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Legacy OCR A Level Film Studies »

Richard Gent | Wednesday August 24, 2011

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, Overviews

New OCR A Level Film Studies Resources

We are developing a series of new resources for the new A Level Film Studies specs. These are likely to include an overview planner, teaching guide, online slides, student workbook and a glossary. We hope to start publishing them in June.

Legacy Resources

Welcome to Edusites Film’s comprehensive resources and materials link covering every aspect of the OCR AS and A2 Film Studies specification.

Studying film is a skill and a pleasure for both students and teachers focussing on key areas of academic study and we like to think we have...

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New Spec A Level Film Studies »

Barry Rainsford | Friday October 13, 2017

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level, Film History, Film Industry, Films & Case Studies, American, Directors, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Key Concepts, Key Skills, Overviews, Theory

We are aware that some specifications are currently being accredited by Ofqual.

At Edusites we don’t like to keep our subscribers in limbo so here is Unit 1 of 6 new resources for the A Level Film Studies Specification.

These resources are flexible for the first term when you don’t have to choose which exam board you are pursuing.

Each term we provide a Core Unit, Exam Unit and NEA Unit based on the Department for Education Film Studies A Level subject content. (February 2016)

The intention of the course of study is to enable learners to demonstrate knowledge and...

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OCR H410 A Level Film Unit 1 Core: Film Language »

Barry Rainsford | Friday October 13, 2017

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level




OCR H410 A Level Film Studies Unit 1 NEA Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday October 20, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

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 OCR GCE Advanced Level Film Studies Examination Papers 1 & 2 and the Non-Examination Assessment. This workbook comprises the theory and ideas from the related series of lessons led by your teacher, and is...

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OCR H410 A Level Film Studies Unit 1 NEA SOL Teacher »

Barry Rainsford | Tuesday October 20, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

This is the First A Level OCR NEA 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 and KS4 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 teams of non-specialist staff, usually fresh from their teaching courses, with no Film Studies background.

The Lesson Resource Slides contain everything...

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OCR H410 A Level Film Studies Unit 1 Non Examined Assessment (NEA) »

Barry Rainsford | Monday October 19, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

This is the First A Level Unit

Each term we provide a Core Unit, Exam Unit and NEA Unit based on the Department for Education Film Studies A Level subject content. (February 2016)

The intention of the course of study is to enable learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding. This must involve learners exploring:

  • a diverse range of film
  • the significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts
  • film and its key contexts (social, cultural, political, historical technological)
  • how films generate meaning and response
  • film as commercial...
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OCR H410 A Level Film Studies Unit 1 Exam Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Saturday October 17, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

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 OCR GCE Advanced Level Film Studies Examination Paper 1 Section A. This workbook comprises the theory and ideas from the related series of lessons led by your teacher, and is designed to help you to start...

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OCR H410 A Level Film Studies Unit 1 Exam SOL Teacher »

Barry Rainsford | Saturday October 17, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

This is the First A Level OCR Exam Unit

OCR H410 Unit 1 Exam: Paper 1 Section A

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 teams of non-specialist staff, usually fresh from their teaching courses, with no Film Studies background.

The Lesson Resource...

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OCR H410 A Level Film Studies Unit 1 Exam »

Barry Rainsford | Saturday October 17, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level

This is the First A Level Unit

Each term we provide a Core Unit, Exam Unit and NEA Unit based on the Department for Education Film Studies A Level subject content. (February 2016)

The intention of the course of study is to enable learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding. This must involve learners exploring:

  • a diverse range of film
  • the significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts
  • film and its key contexts (social, cultural, political, historical technological)
  • how films generate meaning and response
  • film as commercial...
[ read full article ] »

OCR H410 A Level Film Studies Unit 1 Film Language+ Workbook Student »

Barry Rainsford | Sunday October 04, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC 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 ideas from the related series of lessons led by your teacher, and is designed to...

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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, WJEC A Level, Key Concepts, Film Language




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, WJEC A Level, Key Concepts, Film Language




OCR A2 Film Sec A Messages and Values in Global Film: Battleship Potemkin & Les Quatre Cents Coups »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 15, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Battleship Potemkin, Les Quatre Cents Coups, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, History, War

1. How is style and theme used in communicating messages and values in the films you have studied? (50)

The two films I have studied are Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin from 1925 and Francois Truffaut’s Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows) from 1959. Both films are encoded with a filmmaking style that both reflects a period in cinematic history and also with narrative themes deeply embedded revealing underlying messages and values.

Potemkin’ is considered a classic of 1920s silent soviet cinema with Eisenstein directing films alongside famous...

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OCR A2 Film Sec B Critical Engagement with Film & Cinema: Authorship in Contemporary Cinema »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 15, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Analysis, Film Analysis

2. How far do you agree with the statement that the director is the true author of the filmmaking process? (50)

An auteur implies someone with overall control and also someone with their own recognisable style. Audiences with cultural capital who watch a Hitchcock film may see immediately that it is directed by him because of the cinematography, mise-en-scene and visual style, sound but also importantly editing. It is the ‘look’ of the film that identifies his role and this is the primary role of the director. A film can have a number of authors that go beyond the...

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OCR A2 Film Studies Creative Investigation in Film »

Rob Miller | Monday September 14, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2

The purpose of this unit is to assess students’ ability to independently research, investigate and analyse a film based topic and present the findings and to assess the students’ application of knowledge and understanding to the planning and construction of a creative realisation. It is also designed to assess students’ application of knowledge and understanding in evaluating their own work. This project is produced independently but may have the assistance of others.

1. Research

a. Independent Research Project: Edusites Film Example - An Auteur Study of Martin Scorsese...

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OCR AS Film Studies Foundation Portfolio in Film »

Rob Miller | Monday September 14, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS

The purpose of this unit is to build upon the broader macro skills developed in Unit F631: Film Text and Context. This is an individual portfolio.

The unit is marked out of 100 and comprises four elements:

  • A textual analysis of two contemporary English language film texts (40 Marks)
  • Evidence of planning for a creative artefact which should be related to the textual analysis (10 Marks)
  • A creative artefact (30 Marks)
  • An evaluation (20 Marks)

It is strongly advised that you spend significant time on the planning element despite the mark allocation as inadequate planning will...

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OCR AS Film Studies Contemporary English Language Film: Gone Too Far! and Sightseers »

Rob Miller | Friday September 11, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Gone Too Far!, Sightseers, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama

This resource will be studying the seven frameworks for analysis in Gone Too Far (2014) and Sightseers (2012). It is not an exemplar. For a breakdown of exam requirements, please go to AS OCR Film Studies: Contemporary English Language Film or locate our extended Section A Exemplar Response, using The Double and Saving Mr. Banks, both from 2013.

Gone Too Far!

Authorship

Gone Too Far! (GTF) is a British-Nigerian comedy/social realist drama directed by Destiny Ekaragha. She is only the third black British woman to have directed a feature length film that received UK...

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OCR A2 Film Sec A Messages and Values in Global Film: Battleship Potemkin & Good Bye, Lenin! »

Rob Miller | Friday September 11, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Goodbye Lenin, World Cinema, Battleship Potemkin, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Drama, History, Romance, War

  • Battleship Potemkin (Russia, 1925)
  • Good Bye, Lenin! (Germany, 2003)

Battleship Potemkin

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNT6xyopdBs (whole film)

Historical, Socio-political and Cultural Issues incorporating Authorship

Battleship Potemkin (Potemkin) is a film rooted in Russian history, a fragile peasant economy was ruled by a Tsarist autocracy until revolution and war in 1905 saw a wave of mass political and social unrest spread through the Russian Empire. This included strikes, peasant unrest and military mutinies. It was the latter that Potemkin explored by...

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OCR AS Film Studies F631 Extended Exemplar: Film Text and Context »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 09, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS

Section A: Contemporary English Language Film

1. How are the key messages and values communicated in the two films you have studied? (40)

The two films I have studied are Richard Ayoade’s 2013 British independent film, The Double and the 2013 American film, Saving Mr. Banks which explores the working relationship between Walt Disney and the writer of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers.

The Double is a dystopian vision of the future (and the past) through the eyes of a central protagonist who is replaced by a doppelganger – it explores themes of alienation, self worth,...

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Exemplar OCR A2 Lesson Plan | Introduction to F633 Section A »

Rob Miller | Friday November 14, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, 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 F633 Global Cinema and Critical Perspectives Section A: Messages and Values in Global Film

Context

This lesson would be delivered early in term one to embed the notion of non-English language global cinema and develop a critical approach to film analysis required for the whole of F633. Although exemplar texts will be used as stimulus and research sources identified,...

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Exemplar WJEC & OCR AS Lesson Plan | An Introduction to the Film Industry »

Rob Miller | Wednesday November 12, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM1, Film Industry, 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 the Film Industry

Context

This lesson would be delivered in the first week after induction of an AS Film Studies course, whether WJEC or OCR. It is a generic introduction to the core Film Studies concepts underpinning this academic subject.

Aims and Objectives

To introduce students to film production, distribution and exhibition (exchange) as areas of study,...

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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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Recommended A2 Film Studies Theorists »

Rob Miller | Monday September 15, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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 approaches gained throughout the course to explore film in a synoptic manner”.

In...

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F634: Creative Investigation in Film Guide »

James Clarke | 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. Research

  • Independent Research Project: 40 marks
  • Planning: evidence of planning for a filmed sequence within the field of Film Studies: 10 marks

2. Creative Realisation

  • A...
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OCR A2 Film Studies: 31 Week Scheme of Work »

Rob Miller | Wednesday July 02, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Hot Entries

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F633: Global Cinema and Critical Perspectives

F634: Creative Investigations in Film

This scheme provides a basic outline, in terms of structure and timescales over the period of one academic year – it is expected throughout the year that teachers will generate their own additional resources and materials.  Edusites Film have suggested only a research investigation for F634 and have recommended only that Film Regulation and Classification be studied for F633 Section B – centres may/may not find they have time to teach two topics, e.g. Film and...

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OCR AS Film Studies Revision Quiz »

Rob Miller | Wednesday March 19, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Hot Entries, Quizzes, Film Studies Quizzes

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  2. Click on the back button to return to FilmEdu when you’ve finished using the quiz.



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

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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 with an understanding of Chinese and Russian culture, within the framework of...

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OCR A2 Film Studies Revision Workshop »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 15, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, 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 Global Cinema and Critical Perspectives dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.
  • We have experts on all areas of the specification from F633 Section A: Messages and Values in Global Cinema to Section B: Critical Engagement with Film and Cinema. It is envisaged that centres will inform Edusites Film prior to the session sbout the two non English language case studies you would like us...
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OCR AS Film Studies Revision Workshop »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 15, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Analysis, Film Analysis, 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 Contemporary English Language Film dedicated to, and focusing on specification requirements.
  • We have experts on all areas of the specification from F631 Section A, covering a range of British and American texts and exploring key areas of representation, messages and values. It is envisaged for Section B that centres will inform Edusites Film prior to the session about key areas, topics and texts that...
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OCR A Level Film Studies Recommended Texts »

Rob Miller | Tuesday January 14, 2014

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, Films & Case Studies, Genres & Case Studies, Hot Entries

AS Film Studies Section A

Films to teach 7 Frameworks for Analysis – Representation, Messages and Values, Genre, Narrative, Theme, Style and Authorship

  • Red Road (2006): Style and Authorship
  • Fish Tank (2009): Style, Representation, Messages and Values, Genre and Authorship
  • Millions (2004): Style, Genre and Authorship
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Style, Genre and Authorship
  • Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (2005): Style, Representation and Authorship
  • Frankenweenie (2012): Style, Representation and Authorship
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011): Genre and...
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The Impact of World War Two on British Cinema »

James Clarke | Tuesday December 03, 2013

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, 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, In Which We Serve, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Romance, War, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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World War Two impacted ferociously on Great Britain: cities were attacked by German bombers, air battles were fought and daily life was severely tested over the six years of conflict. It’s understandable though, if the war seems a long, long time ago to you. Cinema, however, offers us a meaningful way to reconnect with, and reflect on the event and to develop a sense of the relationship between World War Two and British cinema. Attendance at cinemas was acutely influenced by the war and, perhaps most interestingly, in terms of the kinds of film...

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Spectatorship and Early Cinema Before 1917 »

James Clarke | Saturday November 30, 2013

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section B: Spectatorship Topics, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film History, Cinema in Context, Film Industry, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright & Licensing, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Production Companies, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation, Theory, Spectatorship Theory

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Cinema is now nearly 120 years old and it’s a magnificently broad, deep, complex and exciting subject.

It’s understandably easy to think that the way films are now is how they have always been, in terms of their technology and particularly how they organize (tell) their stories. However, this isn’t the case and so it’s important for us to be aware that all forms of cultural expression evolve across time and that they are subject to many influences, intended or not. Understanding how cinema began might, in fact, give us some feeling for...

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Developments in 21st Century Cinema and Film (2000-Present) »

James Clarke | Wednesday November 27, 2013

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC A2, Film History, Cinema in Context, Film Industry, Censorship & Regulation, Copyright & Licensing, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Film Publicity, Film Promotion, Production Companies, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Avatar, World Cinema, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

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Film is technology. It’s an obvious point, and an essential one.

Film established itself as a symbol of the modern, mechanical age of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and so it is particularly interesting to now witness how the medium is moving into the digital age. Indeed, we should perhaps talk not of new technology but of now technology because it is so quickly ever changing and evolving. In Western Europe we live in an increasingly digital and electronic age and since 2000 the film industry has witnessed the rapid impact of...

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Authorship in Contemporary Cinema: The Films of Danny Boyle and Tim Burton »

James Clarke | Tuesday November 19, 2013

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Danny Boyle, Tim Burton, Hot Entries, Theory, Auteur Theory, Film Theory

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As we know, there are a fascinating range of ways in which to explore what cinema is; for example: how it achieves its impact on an audience, how technology informs creative choices and how a particular film can tell us something of the culture that produced it. These are all ways of understanding the relationship between text and context. However, the concept that remains perhaps most popular, accessible and fundamental to our thinking about cinema, perhaps because it humanizes a very technical and technological medium, is that of film...

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Film Regulation and Classification »

James Clarke | Thursday November 14, 2013

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC A2, Film Industry, Censorship & Regulation, Hot Entries

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Britain is one of the most highly regulated nations in the ‘west’ in terms of what can be shown at cinemas and in this resource we will explore aspects of the institutional roles of film regulation and classification and the dynamic that is legally required to operate between the institutions of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and the film industry. To put it very simply, if you want your film distributed and shown to the paying public, at a cinema or on home video, then you are legally required to submit it to the BBFC. In...

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Film and Audience Experience »

James Clarke | Wednesday November 13, 2013

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC A2, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience

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Everyone seems to enjoy talking about movies. Why is that? Not everyone enjoys talking about sport or politics or literature or cookery or healthcare for example. The variety of movies we talk about is diverse.

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Films are made to be watched by audiences. It’s the most obvious fact to state but it does remind us of a set of fundamental concerns. This resource will concern itself with a number of issues that you can also revisit in more detailed in several of our other FilmEdu resources.

For this resource we will focus our discussion around two very different films: Red...

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Social Realism Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday December 10, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film History, Genres & Case Studies, Social Realism, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Audience, Film Language, Representation

Origins and Development

Social Realist films originate in the 1950s/1960s but drew in terms of their form and style from the British documentary tradition of the 1930s popularised by the GPO Film Unit (Nightmail) who ultimately became the Crown Film Unit at the start of WW2 (Fires Were Started, Britain Can Take It). In the 1960s social realist films became critically and commercially successful and benefitted from the fact that television was only a feature in some middle class households – people flocked to the cinema to see films like Billy Liar (1953), Cosh Boy (1953),...

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Technical & Symbolic Codes for Moving Image »

Rob Miller | Monday October 01, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Analysis, Film Analysis, Micro Analysis, Shot Analysis, Hot Entries, Key Concepts, Film Language

Associated Resources

  • Technical and Symbolic Codes - Moving Image.ppt



Submarine Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday October 01, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Hot Entries

Institutional Factors | Distribution

Submarine was written and directed by Richard Ayoade and released at UK cinemas in March 2011 after significant critical success at festivals including the London Film Festival (LFF) but particularly the Toronto Film Festival. Toronto success secured the film a distribution contract with the Weinstein Company (formerly Disney owned Miramax) – Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s company in essence can be described as a ‘Mini Major’ film distributor, large enough to cope with the distribution of academy award winning The Artist (2012) and...

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OCR AS Film Studies Scheme of Work »

Rob Miller | Monday October 01, 2012

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

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Scheme

  • OCR AS Film Studies SOW.doc

Associated Resources

  • OCR A Level Film Studies Overview

Concepts

  • Understanding the Macro and Micro Features of Film
  • Textual Analysis of Film - Internal Assessment
  • Planning for a Creative Artefact - Internal Assessment (Storyboarding)
  • Producing / Editing Creative Artefact - Internal Assessment (2 Minute Theatrical Trailer)
  • Evaluation
  • Cinema in Context (Industry - Blockbuster / Multiplexes / 21st Century Technology)

Skills

  • Textual Analysis - Identifying and Understanding English Language Film
  • Research and Analysis - Application of Learnt...
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KS5 Film Studies Starters »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday September 12, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC A2, Hot Entries, Starters, KS5 Film Studies Starters

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Synergy Starter

Ask students to come up with as many ways that they can use synergy to sell a film. You can give them the genre / narrative, or get them to come up with this. Works best in small groups. Compare and add to one another’s ideas. See What is Synergy? for assistance.

Explore The Theory ICT

Give the students a range of film theories to explore. You can share these out amongst the group, or get them to focus on one a lesson so you can discuss it later. Examples include Post Colonialism, Marxism and Surrealism. See here for more examples.

Back Through Time ICT

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AS OCR Film Studies: Contemporary English Language Film »

Nicole Ponsford | Tuesday September 11, 2012

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Non-Hollywood Films, Hot Fuzz, The Woman in Black, Genres & Case Studies, Action, British Film, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Independent, Mystery, Thriller, Hot Entries

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In both the exam and in the coursework, candidates will be asked to study English Language Texts. They are NOT able to study the same texts for both sections and will prepare for this in different ways. For example, the coursework will act as a catalyst for their creative work in their portfolios. In the exam, students will have part of a two hour exam to answer a specific (unseen) question on an aspect of the film.

Both the coursework and examination texts will have shared aspects. This is mainly the understanding of both the micro and macro features of a text. It is...

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