Welcome to Film and Media studies

We are very happy at Cranbourne to offer GCSE Film Studies as an option for study from year 10. It is a popular and interesting subject, covering many aspects of film analysis and production. We cover a range of films from different eras and areas. Students learn about genre, narrative, character, cinematography and scripting, and they learn how to analyse these aspects of film to understand how meaning is created.

There is also the opportunity for students to devise their own film, write a screenplay extract, and think about how it would be filmed. This work comprises 30% of the final grade of the GCSE.

The films we study can include: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rear Window, Donnie Darko, The Shawshank Redemption, District 9, Little Miss Sunshine, Witness, Spirited Away, Million Dollar Baby and Submarine. The selection of films changes periodically, and students find a wide range of interests are covered by the films we study.

At the end of the course there is a two paper final exam, each paper 1 ½ hour and covering three films. This final exam comprises 70% of the final grade.

GCSE Film Studies can lead directly to further study at college – both QMC and BCOT offer courses in both Film Studies and Film production. The GCSE also gives students skills they can take into everyday life – they learn how really to understand the messages films are conveying beneath the surface meaning, and they can transfer these skills into understanding all aspects of the media and social communication.