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  1. Film Studies A2 FS4 – Film: Making Meaning 2

  2. The study of… • Practical activities related to meaning production. One is research-based; the other involves creative work. Both activities, though in different ways, focus on the ways in which meaning production negotiates tensions between authorship, medium-specific conventions and professional practices. • Close observation of the features of particular films that inform the practical activities: their form, style and themes

  3. Specific recurring features across a group of films based on the input of auteur and/or performer and/or genre • Critical approaches used in film studies, with emphasis on the relationship of some or all of: authorship/performance/genre to institutional structures;

  4. Assessed by two projects: • Research Project and Presentation (50%): • Catalogue of research materials • Commentary upon the research materials, investigating a problematic in the form of a 1000-word presentation script • Evaluation • Practical Application of Learning – Creative Work (50%) • Aims and Rationale • Finished practical project (film journalism, screenwriting, film/video-making) • Self-Evaluation

  5. FS5 – Studies in World Cinema • The study of… • The variety of film forms and institutional contexts in World Cinema and, as appropriate, their significance in film history. • Characteristic features of different kinds of cinema. • The differences between, and similarities to, the mainstream commercial narrative form of Hollywood-type cinema. • A developing overview of film history and film culture, within a contextual and historical study.

  6. Section A – Film Styles and Movements • A comparative study of films from different surrealist styles such as • Alice (Svankmajer) • The phantom of Liberty (Bunuel)

  7. Section B - Close Study : Contemporary World Cinema City of God (Lund & Meirelles, Brazil, 2002) • Contextual study, reflecting auteur, national cinema or institutional issues, as well as a broader cultural and social framework.

  8. Assessment • Assessed by 1 ½ hour exam, with two essays: One on the single case study, oneon the comparative study • Externally assessed, counts for 30% of A2 marks

  9. FS6 – Critical Studies • The study of… • Film texts, and the broader study of cinema in social and economic contexts. • Critical approaches used in the analysis of film texts. • Section A – The Film Text and Spectator: Specialist Studies in Shocking Cinema • Section B – Producers and Audiences: Issues and Debates - The Dominance of Hollywood and indigenous film production

  10. FS6 – Critical Studies • Section C – Messages and Values: Critical ApproachestoGendered Film Studies • Assessed by 1 ½ hour exam, with three essays, one from each area of study • Externally assessed, counts for 30% of A2 marks • As a synoptic unit, it is also concerned with the academic skills required to draw together learning from different parts of the course.