with Beth, an old friend and the girl he loves, suddenly there is a rumble and the New York skyline momentarily blacks out behind them.

The television news reports a potential earth quake and...

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