Head of faculty: Mrs K Moores
Teaching Staff: Mrs K Moores, Mr C Collis
Film Studies is a new GCSE option at Kingsbury, through the WJEC exam board. If you are interested in Film (in front and behind the camera), English or the Arts then this course could be a very exciting opportunity. ‘Film’ and ‘moving images’ are a growing part of everyday life. If you have ever watched something and thought, ‘Why have they done that?’ or ‘I could do better,’ then this might be the subject for you. You will develop analytical skills that will transfer to other subjects and you would also have the chance to create Film industry related projects. This course is not about watching films, it is about analysing different text types, exploring what has been done by others and seeing if you could do better.
With 70% exam based and 30% Coursework based, there is every opportunity to succeed in this GCSE qualification. However, the depth of analysis and exploration of film needs complete commitment. If you have a passion for film and are willing to work hard then this is a qualification for you.
What will I learn about?
You will learn how to analyse different moving image texts, through the application of specialist terminology. These analytical aspects will then be used to develop and create your own projects. The projects will require development of the idea, production of the product, presentation of the ‘Feature’ you create and a final analysis of your own creation. All features of the film industry will be explored, including production, distribution and financial aspects of this medium. You will explore mainstream texts but also be introduced to a wide range of other countries and genres you would not normally consider.
Texts we might explore:
- Singin’ in the Rain (Donen & Kelly, USA, 1952), U and Grease (Kleiser, USA, 1978), PG
Potential Independent films
– Little Miss Sunshine (Dayton/Faris, USA, 2006), 15
– Juno (Reitman, USA, 2007), 12
– The Hurt Locker (Bigelow, USA, 2008), 15
– Whiplash (Chazelle, USA, 2014), 15
– Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Gomez-Rejon, USA, 2015), 12.
|Potential English Language Film
- Slumdog Millionaire (Boyle, UK, 2008), 15
Global Non-English Language Film
- Spirited Away (Miyazaki, Japan, 2001)
Potential UK contemporary Film
- Skyfall (Mendes, UK, 2012), 12
Current year 11
How would I be assessed?
1: External Assessment (50%)
Paper 1: Exploring Film 30% (1 hr 30 minutes)
There are four compulsory questions focusing on the Superhero film genre. These questions will assess knowledge and understanding of film language and key industry and audience issues. A clip from a film will be used as part of the exam and applying skills will be vital.
Paper 2: Exploring Film outside Hollywood 20% (1 hour)
There will be three compulsory questions on one film produced outside Hollywood. Questions will be based on:
- characters, narratives, themes and issues in the film chosen
- the way people, places, events and issues are represented in the film and
- a creative question involving individual responses to the film (e.g., reviews, blogs, website entries).
2: Controlled Assessment (50%)
Exploring and creating
Two main items: a film exploration (two tasks) and a production (four tasks).
1: Exploring a film of the candidate’s choice. This would need to be checked and agreed with the teacher – two tasks (30 marks)
An exploration of a film of a candidate’s choice consisting of (i) industry research (350-500 words) and (ii) a micro analysis of a short extract from the film (350 – 750 words).
2: Production – four tasks (70 marks) Candidates create (i) a pitch for an imaginary film (approximately 150 words), use the created pitch to form the basis of (ii) a preproduction (chosen from a list of options) and (iii) a final production (chosen from a list of options). They then complete (iv) a brief evaluative analysis of the final production.
Current year 10
How would I be assessed?
1: External Assessment (70%)
Paper 1: Key Developments in US Film. Written examination: 1 hour and 30 minutes. (35%)
This component assesses knowledge and understanding of three US films chosen from a range of options. The paper consists of four questions on one pair of US mainstream films and one US independent film. Section A is a ‘US film comparative study’ with one stepped question on the first of the chosen pair of films (produced between 1930 and 1960), one stepped question on the second of the chosen pair of films (produced between 1961 and 1990) and one question requiring a comparison of the chosen pair of films. Section B looks at the key developments in film and film technology with one multi-part question on developments in film and film technology. Section C is comprised of one question on one US independent film.
Paper 2: Global Film: Narrative, Representation and Film Style. Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes. (35%)
Paper 2 assesses knowledge and understanding of three global films produced outside the US chosen from a range of options. There are three questions in three sections. Section A has one stepped question on one global English language film, Section B has one stepped question on one global non-English language film and Section C has one stepped question on one contemporary UK film.
2: Controlled Assessment (30%)
This is a chance to be creative and Produce your own product. The internally assessed task assesses the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of film to a production and its accompanying evaluative analysis. You would produce one genre-based film extract (either from a film or from a screenplay) and then one evaluative analysis of the production, where you would have the chance to analyse and evaluate your production in relation to comparable, professionally-produced films or screenplays.