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GCSE Film Studies Paper 1 Explanation Superhero Films Revision

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A PowerPoint presentation that explains how Exam Paper 1 of GCSE WJEC Film Studies is structured, how each question will examine the students understanding of different areas of Film Studies at GCSE …

A PowerPoint presentation that explains how Exam Paper 1 of GCSE WJEC Film Studies is structured, how each question will examine the students understanding of different areas of Film Studies at GCSE level and some hints and tips thrown in for good measure.


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  • 1. GCSE FilmStudiesPaper 1Explanation
  • 2. Paper 1 is worth 50 marks• You will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to getthese 50 marks.• You will be answering questions onSuperhero films.• You will watch a clip from a superhero filmand answer questions on it.• You will analyse a poster or similar.• You will create an idea for a new product.
  • 3. It will be split into 4 questions:• Q1: Explain technical elementsused in the clip. (10)• Q2: Explain how parts of the clip werefrom a Superhero film. (10)• Q3: Study the provided product andexplain why it has been designedlike it has. (10)• Q4: Create a new product. (20)
  • 4. Questions 1 (10) and 2 (10):• Will always be a response to a clip from asuperhero film.• You don’t have to have seen that film to beable to answer the questions on it.• You will be able to watch the clip 3 times (we’lldo some work later on how to and what to watch).• You could be asked about ANY microelement used in the clip such assound, camera angle or lighting.
  • 5. Question 3 (10 marks)• This question will be a response to something inthe exam such as a poster or DVD cover.• You will be asked to use your knowledge aboutfilm and the film industry and then use the‘thing’ included to help give you an idea ofwhat sort of things you could mention in youranswer.
  • 6. Question 4 (20 marks)• Your final question will be worth the most amount ofmarks.• You should spend the most amount of time on thissection.• This section will ask you to create a new product, suchas a poster, DVD box set, new film or front cover.• This will be related to superhero films.
  • 7. Question 1:(a) Identify something. ONE mark(b) Explain why it is used. TWO marks(c) How are two of the following used to create something. SEVENmarks• Sound• Editing• Mise-en-scene• Camera angles• Camera movement• Special Effects• Colour• LightingOn the exam paper therewill be any 4 of these microfeatures. So make sure youare familiar with each ofthese 7 micro features.Typical question 1 structure (10 marks)
  • 8. Example Question 1:(a) Name one camera angle used in this extract.ONE mark(b) Why is this camera angle used? TWO marks(c) How are two of the following used to create asense of danger for the main characters.SEVENmarks• Sound• Mise-en-scene• Camera angles• Special Effects• Lighting
  • 9. Example Question 1:(a) Name one camera angle used in this extract.ONE mark(b) Why is this camera angle used? TWO marks(c) How are two of the following used to create asense of danger for the main characters.SEVENmarks• Sound• Mise-en-scene• Camera angles• Special Effects• Lighting
  • 10. Question 1 and 2 practice:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVpW4A_lqjkThe first time watching through, simplywatch the clip and either:+If you know the film, look specifically forthings that make it a SuperHero film.+If you don’t, pay attention to the charactersand quickly work out their role andcharacter type.
  • 11. Question 1 and 2 practice:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVpW4A_lqjkThe second time watching through and:+Make sure that you can explain whatcharacter types are used and identifythings (such as props or keythemes/narrative) that appear in otherSuperHero films.+Start to make mental notes about answerson what the question is asking.
  • 12. Question 1 and 2 practice:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVpW4A_lqjkThe third time watching through, watch theclip to see:+ What the question is asking!+ Is it asking about lighting? Props? Mise-en-sce? Camera angles?+ This is your last chance, so make surethat you can actually remember theevidence you need.
  • 13. Question 2:Question 2 will also be about the extractclip.It will ask for more detail about SuperHero filmsin general, which is where your revision ofthe genre will come into use.You will need to be familiar with the typicalfeatures of other SuperHero films andideally know 2 or 3 SuperHero films wellenough to give them as examples.
  • 14. Question 2:2. (a) Identify one typical Superheroconvention used in this extract. (1)(b) Describe one example of how thisconvention is used in anotherDisaster Movie. (3)(c) Explain why this convention isused in other Disaster Movies youhave studied. (6) [10]
  • 15. Question 2:2. (a) Identify one typical Superheroconvention used in this extract. (1)(b) Describe one example of how thisconvention is used in anotherDisaster Movie. (3)(c) Explain why this convention isused in other Superhero Movies youhave studied. (6) [10]
  • 16. Question 2:2. (a) Identify one typical Superheroconvention used in this extract. (1)(b) Describe one example of how thisconvention is used in another SuperHero film. (3)(c) Explain why this convention isused in other Super Hero films youhave studied. (6) [10]
  • 17. Question 3 (10 marks)• This question will be a response to somethingin the exam such as a poster or DVD cover.• You will be asked to use your knowledgeabout film and the film industry and thenuse the ‘thing’ included to help give you anidea of what sort of things you couldmention in your answer.• Try to avoid writing about the thing in front ofyou for your answer. Use it as a guide and help.
  • 18. • How do film companies create interest in theirmovies in advance of their release? You mayrefer to the resource material to help you. (10)Question 3 (10 marks)Example questions• How is merchandising used in the marketingof films? You may refer to the resourcematerial to help you. (10)• How do DVD covers encourage us to buy orrent a DVD? You may refer to the resourcematerial to help you. (10)
  • 19. • How do film companies create interest intheir movies in advance of their release?You may refer to the resource material tohelp you. (10)Question 3 (10 marks)Time for you to have a go at answering anexample question:
  • 20. Resource material
  • 21. • How is merchandising used in themarketing of films? You may refer to theresource material to help you. (10)Question 3 (10 marks)Time for you to have a go at answering anexample question:
  • 22. Resource material
  • 23. Question 4 (20 marks)• Your final question will be worth the most amountof marks.• You should spend the most amount of time on thissection.• It will be split into 4 smaller sections-pay attentionto the possible score for each question.• This section will ask you to create a newproduct, such as a poster, DVD box set, new film orfront cover for a DVD or Blu-Ray.• This will be related to Superhero films.
  • 24. Useful revision reminders:• Write down 5 key features of a one-sheet poster• Write down 5 key features of a teaser poster• What 5 key features would you expect to find ona DVD cover?• What 5 key things would be important on awebsite designed to promote a film?• Think of 5 different ways that you could promoteyour film.
  • 25. Write down 5 key features of a one-sheet poster
  • 26. Write down 5 key features of a teaser poster
  • 27. What 5 key features would you find on a DVD cover?
  • 28. What 5 key features would you find on a DVD cover?
  • 29. What 5 key features would you find on a DVD cover?
  • 30. What 5 key things would be important on awebsite designed to promote a film?
  • 31. What 5 key things would be important on awebsite designed to promote a film?
  • 32. What 5 key things would be important on awebsite designed to promote a film?
  • 33. Think of 5 different ways that you couldpromote your film
  • 34. Think of 5 different ways that you couldpromote your film
  • 35. Question 4 (20 marks)Example questions:• You have been asked to design a box set for aselection of existing Superhero movies. Completethe following tasks:• (a) Choose two appropriate films for the box set. (2)• (b) Briefly describe one extra feature in your box set. (3)• (c) Design and annotate the cover for your box set. (6)• (d) Explain how your extra feature and the design of yourcover will help to sell your box set. (9)
  • 36. Question 4 (20 marks)Example questions:• You have been asked to create a marketingcampaign for a new Superhero Movie about aSuperhero called Lightning Man. Complete thefollowing tasks:• (a) List three items from your campaign. (3)• (b) Briefly describe how one of these items targets anaudience. (3)• (c) Design and annotate two items from your marketingcampaign. (8)• (d) Explain how your marketing campaign creates interest.(6)
  • 37. Question 4 (20 marks)Example questions:You are working for a company that is producing a newblockbuster Superhero movie called Red Devil.(a) Name one female actor to star in your movie. Explain why she issuitable. (3)(b) Name one male actor to star in your movie. Explain why he issuitable. (3)(c) Create and annotate a poster for your movie. Consider:Superhero movie conventions the layout and design of film posters. (8)(d) Explain which features in your poster will help ‘sell’ your movie. (6)
  • 38. Question 4 practice:You have been asked to create a new Superhero film and todesign some of the marketing for the film. Complete thetasks listed:(a)Think of a new Superhero film title (3)(b)Create a tagline for your new film (3)(c)Design and annotate a website to promote yournew Superhero film (8)(d)Suggest a download for your website (4)There are some hints and tips on the next few slides to help you gain full marks on thisquestion.
  • 39. Question 4 (20 marks) practice• Section a:• Worth 3 marks:• Think of a new Superhero film title.HINT: When creating any answer for this question, the answers that get themost marks show that you have a good understanding about the genre.For this example question, a title that has things in common with otherSuperhero films would give the most amount of marks, especially if youbriefly explained WHY you chose/created it.
  • 40. Question 4 (20 marks)• Section b:• Worth 3 marks.• Think of a new tagline.(Important to remember: What is the difference betweena tagline and a logline?)HINT: When creating any answer for this question, the answers that get themost marks explain why they chose this idea by comparing it to others thatyou have seen for other films.
  • 41. Question 4 (20 marks)• Section c:• Worth 8 marks:• Design and annotate a website to promoteyour new Superhero film.• What can you use to help with this answer?HINT: When creating any answer for this question, pay attention to thethings it’s asking you to do: here it’s not just designing the website but alsoannotating the design to explain what you’ve designed and WHY.
  • 42. Question 4 (20 marks)• Section d:• Worth 6 marks:• Suggest a download for your website.HINT: When suggesting ANY idea, such as a download, the answers that getthe most marks explain why this download will help to convince people towatch the film.
  • 43. Exam practice• Time to put all of this into having a go at a full exam paper.Remember:• You will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to get these50 marks.• You will be answering questions on Superherofilms.• You will watch a clip from a superhero film andanswer questions on it.• You will analyse a poster or similar.• You will create an idea for a new product.