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As film studies induction lesson

  1. 1. AS Film Studies
  2. 2. What is Film Studies? <ul><li>Film Studies is about the study of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the art of filmmaking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the history of film production </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the contemporary film industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Production </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Distribution </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exhibition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological developments in film production and reception </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is Film Studies? <ul><li>Film Studies at A-Level is not simply about watching films </li></ul><ul><li>Being a Film Studies students requires a different approach to films – in film studies, we talk about reading films not watching them – the act of reading goes beyond watching </li></ul><ul><li>Reading films is about considering why we see what we see, about considering why a certain actor is in a film, about what type of company has produced the film, about who the potential audience is for the film </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Film Studies? <ul><li>AS Film Studies </li></ul><ul><li>2 units – 1 coursework (40%), 1 exam (60%) </li></ul><ul><li>FM1 Making Meaning – 1 analytical essay about a film sequence, a creative project – paper based individual project / group oriented practical project </li></ul><ul><li>FM2 British & American Cinema – 3 sections of work – Producers & Audiences, British Cinema, American Cinema </li></ul><ul><li>A2 Film Studies – 2 more units – coursework and exam, but harder still… </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is Film Studies? <ul><li>Topics studied </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Cinema – September to October – 9/11 and its aftermath: War of the Worlds & The Dark Knight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>British Cinema – November to December -Living with crime – This Is England / Trainspotting + others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Producers & Audiences – January – February </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>February to Easter – revision / exam prep </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Messages and values <ul><li>Values – what is important to us, what we believe in , what we take seriously </li></ul><ul><li>Messages – having something to say to others </li></ul><ul><li>Messages & values = Ideology </li></ul><ul><li>Ideology – set of beliefs, values </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. – the world is flat, if we sail to the edge we will fall off </li></ul>
  7. 7. Messages and values <ul><li>Communicating without words </li></ul>
  8. 8. Terminator Salvation: binary oppositions <ul><li>Marcus Wright v Serena Kogan </li></ul><ul><li>Working in pairs, note down everything you can think of about each character </li></ul><ul><li>Compare lists – what are the differences? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Messages and values: Terminator Salvation <ul><li>What is the film’s message about the future? </li></ul><ul><li>How is this message communicated? </li></ul><ul><li>What does this message reveal about how the filmmakers view the benefits and drawbacks of technological progress? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Narrative progress The hero’s journey <ul><li>What is Nick Angel’s ordinary world? </li></ul><ul><li>What is Nick’s call to adventure? </li></ul><ul><li>What elixir does Nick ‘return’ from the narrative with? </li></ul>

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