Hillside High School

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Wade Deacon Trust

    Film Studies
    Mrs L Brown 
    Subject Leader
    Email: media@hillsidehigh.co.uk
    Departmental Twitter Feed: @hhs4media


    The GCSE Film study course aims to;

    develop their interest and enjoyment of film in its national and global contexts and begin to develop an appreciation of cultural diversity through the close study of a wide range of films

    • develop a critical and investigative approach to films, the film industry and film audiences
    • study patterns of similarity and difference across a range of films
    • recognise the ways in which films represent people, places, ideas, issues and events to different audiences
    • recognise the ways in which film technologies shape film productions
    • recognise and explore the creative possibilities of film and film products
    • engage with aesthetic, technical, economic, ethical and moral issues as they arise in their study of film, film audiences and the film industry.

    Key Stage 3

    Pupils do not study Film Studies as a separate subject at KS3.

    Key Stage 4

    Within the current GCSE courses pupils study genre, representation, micro analysis of film, how to pitch a film as well as making a campaign of film posters for their own film, while also evaluating the work that they have produced. Pupils then sit two exams for Film Studies. The current topics include superhero films, films outside Hollywood and TV drama.

    Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities

    In the Film Studies department we offer a number of extra-curricular and enrichment activities. These include lunchtime Film Club and exam and controlled assessment support classes after school. We are also very excited to be looking into a cross curricular trip with the Drama department to London, which includes a visit to a Harry Potter Film set and exploring various film related workshops at the London Film Studios.

    Additional Information

    We have access to a variety of different specialist software, some of which is industry standard (Photoshop, Comic Life, I Can Animate etc.) which enables pupils to produce the most professional work possible.

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