Exam Preparation

1: External Assessment (50%)

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Paper 1: Exploring Film 30% (1 hr 30 minutes)

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Four compulsory questions focusing on one film genre. These questions will assess knowledge and understanding of film language and key industry and audience issues.
The film genre will be set by WJEC and will change every three years. Genre for first examination in Summer 2013 and last examination in Summer 2015: Superhero Films.

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Paper 2: Exploring Film outside Hollywood 20% (1 hour)

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Three compulsory questions on one film produced outside Hollywood, chosen from a list prescribed by WJEC. 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, websiteentries).

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2: Controlled Assessment (50%)

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Exploring and creating

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Two main items: a film exploration (two tasks) and a production (four tasks).

  1. 1:  Exploring a film of the candidate’s choice – 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. 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.

Paper 1: Exploring Film (1 hour 30 minutes, 30%)

Four compulsory questions focusing on one film genre. These questions will assess knowledge and understanding of film language and key industry and audience issues. The film genre will be set by the Awarding Body and will change every three years.

  •   Question 1: Response to a film extract chosen from the genre candidates have studied (questions based on film language)
  •   Question 2: Response to genre elements of study, considering all aspects of film language
  •   Question 3: Response to aspects of the marketing and promotion of films
  •   Question 4: A series of creative tasks assessing the knowledge and understanding of films in relation to audience and industry.

    Areas of study

    •   Study one set genre (e.g. Disaster films, Horror, Science Fiction, Crime) to change every three years.
    •   Gain an awareness of the contemporary film industry (mainly Hollywood) and of the audiences for film.

      Set Genre
      The set genre, Superhero films, first examined in Summer 2013, will be available for examination until a new specification is introduced (date to be confirmed).

      Paper 2: Exploring Film outside Hollywood (1 hour, 20%)
      Three compulsory questions on one film produced outside Hollywood, chosen from a list prescribed by the Awarding Body. 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).

        Areas of study
        Candidates study one film produced outside Hollywood from a prescribed list in terms of:

        •   the characters and narrative of the film chosen
        •   the issues raised by the chosen film
        •   the representation of people, places, events and issues
        •   how film language contributes to those representations

Films available for study

The following choice of films, first examined in Summer 2013, will be available for examination until a new specification is introduced (date to be confirmed).

Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France/Germany, 2001)
Bend It Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha, UK/Germany/US, 2002) The Boy in Striped Pyjamas (Mark Herman, UK/USA, 2008)
The Devil’s Backbone (Guillermo del Toro, Mexico/Spain, 2001) Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Parronaud, France, 2007) Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay, UK/France, 1999)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002)
Tsotsi (Gavin Hood, South Africa/UK, 2005)
The Wave (Dennis Gansel, Germany, 2008)
Yasmin (Kenneth Glenaan, UK/Germany, 2004). 

 

Expectations

By the end of this unit it is expected that all students will: respond to exam style questions through an emerging sense of Film language as well as commenting on the way genre, audience and micro-language interrelate to create meaning.

 Most students will: respond to exam style questions through an increasingly confident sense of Film language as well as commenting on the way genre, audience and micro-language interrelate to create meaning and evaluating their effectiveness.

Some learners will have progressed further and will: respond to exam style questions through an assured sense of Film language as well as commenting on the way genre, audience and micro-language interrelate to create meaning and evaluating their effectiveness.

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