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Pupils display strong factual knowledge and are articulate, expressing their ideas confidently, with notable use of sophisticated vocabulary.

ISI 2013

Film Studies

'So, Film Studies, that's where you sit around watching films.'

Well yes, we do watch films (and eat freshly made popcorn) but there is a little more to A level Film Studies than that.

Film is all around us. Cinema, streaming, downloads and yes, DVDs and Blu-Rays. Today we watch more film than ever. 

Film Studies A level is an immensely creative, exciting and contemporary subject which will introduce you to ways of reading film that you may have never before considered and by doing so, you will find your experience of film enriched.

Among the films we have studied are, Casino Royale, Psycho, Seven, The Bourne Ultimatum, Pan's Labyrinth and Hero. 

The following films are some of the free coursework choices of current students:

Moon

Sunshine

2001

A Clockwork Orange

The Shining

Bridget Jones

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas

Zombieland

Shaun of the Dead 

Frankenstein

Byzantium

Film Studies will also do the following:

Improve your essay writing; the examination, worth 50% of the AS and A level, is answered in essay form.

Allow your inner-Tarantino, Spielberg or Katherine Bigelow to emerge; 50% of the assessment is creative -you will be writing and making a film using our modern equipment.

Hone soft-skills like time-keeping, planning and research methods.

Ready for the darkened room and the popcorn?

Lights, camera, action!

School trips are an exciting way to enhance knowledge and understanding of what goes on behind the camera. 2015 saw a group of GCSE and A level students travel to London, taking in the London Film Museum and the Warner Brothers Studio Tour.  

Sample films created by students

Red Riding Hood

Two Roads

Final Cut

Pro Direct

Pupils display strong factual knowledge and are articulate, expressing their ideas confidently, with notable use of sophisticated vocabulary.

ISI 2013
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