Vision:

Film Studies GCSE aims to build on the students’ enthusiasm and interest in film and develop a wide range of skills (the ability to “read” and analyse film, creative writing, practical film-making, etc…). It covers a wide variety of cinematic experiences, focusing on films that have been important at different points during the development of film and film technology. 

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of key film genres, of how films are structured and organised (narrative structure) and how genre and narrative together can be used to communicate ideas and discuss issues.

Students will study how the key elements of film form (cinematography/camera work, mise-en-scène, sound and editing) are used to create meaning for audiences. They will also produce a coursework production project (non-examined assessment, NEA), requiring each student to apply their knowledge and understanding of genre, narrative and film form in the creation of either a screenplay extract or a filmed extract.

Staff:

TBC

Department Courses: 

Key Stage 4 – Eduqas/WJEC GCSE Film Studies:

Year 10

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Induction film

Genre studies

  • Sci-fi and Western

Intro. to Film Form

  • Cinematography, Mise-en-scène, Sound and Editing
  • How to “read” a film.
  • Genre and Narrative

Study of Cinematography

  • Camera angles, distances and movement, lighting

Component 2: Global Film 

  • “Attack The Block” (Eng. language, British, focus on Aesthetics/Visual Style)

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Genre studies 

  • Crime/Gangster and Horror 

Study of Cinematography (cont.)

Study of Mise-en-scène

  • Setting, colour, costume, props, body language

Study of Sound.

Component 2: Global Film 

  • “District 9” (Eng. language, Non-British, focus on Narrative)

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Genre studies

  • Teen Drama + War

Study of Editing.

Component 2: Global Film 

  • “Die Welle” (“The Wave”) (Non-Eng. language, focus on Representation)

Preparatory work for NEA (Non-Exam Assessment/Coursework)

  • Film Pitch project
  • Practical work (still image photography and filming)
Year 11

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Revise Yr. 10 work

Component 1: Key Developments in US Film

  • Developments in Film Technology
  • Comparative Study (Sci-Fi): Film 1 “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers” (1956)
  • Comparative Study (Sci-Fi): Film 2     “E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial”

NEA (Non-Exam Assessment/Coursework)

  • Screenplay extract/Filmed extract

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Component 1: Key Developments in US Film

  • Film Journalism: “Whiplash”

NEA (cont.)

  • Shooting script
  • Evaluative Analysis.

Revision

  • Film Form
  • Component 2 films and topics
  • Component 1 films and topics

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Revision

  • Film Form
  • Component 2 films and topics
  • Component 1 films and topics
Out of Hours Activities (what, when,where):

Yr.10s – Participation in the annual “Into Film Festival” in November.

Each year group – a Film Night in school (Yr. 10s = Summer Term, Yr. 11 = end of Autumn Term). 3 films + pizza. 

Department Website Links (including exam boards, revision sites etc):

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/film-studies/gcse/

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/z9hrwxs/revision/1

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCacUrPwcGSkXvfVy_a4MZDQ

https://www.hartismere.com/GCSE/Film-Studies