Film Studies explores the world of cinema - both British and global. We examine the technical construction of films, considering how choices influence how ideas are communicated. We also consider how film represents the world in which we live, and how this changes over time. We study ways in which films are constructed so as to promote and brand themselves in a commercially competitive environment. This is in order to develop students’ ability to understand how the films are created to influence our attitudes and behaviour.
Students will complete modules in film language including camera usage, editing and film conventions. Students will have the opportunity to use digital still and video cameras and software such as Corel Paintshop Pro and learn how to write Industry-standard screenplays.
Area of study:
Hollywood Big Tent Cinema - Black Panther
Hollywood Classic Genre - King Solomon’s Mines
Hollywood Blockbuster - Jaws
Global English Language Film - Life of Pi
Genre film - The Woman on Black
Genre FIlm - The Others
What should they know?
Types of sound
What the key elements of an image are
Stereotypes and countertypes of gender and ethnicity
Cinematography: Lighting and colour
Genre convention of horror:
What should they be able to do?
Analyse how cinematography is used to convey meaning in key scenes with a focus on shots and angles
Compare how Africa is represented in comparison to Black Panther
Analyse how cinematography is used to convey meaning in key scenes with a focus on camera movements
Analyse how cinematography is used to convey meaning in key scenes with a focus on lighting
Analyse how technical choices impact on the audience
Identify the elements of an effective horror film
Depth of Field
Analysis of the use of film language in the ritual battle scene
Comparison of the representation of Africa in both KSM and BP
Analyse how cinematography is used in the first and second shark attacks
Storyboard a scene with a shipwreck and shark attack
Write a commentary on cinematographic choices
Analysis of the use of film language in a choice of scenes
Create a pitch for a horror film and storyboard a trailer using horror conventions
GCSE Exam Information: Exam Board, papers and topics (weighting and length of paper) WJEC / Eduqas exam board 30 % Coursework 60% Exam
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