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Legacy Eduqas WJEC GCSE Film Studies »

Richard Gent | Wednesday August 24, 2011

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Overviews

New WJEC Eduqas GCSE Film Studies Resources

We are developing a series of new resources for the new GCSE and A Level Film Studies specs. The first resources will be a series of case studies of specific films.

Legacy Resources

2013-2018 WJEC GCSE Film Studies Superhero and Film Outside Hollywood Overview

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Welcome to Edusites Film’s comprehensive resources and materials links covering all aspects of the WJEC GCSE Film Studies Superhero Specification (Summer 2013-2018 Award).

Studying film is a skill and a pleasure for both pupils/students and teachers focussing on key areas of...

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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Controlled Assessment Unit 2 Exploring and Creating: Evaluative Analysis »

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 01, 2016

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis

This resource is to be used in conjunction with the in-depth Unit 2 Controlled Assessment Guide.

3 productions will be evaluated:

  1. Short 2-minute Film Sequence which creates tension or atmosphere
  2. School Magazine Feature based on the production of the film – 2 pages including star/director interviews, biographies, and at least two captioned images
  3. Poster Campaign for the film – 3 different posters

These productions will be evaluated using the key questions below:

  • How did your production meet its aims/purpose?
  • If part of a group, can you clarify your individual...
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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Exploring Film Outside Hollywood A* Exemplar (Full Marks) »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 13, 2016

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE

Q1.

(a) Identify one important place in your chosen film. (2 marks)

Rainer’s home is an important place in the film as an adult contrast to the school, pool and classroom environments.

(b) Briefly describe this place. (3 marks)

Anke arrives with flowers while Tim and Rainer are preparing food in the kitchen of their home; Rainer’s home represents a form of domesticity and normality. It is a home where Rainer and Anke both live together as a couple and provides a brief haven for Tim after punks confront him and he draws a pistol on them. Tim arrives outside Rainer’s...

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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

Associated Resources

  • Paper 1 Resource Material.docx
  • Q4 c Annotated Poster.jpg

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORJAE3pVOMY

Q1.

(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...

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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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DVD & Book Store »

Morag Larsen | Friday June 19, 2015

Categories: KS3, GCSE, A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Film Language, Representation, Production Zone, Moving Image Production, Research, Film Research, Scriptwriting, Starters, Storyboarding

Introducing our DVD & Book Resources for Film & Media

Editsense & Filmsense £69.00+VAT (30% off)

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‘Editsense is a new approach to learning about film language and film-making’.

This is an interactive DVD with excellent, practical examples of film - perfect for teachers of moving image, be it English, Creative and Digital Media or Film Studies.

It has over fifty video examples and includes materials for the introduction and revision of film. There are no audio clips.

The site licence is now available for £69.00+VAT. This is a 30% discount from the original price of...

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WJEC GCSE Superhero Glossary of Terms »

Rob Miller | Thursday April 16, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Genres & Case Studies, Superhero, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Film Language

Superman (1978): First recognised, and globally successful superhero film of the modern era.

Marvel: American publisher of comic books, frequently pertaining to the superhero genre founded in 1939 e.g. Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four, Spider-man, Iron Man and Wolverine. Disney acquired (bought and owned) Marvel in 2009.

Stan Lee: At age 92, Stan Lee is president and chairman of Marvel Comics and co-creator and writer of Spider-man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and X-Men among others.

Marvel Cinematic Universe: An American franchise centered on the production of superhero...

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Film Studies Revision Workshops »

Richard Gent | Thursday January 08, 2015

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Consultancy and Workshops, Revision Workshops

Introduction

Welcome to Edusites Film’s Film Studies Revision Workshops link. Here you will find a range of workshops which can be tailored to your individual needs, whether at GCSE, AS or A2 or WJEC or OCR. To see an overview of all our Film Studies workshops please click here.

We also run workshops and CPD for GCSE and A Level Media Studies via MediaEdu, our dedicated support site for Media.

Click on the links below for further information on our Film Studies Revision Workshops:

GCSE Film Studies Revision Workshops

  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Superhero and Film Outside...
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Exemplar WJEC GCSE Lesson Plan | An Introduction to World Cinema »

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 11, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Hot Entries

Associated Resources

  • Edusites Lesson Plan Template.docx

NB: Please note this is a suggested template, your school may require a different layout.

Length of Lesson (minutes): 60
Lesson Title. An Introduction to World Cinema

Context

This lesson would be delivered between weeks 21-23, in April/May as a preparation for Paper 2: Exploring Film Outside of Hollywood. It is expected that pupils have not studied world cinema and are relatively unfamiliar with non-English language films at GCSE level, or English language films that explore key themes and issues.

Aims and...

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Film Studies Induction Resources and Activities »

Rob Miller | Friday November 07, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, Hot Entries

Welcome to FilmEdu’s Film Studies Induction Resource – please find below suggested only ways of introducing WJEC and OCR AS Film Studies students, and also GCSE students to the study of Film. Schemes of Work and assessment deadlines are tight these days but there is always/should always be an Induction Week, or week and a half at the very start of the course when the students/pupils can grapple with the fundamentals of the subject.

What is Film Studies?

In one sentence, write down what you think Film Studies is all about and pass your definition on to the person next...

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Ratcatcher Case Study »

James Clarke | Thursday July 10, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Ratcatcher, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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Introduction

Lynne Ramsay’s film Ratcatcher is a key British production of the late 1990s and is notable for its thoughtful and sensitive focus on the representation of a young person. The film explores the representation of childhood, guilt and atonement in a dysfunctional environment. Although on the paper 2, GCSE list of films, Vicky LeBeau’s analysis of the narrative and ideological function that children typically embody in movies can apply when she writes that:

“Closer to the state of infancy, an infans (literally, without language)...

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GCSE Film Studies Exemplar Responses 2013/14 »

Rob Miller | Wednesday April 16, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, X-Men, Non-Hollywood Films, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Devil's Backbone, Genres & Case Studies, Superhero, Hot Entries, Mock Exams, GCSE Mock Exams

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Associated Resources

  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Mock Exam Paper 1 A Grade Response 2013.docx
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 A-B Exemplar The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.docx
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Mock Exam Paper 2 A Grade Response 2013.docx
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Mock Exam Paper 2 D-C Grade Response 2013.docx
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood Exemplars
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 1 A-B Grade Response Summer 2014.docx



Rabbit Proof Fence Case Study »

James Clarke | Wednesday April 16, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Rabbit Proof Fence, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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In this resource we will consider the film Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) and explore some aspects of its film style, by which we mean the choices made the filmmakers in terms of how they deploy sound and vision. As such, we are considering the storytelling devices with which the film expresses a range of meanings and values embodied within the drama.

Through the way that the stylistic choices of the film’s producers’ (writer/director/producer/actors/camera/sound/music) function we are able to determine a range of themes and issues in the film...

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Superhero Film Codes and Conventions »

Rob Miller | Thursday March 13, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Genres & Case Studies, Superhero, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 1 Superhero Film Codes and Conventions

It was not until Superman in 1978 that the superhero film genre took off with the film securing critical and commercial success and for many years creating a genre template. This is why when we talk about historical examples of the genre it is difficult to cite examples before 1978 as in terms of cinema the genre has only featured broadly since the late 1970s. Yes, you could talk about Batman on television in 1943 and with Adam West playing the caped crusader in 1966 but this is...

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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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The Wave Case Study »

James Clarke | Monday March 10, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, The Wave, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Thriller, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Exploring Film Outside Hollywood: The Wave (2008 – Germany)

Introduction

Exploring films that have been produced outside of those made and distributed globally by the Hollywood film studios offers us an exciting opportunity to broaden our horizons: in terms of storytelling (the way of telling, or organizing the elements of a story), the stories themselves become of broader interest in other cultures and their cinemas. Watching films from around the world, rather than only those made by American and British film...

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The Devil’s Backbone Case Study »

James Clarke | Thursday March 06, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, The Devil's Backbone, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Horror, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Exploring Film Outside Hollywood: The Devil’s Backbone (2001 – Spain/Mexico)

Introduction

In his book The Uses of Enchantment, Bruno Bettelheim writes that “The deep inner conflicts originating in our primitive drives and our violent emotions are all denied in much of children’s literature, and so the child is not helped in coping with them. But the child is subject to desperate feelings of loudness and isolation, and often experiences mortal anxiety.” [1]

This means that childhood is stereotypically associated with innocence and...

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Persepolis Case Study »

Amy Charlewood | Wednesday February 12, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Persepolis, Genres & Case Studies, Animation, 1990 Onwards, Biography, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Exploring Film Outside Hollywood: Persepolis (2007)

Introduction and Synopsis

Persepolis (2007) is based on a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi’s called The Complete Persepolis and is a coming-of-age memoir that tells of the author’s experiences growing up during and in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. Persepolis was also adapted into a 2007 animated film of the same name, written and directed by Satrapi along with Vincent Paronnaud.  The film went on to win the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was...

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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Controlled Assessment Unit 2: Exploring and Creating »

Rob Miller | Friday February 07, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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Students need to produce one Film Exploration and one Production broken into:

Film Exploration (must be the same film for both tasks)

  • Industry Research: 10 Marks
  • Micro Analysis: 20 Marks

Production

  • Pitch: 10 Marks
  • Pre Production: 20 Marks
  • Production: 30 Marks
  • Evaluative Analysis: 10 Marks

Total: 100 Marks:  50% of GCSE

NB. The Controlled Assessment must not be based on the examined topic, 2013-2015: The Superhero Genre.

WJEC say:

“The work is designed to draw on candidates’ personal experiences of consuming and responding to film and to...

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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Exploring Film Outside Hollywood: Tsotsi »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 23, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Tsotsi, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

Clips

  • Tsotsi Opening Sequence
  • Tsotsi End Sequence

Further Reading

  • Studying Tsotsi: Judith Gunn (Auteur Publishing)

Awards

  • Best Foreign Language Film - 2006 Academy Awards

Institutional Factors and Representation of People, Places, Events and Issues

Tsotsi (urban slang – thug) is a film based on a novel by Athol Fugard set in the impoverished township of Soweto, Johannesburg in South Africa – Fugard is best known for his plays with political narratives opposing the historical South African system of Apartheid but wrote his only novel Tsotsi in draft form in the 1960s...

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Topic Booster Study Workshops »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 22, 2014

Categories: KS3, GCSE, WJEC GCSE, A Level, OCR A Level, Hot Entries

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At Edusites we understand that teachers and students sometimes need a little help kick starting an examined or coursework topic - whether at the beginning, the middle of the year or in those last 8 weeks before a long, ‘hot’ summer…

Our experts can offer half day or full day courses in preparing for coursework or examined topics ranging from teaching the Superhero Genre, Exploring Film Form, British and American Film, Ealing and Working Title Studios, British Film Stars and Genre, Mexican or Japanese World Cinema, French New Wave, Silent...

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Superhero and Film Outside Hollywood Revision Workshop »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 15, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Superhero, Hot Entries

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Book A Half or Full Day Revision Workshop in Your School

Programme Details

  • Edusites Film provides visually dynamic, interactive Revision Courses on the Superhero film genre and Films from outside Hollywood dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.
  • Pupils will study for Paper 1 Superhero Films and be fully prepared for unseen analysis. Focus will be on micro and macro elements including film language, genre and narrative and also a complete understanding of marketing and promotion (including audiences, film production, technology, distribution and...
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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Recommended Texts »

Rob Miller | Friday October 04, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, American, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Hot Entries

Non-Superhero Films – Areas of Study

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011): Production values and genre
  • Titanic (1997): Film Form, Narrative, genre and representation
  • Cloverfield (2008): Genre and production values
  • The Bourne Identity (2002): Narrative, film franchises and genre
  • The King’s Speech (2010): Film Form, Film funding, genre and representation
  • Gulliver’s Travels (2010): Hybrid comedy, Action Adventure
  • Star Trek into Darkness (2013): Genre, sequels, franchises and audience appeals
  • Shaun of the Dead (2004): Hybrid genre, independent British film
  • ...
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Creating Film Projects Guide »

Richard Gent | Monday March 04, 2013

Categories: KS3, GCSE, A Level, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Moving Image Production, Research, Scriptwriting, Storyboarding

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This colourful, jargon free guide will take you on a step-by-step journey, enabling groups or individuals to create films of their own. This guide is specifically designed for new film makers and is written by Lizzie Sykes, Senior Lecturer in TV Production at Bournemouth University and a community film maker with over 15 years’ experience. 

The aim of the guide is to provide its readers with the information they need to make key decisions about the films they want to make, and avoid common pitfalls that many groups experience. From planning a project, to shooting safely...

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Film Studies Apps »

Richard Gent | Friday January 18, 2013

Categories: KS3, GCSE, A Level, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Film Language, Production Zone, Moving Image Production, Print Production, Research, Film Research, Scriptwriting, An Introduction to Scriptwriting, Storyboarding, An Introduction to Storyboarding

Here are some apps that are used in and out of the Film Studies classroom. We’ve attempted to find links to the different operating systems to help identify if the version you need exists.

Language

Close Up Film Language Glossary iOS

The Close-Up Film Language Glossary of the well-known German Educational Publishers Schöningh provides clear and concise definitions of essential film language terms used in basic and advanced film courses. Though geared for use in high school (particular sixth forms) and higher education the glossary is appropriate for anyone generally...

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GCSE Film Studies Mock Exams 2013 »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 09, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, X-Men, Non-Hollywood Films, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Genres & Case Studies, Superhero, Hot Entries, Mock Exams, GCSE Mock Exams

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Associated Resources

  • WJEC GCSE Film Sudies Mock Exam Paper 1 2013.docx
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Mock Exam Paper 2 2013.docx

 




GCSE Film Studies Mock Mark Schemes 2013 »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 09, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Genres & Case Studies, Superhero, Hot Entries, Mock Exams, GCSE Mock Exams

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Associated Resources

  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 1 Mark Scheme 2013.docx
  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Mark Scheme 2013.docx



GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood Exemplars »

Karen Ardouin | Wednesday December 19, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, The Devil's Backbone, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Horror, Hot Entries

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Associated Resources

  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood High Level Exemplar The Devil’s Backbone.doc
  • GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood B Grade Exemplar.doc
  • GCSE Film Studies Paper 2 Non Hollywood C Grade Exemplar.doc



Yasmin Case Study »

Viki Walden | Monday November 05, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Yasmin, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Drama, Independent, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

Paper 2 | Non-Hollywood Film | Yasmin

Synopsis

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The opening of Yasmin reveals a Britain where racism prevails. Khalid and his son (Nasir) open the shutter of the family shop, which has been coated in racist graffiti. Nas proceeds to sing morning prayers – his voice echoes over the city and surrounding hills through the loud speaker - calling everyone to prayer. Several Muslims are seen hurriedly preparing, except one - Yasmin. In a field, just outside of town, she swaps her hijab for skinny jeans and black heels. Then takes to her convertible car, puts on her sunglasses and...

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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



KS4 Film Studies Starters »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday September 12, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Hot Entries, Starters, KS4 Film Studies Starters

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A-Z of Films

Students are to think as many films as they can either for one letter: ‘A’ is for Amelie, American Pyscho. Or they have to think of one for A, then B etc.

Test Your Technical Knowledge

Show a music video and get the students to write down as many examples of a moving image technique:

  • Camerawork
  • Editing
  • Sound
  • Mise En Scene
  • Special Effects

As music videos are about 3 minutes long, you have time for them to discuss/ share their thoughts as a class.

A Mix Up

Using key words, jumble up the words and get students to write them correctly with a definition....

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Thor Case Study »

Nicole Ponsford | Monday September 10, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Thor, Genres & Case Studies, Superhero, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Superhero Films Case Study | Thor

Synopsis

Earth

Puente Antiguo, New Mexico. Three astro-physicists are in the desert: Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings).

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They are studying atmosphere disturbances and aurora.

When a lightning storm starts, they head quickly towards it in their van. The van hits a man and they stop.

The victim is a handsome, well built young man. He is not dead, but semi-conscious.

Asgard

A voiceover (Anthony Hopkins) describes a battle in 900 AD between the Asgardians and the Frost...

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Case Study »

Viki Walden | Thursday September 06, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Children, Drama, Families, History, War, Hot Entries

Paper 2 | Non-Hollywood Film

Synopsis

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8 year old Bruno doesn’t have a care in the world as he pretends to be a plane flying through the streets of Berlin, on his way back from school. He is blissfully ignorant of the terror happening around him – Jewish families being rounded up and transported out of the city. When he returns home however, his family are preparing for a celebration. His father, Ralf, has received a promotion that means they must all leave the capital; a move that will change Bruno’s life forever.

At his new stately home Bruno is sullen until, looking...

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Superhero Films Quiz »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 23, 2012

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

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  1. Open Superhero Films Quiz
  2. Click on the back button to return to FilmEdu when you’ve finished using the quiz.



Film Theory and Language »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday August 23, 2012

Categories: GCSE, A Level, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Film Language, Theory, Film Theory

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Apparatus Film Theory

‘Apparatus’ is another word for the means in which a specific production is created. In the case of film / cinema, the film projector and the screen. Apparatus Theory is a model of spectatorship and institutions. It argues that cinema is ideological (based on ideas) because the films are created to represent reality. This means that because film is created to illustrate different ideas, everything has meaning - from the camerawork to the editing. It argues that ideology is not imposed on cinema, but is part of its nature (through the viewer) and it...

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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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  1. Open Disaster Film Quiz
  2. Click on the back button to return to FilmEdu when you’ve finished using the quiz.



Superman Advanced Screening Questions »

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 29, 2011

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

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Associated Resources

Superman Advanced Screening Questions.doc




Spider-Man Advanced Screening Questions »

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 29, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Screening Notes, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Spider-Man, Genres & Case Studies, Superhero, Hot Entries

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Associated Resources

Spider-Man Advanced Screening Questions.doc




The Superhero Genre | Codes and Conventions »

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 29, 2011

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

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Initially ‘Saturday Movie Serials’ - e.g. Batman (1943) and Captain America (1944) - were successful with young audiences, but fundamentally Superhero Movies went into decline in the 1950s and 1960s, and did not pick up until much later. Occasional films like Batman (1966) with Adam West, borrowing from the success of the TV series, and Mario Bava’s Danger: Diabolik (1968) were exceptions, offering limited interest at the cinema.

With this in mind, it was not until Superman (in 1978) that the genre took off with the film scoring a critical and commercial. This is why...

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British Star Marketing & Hollywood | Guidance Notes »

Rob Miller | Tuesday November 29, 2011

Categories: GCSE, A Level, Film Industry, Film Marketing, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Hot Entries

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There are two distinct ways of targeting audiences:

  • STAR MARKETING
  • GENRE MARKETING

Generic Typecasting

Generic typecasting can apply to British or Hollywood film ‘stars’, e.g. Arnold Schwarzenegger as the stereotypical Action Hero, Julia Roberts or Jennifer Anniston as the classic Romantic Comedy lead, Tom Hanks as ‘the good guy’ and Jim Carey as a the fool (Comedy genre). Johnny Depp, for example is known for his ‘character roles’, often as an eccentric male lead (Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) while Tom Hank...

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Guide to Sound Design with Audacity »

Viki Walden | Monday November 28, 2011

Categories: GCSE, A Level, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Audio Production

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Associated Resources

  • Audacity Cross-Platform Sound Editor

Step 1 | Importing Sound or Music

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Click on the Project tab and select Import Audio. Choose your selected sound effect or music track from the hard drive.

Note: Music or sounds from CDs should be uploaded onto the computer hard drive first, rather than importing from CD.

Audacity will then load the audio file into the project window.

Step 2 | Functions

The Selection Tool

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This is the most useful icon and will allow you to select a place on a track. With this cursor you can play a track from a particular point...

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Improve Your Teaching | Feedback: Student Presentations »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday November 24, 2011

Categories: GCSE, A Level

Associated Resources

Feedback Student Sheet.doc

A huge part of your teaching day will be giving feedback, albeit on behaviour, discussion or practical work. One area which can be improved is feedback in terms of your students’ presentational skills. You probably give them clear commentary on their content, but it is of equal merit to guide them with their presentation of the work. The stages of feedback is to initially analyse, evaluate, reflect and then improve. You need to model, guide and encourage students to be confident in presentations. These are skills which 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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Film Studies Internal Assessment Guide »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday November 17, 2011

Categories: GCSE, A Level, Hot Entries

GCSE Film Studies Internal Assessment

There are four pieces of work:

Film Exploration

1. Industry Research
2. Micro-Analysis of a Film Sequence

Pitch and Production

3. A linked pitch and preproduction
4. A production and an evaluative analysis

Film Exploration

Film Exploration consists of two elements:

1. Industry Research

This aspect of the film exploration introduces students to some of the areas involved in producing, distributing and exhibiting a film of their own choice. We at FilmEdu have chosen ‘My Favourite Film’ in the SOW. Students complete brief research on...

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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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iTraining | Reading Moving Image »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday November 16, 2011

Categories: GCSE, A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Hot Entries

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Guide for Teaching the Whole Text

When teaching the whole text there are several things to be aware of: some are planning, some are teaching and learning strategies. This guide is to help you be aware of what needs to happen before you start, so once you have that film on - you are confidence that the students will be analysing a text, rather than watching it. This is applicable for teachers of all ages and abilities.

You may also want to think about how other subjects prepare students for studying a moving image text in other subjects. We all know that the end of term...

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iTraining | Teaching Film Production »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday November 16, 2011

Categories: GCSE, A Level, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

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At Edusites, we believe that we can help to teach the different elements you need for teaching your subject. This is the first in a range of iTraining Guides for teaching the practical side of the subject. As the WJEC Film Studies course requires you to also be able to teach Print and Photography, we will be following these mediums too.

FilmEdu already has teaching material on the following, which you will find helpful to go alongside this guide. Here are some links to get you started:

  • Micro Analysis
  • Film Opening Analysis
  • Film Analysis ~ Meaning in Film
  • Screening Notes
  • ...
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This is England Screening Questions »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 10, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Screening Notes, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, This is England, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Independent, Social Realism, Hot Entries

British and American Film Independent Case Study

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Associated Resources

This is England Screening Questions.doc

Use your bibliography of British Film resources to research the following questions:

  1. Who wrote and directed This is England? What other projects has he been involved in? What do you think his contribution to British Film has been?
  2. What was the name of the Production Company and Theatrical Distributor? How would you describe the Distribution company? Where did the film get financial assistance from? Apart from cinemas, where else has the film been shown?
  3. Name 5...
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Teaching GCSE Non-Hollywood Film »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday November 10, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Hot Entries

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This guide is designed to cover the main issues regarding teaching Non-Hollywood Film for the WJEC GCSE in Film Studies for Paper 2 Exploring Film outside Hollywood and to explain what is likely to be asked of students in the examination.

The texts currently available for assessment are:

Amélie (France), Bend it Like Beckham (UK), Goodbye Lenin (Germany), Ratcatcher (UK), Spirited Away (Japan), The Devil’s Backbone (Spain), Whale Rider (New Zealand) and Yasmin (UK).

Why do we study Non-Hollywood Film?

Whilst Hollywood dominates across the world, the major studios...

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Shaun Of The Dead Screening and Research Questions »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday November 10, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Screening Notes, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Shaun of the Dead, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Comedy, Horror, Independent, Hot Entries, Research, Film Research

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Associated Resources

Shaun of the Dead Screening and Research Questions.doc

  1. Who directed, produced and distributed Shaun of the Dead?
  2. How does the film reflect the pattern of many British Films of recent years?
  3. Research and detail at least ten films made by the same production company and distributor. Identify their genre
  4. Why do you think Shaun of the Dead was commercially successful? Research the UK and US box office gross and subsequent DVD/Video sales
  5. How does the film culturally represent the image of a nation? How does this compare with independent films you are...
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