Film Studies AS level at Malmesbury School
The aims of AS and A2 are:
- To develop students’ interest in, appreciation and knowledge of film.
- To teach students how films communicate meaning and how they affect audiences through the study of film texts and spectators, producers and audiences, and messages and values.
- To provide students with analytical and critical approaches for understanding how films construct meaning and provoke diverse responses.
- To enable students to study a wider range of films, thereby developing an appreciation of aspects of the history of film and its cultural diversity.
- To develop students’ research, creative and production skills through more advanced film projects.
FM1: Exploring Film Form
This unit focusses on the micro features of film and the construction of meaning and emotion. Students will learn about the micro features of film: mise-en-scene, performance, cinematography, editing and sound. They will identify how these features construct meaning and impact they have on the spectator. Students will create a sequence to demonstrate how micro features produce meanings and responses. Throughout this unit, the emphasis will be on interaction of film and spectator.
FM2: British and American Film
Section A – students will study the UK and US film industry, the audiences for films produced by these industries and their inter-relationship.
- The Film Industry
The American film industry – specifically contemporary Hollywood, including its impact on UK audiences;
The British film industry – specifically the contemporary industry, including issues of independence, distinctiveness and profitability. Aspects of finance, organisation, production, distribution (including marketing) and exhibition will be studied, particularly through case studies.
- The Film Audience
Film Demand and supply, specifically in the UK today
The consumption of film, cinema-going and the importance of home cinema and the internet, together with the significance of digital technologies
- The Interrelationship between Producers and Audiences
This will be studied through Case Studies and may cover UK and Hollywood film producers, genre and stars, film marketing, film reviews and exhibition.
Section B: British Film Topics
Students will study one topic with a focus on how macro elements of film, particularly narrative, construct meanings and raise issues
British Film and Culture – This topic looks at a particular moment in British culture and considers how film responded to this moment. The focus should be primarily on film narrative and the themes these narratives convey. There will be some specific focus on contextual knowledge and on issues of representation. The principal emphasis, however, is on engaging with the chosen films. The candidate must show a detailed knowledge of a minimum of two films. The cultural period for examination is Swinging Britain: 1963-1973
Section C: Comparative Study
Two US films will be chosen from a specific genre or dealing with a specific theme.
FM1: Exploring Film Form
- Coursework 40% of AS, 20% of A2
- Students will be required to submit a portfolio of two assignments.
FM2: British & American Film
- Exam 2.5 hrs 60% of AS, 30% of A2
- Students will answer three questions on the following topics: Producers and Audiences
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Malmesbury School directly.