Year 12 AS Half Term: Genre Research Task

You are now going to add a section to your blog entitle ‘Genre Research’. In this section you should outline:

  • What genre is
  • Its advantages and disadvantages
  • The genre you have chosen for your film and its conventions
  • The origins/history of your chosen genre
  • Some particular good examples (such as films/director/producers/actors) of your chosen genre and why you think they are good
  • An in-depth discussion of one particular film from your genre that you think is a good example of your genre and why
  • Bibliography
  • Filmography

Think about the quality of your work.

Year 12 AS Film Openings

To clarify, all the following points must be addressed when writing about your three film openings:

  • the genre
  • key technical and symbolic codes and the connotations they create
  • key words, images and sounds and what they signify
  • what does the opening sequence tell you about the  film and what are your expectations?
  • who is the audience and how do you know?

Think about the quality of what you are writing in each post.

Then consider your creative post.


Ms K 🙂

Year 12 Exam Question

Watch 10mins of the start of Coronation Street and answer the following spending no more than 45mins.

Discuss the technical and symbolic codes employed in the extract and what they suggest about the characters to the audience. Please make reference to:

1) Mise en scene

2) Cinematography

3) Sound

4) Editing

Due on Monday 20th October

Homework for tomorrow

  • Characters – even particular kinds of characters: eg, at its most simple, ‘good’ and ‘bad’ characters.
  • Stories – they all tell stories, whether those stories involve adventure, crime or romance and they often, but not always, end happily.
  • The stories are told against familiar backdrops: – eg, homes, police stations and offices (for crime dramas), hospitals (for medical dramas) – most of which are created in studios. However, most dramas also use outside locations to create particular effects.
  • Camerawork – particular kinds of shots are used: eg, sequences involving establishing shots followed by mid-shots of characters, shot/reverse shots to show character interaction and, in particular, close-ups to show the characters’ emotions.
  • Stories use dialogue to tell the stories. Occasionally, monologues are built in (as voiceovers, a character telling a story).
  • Music is used to punctuate the action, create effects (suspense, tension) and underline emotional moments.
  •  Particular subgenres tend to have items which make them immediately identifiable – police cars, blue lights, operating theatres and scalpels, triage/reception areas in hospitals. Icons of the genre, they symbolise the (sub)genre.