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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Exam Questions June 2010

jeremy | Monday June 21, 2010

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Media Product One – The Game Play Trailer for Call of Duty

The trailer is the fourth instalment of the Call of Duty game series, which was released in the UK in November 2007. The trailer was widely available, including online and on television. It is a first person shooter game and can be played by a single player or as a multi-player online game. It is available on all main platforms, PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS.

The action is contemporary and is set in multiple locations, including the Middle East and Russia.

The events take place from the point of view of a British SAS soldier and a US Marine. It was one of the top selling games globally in 2007.

Media Product Two – The Cinema Trailer for Battle for Haditha

The film had a limited release in cinemas in the UK in October 2007 and was subsequently broadcast on Channel 4. It was directed by Nick Broomfield, a British documentary maker and was co-produced by Channel 4 Films.

Set after the invasion of Iraq, it is a fictionalised account of events in November 2005, in Haditha in Iraq, where 24 men, women and children were killed. They were allegedly shot by four US Marines in retaliation for the death of a US Marine killed by a roadside bomb. It interweaves three narratives, linking the story of the young Marines, the two roadside bombers and the Iraqi people living nearby. The cast is predominantly amateur, including ex-soldiers and Iraqi civilians.

Questions - Section A

1. How do the two media products represent war? (8 marks)

2. What is the appeal to audiences of such shocking war films and war games? You may refer to other media products to support your answer. (12 marks)

3. Some media research has raised concerns about unrestricted access to violent images. Do you think control is necessary? You should refer to other media products to support your answer.

Questions - Section B

You should answer one question only from Section B.

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