FilmEdu

Current Resources

Useful Materials

Gallery

Gallery

Viewing entries from category: FM2

WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section B British Film: The Quiet Ones and Hush »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 19, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Hush, The Quiet Ones, Genres & Case Studies, Horror, Hot Entries

Section B: British Film Topics – British Film and Genre

To answer this question, students must show a detailed knowledge of a minimum of two films. This resource explores two contemporary British horror films and can be used in conjunction with the following other case studies and exemplars:

  • British Film and Genre (Horror and Comedy)
  • 28 Days Later Case Study
  • The Wicker Man Case Study
  • WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section B British Film Horror Exemplar

Past Exam Questions

Analysis of both films will cover all potential areas of exam questioning with the following questions...

[ read full article ] »

British Film and Horror »

Richard Gent | Friday November 13, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Community Q&A, British Film and Horror

Does anyone have any suggestions for the case study films for British Film and Horror for the WJEC unit Section B of the exam? We have been looking at 28 Days Later & Shaun of the Dead but I feel like these are getting bit out dated & would like to update - any suggestions welcome! Many thanks,Tess

Edusites Film has commissioned a resource to cover some more contemporary films. See: WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section B British Film: The Quiet Ones and Hush Richard Gent

It’s no more modern, but have you tried My Little Eye? It’s 2002 but pretty good and lots to discuss. Jane...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film FM2 British and American Film Sec A Producers and Audiences: Marvel Cinematic Universe »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 22, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section A: Producers and Audiences

The Marvel Cinematic Universe

“No longer will an MCU simply be known as a Medium Close Up”

Marvel Cinematic Universe is a relatively new franchise, formed in 2007. In 1944 Captain America was technically the first film based on Marvel Comics. It was escapist serialised film in 15 chapters designed to be a diversion from America’s involvement in the battlegrounds of World War Two (Captain America fought Nazis in the comics but not in the film). There have also been many TV adaptations of Marvel Comics characters and narratives and also adaptations of DC Comics...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film FM2 British and American Film Sec A Producers and Audiences: The Inbetweeners »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 22, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section A: Producers and Audiences, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Ben Palmer, Non-Hollywood Films, The Inbetweeners, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy

Independent Film Case Study: The Inbetweeners Movie (Palmer, 2011)

This resource focuses on one crossover independent film, The Inbetweeners Movie. It is intended to be used as stimulus in helping to understand the definitions of independent film. For a full guide on Section A please access WJEC AS FM2 British & American Film Producers and Audiences Resource Items.

The Inbetweeners Movie (Inbetweeners) from 2011 crosses over from independent to mainstream film even in title: the name having connotations that it is neither one thing or the other with four stereotypically...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film FM2 British and American Film Sec A Producers and Audiences: Only Lovers Left Alive »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 16, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section A: Producers and Audiences, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Jim Jarmusch, Non-Hollywood Films, Only Lovers Left Alive, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Horror, Romance

Independent Film Case Study: Only Lovers Left Alive (Jarmusch, 2014)

This resource focuses on one independent film, Only Lovers Left Alive. It is intended to be used as stimulus in helping to understand the definitions of independent film. For a full guide on Section A please access: WJEC AS FM2 British & American Film Producers and Audiences Resource Items.

Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) was directed by Jim Jarmusch and starred Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska. Despite the obvious casting of established well known actors the film can be...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 US Cinema Comparative Study: Dirty Harry and Gran Torino »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 09, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section C: US Film Comparative Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Directors, Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Hollywood Films, Dirty Harry, Gran Torino, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Thriller, Drama, Thriller, Western, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Genre, Narrative, Representation

  • Dirty Harry (1971, Don Siegel)
  • Gran Torino (2008, Clint Eastwood)

Centres can choose from a range of different American film texts: the three main areas of study are Messages, Themes and Values, Narrative and Genre, Representation of Time and Place (often linked to messages and values) and Representation of Character. You can compare in Section B but in Section C you must. The above choice of texts reflects films belonging to the same genre but it is very possible to explore two films that encode similar messages and themes from different genres and time periods. Both...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 US Cinema Comparative Study: Taxi Driver and No Country for Old Men »

Rob Miller | Monday September 07, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section C: US Film Comparative Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, No Country for Old Men, Hollywood Films, Taxi Driver, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Hot Entries

FM2 British and American Film Section C: US Cinema Comparative Study

For further details of assessment requirements and past Section C exam questions, please go to FilmEdu’s Gilda (1946) and L.A Confidential (1997) Comparative Case Study  and FilmEdu’s Minority Report and Blade Runner Comparative Study for other comparison resources.

Taxi Driver

Like No Country for Old Men, Taxi Driver is a film about nihilism – with 31 years between them both films have characters that reject underpinning established rules of law in pursuit of an ultimate individualism. Both films...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 US Cinema Comparative Study: Goodfellas and American Gangster »

Rob Miller | Monday September 07, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section C: US Film Comparative Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Directors, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, Hollywood Films, American Gangster, Goodfellas, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Genre, Narrative, Representation

  • Goodfellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)
  • American Gangster (2007, Ridley Scott)

Centres can choose from a range of different American film texts. The three main areas of study are Messages, Themes and Values, Narrative and Genre, Representation of Time and Place (often linked to Messages and Values) and Representation of Character. You can compare in Section B but in Section C you must. The above choice of texts reflects films belonging to the same genre but it is very possible to explore two films that encode similar messages and themes from different genres and time periods....

[ read full article ] »

British Film: Swinging Britain 1963-1973 »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 06, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Alfie, If, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, Hot Entries

click on image to enlarge

FM2 Section B: British Film Topics – British Film and Culture

When we use the term ’British film and culture’ we are stating, or at least implying a connection between specific films and how they are partly, and in significant ways the product of a wider national cultural discourse and identity. In this context, a film can contribute to the way that a nation communicates messages and values about itself. In terms of film, these messages and values find expression in both the micro and macro elements of a film narrative.

In this resource...

[ read full article ] »

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

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 08, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section A Producers and Audiences Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Monday October 06, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Hot Entries

Associated Resources

  • WJEC AS Level Film Studies FM2 Exemplar Resource Material A.docx
  • WJEC AS Level Film Studies FM2 Exemplar Resource Material B.docx

Instructions

  • Section A refers to the resource material (see associated resources)
  • This is a Section A exemplar only
  • Each question carries 40 marks
  • You are reminded that assessment will take into account the quality of written communication used in your answers

Section A:  Producers and Audiences

EITHER:

1. Study the items in Part A of the resource material which includes the logo of Working Title Films (UK) and Universal...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 US Cinema Comparative Study: Minority Report and Blade Runner »

Rob Miller | Monday October 06, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section C: US Film Comparative Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Films & Case Studies, American, Blade Runner, Hollywood Films, Minority Report, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Hot Entries

Introduction

One of the most interesting ways to engage with genre is to select two films from the same genre and compare and contrast them. Critically, select two films produced in significantly different time periods and places - by doing this kind of analytical exercise we’re able to go some distance in identifying some of the ways in which a genre evolves.

Science fiction film certainly seems to offer a particularly rich case study in terms of what kinds of ideas texts can be encoded with how we, as the audience (in our own particular times and places) can then...

[ read full article ] »

Approaches to British Film Topics Workshop »

Richard Gent | Wednesday September 24, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Hot Entries

click on image to enlarge

This WJEC AS Film Studies dedicated, interactive workshop, offered both as a full or half day option provides a platform for further study in relation to FM1 Section B: British Film Topics. It is expected that centres will inform FilmEdu of their chosen topic/topics so the session can be precisely tailored to their needs.

Cost

  • Half Day (3 Hours Contact Time): costs from £300
  • Full Day (6 Hours Contact Time): costs from £450
  • Travel and printing fees are also applicable, where appropriate. The workshop rate may vary depending on location

Booking...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 US Cinema Comparative Study: Gilda and L.A.Confidential »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 23, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section C: US Film Comparative Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, L.A Confidential, Hollywood Films, Gilda, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Film Noir, Mystery, Romance, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Representation

Introduction

In this section of the exam you will get a choice of one question from two – an absolute must is that you compare and contrast two films, either from the same genre or that both deal with a specific theme. Genre, narrative and representation are key areas of study - see below examples of past questions:

  1. How far do the American films you have studied convey key themes in similar ways?
  2. How far is the representation of characters in the American films you have studied influenced by the times in which the films were made?
  3. Discuss some of the similarities and...
[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section B British Film Julie Christie Exemplar A »

Karen Ardouin | Monday March 17, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

click on image to enlarge

Section B: British Film Topics

Choose one question from this section.

British Film and Stars

You should discuss a minimum of two British films in your answer and base it on one of the following:

Julie Christie or Ewan McGregor.

5. What are the star qualities that your star brings to the roles they play in your chosen films? [40]

Example Answer

The big five studios were vertically integrated during the Hollywood Studio era from 1930 to 1948. They not only owned the studios, but the exhibition rights and cinemas too. Stars have much more...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section B British Film Julie Christie Exemplar C »

Karen Ardouin | Monday March 17, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

click on image to enlarge

Section B: British Film Topics

Choose one question from this section.

British Film and Stars

You should discuss a minimum of two British films in your answer and base it on one of the following:

Julie Christie or Ewan McGregor.

5. What are the star qualities that your star brings to the roles they play in your chosen films? [40]

Example Answer

Stars have much more freedom today, as they used to be part of a 7-year contract under the Hollywood Studio system that ended in 1948. The actress Julie Christie was born in India in 1941, so did not...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 British and American Film Exemplar »

Karen Ardouin | Monday March 17, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

click on image to enlarge

Answer three questions – one from each section

Section A – Producers and Audiences

Study the items in Part B of the resource material, which include:

  • Poster for Cowboys & Aliens, released in 2011
  • Extract from a blog discussing film genre
  • Forum discussion on movie genres.

Use this material, together with your own studies, to answer the following question:

How important is genre for audiences and producers? [40 marks]

Item 1: Poster for Cowboys and Aliens, released in 2011

click on image to enlarge


Item 2: Extract from a blog discussing...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Tuesday March 11, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Comedy, Hot Entries

click on image to enlarge

Resource Material


Study the items in Part A of the resource material for use with Section A Question 1.

Item 1: Newspaper article: ‘British cinema is booming
’

British cinema is booming

You have only got to listen to Jonathan Ross when interviewing British film actors – the British Film Industry is booming.

  • British films such as 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Philomena and Skyfall have been winning awards and achieving critical and commercial success all around the world.
  • Two of the top-grossing films at the UK box office this year are...
[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section B British Film Horror Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Tuesday March 11, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, 28 Days Later, Non-Hollywood Films, The Wicker Man, Theatre of Blood, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Horror, Hot Entries

click on image to enlarge

How do genre conventions in the films that you have studied link with messages and values? (40)

My chosen genre is horror and the two texts I have chosen to focus on are The Wicker Man (1973) and 28 Days Later (2002). The Wicker Man falls into the sub genre of horror and psychological thriller, with its own recognisable codes and conventions. As a film that was seen as problematical then in 1973 (hence its X/18 certificate) it has since become a cult classic exploring messages and values linked to fundamental religious and pagan beliefs through...

[ read full article ] »

Julie Christie: British Film and Stars »

James Clarke | Tuesday February 11, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Theory, Film Theory

click on image to enlarge

While we often first think and refer to contemporary examples of film stars when we study film, it’s useful and valuable to consider film stars whose work has featured across several decades. More specifically for us as British audiences, it’s of particular interest to consider British film stars both in terms of the interest of their performances, and also in terms of how these performances offer representations of national identity and gender in combination. Stars are media texts that are encoded and can be decoded for their meanings and...

[ read full article ] »

British Film and Genre (Horror and Comedy) »

Rob Miller | Wednesday December 04, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright & Licensing, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, 28 Days Later, Non-Hollywood Films, Four Lions, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Comedy, Horror, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

click on image to enlarge

The British Film Industry is successful and thriving but as Jill Nelmes identified in An Introduction to Film Studies can be defined on a number or levels and by a range of “disparate films, genres and movements”. In addition to this there are arguments over what is a British Film and as such, there have been many attempts to define British Film over the years. A useful definition that the BFI proposed in 1996 was that films could be described and culturally and/or institutionally British e.g. commercially successful British Films like the...

[ read full article ] »

Film and Thatcher’s Britain »

James Clarke | Tuesday December 03, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright & Licensing, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Chariots of Fire, Non-Hollywood Films, My Beautiful Laundrette, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, History, Romance, Sport, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

click on image to enlarge

One of the key issues to be explored in our study of film is that of representation. As such, it’s fair to say that there’s an established, and largely agreed upon, understanding that film, like other media and forms of cultural expression, can reflect back to us aspects of the conditions in which we live or have lived with. Certainly, there’s scope for us to think about how British cinema has, in more or less ‘obvious’ ways, reflected back to us a point of view about a particular British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and the period...

[ read full article ] »

British Film Identity Study: Borders & Belonging »

James Clarke | Friday March 08, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film History, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Dirty Pretty Things, Gypo, This is England, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Social Realism

click on image to enlarge

Introduction

National identity and cinema are inextricably connected around the world. Within this national cinema dynamic is to be found the question of what it might mean to ‘be British’, or, more specifically, English. It’s a question that’s the basis of a longstanding narrative that relates powerfully to our filmic identity and, more immediately, our identity as an island nation, physically and culturally (and economically) separate to the mainland of Europe.

If you watch, read or listen to the news (itself a set of constructed...

[ read full article ] »

British Film and Production Companies: Ealing Studios »

James Clarke | Friday February 01, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Film Industry, Production Companies, Genres & Case Studies, British Film

image

Institutional Context | Notes on the Background and History of Ealing Studios

image

To understand the meanings, messages and values of any film as a text it’s important to also explore the institutional context from which it, or group of films, was produced. Context always helps us understand text.

In terms of studying the films produced by Ealing Studios (Ealing being a suburb of west London) we need to have some understanding of the studio’s institutional context in two ways: (i) in terms of British cinema during the 1940s and 1950s and (ii) the ethos, character and image...

[ read full article ] »

British Film and Production Companies: Working Title »

Viki Walden | Wednesday January 30, 2013

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Film Industry, Production Companies, Genres & Case Studies, British Film

click on image to enlarge

History of a British Studio

image

British film has often been considered a cottage industry, which means it functions only “at home”. While it has booms, such as the early days of a studio system with the Rank Organisation, it also has disastrous busts. Many of the country’s film studios cannot sustain themselves. Unlike Hollywood, where the studios would be vertically integrated institutions, in Britain, studios have mainly been facility bases – places where people can film.

However, one production company has managed to not only sustain...

[ read full article ] »

Ewan McGregor: British Film and Stars »

James Clarke | Thursday December 20, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Trainspotting, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Social Realism, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Theory, Film Theory

image

Ewan McGregor is a major British film star who has appeared in a wide range of films that have been released globally since 1994. His career has combined performances in a range of lower budgeted feature films and work in highly budgeted, event films released by the major film studios. Over the course of almost twenty years McGregor has appeared in nearly fifty films.

image

Professionally trained as an actor at London’s Guildhall, McGregor hails from Scotland and the narrative of his career progression from provincial Scotland to being an internationally recognized film star...

[ read full article ] »

28 Days Later Case Study »

Viki Walden | Monday November 05, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, 28 Days Later, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Horror

image

FM2: Close Study Topic

British Horror: 28 Days Later
Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Cast: Naomie Harris (Selena), Noah Huntley (Mark), Cillian Murphy (Jim), Bredan Gleeson (Frak), Megan Burns (Hannah), Christopher Eccleston (Major Henry West)
Production Company: DNA Films and UK Film Council
Distributors: 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release: 2002

Production Context

With finance from both America’s Fox Searchlight and the UK Film Council the film had a promising beginning. The genre conventions and the success of Boyle’s last film...

[ read full article ] »

The Wicker Man Case Study »

Viki Walden | Monday November 05, 2012

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, The Wicker Man, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Horror

image

FM2: Close Study Topic

British Horror: The Wicker Man
Director: Robin Hardy
Writers: Anthony Shaffer (Screenplay), [David Pinner - Ritual novel]
Cast: Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, Ingrid Pitt, Diane Cilento

Synopsis

image

Sergeant Howie, a police officer from mainland Scotland, arrives on a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl, Rowan. As he tours the island, questioning residents and looking for clues, he falls deeper inside the rabbit hole – discovering customs that seem strange to him, to this era and to the Christian world.

As Howie begins...

[ read full article ] »

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

image

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...

[ read full article ] »

OCR AS Film Studies Contemporary English Language Film: Rachel Getting Married and Milk »

Viki Walden | Tuesday November 29, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Rachel Getting Married, Milk, Genres & Case Studies, Social Realism, Hot Entries

image

The examination is two hours and students need to answer 3 questions in total. In Section A there is an option of two questions while in Section B students must answer two questions.

Section A requires students to understand seven macro features of two films, underpinned by micro analysis. The films must not be more than 10 years old with one of the macro frameworks being the basis for the questions.

The seven frameworks are Representation, Messages and Values, Genre, Narrative, Theme, Style and Authorship.

A grid format is an excellent planning system for comparative...

[ read full article ] »

WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 US Cinema Comparative Study: Precious and Milk »

Viki Walden | Tuesday November 29, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Precious, Milk, Genres & Case Studies, Magical Realism, Social Realism, Hot Entries

image

There will be a choice of two questions for this final section of the exam; you need only answer one question. One usually asks you to focus on narrative and / or genre, whilst the other will reference themes or messages and values.

Unlike the other exam questions, for Section C it is imperative that you compare the two texts, so you will want to clearly define similarities and contrasts between the two in your plan. You should quantify why such similarities and contrasts exist by referring to the production context of each text.

A grid format is an excellent planning...

[ read full article ] »

Milk Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 08, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Milk, Genres & Case Studies, Biography, Drama, History, Social Realism

Synopsis and Character Profiles

image

Milk is a film based on a true story (narrative fact) about openly gay civil rights activist, Harvey Milk, who eventually - after many struggles and defeats - finally serves in public office as a San Francisco Supervisor in the Mayor’s Office. The film ends with his assassination in 1978 by political nemesis, Social Conservative Dan White.

Played by Sean Penn, the film opens with 40 year old Milk in 1978 narrating and recording a monologue “only to be played in the event of my death”.

He is openly gay (which was a difficult decision in...

[ read full article ] »

Rachel Getting Married Case Study »

Viki Walden | Tuesday November 08, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Rachel Getting Married, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Romance, Social Realism

Section C: American Comparative Study

Synopsis

image

Kym awaits the arrival of her father and step mother, Carol to pick her up from rehab. When she arrives home the house is chaotic amidst her sister’s wedding arrangements. Kym and her sister, Rachel reminisces about their childhood and appear to have a close relationship.

Paul, Kym’s dad, will not let her borrow a car because of a past incident, so Kym has to cycle to attend her addicts’ meeting and drugs test. When she returns and is introduced to the groom and best man, she recognises the best man, Kieran from her...

[ read full article ] »

Precious Case Study »

Viki Walden | Tuesday November 08, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Precious, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Magical Realism, Social Realism

Section C: American Comparative Study

Synopsis

image

It is Harlem, 1987. Precious dreams she is handed a red scarf by a beautiful woman- she wants to be on television. Precious is suspended from school because she is pregnant. Her principal advises her to go to an alternative school called ‘Teach One, Each One’. At home though, her mother has other ideas. She beats Precious, knocking her near-unconscious. Whilst passed out, Precious has flashbacks of her father raping her and dreams of her being at a Premier, dressed glamorously. Mary, Precious’ mother, thinks she should be...

[ read full article ] »

Trainspotting Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 19, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM2, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Trainspotting

image
  • Released in 1996
  • Directed by Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave)
  • Produced by Andrew Macdonald (DNA)
  • ProductionC4 (Film Four) & Polygram – budget £1.7m
  • Written by John Hodge from a novel by Irvine Welsh
  • Starring Ewan McGregor / Robert Carlyle
  • Distributed by Miramax (US) and Polygram

Trainspotting can be classified as an independent British film, produced by Film Four and distributed by the European distributor, Polygram Filmed Entertainment – Polygram were established in 1979 by the Dutch Music giant (Polygram, owned by Philips) in an attempt to compete with the oligopoly...

[ read full article ] »