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  1. 1. GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION TYSTYSGRIF ADDYSG GYFFREDINOL 2009 - 2010 FILM STUDIES SPECIMEN QUESTION PAPERSSPECIMEN MARKING GUIDELINES
  2. 2. GCE FILM STUDIES Specimen Assessment Materials 3Contents PageQuestion PapersFM2 British and American Film 5FM4 Varieties of Film: Issues and Debates 15Marking GuidelinesFM2 British and American Film 19FM4 Varieties of Film: Issues and Debates 26
  3. 3. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 5WELSH JOINT EDUCATION COMMITTEE CYD-BWYLLGOR ADDYSG CYMRUGeneral Certificate of Education Tystysgrif Addysg GyffredinolAdvanced Subsidiary/Advanced Uwch Gyfrannol/Uwch FILM STUDIES FM2 British and American Film SPECIMEN PAPER (2½ hours)ADDITIONAL MATERIALS In addition to this examination paper, you will need: • Resource material • a 12 page answer book.INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES Answer three questions, one from each section. Write your answers in the separate answer book provided.INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES Each question carries 40 marks. The number of marks is given in brackets at the end of each question. You are reminded that assessment will take into account the quality of written communication used in your answers. No certificate will be awarded to a candidate detected in any unfair practice during the examination.
  4. 4. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 6 FM2: British and American Film Answer three questions – one from each section. Section A: Producers and Audiences Choose one question from this section.Either1. Study Item A of the resource material, which includes: - the home page of a fan website for the American star Will Ferrell - table showing UK and US box office takings for two films starring Will Ferrell released in 2006 - poster for one of these films; front cover of a magazine for one of these films. Using this material as a starting point, and drawing on your own case studies, answer the following question: What are some of the reasons for the popularity of US produced films for UK audiences? [40]or2. Study Item B of the resource material, which includes: - press release: purchase of the Warner Village cinema chain by Vue in 2003 - programme for a thirteen screen Vue multiplex in Manchester (week in March, 2007) - blog extract: Is Cinema Dead? Using this material as a starting point, and drawing on your own case studies, answer the following question: Are the attractions of going to a cinema today sufficiently strong to compete against other ways in which we can now watch films? [40]
  5. 5. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 7 Section B: British Film Topics Choose one question from this section.British Film and GenreYou should discuss a minimum of two films in your answer and base it on one of the following:Horror or Comedy.Either3. What are some of the narrative features that are distinctive in the horror or comedy films you have studied? [40]or4. How effective is genre in presenting ideas about society in the films you have studied? [40]British Film and StarsYou should discuss a minimum of two films in your answer and base it on one of the following:Julie Christie or Ewan McGregor.Either5. What is the connection between the image of the star that you have studied and the narrative expectations he or she produces? [40]or6. How far does the star you have studied reinforce or challenge stereotypes in the roles they take on? [40]British Film and Production CompaniesYou should discuss a minimum of two films in your answer and base it on one of the following:Ealing Studios or Working Title.Either7. What are some of the similarities in the messages and values of films made by the production company you have studied for this topic? [40]or8. What are some of the characteristics of the films you have studied for this topic which make them different from Hollywood-type films? [40]
  6. 6. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 8British Film: Cultural StudyYou should discuss a minimum of two films in your answer and base it on one of the following:Swinging Britain 1963 - 1973 or Thatchers Britain: the 1980s.Either9. How does narrative explore particular tensions of either gender or class or race? [40]or10. In what ways do the films you have studied adopt styles which are suited to their subject matter? [40]British Film: Social-Political Study – Living with CrimeYou should discuss a minimum of two films in your answer and base it on the following: Living withCrime.Either11. Discuss the importance of choices made by key characters to the overall shape and development of the narratives you have studied. [40]or12. How important is location to the films you have studied for this topic? [40]British Film: Identity Study – Borders and BelongingYou should discuss a minimum of two films in your answer and base it on the following: Bordersand Belonging.Either13. How far do the narratives of the films you have studied for this topic explore questions of belonging and exclusion? [40]or14. Is being British presented as a very different experience for different social groups in the films you have studied? [40] Section C: American Film – Comparative Study Choose one question from this section.You should discuss a minimum of two films in your answer.Either15. Discuss some of the similarities and differences between the two films you have studied for this topic with particular reference to narrative and genre features. [40]or16. How far do the two films you have studied for this topic present similar messages and values? [40]
  7. 7. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 9WELSH JOINT EDUCATION COMMITTEE CYD-BWYLLGOR ADDYSG CYMRUGeneral Certificate of Education Tystysgrif Addysg GyffredinolAdvanced Subsidiary/Advanced Uwch Gyfrannol/Uwch FILM STUDIES FM2 British and American Film SPECIMEN PAPER 2½ hours Resource Material for use with Section A
  8. 8. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 10Study Item A, the resource material for use with Section A, Question 1.Home page of fan website for Will Ferrell (www.willferrell.org/index.html)Table: UK and US Opening Weekend Box Office Takings for Two Films starring WillFerrell (released in 2006 and 2007) UK Release: Box Office US Release: Box Office Opening Weekend Opening Weekend Box Office Screens Box Office Screens Takings (£m) Takings ($m) Talladega £1.03 m 403 $47.04 m 3803 Nights: The (approx £23.9 m) Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Blades of £1.02m 362 $33m 3372 Glory (2007)
  9. 9. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 11Poster for Talladega Nights (2006)Front Cover of Premiere, April 2007
  10. 10. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 12Study Item B, the resource material for use with Section A, Question 2.Press Release, May 2003: Vue buy Warner Village Cinema ChainJ.Timothy Richards, President & CEO of Vue said: "Warner Village did a great job in constructing avery high quality portfolio of multiplex cinemas. We will continue to expand and enhance this platformto ensure that we have the leading, most modern and best equipped cinema circuit in the UK. TheVue brand will become synonymous with the best screens, the best sound and the best seating, tocreate the best possible cinematic experience. We will make sure this appeals to everyone by offeringa greater variety and diverse range of films".Vue Cinema: Programme for The Lowry, Manchester (March, 2007)13 screen cinema showing the latest releases and offering a Gold Class screen with 32 leatherseats, waiter service and bar. Less than 10 minutes from Manchester city centre in The Lowry OutletMall at Salford Quays.See below for our programme, week beginning 23 March, 2007 300 (GC) Premonition Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank A supernatural thriller about a woman who has Miller. a premonition about the death of her husband. Warner Brothers Picture Hyde Park / TriStar - US Ghost Rider The Hills Have Eyes 2 Film version of the comic book about a Sequel to the 2006 horror remake about a motorcycle stuntman who sells his soul to the group of mutant cannibals. devil. Twentieth Century Fox - US Columbia Pictures Corporation Hot Fuzz The Queen The talent behind Shaun Of The Dead reunite Helen Mirren stars as Queen Elizabeth II as for Hot Fuzzs following the career of PC she attempts to deal with the death of Diana, Nicholas Angel (Pegg). Princess of Wales Big Talk / Working Title - UK Granada / Pathe - UK Norbit TMNT A mild-mannered geek plots to leave his This state-of-the-art CG animation brings the nightmare wife when he falls in love with crime-fighting turtles to life for a whole new another generation. Dreamworks - US. Imagi Entertainment – Hong Kong / US Outlaw Violent British thriller about a group of men who take the law into their own hands. Vertigo Films - UK
  11. 11. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 13 Is Cinema Dead? Photograph: Getty Is this the future of cinema-going?Culture Vulture Blog: Guardian UnlimitedIs Cinema Dead, Paul Hamilos (June, 2005)I literally mean, is cinema dead? Do we no longer enjoy the thrill of finding ourselves in a darkenedroom with hundreds of strangers, waiting eagerly to discover what cinematic delights are in store forus?DVD sales are now a huge part of the Hollywood marketing machine – an estimated 60% of revenuefrom the US came in home sales, compared to 23% for tickets. Any number of films now do as much,if not more, business on the small screen. And, of course, theres that old problem for Hollywood ofpiracy (oddly not something that Joe Public is losing too much sleep over), which meant that StarWars was available on DVD across the world just hours after it hit the cinema.Warner, for example, has just released a film on DVD in China on the same day it came out in thecinema in the US, in a bid to stay one step ahead of those pesky pirates. It’s the first time somethinglike this has happened, and they’re surely testing the water ahead of bigger releases.The challenge is up to cinema owners to make the cinema-going experience a more enjoyable one.Bigger seats, cheaper tickets, and so on, would go some way to improving the matter. But can theycompete with the comforts of home, where you can drink and smoke to your hearts content, shout atthe screen, and answer your mobile phone should you so desire?
  12. 12. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 15WELSH JOINT EDUCATION COMMITTEE CYD-BWYLLGOR ADDYSG CYMRUGeneral Certificate of Education Tystysgrif Addysg GyffredinolAdvanced Subsidiary/Advanced Uwch Gyfrannol/Uwch FILM STUDIES FM4 Varieties of Film: Issues and Debates SPECIMEN PAPER (2¾ hours)ADDITIONAL MATERIALS In addition to this examination paper, you will need: • a 12 page answer book.INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES Answer three questions, one from each section. Write your answers in the separate answer book provided.INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES Questions in Sections A and B carry 35 marks. Questions in Section C carry 30 marks. The number of marks is given in brackets at the end of each question. You are reminded that assessment will take into account the quality of written communication used in your answers. No certificate will be awarded to a candidate detected in any unfair practice during the examination. You are reminded that this paper is synoptic and so will test understanding of all aspects of AS and A level Film Studies.
  13. 13. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 16 FM4 – Varieties of Film Experience: Issues and Debates Answer three questions – one from each section Section A: World Cinema Topics Choose one question from this section.Aspects of a National CinemaYour answer should be based on a minimum of two films appropriate to one of the following topics: • Japanese Cinema 1950 – 1970 • Iranian Cinema 1990 – present • Mexican Cinema 1990 – present • Bollywood 1990 – presentEither1. To what extent do the films you have studied explore tensions within society as opposed to being simply stories about individuals? [35]or2. Compare some of the stylistic features in the films you have studied discussing how far they make for a distinctive kind of cinema. [35]International Film StylesYour answer should be based on a minimum of two films appropriate to one of the following topics: • German and/or Soviet Film of the 1920s • Neo-Realism • Surrealism • New WavesEither3. Discuss characteristic features of casting and/or performance, exploring how far these features contribute the overall effect of the films you have studied. [35]or4. What is the relationship between visual style and the subject matter of the films you have studied? [35]Specialist Study: Urban Stories − Power, Poverty and ConflictYour answer should be based on a minimum of two films.Either5. To what extent do you think the films you have studied present either clear or ambiguous messages about the worlds they represent? [35]or6. What is the importance of mise-en-scène and/or sound in creating meaning and generating response in the films you have studied? [35]
  14. 14. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 17Specialist Study: Empowering WomenYour answer should be based on a minimum of two films.Either7. How far do the films you have studied depend on dramatic moments of confrontation within the narrative and how far on tracing a more subtle change over time? [35]or8. Compare and contrast the ways in which the audience is encouraged to identify with particular characters in the films you have studied. [35] Section B: Spectatorship Topics Choose one question from this section.Spectatorship and Early Film (1895 – 1917)Your answer should refer to a range of examples, though you may concentrate on films from one partof the period.Either9. Discuss the significance of two or three key aspects of film form in Early Cinema (such as narrative and editing) in developing film spectatorship. [35]or10. How has your study of Early Cinema shaped your broader understanding of film spectatorship? [35]Spectatorship and DocumentaryYour answer should be based on a minimum of two films.Either11. Compare different documentary techniques employed to present the real, discussing their impact on the spectator. Refer to at least two documentaries you have studied. [35]or12. Do you agree that as spectators we are more likely to accept at face value what we see and hear in documentary films? [35]Spectatorship: Experimental and Expanded Film/VideoYour answer should be based on a minimum of two films.Either13. Experimental films are often designed to make us see and experience the world differently. Has this been your experience as a spectator of the films you have studied for this topic? [35]or14. Experimental Film requires a different kind of spectatorship. Has this been your experience? [35]
  15. 15. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 18Spectatorship: Popular Film and Emotional ResponseYour answer should be based on a minimum of two films.Either15. Explore possible reasons to explain why a second or third viewing of a film can actually increase the emotional response rather than lessen it. [35]or16. How far is the emotional response to mainstream films triggered by specific techniques used by the filmmakers? [35] Section C: Single Film: Close Critical Study Choose one question from this section. Your answer should make detailed reference to your chosen film.General Questions17. What does your chosen film reveal about the usefulness of one or more critical approaches you have applied? [30]18. Consider debates that have arisen in the critical reception of your chosen film, either at the time of its initial release or now or both. [30]Questions on single films19. In Modern Times, discuss the view that Chaplin is too sentimental in his approach to be able to offer any valuable insight into the world. [30]20. How far is Les Enfants du Paradis limited as a film by its theatricality? [30]21. Film scholars have argued that Vertigo is a film about cinema and about spectatorship. How far do you think this is true? [30]22. The Battle of Algiers offers multiple characters for the spectator to identify with. Critically discuss the strengths and limitations of this approach in relation to the films subject. [30]23. What is the importance of movement and soundtrack in Sweet Sweetbacks Baadasssss Song? [30]24. In Solaris, what themes do you believe Tarkovsky is exploring through Kelvins relationship with the second Khari? [30]25. What is significant about the visual style of Happy Together in relation to the themes it explores? [30]26. Despite the gesture of destroying symbols of corporate power at the end, Fight Club is a film about power and control, not liberation. How far do you agree? [30]27. How successful is Talk to Her in undermining conventional gender stereotypes? [30]28. After repeated viewings, Morvern Callar remains a strange, unknowable film, more dream- like than a narrative realist film. How useful and accurate do you find this comment? [30]
  16. 16. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 19 FM2: BRITISH AND AMERICAN FILM MARKING GUIDELINES AO1 AO2 Totals Max raw mark Max raw mark Max raw marks (Unit Weighting, (Unit Weighting, (Unit Weighting, % AS) % AS) % AS)Section A 20 20 40Section B 20 20 40Section C 20 20 40 60 (30%) 60 (30%) 120 (60%)Note: Raw marks equate to Unified Mark Scale totals. General Performance Descriptors: Section A – Producers and AudiencesAO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of film as an audio-visual form of creativeexpression, together with its contexts of production and reception and of the diversity in filmmakingacross different historical periods and locations.AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding, including some of the common critical approaches thatcharacterise the subject, when exploring and analysing films and when evaluating their own filmcreative projects, to show how meanings and responses are generated.The ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding (AO1) is weighted equally with the ability to apply that through exploration and analysis (AO2) at all levels.Approach to Assessing Section A • In this section, candidates are being required to respond quickly to a range of materials. Examiners should be flexible in their approach, prepared to consider diverse approaches and recognise that the candidates ability may be demonstrated as much in the process of engaging with the material as in what is said. • The likely proportion of an answer based on the stimulus itself and the proportion based on case study material introduced by candidates will vary enormously. Sometimes this will depend on the question. However, the relative emphasis may vary considerably even in different responses to the same question. However, the relative emphasis may vary considerably even in different responses to the same question. Again, examiners should be flexible, avoiding an over-prescriptive starting position
  17. 17. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 20 Level Performance Descriptor1: 0-15 Level 1 candidates will be able to give few indications that they have gained knowledge and understanding of the areas studied for the unit. References will tend to be imprecise and/or inaccurate. Quality of written communication will be inadequate so that communication is only successful in simple statements. There will be frequent inaccuracies.2: 16–23 At the lower end of this level, candidates will demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of the areas studied for this unit. However knowledge will, by comparison with work at higher grades, be insecure with significant inaccuracies. There will be some relevant detail but limited ability to work from the particular to the general. Description will dominate, possibly reliant on the stimulus material.(16-19) Quality of written communication will be inconsistent but will enable basic if limited communication. There will be frequent inaccuracies although not sufficient to prevent communication. ………………………………………………………………………………………. At the upper end of this level, candidates will demonstrate sufficient knowledge and understanding of the areas studied for this unit to respond to the question. Description will dominate, with limited ability to discriminate between more or less significant points either based on the stimulus material or on candidates own studies. Candidates will however implicitly(20-23) demonstrate some appreciation of the relevant issues to support their response. Quality of written communication will be adequate. Although sometimes awkward in expression, communication will generally be clear. There will be occasional inaccuracies.3: 24-31 At the lower end of this level, candidates will demonstrate a sound level of knowledge and reasonable understanding of the areas studied for this unit. They will display a reasonable understanding of, and engagement with, the issues raised by the question and some ability to select material relevant to the question. This will involve as appropriate: a reasonable ability in interpreting stimulus material, recognising some of the key points; an ability to provide material from their own studies.(24-27) References made to both stimulus material and candidates own study material will generally be accurate, although not always the most appropriate for the argument developed. There will be descriptive material related to the relevant issues offering clear evidence of study. Quality of written communication will be sound: reasonably fluent, reasonably structured and mainly accurate, enabling clear communication. ………………………………………………………………………………………. At the upper end of this level, candidates will demonstrate a good level of knowledge and a generally confident understanding of the areas studied for this unit. They will display a good understanding of, and a good engagement with, the issues raised by the question and display an ability to select relevant material. This will involve as appropriate: a good ability in interpreting stimulus material, recognising many of the key points; a good ability to provide appropriate material from their own studies. References made to both stimulus material and candidates own study material will be accurate and relevant to the argument developed. The work will show clear signs of developing a well-(28-31) structured response. There will be some evidence of a voice developing in the candidate. Quality of written communication will be good. It will be fluent, well-structured and accurate.4: 32-40 Level 4 candidates will be distinguished by an excellent knowledge and confident understanding of the subjects studied for this unit. They will display an excellent understanding of, and a lively engagement with, the issues raised by the question set, and display a very good ability to select relevant material. This will involve as appropriate: an excellent ability in interpreting stimulus material, recognising key points; an excellent ability to provide appropriate material from their own studies. References made to both stimulus material and candidates own study material will be both accurate and relevant to the argument developed. The work will be well-structured. There will be a clear and authoritative voice developing in the candidate. Quality of written communication will be excellent. It will be fluent, well-structured and accurate, showing signs of sophistication.
  18. 18. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 21 Section A: Guidelines on specific questionsThe following is a guideline to issues candidates may raise in their answers. It is not intended to beprescriptive.Question 1: • The relationship between the American and British film industries. • Distribution, exhibition and the dominance of the American film industry. • The importance of stars, both British and American. • Audience behaviour in relation to fandom/marketing.Question 2: • Attractions of cinema viewing: visual impact of large cinema screen, power of (surround) sound, social dimensions of experience, (possible) release ahead of official DVD availability • Attractions of other forms: availability of DVDs, additional features, increase in quality of home cinema, film availability on internet, social dimensions of experience. General Performance Descriptors: Sections B and CAO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of film as an audio-visual form of creativeexpression, together with its contexts of production and reception and of the diversity in filmmakingacross different historical periods and locations.AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding, including some of the common critical approaches thatcharacterise the subject, when exploring and analysing films and when evaluating their own filmcreative projects, to show how meanings and responses are generated. The ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding (AO1) will be weighted equally with the ability to apply that through exploration and analysis (AO2) at all levels.
  19. 19. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 22 Level Performance Descriptor1: 0-15 Level 1 candidates will be able to give few indications that they have gained knowledge and understanding of the work covered in the unit. References will generally be inaccurate. There is likely to be generalised and inconsistent description. Quality of written communication will be inadequate so that communication is only successful in simple statements. There will be frequent inaccuracies.2: 16-23 At the lower end of this level, candidates will have a basic ability to describe their chosen films but, compared with work at higher grades, knowledge will be insecure with significant inaccuracies. There will be some detail but this will not always be relevant and there will be limited ability to work from the particular to the general.(16-19) Description will dominate with little indication of understanding of narrative and representation issues in particular. Quality of written communication will be inconsistent but will enable basic if limited communication. There will be frequent inaccuracies although not sufficient to prevent communication. ………………………………………………………………………………………. At the upper end of this level, candidates will have an ability to describe their chosen films with general accuracy. Description will dominate but this will generally be(20-23) relevant. There will be some appreciation of narrative and representation issues although this will tend to be implicit rather than explicit. Quality of written communication will be adequate. Although sometimes awkward in expression, communication will generally be clear. There will be occasional inaccuracies.3: 24–31 At the lower end of this level, candidates will have a sound knowledge and understanding of their chosen films and be able to make reasonably detailed and accurate reference to them. The ability to make points supported with relevant evidence will be emerging although there may still be a tendency to the descriptive. The use of appropriate specialist language will be emerging. There will be a sound(24-27) knowledge of narrative and representation issues if not always developed. Quality of written communication will be sound. It will be reasonably fluent, reasonably structured and mainly accurate. ……………………………………………………………………………………….. At the upper end of this level, candidates will have a good knowledge and understanding of their chosen films and be able to make detailed and accurate reference to them. Clear points of view will be developed and the use of appropriate(28-31) specialist language will inform discussion. There will be a good knowledge of narrative and representation issues in particular. Quality of written communication will be good. It will be fluent, well-structured and accurate.4: 32-40 Level 4 candidates will be distinguished by excellent knowledge and confident understanding of their chosen films and be able to make very detailed and accurate reference to them. Points of view will be developed very effectively with appropriate specialist language a feature of all film references. There will be an excellent knowledge of narrative and representation issues. Quality of written communication will be excellent. It will be fluent, well- structured and accurate, showing signs of sophistication.
  20. 20. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 23 Section B: Guidelines on specific questionsThe following is a guideline to issues candidates may raise in their answers. It is not intended to beprescriptive.General characteristics of answers in this section: • Knowledge and understanding of the selected films. • An appreciation of the films macro features in particular. • An ability to compare the films.British Film and GenreQuestions 3 and 4: • An awareness of the importance of genre within the context of British cinema. • An awareness of the narrative conventions of genre with some awareness of continuities and changes in these conventions over time. • An understanding of how genres can express issues.British Film and StarsQuestions 5 and 6: • An understanding of the way the chosen star communicates/makes meaning through their roles, screen persona and media image. • An appreciation of the contexts within which the chosen star can be placed. • An awareness of the specific characteristics of stardom within British Cinema.British Film and Production CompaniesQuestions 7 and 8: • An understanding of specific characteristics of the chosen production company – including its films and its underpinning ethos. • Understanding of the social, political and economic contexts within which the chosen production company has operated. • An awareness of the specific characteristics of the production company within the British film industry.British Film: Cultural StudyQuestions 9 and 10: • An understanding of the cultural/historical contexts within which the chosen films were produced. • An appreciation of how messages and values contained within the chosen films articulate these contexts. • An awareness of the distinctive response of filmmakers in both the content and style of films produced.
  21. 21. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 24British Film: Social – Political Study: Living with CrimeQuestions 11 & 12: • An appreciation of the messages and values contained within the chosen films. • An understanding of the relationship between form and content, possibly with a particular reference to narrative and generic features. • An understanding of contexts, especially time and place.British Cinema: Identity – Borders and Belonging;Questions 13 & 14: • An understanding of the political, economic and cultural contexts which the films engage with. • An appreciation of how messages and values contained within the chosen films articulate these contexts. • An understanding of the relationship between form and content, possibly with a particular focus on issues of representation.
  22. 22. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 25 Section C: Guidelines on specific questionsThe following is a guideline to issues candidates may raise in their answers. It is not intended to beprescriptive.General characteristics of answers in this section: • Knowledge and understanding of the selected films. • An appreciation of the films macro features in particular. • An ability to compare the films.Questions 15 and 16: • An understanding of the films messages and values. • An awareness of how these are articulated through film form, especially narrative and genre. • A knowledge of production contexts (economic, technological, regulatory, etc.) in developing comparisons between two films.
  23. 23. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 26 FM4: VARIETIES OF FILM EXPERIENCE: ISSUES AND DEBATES MARKING GUIDELINES AO1 AO2 Totals Max raw mark Max raw mark Max raw marks (Unit Weighting, (Unit Weighting, (Unit Weighting, % A Level) % A Level) % A Level)Section A 17.5 17.5 35Section B 17.5 17.5 35Section C 15 15 30 50 (12.5%) 50 (12.5%) 100 (25%)Note: Raw marks equate to Unified Mark Scale totals. General Performance Descriptors: Sections A and BAO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of film as an audio-visual form of creativeexpression, together with its contexts of production and reception and of the diversity in filmmakingacross different historical periods and locations.AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding, including some of the common critical approaches thatcharacterise the subject, when exploring and analysing films and when evaluating their own filmcreative projects, to show how meanings and responses are generated. The ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding (AO1) will be weighted equally with the ability to apply that through exploration and analysis (AO2) at all levels.
  24. 24. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 27 Level Performance Descriptor1: 0-13 Level 1 candidates will give few indications that they have gained knowledge and understanding of the work covered in the unit. References will generalised and frequently inaccurate. Description and detail will not always be relevant. Quality of written communication will be inadequate so that communication is only successful in simple statements. There will be frequent inaccuracies.2: 14-20 At the lower end of this level, candidates will have a basic ability to describe their chosen films and topic. However this knowledge will tend to be insecure with significant inaccuracies. There will be some detail but this will not always be relevant and there will be limited ability to work from the particular to the general.(14-16) Description will dominate. Quality of written communication will be inconsistent but will enable basic if limited communication. There will be frequent inaccuracies although not sufficient to prevent communication. ………………………………………………………………………………………. At the upper end of this level, candidates will have some ability to describe their chosen films and topic. Knowledge and understanding will be more secure but(17-20) description will dominate. An appreciation of the issues raised by the question will be evident although it may be implicit. Quality of written communication will be adequate. Although sometimes awkward in expression, communication will generally be clear. There will be occasional inaccuracies.3: 21-27 At the lower end of this level, candidates will have a sound knowledge and understanding of their chosen films and topic. The ability to make points supported with relevant evidence will be emerging although there may still be a tendency to the descriptive. The use of appropriate specialist language will be(21-23) emerging. Quality of written communication will be sound. It will be reasonably fluent, reasonably structured and mainly accurate. ………………………………………………………………………………………. At the upper end of this level, candidates will have a good knowledge and understanding of their chosen films and topic. Clear points of view will be(24-27) developed and the use of appropriate specialist language will inform discussion. Quality of written communication will be good. It will be fluent, well-structured and accurate.4: 28-35 At Level 4, candidates will be distinguished by an excellent knowledge and confident understanding of their chosen films and topic. Points of view will be developed very effectively with appropriate specialist language a feature of all film references. Quality of written communication will be excellent. It will be fluent, well- structured and accurate, showing signs of sophistication.
  25. 25. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 28 Section A: Guidelines on specific questionsThe following is a guideline to issues candidates may raise in their answers. It is not intended to beprescriptive.Aspects of a National CinemaQuestions 1 and 2: • An understanding of the idea of a national cinema, including strategies for a successful indigenous cinema within the global market. • A specific understanding of the characteristics of the chosen national cinema within its political, historical and social contexts. • An understanding of how the form and style expresses a particular view and how this may in some ways be distinctive to that national cinema.International Film StylesQuestions 3 and 4 • A knowledge and appreciation of the importance of the relevant historical, political, social, cultural and artistic contexts. • A specific understanding of the chosen films and their stylistic features – and of the relationship of these chosen features to thematic preoccupations. • An understanding of what is distinctive – and innovative – in the films studied.Specialist Study 1 – Urban Stories: Power, Poverty and ConflictQuestions 5 and 6 • An appreciation of the messages and values contained within the chosen films. • An understanding of the relationship between form and content, possibly with a particular reference to distinctive stylistic features. • An understanding of contexts, especially time and place.Specialist Study 2 – Empowering WomenQuestions 7 and 8 • An appreciation of the messages and values contained within the chosen films, especially gender issues. • An understanding of the relationship between form and content, possibly with a particular reference to distinctive stylistic features which relate to a ‘gendered’ cinema. • An understanding of contexts, especially time and place.
  26. 26. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 29 Section B: Guidelines on specific questionsThe following is a guideline to issues candidates may raise in their answers. It is not intended to beprescriptive.Questions 9 and 10 • An understanding of the rapid development of micro features of film language during the period, especially in relationship to spectator positioning and response. • An understanding of the rapid development in the story-telling capacity of early cinema with particular reference to narrative and spectatorship. • An appreciation of cinematic contexts – including developments in technology and exhibition.Questions 11 and 12 • An awareness of different kinds of documentary practice and the distinctive features of each in relation to spectatorship. • An appreciation of cinematic contexts – including developments in technology and exhibition as they relate to spectatorship.Questions 13 and 14 • An understanding that experimental film/video demands a different and more challenging spectatorship experience. • An awareness of different kinds of experimental practice and the distinctive features of each in relation to spectatorship. • An appreciation of cinematic contexts – including developments in technology and exhibition as they relate to spectatorship.Questions 15 and 16 • An understanding of how cinema produces a range of emotional responses in the spectator, using both macro and micro features. • An appreciation of how spectators seek a range of different experiences when watching films, including experiences that may challenge and disturb. • An appreciation of cinematic contexts – including the significance of audience viewing situations, fandom and ‘cultism’ – in contributing to spectator response. General Performance Descriptors: Section CAO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of film as an audio-visual form of creativeexpression, together with its contexts of production and reception and of the diversity in filmmakingacross different historical periods and geographical locations.AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding, including some of the common critical approaches thatcharacterise the subject, when exploring and analysing films and when evaluating their own filmcreative projects, to show how meanings and responses are generated. The ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding (AO1) will be weighted equally with the ability to apply that through exploration and analysis (AO2) at all levels.
  27. 27. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 30 Level Performance Descriptor1: 0 -11 Level 1 candidates will give few indications that they have gained knowledge and understanding of the work required to respond adequately to the questions on this paper. References will be highly generalised and frequently inaccurate. There will thus be no obvious evidence of understanding or an ability to apply that understanding through analysis of film and the relevant critical and contextual issues. Quality of written communication will be inadequate so that communication is only successful in simple statements. There will be frequent inaccuracies.2: 12 – 17 At the lower end of Level 2, candidates will have some ability to describe the critical issues they choose to write about but, compared with work at higher grades, knowledge will be insecure with significant inaccuracies. There will be some detail but this will not always be relevant and there will be limited ability to work from the particular to the general. Description will dominate with very little evidence of understanding in attempting to respond to specific issues raised by the questions. There will thus be evidence of a basic understanding and basic ability to apply that understanding(12-14) through analysis of film and the relevant critical and contextual issues. Quality of written communication will be inconsistent but will enable basic if limited communication. There will be frequent inaccuracies although not sufficient to prevent communication. ………………………………………………………………………………………… At the upper end of this level, candidates will have an ability to describe in broad terms the critical issues they choose to write about. Description, generally accurate, will dominate. An appreciation of the basic aspects of critical debates and issues will be apparent although this will often be implicit rather than explicit. There will thus be evidence of a developing understanding and an ability to apply that understanding through analysis of film and the relevant critical and contextual issues.(15-17) Quality of written communication will be satisfactory. Although sometimes awkward in expression, communication will be generally clear. There will be some inaccuracies.3: 18-23 At the lower end of Level 3, candidates will have a sound knowledge and reasonable understanding of the critical issues they choose to engage with. They will be able to make detailed and accurate references to specific films and cinemas. There will be a sense of being able to make and support points rather than rely on description at this level, in comparison with work at higher levels, clear points of view wont always be developed. Candidates will thus demonstrate a sound understanding of film and film issues and a sound ability to(18-20) apply that understanding through analysis of film and the relevant critical and contextual issues. Quality of written communication will be sound. It will be reasonably fluent, reasonably structured and generally accurate, enabling clear communication. ………………………………………………………………………………………. At the upper end of this level, candidates will have a good knowledge and understanding of the critical issues they choose to engage with. They will be able to make detailed, accurate and usually precise reference to specific films and cinemas. There will thus be clear evidence of a good understanding of film and film issues and a good ability to apply that understanding through effective analysis of film and the relevant critical and contextual issues.(21-23) Quality of written communication will be good. It will be fluent, well-structured and accurate.4: 24-30 Level 4 candidates will be distinguished by an excellent knowledge and confident understanding of the critical issues they choose to engage with. They will be able to make very detailed, accurate and precise reference to specific films and cinemas. Work will be structured highly effectively. There will be evidence of a clear and distinctive voice developing. There will clear evidence of a high level of understanding of film and film issues and an excellent ability to apply that understanding through coherent analysis of film and the critical and contextual issues relating to them. Quality of written communication will be excellent. It will be very fluent, well-structured and accurate, showing signs of sophistication.
  28. 28. GCE AS/A FILM STUDIES 31 Section C: Guidelines on specific questionsThe following is a guideline to the understanding candidates may demonstrate in their answers.It is not intended to be prescriptive.Questions 17 to 28 • Knowledge of some of the different critical responses provoked by the chosen film, together with an appreciation of the film’s status – arising, for example, from a consensus view that it is a stylistically innovative film or a significant auteur work, or a major contribution to the way we think theoretically about film. • Understanding of the issues underlying its (possibly diverse) critical reception, including, for example, those relating to theme, style and structure. • An appreciation of how one or more critical approaches applied by the candidate has been productive in enhancing understanding and appreciation of the chosen film.GCE Film Studies SAM (2009-2010)/JD25 September 2007

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