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Film Studies

Welcome to A-Level Film Studies

Here are a number of tasks that you must complete to feel well prepared for September when you join us for the second year of a new specification in A-Level Film Studies. We’ve really enjoyed teaching it for the last two years. However, it’s your enthusiasm that will make all the difference, so complete the tasks and bring them to your first lesson.

We follow the WJEC Eduqas specification, which can be found here


Mrs B Seed

  1. Year 11 to A-Level Film Studies Task Resource Material Task 2
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  2. Year 11 to A-Level Film Studies Tasks Resource Material 1 - Film Term Glossary
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  3. Year 11 to A-Level Film Studies Tasks
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1.   Sample Assessment Essays


2.  Examiner’s Report 2019


3.   Exam Board Resources for key modules


4.  Component 3 – Screenwriting


5.  Component 3 – Filmmaking


6.  Component 3 – Short Film Compilation



Useful videos: Studying aspects of film

1.  Cinematography




2.   Editing

Editing theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUryfkLSwfM

Transitions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqt9s4WumDY

3.  Mise-en-scène



4.  Performance

Performance theory - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wLYO8iY1fM

Performance in The Social Network - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu8G839v-Iw

5.  Sound

Sound theory -http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkt-vRpF7sE

Top scenes for sound - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBrl96hyChc

How sound is used to generate audience response https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8HePfa7WYs


Set Texts

In Year 12 you will be studying British and American Cinema Component 1.

Where possible you should purchase your own copies of these films and have a DVD player / drive in your laptop at home to watch them on. 

Section A Hollywood 1930 – 1990

1. Casablanca (Curtiz, 1942)

2. Bonnie and Clyde (Penn, 1967)

Section B American Film since 2005

3. Carol (Haynes, 2015)

4. Captain Fantastic (Ross, 2015)

Section C British Film since 1995

5. Trainspotting (1996)

6. This is England (2006)


In Year 13 you will study Global Filmmaking and Perspectives Component 2:

Section A Global Filmmaking

7. Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, 2006)

 8. Wild Tales (Szifron, 2014)

Section B Documentary

9. Amy (Kapadia, 2005)

Section C Silent Cinema

10. Sunrise (Murnah, 1927)

Section D Experimental Film

11. Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)


Wider Reading / Viewing

  1. The Film Review with Mark Kermode airs on BBC News Channel 6.45pm on Friday nights.
  2. Front Row airs on Radio 4 every weekday at 7.15pm.
  3. Sight and Sound Film Magazine /
  4. Empire Film Magazine
  5. Mark Kermode’s The Secret of Cinema iplayer

Please go to the Related Documents Section for the Film Studies tasks.