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Legacy Eduqas WJEC A Level Film Studies »

Richard Gent | Wednesday August 24, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC A2, Hot Entries, Overviews

Legacy Resources

Welcome to Edusites Film’s comprehensive resources and materials link covering every aspect of the WJEC 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 covered all bases. This includes in depth schemes of work with embedded links, mini student schemes of work, student guides and many, many, many case studies to kick start or embed the topic.

Expert advice as always is close at hand and we offer differentiated half or full day...

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Shaun of the Dead Single Film Study »

Viki Walden | Friday September 15, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Edgar Wright, Non-Hollywood Films, Shaun of the Dead, Genres & Case Studies, Comedy, Horror

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/LIfcaZ4pC-4

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Eduqas Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: British Film Since 1995 Two Film Study
Component Group 1: Varieties of Film and Filmmaking

These tasks require you study all films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film...
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Single Film Study »

Antony Bateman | Thursday September 07, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Directors, Milos Forman, Genres & Case Studies, Drama

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXrcDonY-B8

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Eduqas Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
Component Group 2: New Hollywood 1961-1990

These tasks require you study all films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film...
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No Country for Old Men Single Film Study »

Graham Panton | Wednesday September 06, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, No Country for Old Men, Directors, Coen Brothers, Genres & Case Studies, Crime, Drama, Thriller

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/38A__WT3-o0

EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: Hollywood American Film Since 2005
Component Group 1

These tasks require you study all films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film Context

And with specific reference to ideas of:

  • Spectatorship
  • Ideology

Section B: American Film since 2005 (two-film study)

Answer on one film from Group 1 and one film from Group 2.

Group 1: Mainstream Film

  • No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007)
  • Inception (Nolan, 2010)
  • Selma...
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Boyhood Single Film Study »

Graham Panton | Sunday September 03, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Directors, Richard Linklater, Non-Hollywood Films, Boyhood, Genres & Case Studies, Drama

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/IiDztHS3Wos

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: American Film Since 2005
Component Group 2: American Independent Film

These tasks require you study all films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film...
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Vertigo Single Film Study »

Graham Panton | Saturday September 02, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Directors, Alfred Hitchcock, Hollywood Films, Vertigo, Genres & Case Studies, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/UHhsEYDg8GI

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
Component Group 1: Hollywood 1930-1960

These tasks require you study all films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film Context

And...

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Inception Single Film Study »

Viki Walden | Saturday September 02, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Inception, Directors, Christopher Nolan, Hollywood Films, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Adventure, Science Fiction

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3A3-zSOBT4

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: Hollywood American Film Since 2005
Component Group 1

These tasks require you study all films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film Context

And...

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Casablanca Single Film Study »

Viki Walden | Friday September 01, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Casablanca, Directors, Martin Scorsese, Genres & Case Studies, Adventure, Drama, Film Noir, Romance, War

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQTWfGOv1JY

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
Component Group 2: Hollywood 1960-1990

These tasks require you study all films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film Context
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Bonnie and Clyde Single Film Study »

Darin Caudle | Thursday August 31, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Bonnie and Clyde, Directors, Arthur Penn, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Biography, Crime, Drama

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ACCpXaA-MU

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
Component Group 2: Hollywood 1960-1990

These tasks require you study all films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film Context
...[ read full article ] »

Blade Runner Single Film Study »

Barry Rainsford | Saturday August 26, 2017

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, American, Blade Runner, Directors, Ridley Scott, Genres & Case Studies, Film Noir, Science Fiction

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnAXSl6LW2s

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EDUQAS Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990
Component Group 2: Hollywood 1960-1990

These tasks require you study all films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film Context
...[ read full article ] »

Apocalypse Now Single Film Study »

James Clarke | Tuesday September 13, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Fancis Ford Coppola, Hollywood Films, Apocalypse Now, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, War

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snDR7XsSkB4

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Eduqas Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990
Component Group 2: New Hollywood 1961-1990

These tasks require you study all films with particular reference to responding to questions in the key areas:

  • Film Language
  • Film Meaning
  • Film...
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Spectatorship Experimental/Expanded Film: The Blood of a Poet »

Rob Miller | Friday September 09, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section B: Spectatorship Topics

Past Exam Questions

  1. ‘The experience of watching experimental film is so different from watching mainstream fictional film that the spectator often feels unease and boredom’. Discuss this statement with reference to the films you have studied for this topic.
  2. Explore how distinctive elements in the experimental films you have studied have an impact on the spectator.
  3. Explore how far your viewing of experimental or expanded film/video has made you more aware of issues in spectatorship.
  4. ‘Experimental and expanded film/video most often offers artistic representations which...
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World Cinema Topics: Empowering Women | Pumzi (2009) »

Rob Miller | Friday September 09, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Pumzi, Genres & Case Studies, Science Fiction

WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section A World Cinema: Empowering Women

Empowering Women Past Exam Questions:

  1. Discuss how persuasive you have found the different films you have studied for this topic in promoting female empowerment.
  2. In the films you have studied for this topic, how far can it be said that central characters and their situations are represented in similar ways?
  3. Discuss how far men are represented as enemies of female empowerment in the films you have chosen for this topic.
  4. Explore some of the ways in which film techniques are used to position audiences to identify...
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Apocalypse Now Single Film Study Bibliography and Tasks »

James Clarke | Monday March 14, 2016

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Fancis Ford Coppola, Hollywood Films, Apocalypse Now

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Eduqas Film Studies Paper 1

Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990
Component Group 2: New Hollywood 1961-1990

Bibliography

  • [1] Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse film documentary (1991)
  • [2] Francis Coppola, Director’s Statement for Apocalypse Now Redux
  • [3] Francis Coppola quoted in Shortlist magazine,...
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WJEC AS Film Studies FM2 Section B British Film: The Quiet Ones and Hush »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 19, 2015

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

Section B: British Film Topics – British Film and Genre

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

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

Past Exam Questions

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

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British Film and Horror »

Richard Gent | Friday November 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 22, 2015

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

The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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

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

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

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rob Miller | Monday September 07, 2015

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

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

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

Taxi Driver

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

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

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

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

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International Film Styles: Neorealism »

James Clarke | Friday September 04, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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 felt in cinemas around the world.

In exploring two films as our key texts in...

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WJEC AS Film Studies FM1 Exploring Film Form Scheme »

Rob Miller | Thursday July 16, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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 features and be fully aware of the requirements of the subject (film analysis is a...

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Popular Film & Emotional Response: All That Heaven Allows & Far From Heaven »

Rob Miller | Wednesday July 01, 2015

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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 arguably ‘paints’ using a broader, more contemporary ‘brush’ when...

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Film Studies Revision Workshops »

Richard Gent | Thursday January 08, 2015

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

Introduction

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

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

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

GCSE Film Studies Revision Workshops

  • WJEC GCSE Film Studies Superhero and Film Outside...
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Exemplar WJEC A2 Lesson Plan | Introduction to Bollywood as a National Cinema »

Rob Miller | Monday November 17, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Genres & Case Studies, Bollywood, 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 Bollywood as a National Cinema

Context

This lesson would be delivered in the first or second week after the Christmas break with the assumption that students are close to completing their FM3 projects – an understanding of World Cinema has been embedded but needs to be revisited at the start of the lesson before this specific, examined Section A: World Cinema...

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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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British Film: Swinging Britain 1963-1973 »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 06, 2014

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

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

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

In this resource...

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WJEC Film Studies AS > A2 Transition Unit »

Rob Miller | Thursday October 30, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, WJEC A2, Analysis, Film Analysis, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Moving Image Production

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FilmEdu recommend that AS-A2 Transition is introduced on or around 18th May 2015, after FM2 examined unit is complete and after FM1 coursework has been assessed with the marks submitted to WJEC. For centres whose students stay on until the end of term, this means a valuable 8 weeks of study that can potentially mean the difference between grades in terms of final assessment.

During this period, students should enjoy, as much as expand their understanding of film culture - this is reflected in the range of activities. FilmEdu also offer during...

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The Battle of Algiers (1966) Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 29, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, 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

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FM4 Section C Single Film - Critical Study

The whole film can be watched here.

In 2010, The Guardian newspaper published a story entitled “Algeria (national football squad) prepare for World Cup battle by watching The Battle of Algiers.”. Given the centrality of football to our contemporary popular culture, this incident might offer some suggestion of the cyclical power of cultural discourse and the transmission of a given film text’s thematic content in terms of the process of how it is decoded and appropriated by particular audiences at...

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

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 08, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC AS, FM1, FM2, Section B: British Film Topics, Section C: US Film Comparative Study, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Genres & Case Studies, British Film, Hot Entries

FM2: British and American Film ‘How to Respond to Section A - Producers and Audiences: Resource Items’

This resource examines approaches to Section A of FM2 in terms of areas of questioning but specifically, how to respond to the range of stimulus WJEC could use, and expect students to refer to in Part A and Part B of the resource items.

The section title, ‘Producers and Audiences’ is important in letting students know the type of response expected in the exam – an equal engagement with both film producers and film audience is expected in both questions (there will...

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Happy Together (Hong Kong 1997) Case Study »

James Clarke | Tuesday October 07, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Distribution, Film Marketing, Films & Case Studies, World Cinema, Happy Together, Genres & Case Studies, Drama, Romance, Hot Entries, Theory, Auteur Theory, Queer Theory

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FM4: Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates Section C: Single Film – Critical Study

Introduction

Happy Together is a feature film directed by Wong Kar-wai. It was released in 1997, the year that Hong Kong’s governance from Britain ended and governance from China began. The fact that Happy Together begins with passports being stamped might well resonate with Hong Kong audiences particularly with when the film was released. We might suggest that a passport is a very tangible symbol of national identity. The film is encoded...[ read full article ] »


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

Rob Miller | Monday October 06, 2014

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

Associated Resources

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

Instructions

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

Section A:  Producers and Audiences

EITHER:

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

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

Rob Miller | Monday October 06, 2014

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

Introduction

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

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

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Solaris (Soviet Union 1972) Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday October 01, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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

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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

  • Spectatorship issues related to the above and to narrative development

  • The film as...
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Movern Callar (2002) Case Study »

James Clarke | Friday September 26, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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

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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 the importance of the non-verbal is highly relevant in relation to Morvern...

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Approaches to Single Film Critical Study Workshop »

Richard Gent | Thursday September 25, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section C: Single Film Critical Study, Analysis, Film Analysis, Hot Entries

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This WJEC A2 Film Studies dedicated, interactive workshop, offered both as a full or half day option provides a platform for further study in relation to FM4 Section C: Single Film – Critical Study. It is expected that centres will inform FilmEdu of their chosen film available for study so that the half day, or full day workshop will be dedicated to that specific text. We can guarantee an expert on each available text to ensure assessment requirements, and all areas of questioning are covered.

Cost

  • Half Day (3 Hours Contact Time): costs from...
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Documentary and Spectatorship Workshop »

Richard Gent | Wednesday September 24, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section B: Spectatorship Topics, Genres & Case Studies, Documentary, Hot Entries

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Documentary, of all genres has a profound impact on spectatorship. This dedicated, interactive WJEC A2 Film Studies Section B: Spectatorship topic explores historical and contemporary genre pieces from Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera through to Senna, Grizzly Man and Marley ensuring that key theories e.g. the work of Dr Bill Nichols are incorporated. It is expected centres will inform Edusites Film of their chosen texts so the session can be bespoke to their needs.

Cost

  • Half Day (3 Hours Contact Time): costs from £300
  • Full Day (6 Hours...
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International Film Styles Workshop »

Richard Gent | Wednesday September 24, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, FM4, Section A: World Cinema, Hot Entries

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This WJEC A2 Film Studies dedicated, interactive workshop, offered both as a full or half day option provides a platform for further study in relation to the FM4 Section A: World Cinema, International Film Styles topic. It is expected that centres will inform Edusites Film of their chosen topic/topics, whether German Cinema, Soviet Cinema, Surrealism, Neo Realism or New Wave options so the session can be precisely tailored to the needs of the centre. We can guarantee an expert in each field of study.

Cost

  • Half Day (3 Hours Contact Time): costs...
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Approaches to British Film Topics Workshop »

Richard Gent | Wednesday September 24, 2014

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

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

Cost

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

Booking...

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

Introduction

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

  1. How far do the American films you have studied convey key themes in similar ways?
  2. How far is the representation of characters in the American films you have studied influenced by the times in which the films were made?
  3. Discuss some of the similarities and...
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Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971) Case Study »

Rob Miller | Monday September 22, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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 narrative. WJEC do provide, on request a short Reader on each film with a number...

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International Film Styles: Surrealism »

Rob Miller | Friday September 19, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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

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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 matter of the films you have studied?

WJEC Say

“This topic focuses on the...

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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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WJEC A2 Film Studies FM4 Section A World Cinema Bollywood A Grade Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Wednesday September 03, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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

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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 of India, as Hindi films. Bollywood films have come to represent a national...

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Vertigo (Hitchcock 1958) Case Study »

James Clarke | Monday August 18, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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

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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 protagonist Scottie looks down from a great height during a chase, a camera move...

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Modern Times Case Study (Chaplin 1936) »

James Clarke | Monday May 19, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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

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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’ subjects; as evidenced by films such as Schindler’s List (1993) and 12 Years A...

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WJEC A2 FM4 Section C Single Film Critical Study | Talk To Her - Almodovar, 2002 »

James Clarke | Friday May 09, 2014

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC 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

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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) might have more opportunity than the Hollywood-produced film (typically conservative...

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