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WJEC Media Studies AS > A2 Transition Unit

Rob Miller | Tuesday October 28, 2014

Categories: A Level, Eduqas (WJEC) A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Documentaries, Nanook, British, Soviet Union, Nazi Propaganda, Cinema Verite, Documentaries Links, Hot Entries

The following resource is intended to prepare students for WJEC A2 Media Studies coursework Unit MS3. The documentary brief is found here. A suggestion would be to introduce the unit in May/June, after AS Unit MS1 external assessment is complete.

Tasks in Order

1. Research the Codes and Conventions of Documentary. Use the resources below to identify what you consider to be different types of film documentary (with examples) showing clear understanding of the codes and conventions of the genre. You may submit the work in the form of a presentation e.g. using Prezi or PowerPoint or as a 500-750-word report.

  • Documentary Definitions
  • Bill Nichols’ Six ‘Modes’ of Documentary
  • Documentary Codes & Conventions (Via FilmEdu)
  • Sight & Sound Magazine Greatest Documentaries
  • Codes and Conventions of the Documentary Genre

2. Form into groups (no more than four per group) and research two Documentary films, one ‘historical’ and one ‘contemporary’ to answer the following questions – this has to be a 10 minute group presentation (with clips) and must address each of the points below (suggested resources are provided):

  • Identify institutional factors.
  • Summarise the narrative in 3 acts.
  • What type of documentaries are they?
  • How do they conform, how do they challenge documentary codes and conventions?
  • What issues of representation are apparent?
  • Analyse use of form and style through sound and visual language.

Group 1: Man with a Movie Camera and Grizzly Man

Grizzly Man - Whole Film

The Man with the Movie Camera (1929) - Whole Film

  • Senses of Cinema - Grizzly Man
  • Fast Capitalism: On Werner Herzog’s Documentary Grizzly Man: Psychoanalysis, Nature, and Meaning
  • Spectatorship Documentaries Exemplar
  • Man with a Movie Camera Case Study
  • International Film Styles: 1920s Soviet Cinema

Group 2: Night Mail and Senna

Night Mail - Whole Film

  • Senna Documentary - Whole Film
  • BFI - Night Mail
  • Spectatorship Documentaries Exemplar (Via FilmEdu)
  • Night...

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