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  2. 2. WELCOME TO FILM STUDIES GCSE!Your First Homework assignment is to research and watch as manySuperhero films as you can.For your research and homework, you need tokeep a detailed scrapbook, entitled: SUPERHERO MOVIES. (You can buyreasonably priced scrap books or you may wish to keep anelectronic scrap book or Blog on line. You will have to give meyour Blog address so I can check homework and award marks.)Bookmark my GCSE Film Studies Blog and check in regularly:http://gcsefilmstudies.blogspot.com/The Blog will show you how to set up your own Blog. You will have to accessthis at home as the South West Grid for Learning has blocked Blogger. VERYannoying!Below you will find a list of some of the land mark Super Hero Films providedby you exam board: WJEC. There are, of course, many more, but this will giveyou a starting point for your study.The information you need to collect on each film is as follows: Director and Year released Production company Main actors and characters played 2 – 3 film reviews Film posters. - Stick a copy of the poster in your scrap book and annotate how the film poster tries to attract the audience. Also comment on any meanings conveyed. (Look at words, images, fonts layout, mise-en-scene – setting, props, costume actors, lighting.) DVD Cover (Annotate as above) List typical features or characteristic of the Super Hero Genre which the film displays. Your favourite sequence in the film and why? Remember, you are a FILM student now, so try to comment on the effect of some filmic devices such as: cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, sound. 1
  3. 3. Explore the film’s official web site. Explore how the site tries to persuade you to watch the film. Also what else does the site offer? Any special merchandise or tie-ins, games? (You could also look at some fan sites, but their purpose will be different)Have a look at these sites to start with: http://spiderman.sonypictures.com/movies/newyorkmap/ http://captainamerica.marvel.com/ http://greenlanternmovie.warnerbros.com/#/home http://www.disney.co.uk/tron/index.jsp Now research more of your own. At the end of this booklet I have included a number of web addresses to help with this project. I will be marking and checking your work on this project approximately every six weeks or once per half term. Dates also sat end of this booklet. Put them in your homework diaries. 2
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  9. 9. The Super Hero Film is the genre you will be examined on. Paper 1 30% of your GCSE mark. 1hour 30 mins. 4 compulsory questions.Here’s a sample paper so you understand the kind of questions youwill be asked.The first 20 minutes – 30 minutes of this exam will be watching ashort extract from a Super Hero Movie. You are allowed to read thequestions before you watch the extract. You are allowed to watchthe extract 3 times and you are allowed to make notes after the firstviewing.Here is a sample paper for you to try.Go to my Blog for the Spiderman extract:http://gcsefilmstudies.blogspot.com/ The labels on the side barguide you to the correct posts, so click on Exam Paper 1 or SuperHeroes.Answer all the questions.Read the questions before viewing the extract. You will be given 3minutes for this.The extract is taken from Spiderman(2002).The sequence shows Peter discovering more of his spider abilitieswhile at High School. 8
  10. 10. 1. (a) Identify one example of sound used in this extract? (1)(b) Why is sound used at this point? (2)(c) How are two of the following used to create tension in thisextract:• use of camera• editing• special effects• mise-en-scène? (7) [10]2. (a) Identify one typical super hero movie theme or issue used inthis extract. (1)(b) What makes this theme or issue typical? (3)(c) Explain how this type of theme or issue is used in one other SuperHero movie you have studied. (6) [10]3. How do DVD covers encourage us to rent or buy a DVD? You mayrefer to the resource materialto help you. (See Below)[10]4. You have been asked to design a box set for a selection of existingSuper Hero movies. Complete thefollowing 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 your cover willhelp tosell your box set. (9) [20] 9
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  12. 12. Useful Sites to research the Super Hero Genrehttp://gcsefilmstudies.blogspot.com/http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/review.asp?FID=11021http://www.totalfilm.com/http://www.movieweb.com/movies/2011/actionhttp://www.ugo.com/games/superhero-generator-heromachine-2-5http://www.imdb.comhttp://www.dccomics.com/dccomics/http://marvel.com/ 11