When studying Grizzly Man we did some textual analysis in small groups. Which can be found below. But, for your exam it is important that you can talk about multiple scenes and not just be an expert on one.
You should select 3 scenes that you will re-watch and read over the analysis that has been completed so far by both classes.
You should then create your own document and for each of your 3 selected scenes try to include one micro example from each micro feature as well as evidence of at least one documentary convention.
You could do this as a google slides document with a slide for each scene.
You could hand write flashcards & have Grizzly Man Examples with a card for each micro feature or scene.
You could create online flashcards using the google app or an app on your phone (something like Quizlet might work).
Everyone revises in different ways – so you pick what is going to be best for your notes & best to help you learn the information.
Remember the examples are absolutely key to evidencing your ideas/ points & getting in that film specific language. The important thing is that you have a range of specific examples at your finger tips that you can apply to whatever question arises.
What does an audience seek from a documentary film?
Task 2: What are the key issues we are faced with when watching documentaries?
Discuss the key issues as a class and consider how you could debate these in an exam essay. Put your ideas on a post it note & stick to the board.
In small groups develop a hand made poster to consider how the following macro ideas create issues for the spectator in a documentary film. Particularly reflect on ideas of truth & persuasion or the trust in the documentary film maker. Remember to add any macro terms you use to your glossary.
Try to think of those ‘so what’s’ those ‘points’ those elements of ‘significance’ rather than considering the specific examples at this stage. What questions would you ask about these macro elements? What challenges do they present for an audience?
Define documentary & the intended audience response to a documentary.
What is meant by the phrase ‘the creative treatment of actuality’? & who said it?
Task 2: How can we recognise a documentary?
What do we expect to see in a documentary film? What are the key conventions/ repertoire of elements?
As a class create a mindmap of the key conventions & repertoire of elements.
From this mindmap draw up a list of conventions with a key example from Grizzly Man and/or The Imposter to evidence where you can see this convention in our chosen films. Divide & Conquer to create a class revision overview.
Task 3: What different types or modes of Documentary are there?
Using our new STEAQ assessment you are going to peer assess this essay using this document. Consider what the student has done well and what they could have developed. Remember that the quote will count as part of the ‘point’ that you are making and you should have additional micro examples from the film to back up your ideas.
Using the assessment document tally up a mark out of 15 that you would give the essay and give 2 specific areas for development.
Green (awesome) = 3 points
Yellow (pretty good) = 2 points
Orange (erm, it’s ok) = 1 point
Red (where is this) = 0 points
You should then discuss this with your neighbour to see what they put and why.
Now you are going to use the same document to self assess your Critical Reception essays before submitting them to your teacher.
You should indicate where on each element you think you have achieved and then at the bottom of your essay give yourself a mark out of 15 & 2 specific targets for your next essay.
Here is the final essay on Vertigo (1958) Hitchcock.
‘With reference to critical writing and reviews you have considered as part of your study, discuss how your ideas on your chosen film have developed.’
We know that something very similar to this is going to crop up in the exam and it’s a really good bet to go for rather than the film specific essay. However you do need to reference critical writing and reviews, so it is essential you have quotes and are able to credit the author. You should certainly use the Robin Woods from Hitchcock Film Revisited (1965) and quote or paraphrase some of his ideas about the film, which are below. You should also use some of the quotes / ideas from the range of reviews we read in class.
These quotes from his essay on Vertigo would be useful in addition to the reviews you have looked at.
Reflect on these quotes and choose some which you think resonate most closely with your reading of the film.
Create your own slide show of quotes (5-8), to use in an essay on critical approaches or indeed any essay on Vertigo. You should include what arguments you are going to make and the examples you would use to explain the quote and your other ideas that spring from it.