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Introduction to Film Studies

Outline of teh WJEC AS Film Studies course as taught at Thurston Community College

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Introduction to Film Studies

  1. 1. Introduction to Film Studies What will you be learning? How will you be assessed
  2. 2. What are you top five favourite films of all time? • You have five mins to think of your five favourites • Write them down and be prepared to share them with the class • Use the ‘Movies to See Before You Die’ to help. Think about what other movies should be on the list (and why) • Miss Hill’s Top Five • LOTR • Psycho • The Dark Knight • Pan’s Labyrinth • Blade Runner
  3. 3. What movie character would you most like to be?
  4. 4. How many of these films have you seen? • 100 Movie Spoilers in five minutes
  5. 5. Key Information WJEC AS GCE in Film Studies The two year course of made up of 4 Units. FM1 – Exploring Film Form FM2 – British and American Film FM3 – Film Research and Creative Projects FM4 – Varieties of Film Experience – Issues and Debates
  6. 6. Assessments FM1 – Internal Assessment made up of two parts. Worth 20% (40%), 80 marks FM2 – External Assessment made up of three sections (2 ½ hour). Worth 30% (60%),120 marks FM3 – Internal Assessment made up of two parts. Worth 25%, 100 marks FM4 – External Assessment made up of three sections(2 ¾ hour). Worth 25%, 100 marks
  7. 7. FM 1 – Exploring Film Form • Part One – Learning the language of film and how directors use the micro element of film to communicate with the audience • You get to pick your favourite film and analysis in depth one key scene • Trainspotting, Black Swan, Halloween, Snatch, The Empire Strikes Back, Sweeny Todd, Hellboy, • Part Two – Practical Project (applying knowledge from Part One) • A Short Film • Photo storyboard of a film sequence • Extended Step Outline
  8. 8. FM 2 – British and American Films Three Sections Section A: Producers and Audience Section B: British Film Topics Section C: US Film – Comparative Study
  9. 9. Producers and Audience • American and British Film Industry Key Words: Finance, Organisation, Production, Distribution, Marketing and Exhibition • The Film Audience Key Words: Supply and demand, Consumption, Digital technologies, Genre, and Star System. • Interrelationship between P and A via Case Studies. • The Kings Speech • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows • Precious • Four Lions • Avatar
  10. 10. British Film Topics – Comedy Film • Key Questions • What is a comedy – genre and subgenres • What is a British Comedy • Typical Comedy Narratives and Characters • In what context were the films made and what impact did this have? • Representation of British Culture • What themes are common in comedy films, what British themes are present and how are issues dealt with • Key Films • Love Actually and Four Lions (you choose up to 2 others)
  11. 11. US Film – Comparative Study • Batman 1989 vs The Dark Knight • Key Topic • Genre Analysis • Narrative Theory • How media text communicate values and messages to their audience • Representation – ‘gender’ and ‘America’ • America in the late 1980’s to early 1990’s • America in the Post 9/11 Age • Central themes of the films
  12. 12. Summer Homework – Film Journal • As part of your Year 12 course I want you to keep a film journal. You will be recording your thoughts/ feelings/responses to films and analyse micro elements. • I would expect you to watch at least one film every two weeks and record your thoughts! • Try to watch a range of films – not just the classic Hollywood blockbuster. • Use the ‘Movies to see before you Die’ list and the films we have talked about today • After summer you can also borrow films off me.