SECTION B: US Comparative study By the end of today’s lesson you should all be able to apply the micro and macro features of film language to explore representations of education in key scenes of ‘Good Will Hunting’ and ‘Precious’.
Re-cap of the MICRO-features of film language… • Everybody log in to your computer • Class will split into four groups based on where you are sitting • One student per group is the ‘captain’ and should open a new word document and put the respective header: • Group 1: Mise en scene • Group 2: Cinematography • Group 3: Sound • Group 4: Editing 4. Each group has 1min to fill out as many aspects of each micro feature (the four categories). 5. After one minute the groups move round the room clockwise and add to the other group’s word document. 6. Repeat until all students are back in their original seats.
Re-cap of the MACRO-features of film language… • You will now work in pairs on a Mac and list the three macro-features of film language. • You will then type up all the aspects of these macro features, for example: • If the Macro feature is ‘representation’ an aspect you might consider could be ‘stereotypes’. • Think of other aspects that would fall under representation and the other two macro features.
YOU ARE ALL AIMING FOR AT LEAST A LEVEL 3 (C GRADE) REMEMBER THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DEMONSTRATE… LEVEL 3 CRITERIA 24 – 31 MARKS… At the upper end of this level you will have a good knowledge and understanding of both ‘Good Will Hunting’ and ‘Precious’ and be able to make detailed and accurate reference to them. Clear points of view will be developed and the use of use of micro and macro features of film language will inform discussion. There will be a good knowledge of narrative and representation issues in particular. Quality of written communication will be good. It will be fluent, well-structured and accurate. LEVEL 4 CRITERIA 32- 40 MARKS… You will have excellent knowledge and confident understanding of both ‘Good Will Hunting’ and ‘Precious’ and be able to make very detailed and accurate reference to them. Points of view will be developed very effectively with appropriate use of micro and macro features of film language. Quality of written communication will be excellent. It will be fluent, well- structured and accurate, showing signs of sophistication.
In your pairs you will now draw up a table in Word with two columns, one headed ‘similarities’ and the other ‘differences’. • You must fill in the table for each filmin note form in response to the following question: • 'What are the similarities and differences in how education affects and impacts both Precious and Will Hunting in their respective films.' • You should pick at least two key scenes and use the micro and macro features of film language to discuss your answers. • You may use the internet to source production information.
Example…'What are the similarities and differences in how education affects and impacts both Precious and Will Hunting in their respective films.'
Write it up! • On your own will now write up your notes in an essay format of up to 700 words… • Make use of both micro and macro features • Don’t forget to P.E.E! • Once you have finished you will swap seats with your partner and highlight where they have used micro and macro features to explain their answers.
'What are the similarities and differences in how education affects and impacts both Precious and Will Hunting in their respective films.' • The eponymous ‘Good Will Hunting’ and ‘Precious’ are both drama films based around the character’s education. This impacts their lives in different ways…. • Education plays a driving factor in both ‘GWH’ and ‘P’…
Vladimir Propp Propp’s theories were originally written in the 1920s and refer to Russian Folk stories. They are now used in reference to many modern films.
Propp referrers to these main character types: • The hero – seeks something • The false hero - takes credit for the hero’s actions or tries to marry the princess • The princess – gives the task to the hero, identifies the false hero, marries the hero, often sought for during the narrative. • The helper – helps the hero along the way • The villain – struggles against the hero • The donor – gives the hero something to help him • The dispatcher – sends the hero on their quest
How does each character impact the narrative for our protagonists? • Can we compare these films to any classic fairytales? • Cinderella/lion king-precious