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Film Studies
YEAR 9
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
An introduction to the concepts of film – genre, narrative, language, audience and representation.

Production task.

Creating a short film or trailer – developing any production work started in the summer rollover.

Film Comparative Study (Superhero): Genre (definition, superhero genre conventions); Characters (stock characters, stereotypes, archetypes); narrative (narrative conventions, equilibrium, disequilibrium, new equilibrium, non-linear stories, flashbacks, binary oppositions); Late-cold war America

Dark Knight and Spiderman
Analysis of a key scene in a superhero movie

Topic Overview: Film History and Industry: history of film; production (funding, companies, national cinemas- British, US distribution (marketing materials- teasers, trailers, theatrical posters, merchandising, interviews/ TV spots, use of social media); exhibition (types of cinema, release dates/targeting, BBFC and classification, audiences)

History of cinema – key moments

Make a thaumatrope

Pitch for a film (In pairs)

Pre-production for film in pairs
Film quiz on the history of film
Creating a poster for own superhero film

Overview: US Film Comparative Study (Superhero): Themes (of superhero films; use of micro-features to show these); Ideology (points of view e.g. poverty and technology) Representations (gender, age, nationality/ ethnicity, class) including Stereotypes; Audiences (different audiences, audience responses, fandom).

V for Vendetta – analysis/representation of gender?

Overview: Global Film Study (Contemporary UK):Aesthetics of Film; Contexts (including Britishness, co-funding, representations of Britain and terrorism)

Skyfall (2012) plus analysis of narrative

Production work using the idea form term 2

Global Film Study (Global English Language)

Devil’s Backbone/Spirited Away

Themes (of childhood films; use of micro-features to show these); Ideology (points of view e.g. republicanism/ nationalism) Representations (gender, age, nationality/ethnicity, class) including Stereotypes; Audiences (different audiences, audience responses, fandom); Representation of Other Cultures

Devil’s Backbone – exam style answer. Global film response

 

YEAR 10
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Introduction to Film Language and audience.

British Film Contemporary (Component 2, Section C) – SUBMARINE

Film Screening & Discussion/Initial Analysis

British Film Contemporary (Component 2, Section C) – SUBMARINE complete plus assessment 1

Film Screening Film Component 2 Section A: Global English Language Film – RABBIT PROOF FENCE and analysis

Global English Language Film Contexts

Narrative and contexts preparation for exam focus

EXAM FOCUS WEEK: Practice – both lessons

Practical

Practical – Pre-production Phase 1: Research (Genre conventions)

Practical – Pre-production Phase 1: Research ( Audience)

Practical – Pre production Phase 1: Ideas

Practical – Pre production Phase 1: How to Storyboard/Draft Script

Practical – Pre production Phase 1: Storyboards/Drafting Script

Shot List/Drafting Script/Digital Driving Test
Plus intro to the History of film

Production: Rough Cut/Draft 1

Plus History of Film cont…

Global Non-English Language Film: Introduction to Representation

Film 3: Global Non-English Language Film (Component 2, Section B)

Film Screening Let The Right One In

Global Non-English Language Film

Key Sequence Analysis – Key Elements

Global Non-English Language Film

Key Sequence Analysis – Representation

Global Non-English Language Film Contexts

EXAM FOCUS WEEK:
Introduction to ‘Hollywood’ Component 1, Section B – Film Technology quizzes, timeline.

 

YEAR 11
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Component 1, Section A: Hollywood Comparative Study

Component 1, Section A: Hollywood Comparative Study

Introduction to Genre
(depending on genre of comparative study)

Homework –
Film 4: Hollywood 1 (Component 1, Section A)

Film Screening & Discussion/Initial Analysis – Invasion

Hollywood Film 1

Key Sequence Analysis – Genre Research into Contexts of chosen films

Hollywood Film 1

Key Sequence Analysis – Narrative

Hollywood Film 1 Sequences & Contexts

Complete Coursework

Film 5: Hollywood 2 (Component 1, Section B)

Film Screening & Discussion/Initial Analysis – ET

Hollywood Film 2

Key Sequence Analysis – Genre

Hollywood Film 2

Key Sequence Analysis – Narrative

Hollywood Film 2

Sequences & Context

Comparative Analysis

EXAM FOCUS WEEK:
Component 1, Section A – Hollywood Comparative Study & Section B – Film Technology

Component 1: Section C Introduction

Intro to American Indie

Film 6: US Indie (Component 1, Section C)

Film Screening and Discussion – WHIPLASH or Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Key Sequences Analysis – Key Elements of Film Form

Specialist Writing Work – Source Material

Specialist Writing Work – Source Material 2

Key Sequence Analysis – Specialist Writing Focus

US Independent Film – Conclusion

8 EXAM FOCUS WEEK: Component 1, Section C – US Indie

Component 1 Revision

Re-screen and exam questions

Component 2 Revision

Re-screen and exam questions

Revision/Exam Technique Exam season