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Edusites Sample Student Guide Film Language

Edusites Sample Student Guide Film Language

Below is an example of 5 lessons taken from Eduqas (WJEC) 603 Unit 1 of 5 Film Language. Each Unit contains the following:

  • Teacher Guide
  • Student Workbook
  • Online Lesson by Lesson Slides

Edusites offers more than 150 lessons covering Film Language, Film Representation, Film Audience, Film Genre & Institutions and Film Values and Ideology. Each of these Units contains 25 outstanding lessons.

Student Workbook Film Language Lessons 1-5

This is the Workbook for use with Edusites Eduqas (WJEC) 603 Unit 1 OCR GCE A Level Film Studies. All of the notes refer to the content of this unit of work. You need to keep in mind at all times the examination board Assessment Objectives that your work is to be assessed with:


  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of elements of film


  • Apply knowledge and understanding of elements of film to:
  1. analyse and compare films, including through the use of critical approaches
  2. evaluate the significance of critical approaches
  3. analyse and evaluate own work in relation to other professionally produced work


  • Apply knowledge and understanding of elements of film to the production of a film or screenplay.

Film Language is the building block of all our study.

Film Language is the start of your tool kit. It is the acquisition of a set of terms, ideas, approaches that will enable you to talk about the film framework in a way that is clearly understood by examiners. It enables you to have precision in your working and in the construction of your NEA portfolio of media products. It provides the ability to discuss media products so that your ideas and thinking are clearly communicated and enables speed and clarity in your writing in the examination papers.

More than this, it will enable you, your class, your teacher, to discuss the media and allow you to access the many books, websites and ideas that you will need as part of your individual research. The work on film representation builds and evolves this learning and understanding.

Lesson One

What is Film Studies?

Learners will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate knowledge (by giving relevant facts and details from selected sequences in the single film studies undertaken] and understanding (by explaining and illuminating ideas with examples from the film) of the key elements of film.

Student analysis requires critical study of the ways in which films construct and communicate meaning and construct responses from audiences (by using illustrative examples from the film texts under investigation).

The intention of the course of study is to enable learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding. This must involve learners exploring:

a diverse range of film
the significance of film and film practice in national, global and historical contexts
film and its key contexts (social, cultural, political, historical technological)
how films generate meaning and response
film as commercial product and as artistic expression
the different ways in which spectators respond to film.

Film studies involves the recognition that films are made: they are constructed using a range of elements – cinematography, mise-en-scène, sound, editing and performance – which are additionally organised structurally in terms of their narrative and their perceived genre. How filmmakers use such elements makes up our study of film as a form.

Equally important is how spectators respond to the work filmmakers create, each audience interpreting films with reference to a wider spectator response, the prevailing relevant contexts of watching, the current critical ideas (reviews) and debates. This is our study of film as a product.

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