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What might I be asked in the exam?

Here is a list of all the questions that have ever cropped up for Spectatorship & Documentary.

What are these questions about?

In pairs you should go through and see if you can spot any repetition / trends in questions that have arisen in previous years.

Alongside each question try to summarise what it is asking you about.

OK – where do I start?

You should then pick 4 different questions and complete 5 minutes plans for each.

You could do this as a mind map for example.

When planning –

  • start with your significance – what are the points that you want to make (aim for 4 different ideas). (S)
  • then think What examples would be great to back that idea up? 2 per point would be great (E)
  • then – what terms can I use in this example and what meaning is being communicated to the audience. (T/A)
  • and finally – how can I link this idea and analysis back to my initial point in the paragraph & the question as a whole. (Q)

You should then pick one of these to plan more thoroughly for a timed essay on Thursday 10th May. Which you will complete without notes!


Interesting in a career in Advertising, Marketing or Creative Media Production?

Then you need to go to the Big Think!

There will be a presentation by Adie de Putron from The Big Think this Thursday 5th October at lunch time. She will be in room 73 at 1.00 pm to introduce the event and show you how to apply, places are limited, so hurry and get your application in.

Here is her presentation.

Coursework Deadlines

Just a reminder that the coursework deadlines are as follows:

  • Presentations – as set for individuals starting 28th September
  • Draft Presentation Script : to go with your presentation submitted on classroom by 6th October (13A) or 11th October (13D)
  • Final Annotated Catalogue: 1st November (printed)
  • Final Presentation Script: 1st November (printed)

Hello again…

That’ll be you this year.

and this is the A2 Film Studies Blog. Welcome.

Just like in AS this blog is where the answers are. So use it.

This is an outline of the course.

A2 Survey

Your feedback to us is extremely helpful in helping us reflect on the courses we offer in Media & Film.

The survey

We always use feedback to review and update our courses and so please could you take your time and think back on your experience in Film Studies this year and answer our survey honestly and in detail.


Mr G & Miss H

Narrative at A2

Narrative continues to be an essential feature of Film Studies at A2 and for all of your films you need a detailed understanding of their narrative features.

Remember narrative analysis is a academic way of saying: ‘the study of stories’.

Here is a document that will help remind you of the work we did at AS level on narrative. However, this document is not sufficient to cover the complexity of the films at A2 nor gives you enough  space for a deep enough analysis. However, it is a good start.

In the context of A2 Film Studies a narrative analysis means you understand, can explain and give examples of the following narrative features:

  1. The action codes which drive the story.
  2. The structure/shape of the stories in the film.
    1. The control (restriction or revelation) of narrative information.
      1. How does knowledge of this information give the spectator pleasure?
  3. The significance of the setting to the story.
    1. This is especially important for World Cinema: Urban Stories.
  4. The role(s) that each of the characters play in the story (villain, helper, protagonist, donor, false hero, the girl/boy…)
  5. How each of the characters are represented and how their wants and needs affect the story.
    1. The characters’ journey, what they learn and how do they change?
  6. The spectator’s position and how our sympathies are shaped and manipulated.
  7. The role of the  narrator (if applicable).
    1. Are they trustworthy?
      1. Bourdin certainly proves not to be.
  8. The themes/messages  that the director wants to communicate and how these are evident.
    1. The link between the themes in the narrative and the cinematic style of the film?

Virtual Set Design

img_4328Chris Stewart is an Emmy winning 3D set designer from New York.

He gave a presentation today on Brainstorm. A live virtual 3D set which can interact seamlessly with live presenters.

Here is a link to his personal website, which gives an excellent overview the evolution of the technology and his work within it.

We are hoping to be able to get him into school to work with student in the future again and help us develop our animation and 3D design skills.

He has also said that he can link us into a free demo copy of Brainstorm and Cinema 4D, which students can download and explore.