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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...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Interactive Science Fiction Films Resource »

Rob Miller | Friday August 21, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Advertising, Marketing, Film, Action Adventure, Comedy, Disaster Movies, Drama, Fantasy, Film Analysis, Film Industry, Film Language, Film Promotion, Film Trailers, Horror, Independent Film, Mise-en-scene, Science Fiction, Social Realism, Thrillers, War, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Digital Graphics, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Production, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Understanding Key Skills, Understanding Key Topics, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, New Technologies, Skills, Textual Analysis, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, Television, Storyboarding, Website Analysis, Web Pages

Milan, Italy - January 26 2013: People of 501st Legion official costuming organisation take part in the Star Wars Parade wearing perfectly accurate costumes.

Welcome to this interactive resource on Science Fiction films, your Unit 1 examined topic that focuses on all areas of exam questioning. Use in conjunction with the Edusites Media Specimen Exam and Preliminary Material.

Have a look at some Science Fiction events around the country. Comic Cons have a reputation for...

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Tamara Drewe Case Study (2010) »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 27, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, British Film, Comedy, Independent Film, Romance

Overview

  • Directed by Stephen Frears
  • Shot on location in Dorset and at Pinewood Studios
  • Adapted screenplay by Moira Buffini (Jane Eyre, 2011) from a Graphic Novel by Posy Simmonds (The Guardian). Ready made Storyboard.
  • Produced by BBC Films (Exec Production), Ruby Films (Production Company) and West End Films (Sales Agents/Casting)
  • Ruby Films (Fish Tank 2009, Jane Eyre 2011) are an independent production company that specialise in literary adaptations
  • West End Films are sales...
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Shifty Case Study (2009) »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 27, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, British Film, Independent Film, Social Realism

Shifty is an independent social realist film that borrows (in terms of genre conventions) from the Crime Thriller/Gangster film, although arguably is not a hybrid genre. The film was produced with key funding from fledgling organisation Microwave who offer grants to film makers if they can keep the production budget under £100,000 and can execute filming in less than 18 days. Additional funding for distribution came from the UK Film Council’s P and A Fund (£200,000)...

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Fish Tank Case Study (2009) »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 27, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, British Film, Independent Film, Social Realism

Overview

  • Independent Film – CULTURALLY and INSTITUTIONALLY
  • Writer / Director – Andrea Arnold (b.1961, Dartford)
  • Part funded / Executive Production by BBC Films
  • Produced by Kasander Films (Arnold’s Production Company)
  • Additional funding: UK Film Council (Prints and Advertising Fund - £70,000, New Cinema Fund - £644,000 and Development Fund - £20,000)
  • Nominated for the Palm D’Or at Cannes 2009
  • Winner of Jury Prize at Cannes
  • 2010 BAFTA – Best British Film
  • ...
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British Film and Hollywood Essay »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 27, 2011

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, British Film, Film Industry, Hollywood, Independent Film

Associated Resources

  • British Film and Hollywood Essay.doc

British Film has been dominated by Hollywood since WW1. Any essay that discusses UK Film has to reference the cultural and ideological dominance of the Hollywood Film Industry to such as point that many cinema goers often will never see a film in any other environment than a multiplex cinema. They may also fail to recognise that many other countries have very successful film industries - this reflects a concept called...

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Defining Independent Film »

Antony Bateman | Wednesday November 03, 2010

Categories: Film, Independent Film

Strictly speaking, an independent film is one which is made away from the control of a large corporation, and by control we mean funding or creative input. So no film could really be called an independent film unless it is totally funded produced and distributed privately. It is therefore unlikely that any film can truly and totally be called an independent film.

It has been said that if 50% of the budget is raised away from a major studio it would be an independent film but...

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