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WJEC GCSE Film Studies Overview »

Jeremy Orlebar | Friday November 19, 2010

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies

Resources for WJEC GCSE Film Studies on MediaEdu

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

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

Further Reading & Support

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

WJEC GCSE Film Studies




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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New To Media Studies CPD »

Richard Gent | Wednesday June 19, 2013

Categories: KS3, GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level, Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, BTEC Nationals Level 3, Level 3 Creative Media Production, Firsts, Hot Entries, Teacher Zone, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, iTraining Workshops, Staffroom

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Our onsite courses are ideal for staff new to the subject, PGCE and NQTs or existing teachers with that familiar story we have heard many times before – ‘You teach English, can you introduce and run Media Studies in September?’….

Edusites offer half or full day courses that can take you though the fundamentals of the subject, tailored to your chosen exam board which we are also happy to advise on. You tell us what you need help with –...

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Planning For The Year Ahead CPD »

Richard Gent | Wednesday June 19, 2013

Categories: KS3, GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, A Level, AQA A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level, Nationals, BTEC Nationals, Firsts, Hot Entries, Teacher Zone, Admin, iTraining, Improve Your Teaching, iTraining Workshops, Staffroom

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We understand structuring and planning for GCSE, AS, A2 and BTEC courses can be daunting. Let Edusites take you through the whole year and bespoke schemes of work to your institution, allocate human resources, help you timetable access to production resources, schedule internal assessment timescales for both controlled assessment and coursework and ensure that unit and course guides reflect the potential of the subject for your learners.

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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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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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GCSE Film Studies Pre-Production Guide »

Mel Guidera | Wednesday March 23, 2011

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, Film, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Video Production

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This guide explains what you have to do for the pre-production phase of WJEC GCSE Film Studies.

It shows you:

  • how to write a script
  • how to create a storyboard
  • how to produce a front page and contents page for a new film magazine
  • how to produce a marketing campaign for your film

It then explains how you will do / what grade you will get.

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Understanding Disaster Movies »

Antony Bateman | Tuesday December 07, 2010

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, Film, Action Adventure, Disaster Movies, Hot Entries, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics

This guide is designed to cover the main points of the genre of Disaster Movies, which is the designated topic until summer 2012 for the WJEC GCSE in Film Studies for Paper 1 Exploring Film and to explain what you are likely to be asked in the examination

Defining the genre, what is a disaster movie?

Like all film genres, disaster movies are recognisable because of the presence of certain key elements which we would expect to see in a film belonging to a genre. However,...

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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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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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Understanding Action Adventure Films »

Jeremy Orlebar | Tuesday April 27, 2010

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Film, Action Adventure, Hot Entries, Other Topics, Moving Images, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics

This genre of films appeals to a family audience. The stories often pick up on the characters and type of stories that children have come across in children’s books – pirates, swashbuckling heroes, a quest for lost treasure and lots of adventures with monsters and exotic locations such as ancient Egypt. The most successful action adventure films include Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark franchise, and Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy.

Pirates of the Caribbean is a...

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Understanding Film Studies & Moving Image Analysis in Year 9 »

Carl Beck | Tuesday June 02, 2009

Categories: KS3, Year 9, GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Film Studies, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Skills, Understanding Key Topics

In Term 2 of Year 9, we introduce the students to Film Studies. The students are required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding by researching and analysing existing film posters, DVD covers, opening sequences, exploring conventions for different cinematic genres.

The students then use this newly acquired knowledge to plan, mock-up and develop their own artefact. There is an emphasis on using manual drafting skills in this unit such as drawing and laying out work...

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