AS Film Studies
Many consider film to be the main cultural innovation of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective. Film Studies consequently makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a powerful medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.
Production work is a crucial part of this specification and is integral to learners' study of film. Studying a diverse range of films from several different contexts is designed to give learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understanding of how films are constructed to their own filmmaking and screenwriting. This is intended to enable learners to create high quality film and screenplay work as well as provide an informed filmmaker's perspective on their own study of film.
Where can I go?
You could move on to study for a degree or higher qualification in a related subject, as well as relevant employment in film industry including jobs such as video production, directing, scriptwriting, programme researcher, editor and producer amongst many more within film industry.
Students studying the course have progressed onto a range of degree courses, including video production, film and media studies and creative writing at institutions across the country.
How will I learn?
At the root of all film studies is a recognition that films are made: they are constructed using a range of elements – cinematography, mise-en-scène, editing and sound (the key elements of film form) – which are organised structurally in terms of narrative and often genre (the structural elements of film form). How filmmakers use these elements, frequently in complex and highly artistic ways, and how learners interpret them in relation to relevant contexts and other critical approaches and debates, underlies the formal study of film. In turn, these formal studies have a direct impact on learners' own work as filmmakers and screenwriters.
Exam- Component 1
Section A- Hollywood 1930 – 1990 (comparative study)
Learners must study and compare two Hollywood films:
Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
Section B American Independent Film
Learners are required to study one film a Contemporary American independent film;
Boyhood (Linklater, 2015)
Exam Component 2
Section A- British Film
Learners are required to study two recent British films;
Trainspotting (Boyle, 1996),
Shaun of the Dead (Wright, 2004),
Section B- European film Learners are required to study one Non-English language European film
Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, Spain, 2006)
Writing a screenplay– 30% of Qualification
An extract from a screenplay for a fictional film focusing on narrative construction of between 1200 and 1400 words based on one of the following:
The opening sequence
A climactic sequence
A sequence which portrays a crisis for a single character
A sequence which portrays a conflict between two central characters.
The screenplay must be accompanied by a digitally photographed storyboard of a key section from the screenplay (approximately 1½ minutes' screen time, corresponding to approximately one and a half pages of screenplay and to approximately 15 storyboard shots).
Who will teach me?
Our teachers are ambitious, talented and passionate about making your experience at college the very best it can be. They have up to date industry experience to share with you and the energy and enthusiasm to help you to get where you need to be. The A-Level Film Studies programme is led by John Simmons, who has a BA (Hons) in Film and Media and has experience of teaching over a broad area of media theory and production in different further education settings. John is also the lead teacher on our A-level Media Studies.