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Sixth Form: Film Studies

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Film Studies


Course Title


Subject Leader

Film Studies

Film Studies

Miss S Morris





Course Information

Assessment Outline

Students will be studying a selection of films across a range of cultures, film certificates and genres, ranging from modern American cinema to global and documentary films. The course benefits from a generous filmmaking coursework component: making a short film and analysing it with the help of other short films, such as Wallace and Gromit’s The Wrong Trousers.

Exam assessment – 70% across 2 papers

Non-exam assessment – 30%


Assessment Objectives

AO1 – knowledge and understanding of film

AO2 – applying knowledge and understanding of film to the analysis and evaluation of your filmmaking and the films of others, but also including critical approaches to film

AO3 – applying your knowledge and understanding of film to your own practical filmmaking

Key Skills in this task

Watching films and analysing for meaning; becoming acquainted with the language that underpins the subject; applying all of this when writing a personal response to the films.


Bridging Task

Task Outline

Students will be watching a selection of short films in order to inspire and inform their filmmaking coursework. Here are some of the films selected by the exam board to get you started – I hope you enjoy!

Pitch Black Heist (Maclean, UK, 2012) – an early award-winning film from Michael Fassbender about two men planning a robbery.

High Maintenance (Van, German, 2006) – exploring a rather unconventional bond that suggests a surprising solution to unsatisfactory relationships.

Connect (Abrahams, UK, 2010) – fed up with the hostility of life in London, a young woman’s view of the world changes when she makes a surprise connection with a stranger on a bus (warning: contains blood from gunshot off screen)

And also… Wallace and Gromit’s ‘The Wrong Trousers’ (Park, UK, 1993) – classic Claymation with the most evil penguin ever seen on screen (note this version has Russian dubbing, but parts of the film are available elsewhere on the net/ the BBC – try and watch part of it if you can’t handle the dubbing for the whole 30 minutes!)

Once you have watched the films…

Daniel Chandler’s blog here gives you a guide to lots of technical terminology to analyse films. It is a lot to take in – especially if you are not familiar with analysing films – so DON’T worry or try to understand and use all of it.

Instead, look just at the sections under:

Camera Techniques: Distance and Angle – comes with pictures to illustrate the different terms.

The next section after this is Editing Techniques. By all means, read this section and further on to the end of the document if you would like to, but it is a dense document and we don’t even use all of the terms in it!

Once you have looked at camera techniques…

 - Pick two of the short films you found most engaging/ interesting

 - Write 500 words analysing the films, attempting to include some of the camera techniques from Daniel Chandler’s guide above. You may wish to consider:

As a viewer, your own personal response to the films;

How expected/ unexpected you found the narratives to be (eg twists at the end of the film);

What you thought of the actors/ voices cast in the film and their performances;

How these short films compare with the kind of films you would usually choose to watch.


Marking Criteria / Assessment Method

AO1 – Looking for knowledge and understanding of the film’s plot and camera techniques, with references to the films to be as specific as possible.

AO2 – Demonstrate analysis of the above by discussing the meaning/ effect/ emotional response of the films, perhaps also including how successful you find them to be as films.

500 words to be submitted on paper with titles of the films chosen at the top of the page – can be typed or handwritten.