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CCEA GCE Moving Image Arts AS2 Critical Response

Rob Miller | Thursday August 20, 2015

Categories: A Level, CCEA A Level, CCEA AS, Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Key Concepts, Genre, Media Language, Skills, Textual Analysis, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Welcome to the externally assessed online exam unit of the CCEA Moving Image Arts AS qualification. You will be taking a 90 minute exam that is worth 30% of the AS qualification – in the exam you respond to unseen moving image clips.

Key Points

1. You answer three questions based on unseen clips: two based on live action film sequences, one on an animated sequence.

Close Up: The Shining (1980)

Medium Shot: Frozen (2013)

2. The questions are based on you analysing a maximum of three elements of film language. This will either be prescribed or you will have a choice. The film language elements are:

  • Camera technique – shot, framing, positioning, angles, speed and movement (CCEA say camera technique is a separate area from cinematography – you must remember this in the exam)
  • Editing – type of cut, conventional or unconventional, pace, flow and length of take
  • Cinematography – depth of field, lens and focus, lighting and colour palette (CCEA say that lighting is not part of the mise-en-scene)
  • Mise-en-scene – set design, location, colour, objects and props, dress code/costume, performance (body language, pose, eye contact)
  • Sound – diegetic or non-diegetic, sound effects, sound bridges, foley sound

Depth of Field/Colour Palette/Lighting: Citizen Kane (1941)

3. Check carefully the marks awarded to each question (30 each)

4. You are not expected to write long essays (you haven’t got the time) but 3 or 4 paragraphs for each question is appropriate

5. Minus the viewing time of the three clips (4-5 minutes) you have approximately 25 minutes writing time per question

6. Avoid description – analyse film language and link to meaning

7. Don’t just list the films you have seen in class, this is an unseen exam

8. Questions will be phrased in such a way to avoid simply just identifying film language, they are linked to further meaning:

  • How does the director use camera technique, editing and sound (including music) to create...

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