Film is widely acknowledged as the major art form of the 20th century and today film continues to be an important part of most people’s cultural experience. We aim to build upon students’ own experience of film, as consumers and creators, and to encourage a recognition of the complexity of this experience within an increasingly globalised, interconnected environment.
We aim to ensure that all students who opt for Film Studies:
- gain an understanding of how the film industry works, both in terms of big-budget and independent productions.
- can analyse a film, identify the genres and how the film communicates and emotionally links with its target audience, even delivering a message.
- gain the technical skills to create a multimedia film product, including writing a script, directing and filming using cutting edge software.
Key Stage 4
Students are taught about the following areas of the film industry through the use of set texts from different areas of the industry, including Slumdog Millionaire, Tsotsi and Rebel Without a Cause. Students will study:
- how films communicate with an audience.
- cinematography, which is the technical side of film-making such as the use of cameras and lighting as well as mise – en – scene, covering the finer parts of film-making such as the costumes and body language of an actor.
- students then move onto designing and creating their own film using top quality film equipment and software.