Film & Media

KS4

Film is widely acknowledged as the major art form of the 20th Century and today film continues to be an important part of most people’s cultural experience. This course is designed to build upon students’ experience of film – as consumers and creators.
The WJEC GCSE is a two year course involving the study of:
♣ The ‘language’ of film
♣ The organisations which produce, distribute and exhibit them and
♣ The audiences for film.

Film studies in Year 10 & 11 deepens students’ knowledge and appreciation of film giving them a knowledge of film language
♣ mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing and sound – the micro elements of film
♣ genre and narrative – the macro elements of film
♣ how and what films communicate – representations and ideologies.

Students gain knowledge of film organisations and how they produce, distribute and exhibit films, considering the ways in which the film industry aims to expand its market by creating and responding to audience demands. Students also learn how audiences consume films – how they watch and what everyday uses and pleasure films have.

Group work & peer feedback utilized to encourage communication – as is whole class discussion around the themes of the films.

Tolerance & respect fostered explicitly in the films studied (South African cinema as an example)

Independent ideas are encouraged – lots of opportunities for developing of new skills in terms of analysis and creation of film products increases independent development of ideas.

Exam Board: WJEC

Description of each module that also identifies how each module will be assessed:

Exploring Film – External Assessment
Paper 1: Exploring Film (1 hour 30 minutes, 30%)
Four compulsory questions focusing on one film genre. These questions will assess knowledge and understanding of film language and key industry and audience issues.
Paper 2: Exploring Film outside Hollywood (1 hour, 20%)
Three compulsory questions on one film produced outside Hollywood, chosen 
from a list prescribed by the Awarding Body. Questions will be based on:
characters, narratives, themes and issues in the film chosen
the way people, places, events and issues are represented in the film and
a creative question involving individual responses to the film (e.g. reviews, blogs, website entries).

Exploring & Creating – Controlled Assessment

1 film exploration – two tasks:
(i) industry research (350-500 words) and
(ii) an analysis of micro elements in a short sequence from the film (350-750 words)
[15% of controlled assessment]
1 production – consisting of four tasks:
(i) a pitch and preproduction for the film on which the final production is based and
(ii) an evaluative analysis of the final production (350-500 words or equivalent)
[35% of controlled assessment].

The weighting of each module towards overall grade:

Exploring Film 50%
Exploring & Creating 50%

If controlled assessment is involved, what level and what does this mean for pupils:

The controlled assessment is worth 50% of the total marks available for this specification, the regulation of controlled assessment in GCSE Film Studies is divided into 3 stages, each with a level of control agreed in conjunction with the regulatory authorities:
. Task setting (high level of control)
. Task taking (medium level of control)
. Task marking (medium level of control).
Candidates must complete the film exploration, with the exception of research and viewing of the extract, under informal supervision. Teachers may provide support for research and viewing through group and class approaches.
Candidates must complete the pitch, preproduction and final production under informal supervision. Teachers may provide support for research, planning and evaluation through group and class approaches

 

KS5

(a) to develop students’ interest in, appreciation and knowledge of film, specifically through studying
• the film – the way film as an audio-visual form of creative expression constructs meaning, provokes varieties of spectator response and raises issues of personal, social, cultural, political and ethical significance;
and through studying
• the film’s producers and audiences – the relationship between the production and consumption of films, with particular reference to Hollywood and British film;
(b) to provide students with a foundation in the analysis of film, together with subject specialist language, and to introduce them to creative and production skills.
The aims of A Level are:
(a) to take forward the approaches introduced at AS level, specifically through
• providing students with more sophisticated analytical and critical approaches for understanding how films construct meaning and provoke diverse responses;
and through
• enabling students to study a wider range of films, thereby developing an appreciation of aspects of the history of film and its cultural diversity;
(b) to develop students’ research skills as well as their creative and production skills through more advanced film projects and allow them to synthesise learning gained throughout the course.

FM1 Exploring Film Form – candidates are expected to apply knowledge and understanding, including some of the common critical approaches that characterise the subject, when exploring and analysing films and when evaluating their own creative projects to show how meanings and responses are generated and to demonstrate the ability to devise film projects creatively, applying appropriate planning and production skills effectively.
They will learn about how to analyse film and demonstrate their understanding of micro analysis in an assessed coursework essay, as well as producing a photographic storyboard or a short section of a film.
FM2 students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of film as an audio-visual form of creative expression together with its contexts of production and reception.
They will learn about the UK & US film industries, focusing in detail on films from ‘Thatcher’s Britain’, and also compare the US slasher genre.
FM3 students will demonstrate the ability to devise film projects creatively, applying appropriate planning and production skills effectively and demonstrate the ability to undertake, apply and present research into film topics.
They will produce a presentation script and annotated catalogue, and either a screenplay or short segment of film.
FM4 students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the diversity in filmmaking across different historical periods and locations and will apply knowledge and understanding, including some of the common critical approaches that characterise the subject, when exploring and analysing films.
They will engage with foreign films that present the issues of Power, Poverty & Conflict, and with mainstream Hollywood films that create emotional response and also study Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ in detail.

How pupils are to be assessed:

Coursework and exam preparation is focused on developing independent ideas. The topics which we cover in film are sometimes difficult; issues of gender and race and the oppression of minority groups are engaged with, and tolerance is encouraged at all times. Sixth form students are often asked to work in small groups which fosters good communication skills.

Exam Board: WJEC

Description of each module that also identifies how each module will be assessed:
FM1 Exploring Film Form Internal Assessment
. One analysis of how the micro aspects of a chosen extract from a film of candidate’s choice produce meanings and responses (1500 words) (30 marks)
. One creative project based on a film sequence or short film

(50 marks: sequence or short film [40]/reflective analysis [10])
FM2 British and American Film External Assessment 21⁄2 hours Written Paper
Section A: Response to stimulus material set by Awarding Body based on producers and audiences of film (40)
Section B: Topics in British Film (40)
Section C: US Film – Comparative study of two films (40)
FM3 Film Research and Creative Projects Internal Assessment
. a small-scale research project (40)
. creative project (60 – 45 product/15 reflective analysis)
FM4 Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates External assessment 2 ¾ hour written paper
Section A: World Cinema topics (35) Section B: Spectatorship topics (35) Section C: Single Film – Critical Study (30)

The weighting of each module towards overall grade:

FM1 20 % (40%)Paper raw mark total: 80 Paper UMS total: 80
FM2 30% (60%) Paper raw mark total: 120 Paper UMS total: 120
FM3 25 %Paper raw mark total: 100 Paper UMS total: 100
FM4 25 %Paper raw mark total: 100 Paper UMS total: 100

Details of any coursework:
Please see FM1 & FM3 detailed above