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

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

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    • Introduction to Film Studies What will you be learning? How will you be assessed
    • 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
    • What movie character would you most like to be?
    • How many of these films have you seen? • 100 Movie Spoilers in five minutes
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • FM 2 – British and American Films Three Sections Section A: Producers and Audience Section B: British Film Topics Section C: US Film – Comparative Study
    • 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
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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.