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WJEC A2 Media Studies MS4 Film Pack: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadpool and Amy

Rob Miller | Monday September 05, 2016

Categories: A Level, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Film


  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • Amy (2015)

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, one is British and reflect the different ‘types’ of films consumed by global, and national audiences. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a high production value, globally distributed blockbuster, Deadpool is a medium production value parody of the superhero genre while Amy is a challenging, low production value independent British documentary. When studying or teaching MS4, this 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 the question topic that best fits the texts/industry they have studied.

The exam topic areas covered will be:

Section A

  • Genre
  • Narrative
  • Representation

Section B

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

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Production and Production Values plus Issues of Regulation

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh film in the Star Wars franchise, set 30 years after Return of the Jedi (the 3rd film made in 1983). It successfully rebranded the franchise with the introduction of a Star Wars sequel trilogy that was announced after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012 – George Lucas sold the rights to Disney for $4bn ensuring his legacy continued but with a diminished role as creative consultant. This role inevitably created conflict and Lucas gradually became less and less involved in the production, in many ways handing over not just commercial, but also artistic control to writer, director and producer JJ Abrams. The role of Abrams must not be...

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