2We start with simple questions. We want to know that you understand. What was the film about?What did you like about the film?What parts made you feel happy or sad?
3Then the questions start to get more difficult. What lessons are there in the film?How did the director tell the story?What emotions were created in the film?
4You need to think more, and write longer answers. How is the film relevant to society and our own lives?Why was the story told in this manner?How did the director create an atmosphere, effect, or emotion?
5This is to help you evaluate and think critically about what you read and see. How does this film help us understand other beliefs and cultures?What was the director’s purpose in creating this film?How successful were the director’s attempts to create specific effects in the film?
6The film is a way of showing you how to think about things differently. It doesn’t matter whether you hate the film or love it; what is important is showing you understand how and why it was made.The director had a purpose – what was it?The film makes people feel different emotions at different times. How does it do this?
7To answer these questions, you will need to know film techniques. Structural techniques such as montage, flashback, narration, split screen…Visual techniques such as close up, long shot, high angle, colour, lighting, costume…Sound technqiues such as dialogue, music, sound effects…
8AssessmentIn the end-of-year exam you will write an essay on an extended text (film, novel, or non-fiction book) you have studied in class.In this essay, you will write about one aspect of the film – a character, an idea, a scene.This will test your understanding of the film, and also your ability to clearly express and develop ideas in your writing.
9What now?Take notes and keep them tidy, for revision at the end of the year.Ask questions and offer ideas to help you and your classmates understand the film.If you miss a lesson, catch up on notes from someone else in the class.Hire the film from your video store and watch it at home if you need to.