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German Cinema | Expressionism »

jclarke | Thursday September 13, 2018

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Metropolis, Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Genres & Case Studies, German, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Posters, Film Poster Analysis

European Cinema History: German Cinema of the 1920s Introduction One of the most rewarding aspects of Film Studies is to be found in recognising how films produced at one, quite distant moment in time often made long ago, continue to influence more contemporary films with which we might all be more familiar. This is certainly true of the impact of some examples of German cinema produced in the 1920s. If you watch Edward Scissorhands (1990), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Bringing out the…
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Eduqas WJEC Set Films »

Richard Gent | Thursday March 01, 2018

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, A Level Film

Click to see our Revision Part 1: Knowledge Organisers The exam reports from the Summer 2018 AS exams identified areas for development which may well be similar for the A Level students taking the exam this summer. I certainly identified with some of the issues as they were very similar to ones I had seen on the student attempts at the Mock exams. A knowledge organiser (KO) sets out the important, useful and powerful knowledge on a topic on a single page. Linked below are Knowledge Organisers…
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OCR H410 Set Films »

Richard Gent | Tuesday February 27, 2018

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, Films & Case Studies, American, Directors, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Key Concepts, A Level Film

Click to see our Revision Part 1: Knowledge Organisers The exam reports from the Summer 2018 AS exams identified areas for development which may well be similar for the A Level students taking the exam this summer. I certainly identified with some of the issues as they were very similar to ones I had seen on the student attempts at the Mock exams. A knowledge organiser (KO) sets out the important, useful and powerful knowledge on a topic on a single page. Linked below are Knowledge Organisers…
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IB Film Theory, History and Textual Analysis »

Richard Gent | Friday January 26, 2018

Categories: IB Film, IB, IB Film Resources, Analysis, Film History, Film Industry, Films & Case Studies, American, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, Silent Era, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Genre, Narrative, Representation, Key Skills, Research, Film Research, Theory, Auteur Theory, Film Theory, Queer Theory, Spectatorship Theory

So what do we need to do for students and teachers to perform brilliantly? Our resources are a guide to producing critically autonomous students who gain a wide range of skills in the study of film and truly make the transition from film fan to film student. Reading film Examine film as an art form, studying a broad range of film texts from a variety of cultural contexts and analysing how film elements combine to create meaning. Contextualising film Explore the evolution of film across time and…
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Teaching Film with Edusites »

Barry Rainsford | Wednesday September 13, 2017

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Films & Case Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Genre, Narrative, Representation, Key Skills, Cinematography, Editing, Filming, Mise-en-Scene, Planning, Pre-Production, Reflective Analysis, A Level Film, Posters, Theory, Auteur Theory, Film Theory, Queer Theory, Spectatorship Theory, Theorists

The Edusites programme of study for A Level Film has been designed to provide a Core Unit for each term to help students develop the right level of knowledge and understanding of the key critical approaches and all the framework concepts of narrative, genre, representations, and spectatorship.  Our NEA Support Materials will focus on Making a Short Film for OCR NEA and Production for Eduqas NEA. Edusites A Level Film Programme of Study: Unit 1 Language+ OCR - click to view Unit 1 Language+…
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Looking for Free A Level Film Resources? »

Richard Gent | Monday September 11, 2017

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film History, Film Industry, Films & Case Studies, Genres & Case Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Genre, Narrative, Representation, Key Skills, Cinematography, Editing, Filming, Mise-en-Scene, Planning, Pre-Production, Reflective Analysis, A Level Film

Would you like to see an example of an A Level Film Lesson from Edusites Film? Below is a link to a single lesson online slide show focusing on Cinematography using The Bourne Identity. The Cinematography lesson from both the teacher guide (scheme of learning) and student workbook are below to illustrate the breadth and depth of the resources being published on Edusites Film. Film Representation Unit 2 Lesson 17: 12 Slides For fast and optimum viewing use Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer…
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IB Film Unit 1 Section A Lessons 1-14 Teacher Plan »

Emily Prentice | Sunday October 16, 2016

Categories: IB, IB Film Resources, Film History, Film Industry, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Genre, Narrative, Representation, Key Skills, Cinematography, Editing, Filming, Mise-en-Scene, Planning, Pre-Production, Reflective Analysis

All work refers to the Edusites Lesson Resource Slides Pack. Lesson One: The Tool Kit 13 Slides Objectives Knowledge : To start acquisition of the Film Studies Film Language tool kit Learning : To build ideas of how to study film through its products Understanding : To consolidate understanding by completing analysis of products Starter/Loop Activity (5 minutes) Slide 3 Task 1A Pupils asked to respond to the task from the Lesson Resource: Analysis of film still of Will Smith. Students to write…
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Eduqas (WJEC) 603 A Level Film Unit 2 Film Representation+ Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Sunday January 24, 2016

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Representation, Key Skills

Copyright © 2017 Edusites. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reproduce for educational use within the subscribing school only. Copying or lending of any part of this document in any form or by any means to external bodies and / or individuals is prohibited.This is the Second A Level Unit To Film Students This booklet is to support you in your preparation for the A Level Film Studies Examination Papers 1 and 2 and the Non-Examination Assessment. This workbook comprises the theory and…
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Eduqas (WJEC) 603 A Level Film Unit 2 Film Representation+ SOL Teacher Lessons 16-26 »

Barry Rainsford | Sunday January 24, 2016

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Representation, Key Skills

Guide Navigation Eduqas (WJEC) 603 A Level Film Unit 2 Film Representation+ SOL Teacher Lessons 1-15 Lesson Sixteen: Ideology Slides 1-9 Objectives Knowledge : To review understanding of the film framework Learning : To build ideas and strategies of how to study film Understanding : To link knowledge and learning by completing analysis tasks Starter/Loop Activity (5 Minutes) Slide 2 Task 16A Students asked to respond to the task from the Lesson Resource: Analysis of Bonnie and Clyde still.…
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Eduqas (WJEC) 603 A Level Film Unit 2 Film Representation+ SOL Teacher Lessons 1-15 »

Barry Rainsford | Sunday January 24, 2016

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Key Concepts, Representation, Key Skills

Guide Navigation Eduqas (WJEC) 603 A Level Film Unit 2 Film Representation+ SOL Teacher Lessons 16-26 This is the Second A Level Unit The purpose of this unit is not to tell anyone ‘what you must do’ or ‘this is the way that you must do it’. The work here is based on over twenty years of teaching Film Studies at A Level in a very large (2,500 pupils) urban comprehensive in what was once described as one of the most deprived areas in the UK. It is based both on my own teaching and in…
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OCR H410 A Level Film Unit 2 Film Representation+ SOL Teacher Lessons 16-26 »

Richard Gent | Monday January 18, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, Analysis, Key Concepts, Representation, Key Skills

Guide Navigation OCR H410 A Level Film Unit 2 Film Representation+ SOL Teacher Lessons 1-15 Lesson Sixteen: Ideology Slides 1-9 Objectives Knowledge : To review understanding of the film framework Learning : To build ideas and strategies of how to study film Understanding : To link knowledge and learning by completing analysis tasks Starter/Loop Activity (5 Minutes) Slide 2 Task 16A Students asked to respond to the task from the Lesson Resource: Analysis of Bonnie and Clyde still. Students to…
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OCR H410 A Level Film Unit 2 Film Representation+ SOL Teacher Lessons 1-15 »

Barry Rainsford | Monday January 18, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, Analysis, Key Concepts, Representation, Key Skills

Guide Navigation OCR H410 A Level Film Unit 2 Film Representation+ SOL Teacher Lessons 16-26 This is the Second A Level Unit The purpose of this unit is not to tell anyone ‘what you must do’ or ‘this is the way that you must do it’. The work here is based on over twenty years of teaching Film Studies at A Level in a very large (2,500 pupils) urban comprehensive in what was once described as one of the most deprived areas in the UK. It is based both on my own teaching and in leading…
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OCR H410 A Level Film Studies Unit 1 Film Language+ Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Sunday October 04, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Key Concepts, Film Language

Copyright © 2017 Edusites. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reproduce for educational use within the subscribing school only. Copying or lending of any part of this document in any form or by any means to external bodies and / or individuals is prohibited.This is the First A Level Unit To Film Students This booklet is to support you in your preparation for the A Level Film Studies Examination Papers 1 and 2 and the Non-Examination Assessment. This notebook comprises the theory and…
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OCR H410 A Level Film Studies Unit 1 Film Language+ SOL Teacher Lessons 15-25 »

Barry Rainsford | Saturday October 03, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Key Concepts, Film Language

Guide Navigation OCR H410 A Level Film Studies Unit 1 Film Language+ SOL Teacher Lessons 1-14 Lesson Fifteen: Narrative Slides 1-15 Objectives Knowledge : To develop ideas about how sound constructs mood and tone Learning : To evolve higher level ideas of how to study film through its products Understanding: To develop understanding by completing analysis of products Starter/Loop Activity (5 minutes) Resource Pack Slide 2 Task 15A Pupils asked to respond to the task from the Lesson Resource:…
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OCR H410 A Level Film Studies Unit 1 Film Language+ SOL Teacher Lessons 1-14 »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday September 29, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Key Concepts, Film Language

Guide Navigation OCR H410 A Level Film Studies Unit 1 Film Language+ SOL Teacher Lessons 15-25 This is the First A Level Unit The purpose of this unit is not to tell anyone ‘what you must do’ or ‘this is the way that you must do it’. The work here is based on over twenty years of teaching Film Studies at A Level in a very large (2,500 pupils) urban comprehensive in what was once described as one of the most deprived areas in the UK. It is based both on my own teaching and in leading…
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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 US Cinema Comparative Study: Dirty Harry and Gran Torino »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 09, 2015

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS 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…
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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 US Cinema Comparative Study: Goodfellas and American Gangster »

Rob Miller | Monday September 07, 2015

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS 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…
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International Film Styles: Neorealism »

jclarke | Friday September 04, 2015

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film History, Cinema in Context, Film Industry, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright & Licensing, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Kes, World Cinema, Rome, Open City, Genres & Case Studies, Neorealism, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

Across the varied and diverse ways in which a film text can encode and emphasise meanings and a specific viewpoint on or presentation of a subject, realism is a key aesthetic and formal choice and approach that has functioned as a key creative direction of so much western expression across literature and the visual arts. This resource, then, explores the characteristics of a particular film style that we call neorealism. It stems from post World War Two Italian cinema and its influence has been…
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WJEC AS Film Studies FM1 Exploring Film Form Scheme »

Rob Miller | Thursday July 16, 2015

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS AS, FM1, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Opening Analysis, Macro Analysis, Micro Analysis, Shot Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Grand Budapest Hotel, Gravity, Skyfall, The Shining, Up, Non-Hollywood Films, Submarine, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Genre, Narrative, Representation, Key Skills, Cinematography, Editing, Filming, Mise-en-Scene, Planning, Pre-Production, Reflective Analysis, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

Overview Analysis of a 3-5 min Film Extract – Mise-en-Scene, Cinematography and Editing only: (30 Marks) Creative Project – Planning, Producing and Editing a 2 min approx. film sequence of between 10-25 shots (50 Marks) Reflective Analysis – (10 Marks) Edusites Film recommends a logical time to introduce the FM1 coursework is in week 6, the second week in October, 1 week before the Half Term. By then, students will have learnt skills of textual analysis in regards to micro and macro…
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Popular Film & Emotional Response: All That Heaven Allows & Far From Heaven »

Rob Miller | Wednesday July 01, 2015

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section B: Spectatorship Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film History, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Douglas Sirk, Todd Haynes, Hollywood Films, All That Heaven Allows, Far From Heaven, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience

An Analysis of Two Close Study Films This resource analyses two close study films All That Heaven Allows (1955) and Far From Heaven (2002) in relation to the FM4 Spectatorship topic, Popular Film and Emotional Response while cross-referencing key points with Imitation of Life (1959). Todd Haynes’ 2002 American drama Far From Heaven makes clear intertextual references to Douglas Sirk’s 1955 and 1959 films All That Heaven Allows and Imitation of Life in terms of style and themes although…
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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) ‘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…
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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…
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The Battle of Algiers (1966) Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 29, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, The Battle of Algiers, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, History, War, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd5Pz8KJeU4 Copyright © 2018 Edusites. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reproduce for educational use within the subscribing school only. Copying or lending of any part of this document in any form or by any means to external bodies and / or individuals is prohibited. In 2010, The Guardian newspaper published a story entitled “Algeria (national football squad) prepare for World Cup battle by watching The Battle of Algiers.?.…
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Solaris (Soviet Union 1972) Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 01, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Solaris (1972), Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Science Fiction, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

click on image to enlarge There are key areas of study that WJEC recommend are explored for FM4 Section C – Solaris, and they are as follows:As a philosophical film about identity and memory
 The role and function of Hari
 The undemonstrative character of Kris and the reasons for this
 Issues of representation in relation to conventions of the Sci-Fi genre
 The significance of the earth sequences – including the emphasis on nature The overall pace and length of the film
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Movern Callar (2002) Case Study »

jclarke | Friday September 26, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Movern Callar, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

click on image to enlarge FM4: Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates Section C: Single Film – Critical Study Introduction Lynne Ramsay, the director of the film Morvern Callar has made the valuable observation that “I love to see great dialogue in the cinema but I hate to see ‘Film TV’. When I go to the cinema I want to have a cinematic experience….I like dialogue when it’s used in a way where the body language says the complete opposite…? [1] Ramsay’s emphasis on…
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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 US Cinema Comparative Study: Gilda and L.A.Confidential »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 23, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS 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:How far do the American films you have studied convey key themes in similar ways? How far is the representation of characters in the American films you have studied influenced by…
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Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 22, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Censorship & Regulation, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Independent, Thriller, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Representation

FM4: Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates Section C: Single Film – Critical Study Section C of FM4 offers students the ability to engage in a critical study of a single film, within a synoptic framework – this means the micro and the macro features need to be studied, as well as issues of representation. Useful will be placing the film in an institutional and cultural context in reference to production, funding distribution, audience, audience reception but also genre and…
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International Film Styles: Surrealism »

Rob Miller | Friday September 19, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Louis Bunuel, World Cinema, The Discreet Charms of the Bourgeoisie, Un Chien Andalou, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Fantasy, Silent, Surrealism, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

click on image to enlarge Sample Questions How far does cinematic style support themes and ideas in the films you have studied for this topic? Discuss how far the development of your chosen international film style can be seen as the work of particular creative individuals? Discuss characteristic features of casting and/or performance, exploring how far these features contribute the overall effect of the films you have studied. What is the relationship between visual style and the subject…
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Recommended A2 Film Studies Theorists »

Rob Miller | Monday September 15, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM3, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Section B: Spectatorship Topics, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Representation, Theory, Theorists

The following theorists represent a selection of film theorists (from many) whose work can be cited in both A Level Film Studies coursework and external assessment, for both WJEC and OCR. For example, OCR Film Studies Section B F633 suggests: “candidates are encouraged to engage with critical frameworks relevant to the topic area? e.g. Film Regulation, Authorship and Film and Audience Experience while WJEC Film Studies FM4 states that students should: “apply key concepts and critical…
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WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section A World Cinema Bollywood A Grade Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 03, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Shree 420, Genres & Case Studies, Bollywood, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Theory, Auteur Theory

click on image to enlarge By comparing the cinematic styles used in the films you have studied for this topic, is it possible to identify a distinctive ‘National Cinema’? Indian cinema means different things to different people and there are a lot of different cinematic styles originating from the Indian subcontinent. Stereotypically, when western audiences without cultural capital or knowledge think of Indian films the iconic name ‘Bollywood’ comes to mind, or less widely known outside…
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F634: Creative Investigation in Film Guide »

jclarke | Tuesday September 02, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Film Industry, Film Marketing, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Steven Spielberg, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Posters, Film Poster Analysis

The purpose of this unit is to assess students’ ability to independently research, investigate and analyse a film based topic and present the findings; secondly, to assess the students’ application of knowledge and understanding to the planning and construction of a creative realisation; and finally, to assess candidate’s application of knowledge and understanding in evaluating their own work. 1. ResearchIndependent Research Project: 40 marks Planning: evidence of planning for a filmed…
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Vertigo (Hitchcock 1958) Case Study »

jclarke | Monday August 18, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Vertigo, Genres & Case Studies, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

click on image to enlarge Understanding the relationship between the micro and the macro elements of a film is an essential part of our analysis of movies. Every shot, every sound accumulates to form the expression of an idea. Thinking about movies in this way might prompt us to acknowledge that a camera move for example, can express a character’s psychology, sometimes more forcefully and memorably than a line of dialogue could ever do. In the opening scene of Vertigo (1958) as the film’s…
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Ratcatcher Case Study »

jclarke | 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

click on image to enlarge 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…
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Modern Times Case Study (Chaplin 1936) »

jclarke | Monday May 19, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Modern Times, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

click on image to enlarge The first image that we see in Modern Times is of a clock - a symbol of the workplace and productivity as Chaplin’s Little Tramp struggles in the modern, industrialised world of which he is so critical during the time of the Great Depression, see more on that here. As such the image is emblematic of the entire film. Modern Times is a silent film comedy that is as ideologically rich and meaningful as a wide range of far more ‘serious’ dramas about ‘serious’…
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WJEC A2 FM4 Section C Single Film Critical Study | Talk To Her - Almodovar, 2002 »

jclarke | Friday May 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Talk To Her, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

click on image to enlarge In this resource we will consider the film Talk To Her (2002) and explore some aspects of its film style, by which we mean the choices made by the filmmakers in their deployment of sound and visual elements in the construction of the narrative. As such, we are considering how storytelling devices express a range of meanings and values embodied within the drama. Talk To Her offers an opportunity for us to think about how film (and non Hollywood films, particularly)…
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Rabbit Proof Fence Case Study »

jclarke | 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

click on image to enlarge 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)…
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WJEC AS/A2 Film Studies Suspension of Disbelief Believing in Make Believe »

Emily Hughes | Tuesday March 18, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS AS, FM1, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section B: Spectatorship Topics, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Theory, Spectatorship Theory

click on image to enlarge The movies: flickering images running past our eyes at 24 frames per second. They have the power to make us cry, make us sit on the edge of our seat, exhilarate and infuriate but how? The narratives that unfold in front of us are products, made up stories. The events we see on screen are just actors pretending to be other people, increasingly a lot of what we see is so devoid of reality that it is created on a computer through CGI, it’s all just make believe. So…
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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section B British Film Julie Christie Exemplar A »

karenardouin | Monday March 17, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS 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…
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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section B British Film Julie Christie Exemplar C »

karenardouin | Monday March 17, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS 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…
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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 British and American Film Exemplar »

karenardouin | Monday March 17, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS 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,…
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Bollywood 1990 - Present »

Rob Miller | Friday March 14, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Shree 420, Genres & Case Studies, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

click on image to enlarge WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section A World Cinema: Aspects of National Cinema This section of FM4 Section A: World Cinema does not require a comprehensive study of the period as long as there is some significance in the films chosen, and their relationship to the national cinema to which they belong. It is expected two principal films will be chosen, supplemented by briefer reference to one or two other films. As such, this resource (not an exemplar exam response) will…
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Messages and Values in Global Cinema »

Rob Miller | Friday March 14, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Russian Ark, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

OCR A2 Film Studies Unit F633: Global Cinema and Critical Perspectives Section A: Messages and Values in Global Cinema click on image to enlarge The study of “two contrasting non-English language texts that derive from different countries of origin?: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (China, Honk Kong, Taiwan) 2000 Russian Ark (Russia, Germany) 2002 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Both films, one a Wuxia martial arts/romance hybrid and the other a historical drama-documentary provide audiences…
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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

click on image to enlarge 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…
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The Wave Case Study »

jclarke | 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

click on image to enlarge 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…
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The Devil’s Backbone Case Study »

jclarke | 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]…
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Iranian Cinema »

jclarke | Thursday March 06, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, At Five in the Afternoon, Blackboards, Close Up, The Apple, The Wind Will Carry Us, Genres & Case Studies, Iranian, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

click on image to enlarge WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section A World Cinema Aspects of a National Cinema: Iranian Cinema 1990 - Present Introduction Let us start with a piece from what could serve as possible further reading beyond this resource as it suggests the complexity of the subject we are exploring: “for many pious families, going to the cinema was tantamount to committing a sin. The main reason for this was that cinematic representations of women and love upset the delicate dualism…
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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. …
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Julie Christie: British Film and Stars »

jclarke | Tuesday February 11, 2014

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, EDUQAS 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.…
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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

click on image to enlarge 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 Assessmentmust not be based on the examined topic, 2013-2015: The Superhero Genre. WJEC say: “The work is designed to draw on…
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Tsotsi Case Study »

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…
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