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BTEC Level 3 Creative Media Production: Film Studies

Rob Miller | Thursday February 21, 2013

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Film, Hot Entries

Through following this unit learners will develop an understanding of a number of theoretical approaches to film and apply them to specific film texts. Students will study factors that influence the style and content of films, such as; the culture and politics of the country where they are produced; the finance that enables their production; the technology of film production; distribution and exhibition; and the nature and structure of the industry which produces them.

In addition learners will explore the often complex relationship between audiences and films and will be able to understand why and how audiences watch and make sense of films in particular ways.

There are opportunities in the unit to develop and apply research techniques through the completion of a piece of practical audience research. The unit will also help to put production work done in other units into context.

Summary of Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  1. Be able to apply different analytical approaches to films
  2. Understand the relationship between production contexts and films
  3. Understand the relationship between producers and audiences
  4. Understand the relationship between audiences and films


1. Be able to apply different analytical approaches to films

Analytical Approaches: theories, eg structuralism, semiotics, auteurism, feminism, queer theory, Marxism, psychoanalysis; genre analysis; content analysis

Application: to extracts; to whole films; to genres.

2. Understand the relationship between production contexts and films

Production Contexts: eg Hollywood, Bollywood, British, developing countries, international co-productions, independent

Factors influencing the relationship: financial determinants; funding bodies; quotas; tax incentives; technologies of production, distribution and exhibition; trends; genres and cycles; stars; social and political issues; regulatory issues; synergies between different films.


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