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Secondary school events

Action Adventure: a GCSE Study Day

Thu 8 Mar 2018 10:30 – 15:30
NFT3, BFI Southbank

Action Adventure: a GCSE Study Day

This event is intended for teachers and students only.

The study day for this popular genre is primarily designed to prepare GCSE students for OCR’s Textual Analysis Moving Image option for external assessment. The day’s content is adaptable for the controlled assessment units for AQA (Assignment Bank 1: Moving Image topic) and Eduqas (Textual Investigation Film Text). As the session is structured by OCR’s examination questions on media key concepts, it is ideal as an introductory overview or for revision. The clip-based interactive presentation will help students to explore a variety of texts, illustrating the genre’s hybridity; its codes and conventions; creation of meanings through camerawork, soundtrack, mise-en-scéne and editing, and consider the representations of social types (including stereotypes) and social issues. In the afternoon there will be an introduced screening of an appropriate film. A resource pack based on the case studies will be available on the day and is ideal to continue preparation for the coming exams in the classroom.

The marketing and audience appeals of superhero films will be approached using resource materials including websites, social media, reviews, magazine covers, posters and DVD covers while creative design and annotation tasks will link with storyboarding, homepage design, posters and magazine covers. A superhero feature film will be screened in the afternoon and a resource pack for teachers and students will be available on the day.

Led by Elaine Scarratt, Freelance Media Educator and former Examiner for A2 Media Studies

GCSE Level
Media Studies

£8 per student; £1 per adult accompanying every 5 students; for any additional adult the student rate applies. £40 for teachers attending without students.

  • ‘Good use of extracts and inclusion of upcoming films suitable for the subject’
    T. George, Gladsmore Community School

How to Book

First phone to check availability. Call 020 7815 1329 Monday-Friday 10:00 – 18:00. Then either book by phone using credit/debit cards only OR book by post by downloading the booking form and sending it with a cheque made payable to ‘British Film Institute’ or card details to: School Bookings, BFI Education, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT.

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