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Studying film is not just a pleasure, though some students undoubtedly find it so; it also offers an excellent opportunity to develop a range of analytical and creative skills. Film students do need to have a strong interest in the film medium, the ways in which audiences watch films and the British and international film industries. Good written English skills and an eye for detail are also requirements to be a successful film student. Coursework is 40% of AS and 50% of A2.
On this course students may study such topics as:
British film - horror or comedy, British stars, British film and production companies, - British film and culture. Early cinema before 1917, documentary film making, experimental film, German & Soviet film, surrealism, neo-realism or new wave film, modern Hollywood, world cinema, such as modern Iranian, Japanese or modern Mexican film, amongst others.
FM 1 - Coursework Folder
This is a coursework unit which involves the study of aspects of film analysis such as cinematography and editing. You will have to produce;
- An extended essay analysis on a chosen film
- A short film project
FM 2 - Examinations
You write examquestions on three topics:
- Film makers, film marketing and audiences
- Topics in British cinema
- Comparing two American films studied in class.
FM 3 Coursework Folder:
The coursework unit comprises;
- Research study on a director, star, film genre or other topic of the your own choice
- A creative film writing or making project
FM 4 Examination:
You will prepare for exam questions on three set topics;
- A world cinema topics question
- Studying film audiences
- Close study essay on a world cinema film studied in class
You do not need to have any prior knowledge of the subject in order to take this course, but grades A-C in English GCSE would be beneficial.