A2 FILM STUDIES - FM3 – SECTION A – SPECIALIST FILM STUDY 1 – URBAN STORIES 2012_13_REVISION LESSON 1 – Analysing the Key Issues

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FOCUS: Context of time & place – how can time of production & time of setting be seen in the sequence

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A2 FILM STUDIES - FM3 – SECTION A – SPECIALIST FILM STUDY 1 – URBAN STORIES 2012_13_REVISION LESSON 1 – Analysing the Key Issues with the Case Study Films

FOCUS: Representation of The City - How is the city seen as a ‘defining presence’? Are there any examples of
general struggle, crime or alienation? Are there strangers, hedonism, familiar landmarks?

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A2 FILM STUDIES - FM3 – SECTION A – SPECIALIST FILM STUDY 1 – URBAN STORIES 2012_13_REVISION LESSON 1 – Analysing the Key Issues with the Case Study Films

FOCUS: Critical Perspectives –Applying Jayne’s theory - is the city as a place full of strangers? the pursuit of
pleasure & hedonism? landmarks that identify the City?

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A2 FILM STUDIES - FM3 – SECTION A – SPECIALIST FILM STUDY 1 – URBAN STORIES 2012_13_REVISION LESSON 1 – Analysing the Key Issues with the Case Study Films

FOCUS: The Representation of power – How is Authority, control, domination, force, strength etc.. conveyed?

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A2 FILM STUDIES - FM3 – SECTION A – SPECIALIST FILM STUDY 1 – URBAN STORIES 2012_13_REVISION LESSON 1 – Analysing the Key Issues with the Case Study Films

FOCUS: Representation of poverty - Penniless, destitute, disadvantaged, under privileged, deprived...how is it
portrayed?

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A2 FILM STUDIES - FM3 – SECTION A – SPECIALIST FILM STUDY 1 – URBAN STORIES 2012_13_REVISION LESSON 1 – Analysing the Key Issues with the Case Study Films

FOCUS: Representation of conflict –Confrontation, disobey, battle, clash, oppose, incompatible, dispute..- how is
it portrayed?

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A2 FILM STUDIES - FM3 – SECTION A – SPECIALIST FILM STUDY 1 – URBAN STORIES 2012_13_REVISION LESSON 1 – Analysing the Key Issues with the Case Study Films

FOCUS: Narrative structure – Can you see any of Propp’s stock characters? Does it follow Todorov’s linear narrative
of equilibrium, disruption, resolution? Are there any action or enigma codes? Is it a Restricted or Omnipresent narrative? Does the director employ an open or closed ending?

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A2 FILM STUDIES - FM3 – SECTION A – SPECIALIST FILM STUDY 1 – URBAN STORIES 2012_13_REVISION LESSON 1 – Analysing the Key Issues with the Case Study Films

FOCUS: Construction of characters- Who are the main characters? How are they constructed as the protagonists?
Do you like them? What issues are they seen to have in relation to the main themes? How are they seen to be the product of their urban environments? What kind of ‘struggle’ do they have? Do they belong to any kind of community?

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A2 FILM STUDIES - FM3 – SECTION A – SPECIALIST FILM STUDY 1 – URBAN STORIES 2012_13_REVISION LESSON 1 – Analysing the Key Issues with the Case Study Films

FOCUS: Stylistic features – Camera – Are there any specific camera shots, angles or movement used by the director to help represent the urban environment or the main thematic issues? Are there any devices or signature styles used by the director to communicate their ideas about what it might be like to live in city for the characters?

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A2 FILM STUDIES - FM3 – SECTION A – SPECIALIST FILM STUDY 1 – URBAN STORIES 2012_13_REVISION LESSON 1 – Analysing the Key Issues with the Case Study Films

FOCUS: Stylistic features – Editing - Are there any specific editing featuers used by the director to help represent
the urban environment or the main thematic issues – pace, filters, special effects, ellipses etc…? Are there any editing devices or signature styles used by the director to communicate messages about what it might be like to live in city for the characters?

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A2 FILM STUDIES - FM3 – SECTION A – SPECIALIST FILM STUDY 1 – URBAN STORIES 2012_13_REVISION LESSON 1 – Analysing the Key Issues with the Case Study Films

FOCUS: Stylistic features – Sound - Are there any specific features of the sound – both diagetic and non-diagetic –
used by the director to help represent how the urban environment sounds or feels, set a tone around the main thematic issues or reflect the context of time and place? Are there any sound motifs used by the director to communicate messages about what it might be like to live in city for the characters? How does the use of sub-titling affect our understanding of the dialogue. Are there any elements of the script that are particularly important?

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A2 FILM STUDIES - FM3 – SECTION A – SPECIALIST FILM STUDY 1 – URBAN STORIES 2012_13_REVISION LESSON 1 – Analysing the Key Issues with the Case Study Films

FOCUS: Stylistic features – MES - Are there any specific aspects of the mes – location, setting, costume, proxemics,
props, performance – used by the director to help represent the urban environment, set context of time and place and reinforce messages about the main themes of power, poverty & conflict? Are there any motifs used by the director to communicate messages about what it might be like to live in city for the characters? How does the use of MES help the audience to understand the characters, plot development and the themes expressed?

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