What is Film Studies? Film Studies is about the study of: the art of filmmaking the history of film production the contemporary film industry Production Distribution Exhibition Technological developments in film production and reception
What is Film Studies? Film Studies at A-Level is not simply about watching films Being a Film Studies student requires a different approach to films – in film studies, we talk about reading films not watching them 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
What is Film Studies? AS Film Studies 2 units – 1 coursework (50%), 1 exam (50%) F631 Film Text and Context Section A – Contemporary English-language Cinema The focus is on films as texts and the various ways in which those texts seek to communicate something to us Section B – Cinema in context The focus is on the issues which have influenced how the film industry has developed at different points in time – we will focus on Early Cinema (1895-1915) and Developments in 21st Century Cinema and Film (2000 – present)
F632– Foundation Portfolio in Film 1 analytical essay comparing 2 films, which then feeds into a creative project – paper based individual project / group oriented practical project A2 Film Studies – 2 more units – coursework and exam, but harder still…
Binary oppositions Man walks up street to buy a newspaper Introduce 1st element of conflict Introduce 2nd element of conflict Who is the hero? Who is the villain? How are they different?