Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Mark Scheme January Exam

1. Answer the question
How dependent are the films on Narrative to communicate their Messages (about Spain & France)

Task 1: What arguments have we got?
REVISION: Go through your notes -Mind Map:
WHAT ARE THE MESSAGES/Ideas the film expresses?
What National contexts have influenced these

2. How do the films differ in their dependency on Narrative to communicate Messages of France & Spanish National Cinema?

Make a Judgment - which depends more? Why? How are they different?

3. Give examples to back this up
Task: Go through your blog notes - back up the Mind Map with Textual Detail.

Conclusion: What detail on the key moments from the films related to Narrative are missing between you an your mentor partner?

Task: Self Evaluate:
Main Issues:
  • Not READING and therefore NOT ANSWERING the question
  • POOR PREPARATION - either:
  • No Notes
  • Incomplete Notes
  • No ACTIVE Revision (Planning, reducing, practice, analysis of clips etc)
  • No knowledge of Mark Scheme

Common Mistakes:
NOT AS question - not requiring you to consider whether they conform to CHN or individual theories on Narrative (Media students take note - not Q1b), but how the films USE and DEPEND on Narrative to get their messages across.

DO NOT go through and explain Propp, Todorov, CHN etc...USE these to analyse how the MESSAGES are communicated.

NOT a Trivia Quiz - irrelvant if Del Toro is Mexican or Kidnapped, or if Amelie is Racist - only if you APPLY it to your analysis to make a POINT that answers the question.

2nd Session:
30 minutes to prepare response to exam question:

Exam Question 1: Representation
How successfully are the films you have studied represent examples of National Cinema in their messages? Refer to specific examples in their cultural context.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Revision & Quiz


1. What 2 aspects are the focus for Authorship?

2. What other films has each director made?

3. What are the 3 themes that link each director's films?

4. What describes their recognisable Style?

5. What are 2 relevant characteristics of 'Cinema du Look' present in the Amelie?

6. What are the characteristics of 'Magical Realism' present in the films?

7. Are these traditions of film-making from their National Cinema - give examples of other films.

8. What other films National Cinema have influenced the idea, story or iconography of these films?

9. Which 2 artists influences the designs for Pans Labrynth?

10. What other actors do they regularly use and what roles do they play?

11. What do we know about Del Toro that links to his themes and interest in childhood, war and monsters?
12. Why is Pan's Labrynth 'New Mexican Cinema?'

13. To what extent are these films considered to be 'National Cinema' in the strictest sense?

14. Why did these films travel so well internationally?

15. To what extent do these directors qualifies as an Auteur (Bazin's definition)? 

16. What ideas or messages do they offer on masculinity, fascism, childhood, religion, politics, war and what it means to be French, Spanish/Mexican?

17. How were these films received in their domestic markets - were there any criticisms and why?

Examples of Short Films Genre & Style Film Noir & Surrealism

January Exam Prep

Authorship - how do the texts demonstrate the social, ideological, political and cultural contexts of their national of origin?

Why is this more complex with Pans & Del Toro?

Are they examples of National Cinema?

Create your own Narrative in the Authorial Style & Theme of These Directors/Countries - make this into an animatic trailer using found stills

Revision: Map Out the links to ideological context (Message & Values) from the Texts using Macro as the Centre

Authorship, Themes & Style

Coursework Deadline: Planning Due End of Module 3