What is the Film Studies Course at A2 level about?
The full exam board A-Level Specification can be found here
Film Studies at AS level was concerned with examining how ‘meaning’ is made in films in FM1. The cinema industry and the social practice of film spectatorship along with the close study of British and Hollywood films in their national contexts was the focus of FM2.
A2 essentially builds on these skills and develops them further, encouraging a broader and more independent approach to film, so don’t chuck away all your AS notes! We also expand our film geography and look at cinema from around the world.
The A2 course is divided up as follows:
FM3: Film Research & Creative Projects
This is the coursework aspect of A2.
The Small-Scale Research project
You are required to produce a presentation on a project of your choice.
Click on the peering cosmonaut to find the Small-Scale Research Project page
You will need to produce a screen play for a short film or an extract of a full-length film
Click on the manic typing to find the Screen Writing page
FM4: Varieties of Film Experience – Issues & Debates
This will be a two and three quarter hour examination
Different films should be used as the basis for answers in all three sections.
Section A: World Cinema
One question to be answered from a choice of two on German and/or Soviet cinema of the 1920s.
Click on the Grim Reaper to find the German Cinema page
Click on the Kino Eye to find the Soviet Cinema page
Click on the relentless marching Cossacks or the murderous somnambulist
to find the German and Soviet Cinemas compared page
Section B: Spectatorship Topics
One question to be answered from a choice of two on Popular Film and Emotional Response.
Click on the dancing girl to find the Popular Film and Emotional Response page
Section C: Single Film – Critical Study
One question to be answered from a choice of two questions general to all films and a specific question set for each film prescribed.
Click on the disembodied head of James Stewart to find the Vertigo page
Click on the smirking provocateur to find the A2 Revision page