This ebook is designed as an entry level (GCSE) study guide for students of Film Studies and GCSE Moving Image Arts. It covers the five set examination texts for Moving Image Arts and the concept of genre.
The films concerned are an excellent choice to introduce the study of the important (“micro”) film language areas of mise-en-scène, camera techniques, cinematography and lighting, editing techniques, and sound & music. They’re also good films to use for genre studies, as none of them can be said to have a straightforward relationship to the concept of genre. Even the oldest film covered, Bride of Frankenstein (1935) mixes horror with comedy. The rest mix genres in interesting and creative ways, relying heavily on the film literacy of the audience.
The five films are:
Bride of Frankenstein
The Wrong Trousers
A Close Shave
Romeo + Juliet
In addition, there is a chapter on the concept of genre.
The book is written in a clear and accessible style, and includes links to complimentary presentations, hosted on Google Docs.