“Ideas come from everything”
― Alfred Hitchcock
Studying film allows you to understand important issues and developments within history, society and culture, using film as the medium with which to gain a greater insight into these areas. The development of deeper critical and creative thinking gained by studying film can enhance many different career paths and is a much sought after transferable skill in both employment and further study.
KS4 Film Studies
In GCSE Film studies, we study six films from different categories (including Hollywood, British, Independent, Non-English language films). All six of these films are assessed through a combination of short stepped questions and longer responses. These essay skills link well with English Literature in terms of the abilities students will develop and hone to analyse and explore the text.
Component 1: Key Developments in US Film
Three US films must be chosen for this component: one pair of mainstream films for comparison and one independently produced film:
Rebel without a Cause (Ray, USA, 1955) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Hughes, USA, 1986)
Little Miss Sunshine (Dayton/Faris, USA, 2006)
Component 2: Global Film: Narrative, Representation and Film Style
Three films must be chosen for this component:
One global English language film - Slumdog Millionaire (Boyle, UK, 2008)
One global non-English language film - Spirited Away (Miyazaki, Japan, 2001)
One contemporary UK film (produced since 2010) - Skyfall (Mendes, UK, 2012)
Component 3: NEA
The production may take the form of:
• either a filmed extract from a genre film (2 minutes to 2½ minutes)
• or an extract from a screenplay for a genre film (800 to 1000 words).
The screenplay must be accompanied by a shooting script of a key section from the screenplay (approximately 1 minute of screen time, corresponding to approximately one page of screenplay).
Learners must also provide an evaluative analysis of the production (750 to 850 words), which analyses and evaluates the production in relation to other professionally produced films or screenplays.
Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective. Film Studies consequently offers the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium. This is a relatively new course in Huish Sixth but already is creating a buzz and students are keen to sign up. Take a look at our Huish Sixth page.