GCSE Film Studies

Paper 1 – The Superhero film

The extract is taken from Spider-Man (USA, 2002). New York is enjoying a Thanksgiving Day
parade, but the Green Goblin has other ideas.
1. (a) Identify one important feature of mise-en-scène used in this extract. (1)
(b) Why is this feature important? (2)
(c) Explain how two of the following are used in this extract to excite the audience:
• cinematography
• editing
• visual effects
• sound. (7) [10]
2. (a) Identify one important costume or prop in this extract. (1)
(b) Why is this costume or prop important? (3)
(c) Discuss the use of either costume or props in at least one other Superhero
movie you have studied. (6) [10]
3. How are Superhero movies marketed? You may refer to the resource material to help you.
[10]
4. You have been asked to create a Superhero for a new movie. Complete the following tasks:
(a) Choose a name and a special power for your Superhero. (2)
(b) Explain why you have chosen this special power. (4)
(c) Design and annotate the homepage for a website featuring your Superhero. Consider:
• Superhero movie conventions
• the layout and design of your website homepage. (8)
(d) Explain how your website will help to sell your movie. (6) [20]
Acknowledgement: Every effort has been made to trace the copyright holders of all items used in the resource
material, which were sourced in March 2012. All sources are credited. Please contact WJEC if there are any
omissions.

 

Paper 2 – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas questions

1. (a) Identify one important character from your chosen film. (1)
(b) Explain the importance of a prop or costume relating to this character. (3)
(c) How is mise-en-scène important to our understanding of this character in a key sequence from your chosen film? Consider two or more of the following:
• setting
• costume
• lighting and colour
• body language. (6) [10]

1. (a) Identify one theme or issue from your close study film. (1)
(b) Briefly describe what the film suggests about this theme or issue. (3)
(c) How is this theme or issue explored in a key sequence from your close study film? (6 ) [10]

1. (a) Briefly describe one important event in your chosen film. (2)
(b) Why is this event important? (3)
(c) How is film language used to show this event? Refer to one or two of the following:
• mise-en-scène
• camerawork
• sound
• editing
• performance (body language, facial expressions, gestures). (5) [10]

2. (a) Identify one important location in your film. (1)
(b) Describe one key event that occurs in this location. (3)
(c) How does this key event highlight important themes or issues in your film? (6)
(d) Explore the relationship between locations and key themes or issues in your film.
(10)[20]

2. (a) Choose an important setting from your close study film. (1)
(b) Briefly describe this setting. (3)
(c) What does this setting suggest to audiences? (6)
(d) Choose a key sequence from your close study film. Explore how one of the following is represented in it:
• age
• gender
• ethnicity
• social class
• disability. (10) [20]

2. (a) Name one female character in your chosen film. (1)
(b) Briefly describe this character. (3)
(c) Explain the importance of this character’s role in the film. (6)
(d) How is gender represented in a key sequence from your chosen film? (10) [20]

3. Somebody has posted a negative review of your chosen film on the ‘discussion board’ of a film website. Write a reply based on your study of the film. You should include some of the following:
• how the film made you feel
• what made it a good story
• micro elements of film language that you enjoyed
• who might enjoy the film and why
• what the film ‘says’ about other people and places.[20]

3. Write either a blog entry or an internet film review focusing on why you think people should go and see your close study film. Include some of the following:
• camerawork or visual style
• music or sound
• performances or characters
• how it compares with other films you have seen
• any other aspects that you have found interesting. [20]

3. Write a short item about your chosen film to be broadcast on a school or college radio station. You may include some of the following:
• background information on your film and/or its director
• themes and/or issues your film raises
• comparisions with other films you have seen
• camerawork and/or sound
• what you think of your chosen film. [20]

1. (a) Identify one important place in your chosen film. (2)
(b) Briefly describe this place. (3)
(c) Explain how the place you have described relates to the themes or issues of your chosen
film. (5) [10]
2. (a) Name one young character in your chosen film. (1)
(b) Briefly describe this character. (3)
(c) Explain the importance of this character’s role in the film. (6)
(d) Explore how young people are represented in at least one key sequence from
your chosen film. (10) [20]
3. Write a letter to a friend encouraging them to watch your chosen film. You may include some
of the following:
• your view of the film
• how this film compares with other films you have seen
• themes and issues dealt with in the film
• how the film has helped you understand different people and places
• how film language is used within the film. [20]

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