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Essay advice – contemporary film regulation


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Essay advice – contemporary film regulation

  1. 1. Essay advice – Contemporary Film Regulation
  2. 2. How to start your answer <ul><li>Try to use the wording in the question straight away and show off some knowledge with an interesting point about CMR ie ’The issue of CMR is rife with contradictions and emotive arguments, and this is what makes this such an interesting and complex area to study ’ </li></ul><ul><li>Then perhaps agree/disagree with the statement if there is one, identify which media areas you intend to use as case study material, and then answer the question ‘in a nutshell’. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How to start your answer contd <ul><li>To do this, try to quickly identify a specific set of points straight away and answer the question in a sentence. You may identify a range of arguments or aspects of similarity or difference between past or present (depending on the question) or a set number of key issues. It is important to signpost to the examiner that you are tackling your two media areas together, not separately </li></ul><ul><li>For example, maybe say – ‘It is possible to identify six key differences between press and film regulation of the past and present, including ....... ’ or similar </li></ul><ul><li>Group smaller points together under key headings such as ‘social change’ or ‘audience responses’ or legal issues. This way you can get many more points across quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Try to point out that this may be similar/different for the two different case studies and comparison/contrast is useful to explore the isue of CMR more carefully </li></ul>
  4. 4. How to develop your answer <ul><li>Work through the key points made in the initial answer to the question </li></ul><ul><li>Try to focus on your case studies but remember, you are using them to answer a question on CMR </li></ul><ul><li>Link back to the wording of the question in order to ensure you remain focused </li></ul><ul><li>Try to signpost your knowledge to the examiner with good use of terminology </li></ul><ul><li>In each paragraph, remember to PEE </li></ul><ul><li>First p oint, assertion, explanation </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting e vidence, (examples, facts, statistics, quoted voices of authority, details, reasons) </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting e xplanation </li></ul>
  5. 5. How to develop your answer <ul><li>Ensure balance between Film and Press </li></ul><ul><li>Reference your films and quotes accurately </li></ul><ul><li>Use connecting words and phrases </li></ul><ul><li>Beginnings: ‘there are five main issues at stake’ . . .’the central debates surrounding xxx are’ ... </li></ul><ul><li>Endings: Overall . . . To conclude . . . .Altogether . . . Finally it could be argued that . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Connectors (number/order) – Firstly, secondly, lastly </li></ul><ul><li>Connectors (additional) – furthermore . . . in addition . . . . also </li></ul>
  6. 6. How to finish your answer <ul><li>Try to ensure you have widened out sufficiently to answer the actual question </li></ul><ul><li>Try to comment on/evaluate the question as a whole </li></ul><ul><li>Try to draw any final, overall comparisons between your case studies and identify how these points are significant to the issue of CMR as a whole </li></ul><ul><li>Try to show clear balance between audience and institutional points </li></ul><ul><li>Remember – in your conclusion, you may raise important questions as well as answer them </li></ul>
  7. 7. Planning <ul><li>Create a 3 part essay plan </li></ul><ul><li>Outline the points to be made in each section </li></ul><ul><li>Check you have covered audience, institution, forms and conventions, representation </li></ul><ul><li>Check you have incorporated the topic prompts; one will be the focus of the question but it is important to integrate the others as well </li></ul><ul><li>What examples would you include? </li></ul><ul><li>What facts/ knowledge/stats/quotes would you use? </li></ul><ul><li>When planning, bear in mind the assessment criteria: (50 marks) </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation/analysis/argument: 20 marks </li></ul><ul><li>Use of examples: 20 marks </li></ul><ul><li>Use of terminology: 10 marks </li></ul>
  8. 8. Overall approach <ul><li>Type your answer and print it out to hand it in </li></ul><ul><li>Use paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>Try to write simply and clearly in Standard English </li></ul><ul><li>Capitals for names (people, institutions, films) </li></ul><ul><li>Reference your films and case studies correctly </li></ul><ul><li>(films – director and date; press cases – year, person v paper) </li></ul><ul><li>Use your notes </li></ul><ul><li>No less than 1,000 words, no more than 2,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Use the terminology (carefully and correctly though) </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the question </li></ul><ul><li>Make constant, clear reference to your CONTEMPORARY case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Only refer to the PAST if required by the question or for context </li></ul><ul><li>Compare, contrast, debate, engage the reader where possible </li></ul><ul><li>Check your essay against the marking criteria: </li></ul><ul><li>20 marks for explanation/analysis/argument </li></ul><ul><li>20 marks for use of examples (case studies) </li></ul><ul><li>10 marks for use/understanding of terminology </li></ul>