GCSE FILM STUDIES PAST PAPERS – PAPER 1 SUPERHERO FILMS

PAPER 1 2013

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]

PAPER 1 2014

The extract is taken from Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (USA, 2007). Reed and Sue, two members of the Fantastic Four, are about to be married. The wedding is disrupted by the arrival of the ‘Silver Surfer’, whose cosmic energy is a threat to the planet.
1. (a) Identify one example of sound used in this extract. (1)
(b) Briefly explain how this example of sound is used to create meaning for the audience(2)
(c) Explain how two of the following are used to involve the audience in the action: • editing • camerawork • visual or special effects • mise-en-scène. (7) [10]

2. (a) Identify one superpower used in the extract. (1)
(b) What is the importance of this superpower? (3)
(c) How are superpowers used in two other Superhero movies you have studied? (6) [10]

3. How do film posters create interest in Superhero movies? You may refer to the resource material to help you. [10]

4. You have been asked to put together POW!!, a season of films celebrating Superhero movies to be shown at your local cinema.
(a) Choose three key Superhero movies for your season. (3)
(b) Explain the reasons for your choices. (6)
(c) Design and annotate a poster to promote POW!! Consider: • Superhero movie conventions • Poster layout and design. (8)
(d) Suggest a suitable free gift for your season. Explain how this will attract audiences. (3) [20]

PAPER 1 2015

The extract is taken from Batman (USA, 1989). In this first Warner Bros Batman film, Batman introduces himself both to the audience and to Gotham’s criminal underworld. 1. (a) Identify one example of mise-en-scène used in this extract. (1)
(b) How is mise-en-scène used in this extract? (2)
(c) How are two of the following used to create suspense in this extract: • camerawork • sound • special/visual effects • editing? (7) [10]

2. (a) Identify one typical character in this extract other than Batman. (1)
(b) What makes this character typical? (3)
(c) Discuss how this type of character is used in at least one other superhero movie you have studied. (6) [10]

3. Explain how important franchising is to the success of superhero movies. You may refer to the resource material to help you. [10]

4. The film studio you work for, Groove Pictures, is about to launch a new female superhero franchise based on a character called Gaia. Gaia can use the powers of the Earth and the Environment to aid her adventures. You are part of a team who has been asked to market this superhero franchise.
(a) Suggest a title and tagline for the first film in the franchise. (4)
(b) Design and annotate a billboard poster for this film. Consider: • Superhero movie conventions • Conventions of billboard poster layout and design. (8)
(c) Describe two possible ideas for expanding the Gaia franchise. (4)
(d) Explain how one of these ideas will help make the franchise a success. (4) [20]

PAPER 1 2016

The extract is taken from Avengers Assemble (USA, 2012). Loki confronts a crowd of bystanders in Germany. S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America and Iron Man attempt to apprehend him.

1. (a) Identify one camera shot used in this extract. (1)
(b) Briefly explain what this camera shot suggests to the audience. (2)
(c) How are two of the following used to create meaning for the audience: • mise-en-scène • visual or special effects • sound • editing? (7) [10]

2. (a) Identify one theme or issue typical of the superhero genre in this extract. (1)
(b) What makes this theme or issue typical of the superhero genre? (3)
(c) Choose one other theme or issue typical of the superhero genre. Explore how it is used in two superhero movies you have studied. (6) [10]

3. How are superhero movies marketed in advance of their release? You may refer to the resource material to help you. [10]

4. You are a production executive for a new Superhero movie, Future Powers, which is due for release in May 2017. The movie features a hero with the power of seeing into the future and a villain who can force others to do what he wants through the power of his mind.
(a) Who would you cast as the hero? Give reasons. (3)
(b) Who would you cast as the villain? Give reasons. (3)
(c) Design and annotate a teaser poster for Future Powers. Consider: • superhero movie conventions • conventions of a teaser poster layout and design. (6)
(d) Suggest two possible ideas for promoting the film prior to its release. (4)
(e) Explain how one of these ideas will increase interest in your upcoming movie. (4) [20]