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A Level Film Studies at The De La Salle Academy

Course description

Coursework will offer you the opportunity to gain 40% of your overall marks. There are two pieces of coursework.

Firstly, you will watch a number of films and analyse the elements that create meaning and evoke spectator response in a film e.g. cinematography, sound, editing, performance and mise-en –scène. You will then use your analytical skills to produce a 1500 word essay.

Secondly, you will transfer your skills in analysing the elements of film to produce your own film storyboard. This will be an individual storyboard using digital photographs to create meaning and evoke a response in this pre-production process.

Course content

To prepare for your examination, which will be 60% of the total marks for your qualification, you will study three sections. This will widen your knowledge and analysis of film.

  • SECTION A - PRODUCERS & AUDIENCES

    You will produce two case studies – one for a Hollywood film and one for a British film. In preparation for this work, you will ask yourself questions such as: 
    • How are films made and distributed?
    • Who funds the films we watch?
    • What changes have happened in the film industry?
    • What role do we as spectators have in the decisions made by the American and British Film Industry?
    • How much are we influenced by stars, fan sites, trailers and posters, which are part of the way the films are marketed?
  • SECTION B - BRITISH HORROR FILMS

    You will be studying 28 Days Later and The Descent. This is an opportunity for you to consider forms and conventions of British horror films. 
  • SECTION C - A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF TWO AMERICAN FILMS

    The Green Berets and Apocalypse Now. Both of these films are studied in the context of how the media portrayed The Vietnam War. THIS KNOWLEDGE IS ACQUIRED BY DEVELOPING YOUR INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH SKILLS, COMBINED WITH GROUP AND CLASS DISCUSSIONS. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The De La Salle Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

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