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WJEC A Level Film Studies Overview »

Jeremy Orlebar | Friday November 19, 2010

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies

Resources for WJEC A Level Film Studies on MediaEdu

This page should provide you with an index to the information we have on MediaEdu which relates directly to WJEC A Level Film Studies.

This page also contains external links to support materials on the WJEC site.

Cinematic New Waves

Studying Tsotsi

Further Reading & Support

The primary source for authoritative information & support is the WJEC Film Studies website.

WJEC Film Studies GCE A/AS


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Media & Film Studies Blogs »

Richard Gent | Monday June 01, 2009

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Other Topics, Blogs

We Study Media by Rob McMinn

The Student Room & Media Studies

Setting up a Radio Station on Mediaed.org.uk

Modern Mechanix: examples of vintage advertising

Technorati on Ideology

Ideology for Kids: Decoding the Kremlin’s Website

The End of Cyberspace

Kinoeye on Media Studies

Bluegrass Film Society

Kids Gobble Up Interactive Junk Food Marketing

Continental Philosophy: Key Notes on Theorists

Dr. Mabuse’s Kaledio-scope: Four Models of Film/Media Blogging

Media Studies...

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Understanding Crime Drama »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday May 16, 2009

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Crime Drama, Key Concepts, Genre, Other Topics, Television, Television Crime Drama, Television Drama

Television and film crime/cop drama is very popular with a wide audience. Crime Dramas seek to anchor the representations of all types of police officers, criminals and victims as ‘believable’ characters, with ‘realistic’ plot lines, set in urban locations.The genre has been taken up in the US under the heading of American Quality Televsion (AQT) - see under heading AQT.

Codes and Conventions

Crime dramas:

  • are constructed realities
  • depict constructed versions of...
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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, 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...

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Film Theory and Language »

Nicole Ponsford | Thursday August 23, 2012

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , Film, Film Analysis, Film Language, Key Concepts, Media Language, Theory, Apparatus Theory, Audience Theory, Feminist Theory, Formalist Theory, Genre Theory , Marxist Theory, Media Theorists, Postcolonial Theory, Poststructuralist Theory, Psychoanalytic Theory, Queer Theory, Race Theory, Screen Theory, Social Realist Theory, Structuralist Theory

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Apparatus Film Theory

‘Apparatus’ is another word for the means in which a specific production is created. In the case of film / cinema, the film projector and the screen. Apparatus Theory is a model of spectatorship and institutions. It argues that cinema is ideological (based on ideas) because the films are created to represent reality. This means that because film is created to illustrate different ideas, everything has meaning - from the camerawork to the editing. It...

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Postcolonialism & Cultural Imperalism »

Richard Gent | Wednesday April 25, 2012

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, OCR A Level, OCR A2, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, Key Concepts, Ideology, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Theory Downloads

We had an enquiry recently about Postmodernism which led to some productive responses. Ellen Grundy’s approach involved:

(L)ooking at representation and postcolonialism (as follows):

A research task on Gurinder Chadha and her films. How do her life and the themes of her films suggest a post colonial identity? For example Bend it like Beckham as a coming together of different ethnicities / cultures.

The classic clip of going for an ‘English’ in Goodness Gracious Me that turns...

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Meaning in Film & Mise En Scène »

Nicole Ponsford | Saturday October 22, 2011

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Mise-en-scene, Key Concepts, Media Language, Hot Entries

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Denotation and Connotation

These are two important words concerned with the way an audience understands the meaning of a media text. These can also be called the signs and signified meaning, or the micro and macro features.

Denotation / sign / micro feature is the basic, literal meaning of what is in the picture or scene.

Connotation / signified meaning / macro feature means different interpretations suggested by the text, often associated with additional meaning, values,...

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Using Tsotsi in Examinations and Assessments »

Antony Bateman | Monday November 22, 2010

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies

There are a few scenarios under which you may find yourself using the film Tsotsi in an examination or assessment. You, or your teacher may perhaps choose the film when given an open ended assignment in a GCSE film assignment for media studies but the most likely circumstance under which you will be using the film is for the WJEC GCSE Film Studies Paper 2, titled ‘Films From Outside Hollywood’ where the film is currently one of the focus films and will remain so until the...

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Studying Tsotsi »

Antony Bateman | Monday November 22, 2010

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies

Associated Resources

Using Tsotsi in Examinations and Assessments

This guide is aimed at WJEC Film Studies students who are studying Tsotsi for their focus film on Paper 2 (Exploring Films Ouside Hollywood)in the GCSE examination.

Tsotsi was made in 2005 and is based upon Athol Fugard’s novel of the same name and was directed by Gavin Hood. With the dialogue a mixture of Zulu, Xhosa and Afrikaans, the film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film at the 2006 Academy...

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Cinematic New Waves »

Antony Bateman | Thursday November 04, 2010

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , Film, New Wave, Other Topics

The films which tend to be classed as new wave fall out of most film audience’s natural comfort zone and may not be their films of choice for watching. This helps to define the term cinematic new wave and to place a new wave movement into a context relative to other films.

A new wave film is by definition different to the other films which are normally produced, or to put it another way, new wave film movements are distinct from those films which might be considered as...

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Analysing Film Title Sequences »

Antony Bateman | Monday November 01, 2010

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Action Adventure, Film Opening Analysis, Title Sequences, Hot Entries

Functions of the Title Sequence

The functions of the title sequence in a film may seem to be fairly obvious. They are designed to tell the audience the names of the people and organisations involved with the making of the film and in this respect they do the job well.

Irrespective of the genre, there is a conventional way of presenting this information in the credit sequence. This information and the order in which it is presented follows a standard format. Later in this...

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Genre and Film (Thrillers) »

Stephen Hill | Tuesday August 24, 2010

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Thrillers, Key Concepts, Genre

Click on the link below to download a PDF booklet you can print out.

Film Genre - Thrillers.pdf




Children of Men | Analyse Film Opening »

Caroline Bagshaw | Saturday June 19, 2010

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, AQA AS, OCR A Level, OCR A2, OCR AS, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC A2 Media Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , WJEC AS Media Studies, Film, Film Opening Analysis, Teacher Zone, Admin, Staffroom, Induction

Click on the link below to download a frame for analysing the opening of the film ‘Children of Men’.

Film-Opening-Children-Of-Men.doc

‘It’s just an idea for group work deconstructing an interesting text (especially because, unusually, this one starts in the middle of the disequilibrium, rather than establishing an equilibrium first of all, so is good for narrative theory.  Also, our “hero” is rather unheroic (he doesn’t return to the aftermath of the bomb to rescue people,...

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Film Studies Links »

Richard Gent | Friday May 29, 2009

Categories: A Level, WJEC A Level, WJEC A2, WJEC A2 Film Studies, WJEC AS, WJEC AS Film Studies , Film, Other Topics

Andrew Moore / Universalteacher.org.uk Studying Feature Films

BFI or British Film Institute. An excellent site which incorporates an online media glossary.

BFI / BT Screenonline Archive Interactives

BFI Screenonline Tours

BFI Film and Media Schemes of Work

BFI Film and Media Studies Resources for Teachers and Students

BFI on Using Film in the Classroom

Cinemaspace - University of California, Berkeley

Film Underground

Film Analysis Guide - Yale University, USA

The...

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