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Eduqas New GCSE Film Studies: An approach to Component 2, Global Film.

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A PowerPoint presentation I've presented at various Eduqas (WJEC) CPD sessions in January/February 2017 that looks at possible approaches to Component 2 of the new Film Studies GCSE. This presentation focuses on the use of Let the Right One in, Attack the Block and District 9 as well as how to incorporate elements of Film Language and context. There are several resources included here, many of which can be found on the WJEC/Eduqas Facebook group. Please get in touch if I can help in any way.

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Eduqas New GCSE Film Studies: An approach to Component 2, Global Film.

  1. 1. Teaching ‘Aesthetics’ at GCSE Level Component 2: Global Film 35%
  2. 2. Section A: Global (English Language) Section B: Global (non-English Language) Section A: Contemporary UK Close Study (One Film) Close Study (One film) Close Study (One Film) FOCUS: Narrative FOCUS: Representation FOCUS: Aesthetics (Film Style) Options: • Rabbit-Proof Fence • Slumdog Millionaire • District 9 • An Education • Song of the Sea Options: • Tsotsi • Let the Right One in • The Wave • Wadjda • Spirited Away Options: • Submarine • Attack the Block • Skyfall • My Brother the Devil • Brooklyn Component 2
  3. 3. Section A: Global (English Language) Section B: Global (non-English Language) Section A: Contemporary UK FOCUS: the key elements of film form (cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing and sound) the contexts of film (social, cultural, historical, political, technological and institutional) including key aspects of the history of film and film technology. FOCUS: Narrative FOCUS: Representation FOCUS: Aesthetics Options: • Rabbit-Proof Fence • Slumdog Millionaire • District 9 • An Education • Song of the Sea • Options: • Tsotsi • Let the Right One in • The Wave • Wadjda • Spirited Away Options: • Submarine • Attack the Block • Skyfall • My Brother the Devil • Brooklyn Component 2
  4. 4. Section A: Global (English Language) Section B: Global (non-English Language) Section A: Contemporary UK Close Study (One Film) Close Study (One film) Close Study (One Film) FOCUS: Narrative FOCUS: Representation FOCUS: Aesthetics Options: • Rabbit-Proof Fence • Slumdog Millionaire • District 9 • An Education • Song of the Sea • Options: • Tsotsi • Let the Right One in • The Wave • Wadjda • Spirited Away Options: • Submarine • Attack the Block • Skyfall • My Brother the Devil • Brooklyn Component 2
  5. 5. Skyfall Submarine Attack the Block Context
  6. 6. Skyfall Submarine Attack the Block Context Much in the same way that we (as Film teachers) would go to the cinema, we’re aware of the marketing and the production but haven’t seen the film. We don’t know what to make of it as we haven’t see it and we have no frame of reference for possible analysis (do we watch films for the first time with an eye specifically on aesthetics?), instead we watch and make a judgement as we watch, as we consider and we discuss afterwards. Give students the chance to do the same.
  7. 7. Skyfall Submarine Attack the Block Component 2: context
  8. 8. Skyfall Submarine Attack the Block Component 2
  9. 9. Skyfall Submarine Attack the Block Carefully study the posters. Component 2: context What do the images suggest that the films will be about? What does any written information suggest that the films will be about? Do you recognise any names? Does any of this affect your view of the film before even watching? How do the images help with this?
  10. 10. Component 2: context Ask students to research different aspects of social and historical context
  11. 11. Skyfall Submarine Attack the Block Component 2: context Attack the Block trailer
  12. 12. Skyfall Submarine Attack the Block From the trailer: What does the trailer tell us? Did you recognise any conventions or tropes? Is it persuasive or engaging? Do you want to watch the film as a result? Component 2: context
  13. 13. Skyfall Submarine Attack the Block Component 2: context Social context for Attack the Block also happened the year after release, in terms of iconography.
  14. 14. Skyfall Submarine Attack the Block Provide marketing details such as posters, key articles or interviews. If appropriate explore details regarding production including cast, crew and any issues arising from production. You could also consider expectations based on the genre, the franchise and/or the cast and crew. This is also useful as it allows students to develop a knowledge bank that allows them to add details to reviews and to extended writing about the film in the way that a detailed review would do. Component 2: context
  15. 15. Skyfall Submarine Attack the Block During/after viewing
  16. 16. Component 2: during/after viewing
  17. 17. Component 2: during/after viewing
  18. 18. Component 2: during/after viewing Provide challenging or complex vocabulary beforehand and ask students to identify examples whilst watching.
  19. 19. Component 2: during/after viewing
  20. 20. Component 2: during/after viewing
  21. 21. Component 2: during/after viewing Boo- urns
  22. 22. Component 2: during/after viewing
  23. 23. Focus: Narrative
  24. 24. District 9 Trailer Component 2: during/after viewing
  25. 25. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp Consider the differences between provided narratives from different sources.
  26. 26. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp …and don’t forget production details to find interesting social context.
  27. 27. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp In an alternate 1982, an alien ship inexplicably stops over Johannesburg. When investigation teams enter the ship, they discover a population of sick and malnourished extraterrestrials, who become nicknamed "prawns". The South African government confines the aliens to "District 9", a government camp that is located outside of Johannesburg. Twenty-eight years later, in 2010, following periodic conflict between the aliens and the locals living near District 9, the government hires private military company Multinational United (MNU) to relocate the aliens to a new internment. Wikus van de Merwe (Sharlto Copley), an Afrikaner bureaucrat, is appointed by Piet Smit (Louis Minnaar), an MNU executive and his father-in-law, to lead the relocation.Meanwhile, three aliens — Christopher Johnson (Jason Cope), his son, and a friend — scavenge pieces of their technology from which they distill a fluid of their native provenance, and store it in a small canister. Wikus confiscates the canister from the shack of Christopher's friend, but accidentally sprays some of the fluid onto his face. Christopher's friend is subsequently killed by Koobus Venter (David James), a sadistic mercenary soldier employed by MNU.Under the fluid's influence, Wikus' body, starting with his injured left arm, begins to deteriorate and become alien tissue. After the extent of the infection becomes apparent at a local hospital, he is immediately detained and transported to MNU headquarters for experimentation, where it is discovered that Wikus' chimeric DNA grants him the ability to use alien weapons, which are biologically restricted to work for alien users only. Realizing the potential fortune to be made from Wikus' tissue in its current state, Smit and his scientists decide to vivisect Wikus; but he overpowers them and escapes the facility. Smit orders Venter and his men to hunt Wikus down, while a smear story is published that claims Wikus has been engaging in sexual activity with aliens and is a fugitive infected by an alien STD. Everyone believes the story, even, for a time, Wikus' wife (and Smit's daughter) Tania (Vanessa Haywood).Wikus finds refuge in District 9 and stumbles into Christopher's shack, where he learns that Christopher is hiding the lost command module of their spacecraft underground, and comes to understand from Christopher that the fluid in the canister would be able to reactivate the command module and the dormant mothership, in which he claims he can reverse Wikus' mutation. To recover the canister from MNU headquarters, Wikus obtains alien weapons from superstitious Nigerian arms-dealer Obesandjo (Eugene Khumbanyiwa) and his gang, then he and Christopher attack the MNU offices, retrieve the canister, and flee to District 9 with MNU forces in pursuit.Appalled by the illegal experiments on his fellow aliens at MNU headquarters, Christopher decides to get help before curing Wikus, which will take three years as he will need to use as much fluid as possible in order to reach his destination and get help. Frustrated, Wikus knocks out Christopher and attempts to fly the command module to the mothership, but is almost immediately shot down by Venter and his men. They capture Wikus and Christopher, but Obesandjo's gang intervene and seize Wikus, acting on Obesandjo's belief that eating Wikus' transformed arm will enable him to use alien weaponry. Obesandjo's base is then attacked by MNU.In the command module, Christopher's son remotely activates the mothership and an alien mechanized battle suit in Obesandjo's base which kills Obesandjo and his men. Wikus takes control of the battle suit and rescues Christopher, who promises to return in three years with a cure. Wikus kills all the attacking soldiers before Venter cripples the suit, which ejects Wikus. As he corners Wikus, a group of aliens kill Venter by tearing him apart. The command module with Christopher and his son is lifted into the mothership, which they use to leave Earth, and Johannesburg's residents celebrate its departure.A series of interviews and news broadcasts are shown speculating about Wikus' whereabouts and the potential return of Christopher and the spacecraft, and what it may entail. MNU's illegal experiments are exposed by Wikus' friend and assistant Fundiswa (Mandla Gaduka), and District 9 is demolished; all the aliens are subsequently moved to the larger District 10. Tania finds a metal flower on her doorstep, giving her hope that Wikus is still alive. The final scene shows a fully transformed Wikus in a junkyard, crafting a similar flower.
  28. 28. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp Watch this clip from District 9. Summarise the clip in a variety of lengths, perhaps using the resources on the next few slides
  29. 29. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp
  30. 30. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp
  31. 31. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp
  32. 32. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp
  33. 33. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp Aristotle Vladimir Propp Tzvetan Todorov Christopher Vogler
  34. 34. District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp In what order do these screenshots occur?
  35. 35. District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp How does the mise-en-scene reflect the development of the narrative?
  36. 36. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp
  37. 37. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp
  38. 38. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp
  39. 39. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp
  40. 40. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp
  41. 41. Focus: Narrative District 9 (2009) Dir. Neil Blomkamp
  42. 42. Focus: Film style (aesthetics)
  43. 43. Focus: Aesthetics Fan art provides a variety of responses into the style of a film in terms of influences.
  44. 44. Focus: Aesthetics Attack the Block (20011) Dir. Joe Cornish
  45. 45. Attack the Block (20011) Dir. Joe Cornish
  46. 46. Focus: Aesthetics Attack the Block (20011) Dir. Joe Cornish
  47. 47. Focus: Aesthetics Attack the Block (20011) Dir. Joe Cornish
  48. 48. Focus: Aesthetics Attack the Block (20011) Dir. Joe Cornish
  49. 49. Focus: Aesthetics Attack the Block (2011) Dir. Joe Cornish
  50. 50. Focus: Representation
  51. 51. Focus: Representation Why representation matters:
  52. 52. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson What type of character can we see here? How is our understanding constructed?
  53. 53. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson Let the Right One In, a Swedish horror film set in the early 1980s, uses the vampire genre to raise several issues about young people and the problems of integrating. Like Attack the Block, it uses genre to explore social and political issues.
  54. 54. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson Try to describe these characters. What are they like? How can we tell? Refer to aspects of mise-en-scene to do so.
  55. 55. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson
  56. 56. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson
  57. 57. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson
  58. 58. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson
  59. 59. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson
  60. 60. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson
  61. 61. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson How is genre constructed in these shots? How do the props and the effect represent the idea of horror? Do the images refer to any other film you can think of in the same genre?
  62. 62. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson
  63. 63. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson
  64. 64. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson
  65. 65. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson
  66. 66. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson How would you describe their friendship is represented in this scene? What elements of film help in the construction of their friendship?
  67. 67. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson
  68. 68. Focus: Representation Let the Right One In (2009) Dir. Tomas Alfredson How is this scene constructed to show that the kids are bullies? How does the scene construct the sense that Oskar is isolated and vulnerable?
  69. 69. Component 2 Any questions?
  70. 70. Stay in touch: @Moreno_Melgar S Slideshare.com/ianmorenomelgar ianmorenomelgar@icloud.com facebook.com/groups/filmstudiesteachers

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