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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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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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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



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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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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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



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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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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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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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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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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The Incredibles Case Study »

Viki Walden | Wednesday November 09, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, The Incredibles, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, Adventure, Animation, 1990 Onwards, Superhero, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Superhero Films Case Study | The Incredibles

Synopsis

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In the beginning of The Incredibles, superheroes are celebrated by the city folk; they are celebrities, interviewed on television. Mr Incredible is able to prevent a number of crimes: rescuing a cat from a tree; preventing a heist; saving a man trying to commit suicide; capturing a thief; preventing a train crash; and a bank robbery - even on the way to his wedding to Elastigirl. During his missions, a young fan of Mr Incredible, Buddy, who goes by the name Incrediboy, keeps trying to help him. Mr Incredible...

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Spider-Man Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday November 09, 2011

Categories: Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Spider-Man, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Action Adventure, Adventure, Fantasy, Superhero, Hot Entries, CCEA, CCEA Case Studies

Paper 1 | Superhero Films Case Study | Spider-Man

“Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can; spins a web, any size, catches thieves just like flies look out! Here comes the Spider-Man”

Synopsis and Character Profiles

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Toby Maguire plays Peter Parker, an orphaned, teenage High School student plagued by feelings of inadequacy and rejection. He is stereotypically ‘geeky’ and pines for the ‘girl next door’, Mary Jane Watson (played by Kirsten Dunst), and lives with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May, who he is very close to and who dote on him. Mary Jane shows no...

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The Dark Knight Case Study »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday November 03, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, The Dark Knight, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Crime, Drama, Superhero, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Superhero Films Case Study | The Dark Knight

Synopsis

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The Dark Knight opens with a bank robbery in which the Joker kills his accomplices. A news report then explains that public opinion of Batman is decreasing, yet when Batman tries to stop some gangsters a number of ‘copycat’ Batmen try to help him.

At home, recovering from his wounds, Bruce Wayne (Batman) pines after his lost love Rachel, who is now going out with Harvey Dent, Gotham’s new District Attorney. Harvey and Rachel lead a prosecution court case, after which Harvey makes it clear to Gordon that...

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X-Men (2000) Case Study »

Viki Walden | Saturday October 22, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, X-Men, Genres & Case Studies, Superhero, Hot Entries

Paper 1 | Superhero Films Case Study | X-Men

Synopsis

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X-Men starts with a young Eric (Magneto) being taken prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp. He notices that this is not a work camp, but something much more sinister when he sees prisoners in stripped uniforms and numbered tattoos.

Eric struggles to free himself from the group and is restrained by two soldiers; he watches his family marched off to the gas chamber, as he uses his powers to collapse the camp’s gate.

Cut to: the present time, a young girl, Marie gets close to her boyfriend for the first time, but as she...

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Breaking Down The Mock Exam | Paper 1 Superhero Film »

Nicole Ponsford | Wednesday October 12, 2011

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

Top Tips for Students

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

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

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

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

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2013-14 GCSE Film Studies Schemes (Superhero & Outside Hollywood) »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 12, 2011

Categories: GCSE, Films & Case Studies, Hollywood Films, Non-Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, Superhero, Hot Entries

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Schemes

  • Film Studies GCSE 1-Year SOW inc. Superhero Genre.doc
  • Film Studies GCSE 2-Year SOW inc. Superhero Genre.doc

Associated Resources

  • Breaking Down The Mock Exam | Paper 1 Superhero Film
  • Research Your Favourite Film Checklist
  • Film Research Mark Sheet
  • Student Examples of Micro Analysis | Low Level Work
  • Film Pitch | Student Examples (PPTs)

Concepts

  • Understanding Film Language (Form, Narrative and Genre)
  • Representation and Ideologies
  • Film Organisations – Hollywood, World Cinema (Production, Distribution, Exhibition, Funding)
  • Audiences (Stars, Genres, Consumption,...
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Understanding Superheroes »

Nicole Ponsford | Tuesday October 11, 2011

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

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Superhero Genre

Paper 1 of the WJEC Film Studies course now demands that teachers and students study the superhero genre from 2011 as a two year course, and for all courses from September 2012. Superhero films have moved from the cult-geekish sidelines to the main spectacle of Hollywood blockbusters. Recently, the superhero genre has since a rise in popularity due to the use of digital special effects in films and the influence from the main studios creating new franchises. We see superheroes today in television shows (such as Heroes) and films, animation and CGI, in comics...

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