10MINSWhole class discussion and brainstorm – What is an action adventure film? The pupils should be encouraged to respond to this whole class activity. The prompts of film titles can be given. All sorts of responses from narrative details to the names of typical action adventure actors should be included.
15minsProvide a large list of films from several genres and ask pupils to categorise them under the question “Is it an action adventure film?” Yes/No/Don’t know the film. The pupils can work in pairs/small groups to do this. The discussion which arises from this activity is perhaps more valuable than the actual activity itself. Pupils should be encouraged to discuss why they would include one film and exclude another.
5-10minsStudents to look at sheet (NICS002) and write down in the chart which things they think are conventional to the action adventure genre – groups/ pairs Feedback
Move on to sub genre flipchart and…Discuss the sub-genres of action adventure films eg, buddy, team, superhero etc… in addition to the issues posed by cross-genre films eg, `Romancing The Stone’ is rom/com and action adventure. Look at this whole class. What have been the issues?PLENARY – SPEC IDEA5 minutes Pupils should plan a presentation in small groups to show their understanding of the conventions of the action adventure genre.15 minutes Pupils deliver the presentations which allows the teacher to assess if the learning objectives have been met
Action Adventure (week 1)
ACTION ADVENTURE• In this unit you will learn to: KEY CONCEPTS FOR• Write a textual analysis of a TEXTUAL ANALYSIS film extract• Writing a textual analysis means you will: GENRE• Accurately describe different MEDIA LANGUAGE aspects of a film extract REPRESENTATION• Explain why the people who made the extract chose each (IDEOLOGY & VALUES) of those aspects• Explain what the extract says about the world
WHAT IS TEXTUAL ANALYSIS? • Describing this image would be to say things like: • This is a picture of Spider- Man • He is sitting high up on the ledge of a building • He is wearing a red suit DENOTATION ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH!
WHAT IS TEXTUAL ANALYSIS?• Good analysis follows the PEAT model:• POINT: you make a point about the text• EXAMPLE: you give an example from the extract• ANALYSIS: you explain the example• TERMINOLOGY: you use Media Studies technical terms if you can
WHAT IS TEXTUAL ANALYSIS?• In the poster you can see Spiderman crouching high up on the ledge of a building. You can also see his reflection wearing a black costume• The image implies that he has two sides to him, a good side a bad side. The buildings in the background are slanted suggesting the use of a canted camera angle, this could connote that Spiderman isn’t himself and not thinking logically.
GENRE CONVENTIONS• As we have seen there are LOTS of different kinds of films that fit into the action adventure genre• Science Fiction• Historical dramas THIS MEANS• Comic book THAT YOU• Crime Thrillers CAN’T BE TOO• Spy Thrillers SPECIFIC WHEN• War Films IT COMES TO• THE LIST GOES ON! CONVENTIONS
GENRE CONVENTIONS• There are two main 1. ‘… it will probably have a hero, heroine, or band of ‘goodies’. kinds of convention This person or group will be in danger, often being attacked by a you might be asked to villain or some other dangerous force. analyse: There will be some action, often with violence, or a sense of preparing for1. The characters and action, perhaps with a feeling of suspense.’ events in the extract (narrative) 2. ‘It may be set in a location that is2. The media language exotic or usual or spectacular in some way. If there is action, there may be conventions fast-moving camerawork and fast- paced editing along with a busy soundtrack, often dominated by exciting orchestral music.’