Film Studies summer work
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Film Studies summer work

Overview

Welcome to A level Film Studies and the wonderful world of film. You will be following the OCR specification. Below are tasks designed to give you a taste of the course.

The work

You will be following the OCR specification. Below are tasks designed to give you a taste of the course.

1. ‘Viewing diary’.


Over the period of a week or so, make a note of all of the films you watch and any film-related programmes which you might watch or listen to. What do you notice about your viewing habits? Are there any genres, directors or styles and which you are particularly drawn to? Do you watch films on particular technologies/ platforms?

2. Vertigo

The film Vertigo is one of the key texts on the course. Try and watch it and make notes on the following questions:

  • What do you think are the main themes of the film?
  • Which elements of camerawork, editing, sound and mise en scene (props, settings, décor etc.) did you particularly notice and what meanings do you think are being generated through their use?

3. Review writing

Write a 500 word review on a film of your choice. The target audience for the review should be other Film Studies students. You are trying to persuade your audience to watch your chosen film. Use images from the film within your review.

Please bring your completed work to your first Film Studies lesson in September.

Recommended course book

No textbook required at this point.

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