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AQA 8572 GCSE Media Paper 2 Section A Indicative Content

Morag Larsen | Sunday November 06, 2016

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE

PAPER 2 Section A

2 MINUTES TO READ SECTION A

DR WHO ‘AN UNEARTHLY CHILD’ EXTRACT – 12.50 -15.28 minutes

SHOW TWICE

AFTER FIRST VIEWING MAKE ANY RELEVANT NOTES (5 minutes)

WATCH AGAIN

BEGIN TASK UPON COMPLETION OF SECOND VIEWING

Q1 – 2 marks

What is meant by semiotic analysis?

Semiotics is how we study, interpret and make meaning form signs and symbols. Many things can be a sign and allow us to infer additional meaning. When we see something we denote what it actually is, but it can also connote or suggest additional meaning.

Q2 – 8 marks

THE EXTRACT RUNS FROM 12.50-15.28 minutes

How is the genre of “An Unearthly Child” shown in this extract?

  • The genre of Science-Fiction is displayed in a number of ways in the extract.
  • As the group transition from the dark gloom of the scrap yard, they are confronted with an entirely new and completely unrecognisable and, to the teachers, incomprehensible scenario.
  • We become more aware of the droning electronic non-diagetic noise that lends an unsettling eeriness to the scene.
  • The scene has opened up into the incredible TARDIS- The claustrophobic, dark, cluttered scrap yard has morphed into the gleaming, bright modernity of what appears to be some kind of command centre.
  • The size of the room is now completely disproportionate to what could realistically be expected.
  • The walls appear to be made of a highly unusual, recessed, circular material of some kind; completely at odds with traditional early 1960s home design.
  • The plants seem of an extraordinary design.
  • There appears to be an enormous electronic command centre in the centre of the room.
  • Lights pulse and rotate softly around the command desk.
  • Banks of screens are visible positioned high up on the walls of the TARDIS.
  • Susan closes the door by way of a switch on the console and, as the door, closes it makes an unusual, whirring, mechanical sound.
  • Mr Chesterton is completely astounded at the transformation of the space “It...

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