Year 12 Film Studies Homework

 

2017-18

 

12B &C Due Wednesday 3rd January

  1. Try to watch La La Land over Christmas if you can (it's on Netflex).  We will be watching it in class, but it would be useful to see it more than once.
  2. Read through the analysis at http://www.gradesaver.com/la-la-land (lots of spoilers, which is why it is better to see the film first!)
  3. Make notes in the film's themes, structure and postmodern reference to Hollywood history and genre.

 

12B &C Due Friday 15th December

Write a shot-by shot analysis of the ‘somebody else’s memories scene:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwJEb3vJvWY

Include

Observations on mise-en-scene, cinematography, sound, performance, editing and lighting and consider how these suggest meaning

Note any comparisons or contrasts with the first scene in Scottie’s apartment from Vertigo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZruKu2N6nQw

 

 

12B &C Due Friday 8th December

Use your private study time to read through your Blade Runner booklets. You can also use the library and the internet to research further.

From the information you have gathered, make a bullet point list of areas you idenfity for comparison and contrast with Vertigo. These can include;

 

12B &C Due Friday 24th November

  1. Read this article about Blade Runner (it has been emailed to you)
  2. Write a list of bullet points defining the key features of the genre called film noir
  3. Can you identify any links between film noir as a genre and Vertigo? Again, bullet points are fine. 

Private Study task:

  1. Read this article and develop notes on

    •Ridley Scott’s auteur style •Blade Runner’s distinctive visual style •Any further comparisons you can make between Blade Runner and Vertigo

    http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/blade-runner

  2. Can you identify any links between film noir as a genre and Vertigo?

12B &C Due Friday 10th November

Write a short analysis of how the cinematic devices used in the 360° kiss sequence make meaning. 500-750 words

•Link their effect to the themes of the film as a whole and to Hitchcock’s auteur style

•Hint: you might want to look at colour, cinematography, mise-en-scene, sound

 

12B Due Wednesday 1st November

12C Due Friday 3rd November

Research and analysis of Hitchcock's auteur characteristics

(The presentation on auteur theory can be accessed here and a slightly different version on the Vertigo page on this site).

1. Select three of the characteristics of Hitchcock films from the following list.

2. Research online or in books how each characteristic is found and what purpose it may serve in Hitchcock’s films. Links to critical materials and extracts from the film can be found here.

3. Write 500 words on how each characteristic can be identified as significant in Vertigo.

Hitchcock Characteristics

 

12B Due Friday 20th October

12C Due Friday 20th October

Read through the 'core study areas' section of your Vertigo booklets (pages 3-5). 

1. Colour code the key elements of film form with red/amber/green for the points you feel you don't understand/areas you are unsure of/areas you feel you fully understandl. A highlighter mark at the start of the line will be enough.

2. Go back through your notes to revise the areas that are amber or red and redo the list.

3. There will be a short test on the elements of film form covered so far. Any areas that are still red or amber, speak to me about in the lesson and we will go over again.

12C Due Friday 13th October

12B Due Friday 13th October

1. Read this article on Alfred Hitchcock.

2. Watch any film directed by Hithcock except Vertigo.   Make notes on any examples of techniques from the identified in the article, as well as your own observations on the use of film form.   We will use this as the basis for discussion, so bullet points and notes are fine.

Some Hitchcock films can be accessed here.  Please ask Mr Lloyd if you wish to borrow a DVD.

 

12C Due Friday 6th October

12B Due Friday 6th October

 

‘The mise-en-scene and cinematography of the opening sequences of Psycho and Rear Window are typical of Alfred Hitchcock’s visual style’.  Do you agree?

1000-1500 words

The Hitchcock presentation can be accessed here.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuQBtgmB7bY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQuyQC11yUY

 

12C Due Friday 22nd September

12B Due Monday 25th September

How does the opening scene of Jurassic Park use film form to suggest meaning?

1000-1500 words

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz5JmgLQEzs

 

2016-17

12A & 12B Due Monday 24th April

1) Complete the final draft of your reflective analysis for your short films. 750 words.  Advice on this can be found here.

12A Due Wednesday 19th April

12B Due Tuesday 18th April

Use the Stephanie Muir book and other appropriate material to answer these questions on Ealing Studios.  Further information and links can be found here.

12A& 12B Due Friday 31st March

Deadline for production work (all shooting completed) of your creative project

12B Due Friday 3rd March

12A Due Friday 3rd March

Pre-production workon your creative projects needs to be completed.  Everyone in the group should have a clear creative responsibility.  Films to be planned and ready to shoot according to a schedule agreed with PL.  You are free to use your own cameras to shoot but will have to negotiate with other groups for equipment loans.  The full list of creative project deadlines can be found here.

 

12B & 12A Over half term

Read through your Stephanie Muir book on Ealing Studios.  Make notes on the studio's ethos, style and context.

Image result for stephanie muir studying ealing studios

 

 

12B Due Tuesday 31st January

12A Due Tuesday 31st January

Revise for the mock exam.  You will not have to do Section B but will need to choose one question from each of:

Good luck!

 

 

12B Due Wednesday 4th January

12A Due Wednesday 4th January

Essay: How far is the cinematic style of Double Indemnity determined by its context of production?

(1500 words)

Typical features include:

 

12A Due Wednesday 14th December

12B Due Friday 9th December

The final draft of your coursework: an analysis of key micro features in a film sequence of approximately 3-5 minutes.

Image result for back to the future

 

12A Due Friday 2nd December

12B Due Monday 5th December

 

Read the film Noir booklet and research the genre further using books, the internet, etc. The library has a box set of other noir films for loan and there is plenty more material accessible from the Film Noir page on this site.  Make notes on your findings of the key characteristics of classic forties noir, including gender issues and style.

 

12A Due Monday 21st November

12B Due Monday 21st November

The first draft of your coursework: an analysis of key micro features in a film sequence of approximately 3-5 minutes.

12A Due Wednesday 19th October

12B Due Wednesday 19th October

To begin work on your first piece of coursework, you will need to select a film sequence of approximately 3-5 minutes.  Watch the sequence several times and make notes on the micro features used and how meaning is suggested.

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12A Due Wednesday 5th October

12B Due Friday 7th October

How does performance and/or mise-en-scene suggest meaning in EITHER the Ferris Wheel sequence from The Third Man OR a sequence from a film of your choice?     (Sequence up to 7 minutes)

1000 -1500 words

The presentation on performance and The Third Man can be found on the Micro Analysis page here

The Ferris Wheel sequence can be found here or here

                    

 

12A Due Friday 23rd September

12B Due Tuesday 27th September

How does the opening scene of Jurassic Park use cinematic devices to suggest meaning?

1000 words

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz5JmgLQEzs

 

2015-16

12A & 12E Due Thursday 7th July

You should be spending time on your research project.  It is to your benefit to use the resources available for gathering information during your study periods. Please ask if you need anything photocopied.

By next Thursday, you should bring in five items you propose to use in your catalogue (some of which may later change in the drafting process) with justification for their inclusion.  The following are not good enough:

Go here for more general advice on the unit or scroll down to the research project resources on the Useful Links page here.

 

 

12A & 12E Due Monday 27th Jun

You need to decide on the broad topic area you wish to pursue for your project and to have at least three definite sources you intend to use.  We will establish the project title on Monday.

12A & 12E Due Monday 20th June

You should be gatehring research material for your presentations and narrowing down your proposal ideas into an appropriate questions in time for the lesson on Monday.

 

12A & 12E Due Tuesday 17th May

Revise for the exam!  Ensure you are confident in using examples for all three units.  Practice papers and their mark schemes can be accessed here.   Any completed will be marked.

12A & 12E Due Monday 25th April

1) Complete the final draft of your reflective analysis for your short films. 750 words.  Advice on this can be found here.  The films can seen here.

 

12A & 12E Due Tuesday 12th April

Two things to do:

1) Complete the first draft of your reflective analysis for your short films. 750 words.  Advice on this can be found here.

2)  Read and work through the tasks (Unit 1 & Unit 4) on the production, distribution and exhibition for the film The Machine on the PDFs here.  The videos referred to are above each PDF.  You do not have to write full, detailed answers to questions (though you can if you wish); bullet points are fine

We will be discussing the issues on your first lesson back after Easter.  Your responses will make excellent revision notes.

Note: Some tasks are set as pair work.  You are welcome to work in pairs and small groups on this over the holidays if you wish but make sure you have your own notes.

 

12D & 12E Due Thursday 24th March

Post-production work on your short films should be completed: both editing and sound mixing

12D & 12E Due Monday 7th March

Deadline for production work (all shooting completed) of your creative project

 

12D & 12E Due Monday 22nd February

 

Pre-production workon your creative projects needs to be completed.  Everyone in the group should have a clear creative responsibility.  Films to be planned and ready to shoot according to a schedule agreed with PL.  You are free to use your own cameras to shoot but will have to negotiate with other groups for equipment loans.  The full list of creative project deadlines can be found here.

 

12D Due Thursday 11th February

12E Due Thursday 11th February

Revise for the mock exam.  You will not have to do Section A but will need to choose one question from each of:

Good luck!

12D Due Tuesday 2nd February

12E Due Tuesday 2nd February

Please spend time organising your folders so that:

Bring your folders in with you on Tuesday

 

12D Due Thursday 21st January

12E Due Thursday 21st January

Essay: In what ways does your chosen production company use similar storylines across its films? (1500 words)

Characteristics of a level 4 answer:

An abundance of material on Ealing Studios can be found here.

Extracts from the films can be found here

 

12E Due Monday 4th January

12D Due Monday 4th January

Read the Studying Ealing Studios book by Stephanie Muir over the Christmas holiday.  Make notes for your future revision on the following:

Ealing films are often shown on TV over Christmas and you would do well to see/record any, particulary The Lavender Hill Mob, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Passport to Pimlico and The Blue Lamp.

12E Due Tuesday 8th December

12D Due Tuesday 8th December

Read the essay titled 'Women in Film and The Last Seduction' in your study guide.  It would be helpful for your revision to annotate and highlight key points.  You should also make note of anything you don't understand ready to discuss in class.

12E Due Thursday 3rd December

12D Due Thursday 3rd December

Essay: How far are the style and representations of gender of Double Indemnity determined by the film's context of production?

Refer to examples.

(1500 words)

 

12A & 12D Due Monday 24th November

You may complete this task in pairs if you wish.

Select ONE example of classic film noir each from the list we have looked at in class (see below).  Prepare a short presentation using images to tell the class about your film.

Include:

•Studio, director and date

•A brief synopsis

•Key noir features

•Any unusual features

•Portrayal of male and female characters

•Comparisons or contrasts with Double Indemnity

Many of the complete films can be found online (see the useful links page)

 

 

12A & 12D Due Monday 16th November

Read through at least the first twelve pages of your Film Noir study booklet (up to and including the section on representation of men and women).  You may annotate your copies. We will be using part of Manday's lesson to write a short analysis of a scene in context using your notes.

 

12A & 12D Due Tuesday 10th November

Coursework 1: Final draft. An analysis of a film extract - 1500 words (30 marks)

Explore how one or more of mise en-scène, performance, cinematography, editing, and sound construct meaning and provoke response in a film extract.

You are encouraged to support their work with illustrative visual material.

Recommended length of extract: approximately 3-5 minutes (depending on the complexity of the extract). Please remember to give your work a clear title.

 

 

12A & 12D Due Tuesday 3rd November

1) Read this article on Film Noir

2) Use the article to make a bullet-point list of the key characteristics of film noir

3) Select a title of a classic noir film (there are several you can access on the Useful Links page), watch it and make notes on any noir characteristics you can identify from the article.  We will discuss what you have seen after half term.

12A & 12D Due on Mr Lloyd's return from paternity leave

For full details of your cover work while I am absent click here.

 

12E Due Tuesday 29th September

12A Due Tuesday 29th September

How does performance and/or mise-en-scene suggest meaning in EITHER the Ferris Wheel sequence from The Third Man OR a sequence from a film of your choice?     (Sequence up to 7 minutes)

1000 words

The presentation on performance and The Third Man can be found on the Micro Analysis page here

The Ferris Wheel sequence can be found here or here

                    

12D Due Friday 18th September

12E Due Friday 18th September

How does the opening scene of Jurassic Park use cinematic devices to suggest meaning?

1000 words

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz5JmgLQEzs

 

 2014-15

12A & 12E Due Monday 13th July

Keep working on your research project.  You should be gathering materials, selecting appropriate examples and beginning to plan your presentation.

Click on Orson examining an egg to find the research Project page

12A & 12E Due Monday 29th June

By this time you should have determined your research project subject and have found at least three sources of information to use as material for your catalogue.

Click on Orson to find the research Project page

 

12A & 12E Due Wednesday 17th June

Make a shortlist of possible ideas for your research project. Remember that this should be a topic that you will enjoy spending a lot of time with.

12A & 12E Due Tuesday 12th May

Revision for the exam time!  I will run additional sessions over the next two weeks and will post the schedule on this page soon.

12A Due Wednesday 23rd April

12E Due Monday 21st April

Complete the final draft of your reflective analysis. 750 words. Advice on this can be found here.

 

12A Due Wednesday 15th April

12E Due Tuesday 14th April

Two things to do:

1) Complete the first draft of your reflective analysis for your short films. 750 words.  Advice on this can be found here.

2)  Read and work through the tasks on the production, distribution and exhibition for the film Gravity on the seven PDFs at the link below.  You do not have to write full, detailed answers to questions (though you can if you wish); bullet points are fine.  We will be discussing the issues on your first lesson back after Easter.  Your responses will make excellent revision notes.

Note 1: Some tasks are set as pair work.  You are welcome to work in pairs and small groups on this over the holidays if you wish but make sure you have your own notes.

Note 2: You can use the Cambridge Arts Picture House as an example of an independent cinema.

http://resource.download.wjec.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/vtc/2014-15/ext_05_FAW/eng/US%20Film%20Industry%20Mainstream%20-%20graivty/index.html

12D Due Friday 27th March

12E Due Friday 27th March

Use the material in the pack you were given in class to answer the following questions on UK film in 2014-15.  Factual answers are far less interesting than speculative answers:

  1. What factors account for variations in cinema ticket sales in the UK?
  2. What does the top 20 films released in 2014 tell us about cinema going in the UK?
  3. Why do British independent films generally struggle to compete with Hollywood films?
  4. How do you account for the success of British independent films in 2014-15?
  5. Identify some of the factors that led to Paddington becoming the highest grossing film of 2014.
  6. What does this information suggest about what demographics of audiences account for cinema ticket sales in Britain?

12D Due Friday 20th March

12E Due Friday 20th March

Complete the editing and sound for your practical filmmaking projects.

12D Due Monday 9th March

12E Due Monday 9th March

Essay: In what ways does your chosen production company use similar storylines across its films? (1500 words)

Characteristics of a level 4 answer:

An abundance of material on Ealing Studios can be found here

 

 

12D Due Monday 23rd February

12E Due Monday 23rd February

Read the Studying Ealing Studios book and make notes on:

Also, continue your preparations/shooting for your group practical coursework (the deadline for competing your shoot is Feb 27th)

12D Due Thursday 12th February

12E Due Thursday 12th February

Read the pages marked ‘AS Film Studies Richmond Upon Thames College’ by Stephanie Muir in your study guide (they are numbered 1-8, though actually begin on page four of your guide).  Highlight and annotate any key points that could help you to answer any of the past exam questions printed on page two of the guide.

 

 

12D Due Friday 6th February

12E Due Friday 6th February

 

Ensure that you each have a copy of your group’s completed storyboard, a list of locations, key props, costume and characters. You should also make a list of any key editing requirements, lighting needs, effects or technical issues as necessary.

You should also write a list of aims for your project.  A template for this can be found here.

 

12E Due Monday 8th December

12A Due Monday 10th December

Complete your chart of examples of the key study areas for Double Indemnity and The Last Seduction. We will be doing a timed essay on a past exam question in the next lesson.

                                                            Oval Callout: A timed essay?

 

12E Due Wednesday 3rd December

12A Due Wednesday 3rd December

Read the short article introducing neo-noir at http://www.crimeculture.com/Contents/NeoNoir.html

Then, research online how neo-noir reflects a shift in context from the classic noir of the 1940s ready for a class discussion on Wednesday.

                                                                                                        

 

12E Due Friday 28th November

12A Due Friday 28th November

Essay: How far is the cinematic style of Double Indemnity determined by its context of production?

(1500 words)

12E Due Friday 21st November

12A Due Friday 21st November

Select ONE example of classic film noir each from the list we have looked at in class.  Prepare a short presentation using images to tell the class about your film.

Include:

•Studio, director and date

•A brief synopsis

•Key noir features

•Any unusual features

•Portrayal of male and female characters

•Comparisons or contrasts with Double Indemnity

12E Due Friday 14th November

12A Due Friday 14th November

 

Coursework 1: Second draft. An analysis of a film extract - 1500 words (30 marks)

Explore how one or more of mise en-scène, performance, cinematography, editing, and sound construct meaning and provoke response in a film extract.

You are encouraged to support their work with illustrative

visual material.

Recommended length of extract: approximately 3-5 minutes (depending on the complexity of the extract).

12E Due Monday 3rd November

12A Due Monday 3rd November

 

Coursework 1: First draft. An analysis of a film extract - 1500 words (30 marks)

Explore how one or more of mise en-scène, performance, cinematography, editing, and sound construct meaning and provoke response in a film extract.

You are encouraged to support their work with illustrative

visual material.

Recommended length of extract: approximately 3-5 minutes (depending on the complexity of the extract).

12E Due Friday 17th October

12A Due Friday 17th October

In preparation for your micro analysis coursework, you need to select a sequence from a film of your choice, approximately 3-5 minutes in length.  Watch the sequence several times and make a list of how key micro features are used to suggest meaning.  Bring the list in next Friday.

12E Due Friday 10th October

12A Due Friday 10th October

You should read your micro analysis booklet.  Annotate/underline/highlight key terms and cinematic devices in preparation for your approaching coursework essay.  If there is anything you don't understand, let Mr Lloyd know.  There will be a quiz on your subject knowledge.

12E Due Friday 3rd October

12A Due Friday 3rd October

How does performance and/or mise-en-scene suggest meaning in EITHER the Ferris Wheel sequence from The Third Man OR a sequence from a film of your choice?     (Sequence up to 7 minutes)

1000 words

The presentation on performance and The Third Man can be found on the Micro Analysis page here

The Ferris Wheel sequence can be found here or here

                    

12E Due Thursday 25th September

12A Due Friday 26th September

Bring in a film extract (5 minutes long maximum) to show the class and analyse. Come prepared with at least five comments to make on the cinematic devices used and the potential effect on an audience.

This can be on DVD/Blu-Ray/Video/memory stick or Youtube.  Let me know in advance if it is an online clip or you are having difficulties with this.

 

12E Due Friday 19th September

12A Due Tuesday 23rd September

How does the opening scene of Jurassic Park use cinematic devices to suggest meaning?

1000 words

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz5JmgLQEzs