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A-Level Film Studies
A Level Film Studies
Specification: WJEC (Educas)
Method of Assessment: two written exams and one non-exam assessment
Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes (35%)
Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes (35%)
Component 3: Short Film Production Non-exam assessment (30%)
Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking
- Section A: Hollywood 1930-1990 (Comparative study)
- Section B: American film since 2005 (two-film study)
- Section C: British film since 1995 (two-film study).
The examination focuses of the core study elements alongside theories surrounding spectatorship, narrative, ideology and Auteur.
Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives
- Section A: Global film (two-film study)
- Section B: Documentary film
- Section C: Film movements- Silent cinema
- Section D: Film movements- experimental.
The examination focuses on the core study elements alongside theories surrounding narrative, auteur, critical debates and filmmakers.
Component 3: Short Film Production Non-exam assessment
The coursework involves researching existing short films, planning, creating and evaluating the completed product.
Students require a grade 5 or above in English Language GCSE and English Literature GCSE.
If it has been taken students require a grade 6 in Film Studies GCSE.
Students who have not taken Film Studies require a grade 6 in a related subject such as Media GCSE.
Reading Materials / Resources:
Bordwell, D. & Thompson, K. (1996). Film Art: An Introduction. McGraw-Hill Inc. US. ISBN: 978-0070066342.
Bordwell, D. & Thompson, K. (1994). Film History: An Introduction. McGraw-Hill Inc. US. ISBN: 978-0073386133.
Ross, E. (2015). Filmish. SelfMadeHero. ISBN: 978-1910593035.
Kramer, P. (2016) The General (BFI Film Classics). BFI Publishing. ISBN: 9781844579150.
Guerrero, E. (2001) Do the Right Thing (BFI Modern Classics) BFI Publishing. ISBN: 9780851708683.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011 documentary), directed Mark Cousins. Information is here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2044056/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Cousins, M. & Macdonald, K. Ed. (2006) Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary. (Revised ed.) Faber. ISBN: 9780571225149.
Winston, B. (2013) The Documentary Film Book. BFI/Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9781844573417.
Web resources such as articles on visual effects e.g. Ex-Machina http://www.dneg.com/dneg_vfx/ex-machina and Jurassic World e.g. http://www.cinemablend.com/new/See-How-Jurassic-World-Looked-Visual-Effects-Were-Filled-109617.html
Side by Side, (2012 Documentary), Christopher Kenneally. Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3788088601?ref_=tt_ov_vi
Film Studies A Level can be continued at University level or at specialist collages. Students can become involved in the theory or practical elements of Film. Film Studies shows that a student is creative, academic and artistic. Future career paths could be Journalism, Filmmaker, Advertising and working within the Education sector.
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