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I'm trying to revise for A2 Film Studies on the WJEC board but am struggling with how to revise really. I couldn't find anything on here for FM4 so thought I'd start tis one. Does anyone know even what to include in the essays? A2 seems so much more difficult than AS!

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Specialist Study: Urban Stories – Power, Poverty and Conflict
Spectatorship: Popular Film and Emotional Response
Fight Club

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Hey, I'm finding it much more difficult than AS too! I'm doing Mexico, Spectatorship and Documentary and Vertigo, but I can't find hardly any revision/ threads to do with any of them either.
However, I did Power Poverty ect.. La Haine and City of God, but im focusing on Mexico. My teacher said watch key scenes and look at the way they have put the scene together (mise-en-scene, editing, cinematography) and also look at context, like what issues surround the country at the time it was made/present day - and how the films show this. I really hope that helped!

P.S Good luck for the exam!
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Hey, I'm finding it much more difficult than AS too! I'm doing Mexico, Spectatorship and Documentary and Vertigo, but I can't find hardly any revision/ threads to do with any of them either.
However, I did Power Poverty ect.. La Haine and City of God, but im focusing on Mexico. My teacher said watch key scenes and look at the way they have put the scene together (mise-en-scene, editing, cinematography) and also look at context, like what issues surround the country at the time it was made/present day - and how the films show this. I really hope that helped!

P.S Good luck for the exam!

Thank you. I think I just need to establish a technique for how to write/structure the essay and good luck too
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Hi there!

I'm studying Power, Poverty and Conflict, Spectatorship and Documentary and Fight Club. My lecturer, who also marks for WJEC, said the essay itself isn't necessarily about how many points you can argue towards a specific viewpoint but how you can express your interpretations and views. So, rather than listing numerous points down, attempt to argue your point across - but remember to always give an explanation.

Additionally, rather than by structuring your essay film by film, do it point by point. For example, if the exam asks for "techniques used in the film", do not just list the techniques from La Haine and City of God and any other films you are studying, instead, make a link between films and address points which are valid from both/all films, such as soundtrack - both La Haine and City of God use non-diegetic music with westernised influences and fast, upbeat tempos. Similarly, you could structure your paragraph in regard to Sound, Mise-en-Scene, Cinematography and Editing (for each paragraph make significant points from your focus films).

In regard to the structure itself, I think you're going to be expected to use a similar structure to your average essay i.e short introduction, make relevant points with supported quotations and explanations and finally, a conclusion summarising your final thoughts and views.

I'm no expert but this is how I would go about structuring my own essay in the exam, and will do on Friday, too. Good luck - hope you're successful! :-)
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Hi there!

I'm studying Power, Poverty and Conflict, Spectatorship and Documentary and Fight Club. My lecturer, who also marks for WJEC, said the essay itself isn't necessarily about how many points you can argue towards a specific viewpoint but how you can express your interpretations and views. So, rather than listing numerous points down, attempt to argue your point across - but remember to always give an explanation.

Additionally, rather than by structuring your essay film by film, do it point by point. For example, if the exam asks for "techniques used in the film", do not just list the techniques from La Haine and City of God and any other films you are studying, instead, make a link between films and address points which are valid from both/all films, such as soundtrack - both La Haine and City of God use non-diegetic music with westernised influences and fast, upbeat tempos. Similarly, you could structure your paragraph in regard to Sound, Mise-en-Scene, Cinematography and Editing (for each paragraph make significant points from your focus films).

In regard to the structure itself, I think you're going to be expected to use a similar structure to your average essay i.e short introduction, make relevant points with supported quotations and explanations and finally, a conclusion summarising your final thoughts and views.

I'm no expert but this is how I would go about structuring my own essay in the exam, and will do on Friday, too. Good luck - hope you're successful! :-)
Thank you, that's helped a lot Do you by any chance know what it means when it talks about style or look of the film?
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Thank you, that's helped a lot Do you by any chance know what it means when it talks about style or look of the film?
Perhaps what is done to the film during post-production? I haven't looked into it for my film work but I suppose if you were going to write about it maybe consider the stylistic choices made to make an audience think/feel a certain way. Or perhaps even a larger scale for example - the techniques in an action film stereotypically use hollywood techniques (explosions, car chases, etc).

The only thing I can think about, in reference to films I've studied is the fact that Amores Perros and City of God both use Tarantino-esque stylistic choices (AP - El Chivo re-enacts the Reservoir Dogs torture scene & CoG attempts to 'sex up' some of the shots, i.e. the first shot of Li'l Zé shows his ugly personality which is also similar to what Tarantino does in Pulp Fiction). By creating intertextual references, in a way, gives these films certain "looks".
I'm not 100% sure on that, though. You might have to do some research!
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Perhaps what is done to the film during post-production? I haven't looked into it for my film work but I suppose if you were going to write about it maybe consider the stylistic choices made to make an audience think/feel a certain way. Or perhaps even a larger scale for example - the techniques in an action film stereotypically use hollywood techniques (explosions, car chases, etc).

The only thing I can think about, in reference to films I've studied is the fact that Amores Perros and City of God both use Tarantino-esque stylistic choices (AP - El Chivo re-enacts the Reservoir Dogs torture scene & CoG attempts to 'sex up' some of the shots, i.e. the first shot of Li'l Zé shows his ugly personality which is also similar to what Tarantino does in Pulp Fiction). By creating intertextual references, in a way, gives these films certain "looks".
I'm not 100% sure on that, though. You might have to do some research!
Thank you and good luck
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