Welcome to AS Film StudiesWhat skills do you think you will develop studying film studies? What do you think we do in Film Studies?
The AS Film Studies course is split in to two distinctsections FM1 – Exploring Film Form (40%) FM2 – British & American Film (60%) Today we will introduce both modules and sample the topics we will be looking at over the next academic year
FM1 – Exploring Film Form (40%)This unit is coursework basedThe unit will focus on the MicroElements of film and howmeaning is constructedYou will be required to completethe following:In-depth analysis – 1,500 word analysis of afilm extract of your choiceCreative Project – You must plan, produce andedit a short film or create a series of digitalstoryboards
What will weMicro Elements be studying?You will learn how to ‘read’ afilm and analyse how directorscan use the micro elements Cinematography Mise-en-scene Performance Sound Editing On your handouts note down a definition for each of the terms
Micro ElementsWe will identify how the micro elements aremanipulated and contribute to sensory impactof the filmReflecting on our individual responses to filmsand explore the relationship between films andtheir spectatorsYou will then use your knowledge of the microelements to create a short film or storyboardsequence Any Questions?
Film StudiesUsing the paper provided make a list of your top tenfavourite films – try and provide a reason why these filmshave made your list There Will Be Blood Spinal Tap Unforgiven Blade Runner Star Wars Trilogy In The Mood For Love Vertigo Dr. Strangelove The Godfather Part II Gladiator
Why do we go to theWorking alone, note down answers to the cinema?following questions:1. What is the purpose of cinema?2. Why do people go to the cinema?3. Why role, if any, does film serve in modern society?
Silver Screen... or Mirror?French Film Critic Andre Bazin claimed thatthe cinema screen had different meaningsfor different peopleSome, he said, saw the screen as a MirrorOthers thought the screen was a windowon the world whilst others felt it was anescape hatch “The more we see the screen as a mirror rather than an escape hatch, the more we will be prepared for what is to come” What do you think Bazin was saying with this statement?
What is film?On your handouts provide an example of one film that be candescribed as: 1. A mirror 2. A Window 3. An Escape HatchWatch the trailer for the ‘Monster Camp’ andanswer the following question: According to Bazin’s definitions what is the purpose of Monster Camp? Be prepared to explain your answers
FM2 – ExamYou will sit the AS Film Studies examination in May 2013 Topicsand will be answering questions on the following areas:Section A – Audience & IndustrySection B – British FilmSection C – Genre Study
What is film?Film has always been used to discuss and highlight issues thatare important to the society that made itFor example –Invasion of the Body Snatchers was written during the ColdWar between the USA & USSRThe films director Don Siegel stated that thealiens in the film represented Russiancommunists trying to infiltrate the USA duringtime of warThe aliens are depicted as foreign invaders whopose a threat to the USA – this is how manypeople saw Communists during this time
What is film?Watch the Trailer for ‘The Terminator’ andanswer the following questions:1. Is this film a Mirror / Window / Escape Hatch2. What do you think the film is about and what is James Cameron trying to say?James Cameron stated that he wrote Terminator Director:after a nightmare in which a machine attempted to James Cameronkill himHe said the film reflected peoples fears that we had Budget:become to dependant on technology and if we were $6,400,000not careful its development may spiral out of our Box Office:control $78,019,031