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Overview

Film Studies offers pupils the chance to develop their creativity, cultural understanding and critical

thinking in relation to one of the most powerful of contemporary art forms. Students study key

works of British, American and international cinema all the way back to the Lumière Brothers,

right up to present day cinema. They also learn about institutions within the media industry and

about the way films are marketing to reach audiences through production, distribution and

exhibition.

The majority of students' work is assessed through an external exam (70% of their overall grade),

however the course still contains a strong emphasis on practical film-making skills which includes

both a research project and the opportunity to plan and produce short films on digital video using

the School's own video editing facilities. Film plays an important part in the extra-curricular life of

the School and from the beginning of next year will be situated within the brand new building with

a cinema area and a specialist film studies classroom equipped with editing booths for small group

editing. An after School club will also offer students the opportunity to further hone their film-

making skills.

Costs

All equipment is provided by the department.

Trips

The British Film Institute Library (research projects); The British Film Institute (Moving Image

Awards); Ad-hoc cinema trips.

Pathways

Further Education

: A Level Film

University

: Film Production, Video Production, TV Production, Film Theory, Media Production,

Communications, Broadcast Journalism

Careers

: Film Director, Location Manager, Programme Researcher in Broadcasting/Film/Video,

Television Camera Operator, Television/Film/Video Producer, Television Production Coordinator,

Advertising Art Director.

Content

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3

Developments in US

Film.

This component

assesses knowledge and

understanding of three US

films chosen from a range

of options. Assessment

consists of four questions

on one pair of US

mainstream films and one

US independent film.

Narrative,

Representation and Film

Style.

This component

assesses knowledge and

understanding of three

global films produced

outside the US chosen

from a range of options.

Production.

This component

assesses the ability to apply

knowledge and understanding

of film to a production and its

accompanying evaluative

analysis. Learners produce:

one genre-based film

extract (either from a film

or from a screenplay)

one evaluative analysis of

the production, where

learners analyse and

evaluate their production

in relation to comparable,

professionally

-

produced

films or screenplays.

Film Studies