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A2 Film Studies. Introduction to FM3: Research & Creative Project. FM3 – Focus of Unit. This unit contributes to synoptic assessment and focuses on two projects related to the production of meaning: One is research-based The other is creative . Understanding will be fostered through.

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a2 film studies

A2 Film Studies

Introduction to FM3: Research & Creative Project

fm3 focus of unit
FM3 – Focus of Unit
  • This unit contributes to synoptic assessment and focuses on two projects related to the production of meaning:
  • One is research-based
  • The other is creative.
understanding will be fostered through
Understanding will be fostered through
  • Completing a small-scale research project designed to develop research skills within the framework of one or more critical approaches used in film studies.
  • Developing creative skills and a deepened understanding of the medium chosen for the creative project.
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Content – (a) Small-scale Research Project
  • You will be required to carry out a small-scale research project. This project is designed to develop your research skills. It will be based on one focus film, making appropriate reference to at least two other related films.
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Content – (a) Small-scale Research Project
  • You will establish an area of investigation that relates the chosen focus film to one of the following frameworks:-
      • Star / Performer
      • Genre
      • Auteur (in its broadest sense)
      • Social, Political & Cultural Studies
      • Gender Issues
      • Ethnicity
      • Institution
      • Technology

You may not choose any film you have looked at in any other units during this course, as your focus film.

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Content – (a) Small-scale Research Project
  • The research project is completed in two parts:
      • An annotated catalogue (approximately 10-15 items)
      • A presentation script (approximately 1500 words)
content b creative project
Content – (b) Creative Project
  • The creative project should demonstrate your active engagement with issues raised during your studies at AS and/or A2.
  • It comprises of three elements:-
        • Aims and Context
        • A Creative Product (short film or film extract, or a screenplay)
        • A Reflective Analysis
assessment small scale research project
Assessment – Small-scale Research Project
  • (i) an annotated catalogue of key items of your research – approximately 1000 words in total (15 marks)
    • The catalogue will contain approx. 10 to 15 items selected from your primary and secondary research. Each catalogue item should be appropriately referenced and be accompanied by a brief note (approx. 70 words), which explains how the particular item is relevant to the area of investigation and what it contributes to the overall research.
  • (ii) a presentation script – approximately 1500 words (25 marks)
    • The presentation script must take the form of notes for a presentation and could combine (for example) subheadings, bullet points, short pieces of connected prose and reference to visual extracts to illustrate the presentation. You are encouraged to devise a presentation format appropriate to your needs and may, for example, employ digital forms such as PowerPoint.
    • Reference to key items of research from the catalogue must be made explicitly in the presentation. Short credited quotations may be used but care must be taken that the words of the presentation are your own! Credited quotations are also excluded from the word count!!
assessment creative project
Assessment – Creative Project
  • (i) aims & context
    • A clarification of the aims and context of the product to be completed on the appropriate cover sheet.
  • (ii) creative product (45 marks)

The creative product may be one of the following:

    • A film extract or a complete short film (approx. 3-5 mins). Group work is permitted with a maximum of 4 members per group, who are all responsible for a clearly defined role on which you will be assessed.
    • A screenplay (approx. 1800 words) for a section of a feature-length film or a complete screenplay for a short film. The standard conventions of screenplay writing should be observed.
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Assessment – Creative Project
  • (iii) reflective analysis – approx. 1000 words (15 marks)The reflective analysis should select key features of the creative product and reflect critically on both the creative process and the product. Those of you working in groups should focus on the construction and impact of your roles.The analysis can be presented :-
    • As a continuous piece of writing, with or without illustrative material
    • In digital form such as a suitably edited blog
    • As a focused DVD commentary