Guerrilla Filmmaking and the WJEC Film Studies Specification

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Guerrilla Filmmaking, the photocopiable teaching resource for media and film teachers, supports WJEC’s A Level Film Studies specification. Here’s how:

WJEC Film Studies Specification

The film-making student who is engaged in digital storytelling for a course will have to produce a short film or film sequence. The WJEC Film Studies Advanced Level is an excellent example of the type of course students follow.

The AS/A specification in Film Studies is designed to deepen students' understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of film, the major art form of the twentieth century, and one developing new modes of expression and exhibition in the first decades of the twenty-first century. The specification builds on the cineliteracy learners have developed informally since childhood. WJEC Specification

Production work is involved in both years of the course, at AS and A2. For AS/A2 the resource is clearly relevant to AS Film students creating a sequence, possibly for a genre-based film.

Many students at A2 will create a complete short film – and there is consideration here of the short-film form itself, which is far less governed by the norms and rules of genre and has a different aesthetic, industrial purpose and audience. The storyboarding chapter presented as a product in itself. Many students at A2 also elect to undertake screenwriting. This is detailed in its own chapter – Screenwriting – as an end in itself.

The WJEC course has a distinct emphasis on practical production work:

In particular, the specification explores the relationship between the film and the individual by exploring how films create meanings and produce both intellectual and emotional responses. Additionally, the aesthetic and sensory qualities of film are emphasised as integral to a study of the interaction between films and spectators. Analysis is enabled by the application of critical approaches appropriate to this level, as well as through creative project work. WJEC Specification

If we map this creative project work out, we can clearly see how this resource will help to guide you.

AS Unit 1: FM1: Exploring Film Form

One creative project based on a film sequence or short film

  • A filmic sequence or short film is required from the student.

Creative Project: aims and context, film sequence or short film and reflective analysis.

Candidates are required to create a film sequence or a complete short film that demonstrates how the micro-features of film construct meaning. This involves creative digital storytelling.

The Film Sequence or Short Film

The film sequence may either be an extract from a longer film or a complete short film, with the emphasis on visual communication rather than on dialogue. It may take one of the following forms:

  • an extended step outline of 1,000 words (representing 5–8 scenes).
  • a photographed (digital or photochemical) storyboard of between 10 and 25 different shots (some of which may be repeated) plus up to five found shots (shots which would be difficult to photograph or where locations need to be established). The five found shots must be acknowledged.
  • a film sequence or short film of approximately two minutes, containing between 10 and 25 different shots (some of which may be repeated).

A2 Unit 3: FM3: Film Research and Creative Projects

One creative project is required from the student (a product with a reflective analysis).

Focus of the unit

This unit focuses on creative projects related to the production of meaning: the course aims to develop creative skills and a deepened understanding of the medium chosen for the creative project.

Creative Project

The creative project should demonstrate candidates' active engagement with issues raised during their studies at AS and/or A2. It involves making:

  • A creative product (short film or film extract, screenplay or extended step outline for a documentary film).

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