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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Film Pack: Star Trek: Into Darkness, Philomena and The Double

Rob Miller | Monday July 28, 2014

Categories: A Level, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, Film, Action, Action Adventure, Biography, Drama, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Promotion, Film Studies, Thrillers, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Philomena (2013)
  • The Double (2013)

The purpose of this pack is to provide a research platform for students and teachers of MS4 by exploring all key potential exam areas of questioning – the three films are all contemporary, two are British (only one needs to be in the exam) and all reflect the different ‘types’ of films consumed by global, and national audiences. Star Trek into Darkness is a high production value, globally distributed Hollywood blockbuster, Philomena is a UK/US collaboration while The Double is an independent British film. When studying or teaching MS4, this ideal balance of films allows for comparative textual study and centres are reminded that in the exam not every topic below fits each industry – students must choose carefully to question topic that best fits the texts/industry they have studied.

The exam topic areas covered will be:

Section B:

  • Production and Production Values
  • Marketing and Distribution
  • Globalisation
  • Digital Technology
  • Audience Targeting and Positioning
  • Audience Responses and Appeals
  • Regulation
  • Star Marketing

Section A:

  • Genre
  • Narrative
  • Representation

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Production and Production Values Plus Issues of Regular

In terms of production values, Star Trek Into Darkness is a sequel built on the commercial and critical success of Star Trek (2009) but in reality is the 12th film in a Paramount franchise that is over 40 years old. As a result, it had a higher production budget of $185 million compared to the $160 million of Star Trek – both figures however signify that the film can be categorised as a global blockbuster in terms of production values with a useful comparison being the second best box office film of 2012, Skyfall with a $180 million production budget and the no. 1 of that year The Avengers at $220 million. Once production budget figures go over $150 million, the film enters the realm of the blockbuster movie and needs to...

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