The Foundation Portfolio in Film coursework unit is worth 50% of your AS in Film
You produce a portfolio containing:
After half term we will be focusing on the textual analysis task.
You will write an essay of between 1500 and 2000 words.
Choose two contemporary (made since 2004) English language
films. They should be of broadly the same genre. They cannot be
the films studied for the exam topics. No more than one of the films
can be produced in Hollywood.
You will apply one or two of the conceptual frameworks to the films:
• Messages and values
You will consider how the technical elements are used in the films:
The creative artefact must be linked to the concepts you focus on in
For example an essay exploring how genre is created through film
language in two romantic comedies could lead to a short filmed
sequence showing how genre conventions are created through
cinematography, sound, and mise-en-scene.
You must consider what creative artefact you will be able to
produce when selecting the focus of your essay.
Read through the Examiner’s Report on the essay, and the assessment
criteria so you have a clear idea of what you need to include in your essay.
By the first Film Studies lesson after half term (Thursday 7th of November)
you need to have completed the planning grid with the following
• The two films you will study
• The concepts you will apply
• General ideas for the creative artefact
In that lesson we will go through how to approach your essay, and I will
review your ideas to ensure they will allow you to be successful
The exam board webpage for A Level Film Studies can be found here:
The Neale-Wade Media Department Film Studies blog can be found here:
Resources for the coursework will be on the Foundation Portfolio Page (click on
the link at the top of the homepage).
Follow the @nealewademedia twitter feed for useful links and information.
If you have any questions please email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact
me through the Department Twitter.