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OCR AS G322 Section B: Institutions and Audiences | Teaching Film

Rob Miller | Friday September 09, 2016

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR AS, Film, Independent Film, Mainstream, Key Concepts, Audience, Institutions

Teaching film can be daunting to a non-media specialist, but also challenging for an experienced teacher. Approaches need to cover all exam topic areas ensuring students have a range of case studies to draw upon and focusing in particular on one contemporary mainstream and one independent film.

It initially seems a lot to learn and a lot to teach. This resource streamlines approaches, identifies past exam questions, recommends mainstream and independent case studies but also offers a range of secondary research sources intended to broaden the students’ understanding of the film industry.

One of the key skills in G322 is to switch from analysing representation in a TV Drama extract to formulating a coherent response to an industry question that references both institution and audience. Students need to be aware as much about film production companies, distributors, film exhibition and exchange as much as they do about the film texts themselves. It is also worth remembering there will be no reference to film in the exam question as centres study a range of different media industries, so questions need interpreting and mapping onto film.

Centres often choose to focus on case study institutions in the same way as they focus on case study films e.g. studying organisations like Warp, Working Title and Warner Brothers as representative of institutions that produce independent films, UK/US collaborations and mainstream Hollywood productions.

Exam questions can range from, or combine any of the topics below so students need to be able to apply them to their main independent and mainstream case study films. This should be supported by briefer reference to additional films, target audiences and institutions involved in the production, distribution and exchange of these texts.

Crucially, students must not download everything they know about their case study films and institutions e.g. if it is a question on the impact of digital...

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