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GCSE Film studies is designed to draw on learners’ enthusiasm for film and introduce them to a wide variety of cinematic experiences through films which have been important in the development of film and film technology. Learners will develop their knowledge of US mainstream film by studying one film from the 1950s and one film from the later 70s and 80s, thus looking at two stages in Hollywood’s development. In addition, they will be studying more recent films – a US independent film as well as films from Europe, including the UK, South Africa and Australia. Those who choose to study GCSE Film Studies will bring with them a huge enthusiasm and excitement for film, which constantly motivates them in their studies.
Pupils will study a total of 6 films. In looking at these films, learners will study how films are constructed – through cinematography ( and lighting), mise-en-scene (how sets, locations, props and costume are used in film), editing and sound , how films are organised into structures – genre (the different kinds of film) and narrative (how films tell their stories), how films can be used – artistically (the aesthetic qualities of film) and as a way of communicating ideas and issues (representation), how learners make sense of film through exploring a film’s relevant contexts (social, cultural, historical, political and institutional), through an awareness of key aspects of the history of film and through specialist writing on film.
2 Examinations – each being 1 hour 30 minutes and accounting for 70% of the total mark.
1 Internally assessed piece of work accounting for 30% of the total mark – this can be in the form of a film extract which is produced by the learner, or a screenplay piece of writing approximately 800-1000 words in length. Both choices must also be accompanied by an evaluative piece of writing which is approximately 750 words in length.
Learners will not only develop their knowledge and understanding of Film Studies, but they will also develop a range of literacy, communication, analytical production, IT and other transferable skills.
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