1. ACTION AND ADVENTURE FILMS Revision session 10th May 2011
2. About the exam 13th June pm 1 hours TASK 1 (A & B) 2 questions 45 minutes to do both written answers TASK 2 A you write about your own ideas for an Action and Adventure film TASK 2 B choice of 2 design tasks you do one 45 minutes for Task 2 You need pens, ruler, colouring pencils, eraser, sharpener, fine liner, drawing pencils all in a clear pencil case or polythene bag
3. Approx 4 weeks before the exam: Students should be issued the brief 4 weeks prior to the examination. The 2011 brief should be issued to students on or shortly after Monday 16 May 2011. The brief will provide students with a contextualised scenario. The examination will require students to respond to four tasks in role. The tasks will be based on the contextualised scenario provided in the brief. From 16 May students are expected to consolidate their knowledge and understanding of Action Adventure films by completing independent research and preparation in response to the given brief. http://store.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcse/pdf/AQA-4810-W-TRB-U01-EXTASS-2011-AAF.PDF
4. Please note No formal teaching of the topic may take place after this date You have to start your research and preparation
5. TASK 1 A Will probably ask you to explain the key features of an action and adventure film You should answer with examples
6. key features (genre conventions) of an action and adventure film high concept big ideas Various sub genres western, Sci-Fi, historical, epic, literary adaptation, swash buckler, melodrama, war, spy, spoofs, marital arts, creature features (monsters) And various combinations of the above and other genres i.e. Romance, drama Quite often - Buddy movies Frequently USA and if they are frequently supportive of USA values and ideology America(ns) often saves the world (Independence Day, Deep Impact, Armageddon)
7. In terms of media language Big mise en scene (location, costume, etc) Big fast paced scenes of action chasing, fighting, car chases, war sequences, Sci-Fi gadgets/vehicles Likeable, affable heroes Often male heroes particularly in older films Fast paced editing Action scenes use a range of shot distances and angles to add to the excitement
8. Narrative Leitmotifs music and other clues that something is going to happen Joel Silverman Whammos and zingers - high concept, high velocity action moments followed by moments of commodity and light relief Vladimir Propp studied lots of folk stories/fairy tales and decided that they all have stock characters and stories Popular films are fairy tales/folk stories in the modern sense and many follow these rules
10. Narrative Another theorist was TzvetanTodorov who also studied stories and also stated that stories have similarities At its most basic stories have a three part narrative equilibrium, complication, return to equilibrium Hollywood film writers have used these structuralism theories to write film stories
11. Narrative Christopher Voglers books: The Heros Journey The Writers Journey Based on Joseph Campbells study of myth Are Bibles for film (and videogame) writers
12. narrative It is not surprising then when we say that many action films are predicable and that we dont find them too difficult or demanding to watch Cultural theorist Theodor Adorno said that popular culture was formulaic and repetitive The same thing with variations over and over
13. Modern films Play with the narrative structure to make them more interesting (and less obvious) to a sophisticated audience However, many conform still to a formulaic structure
14. Task 1 B Likely to be about representation Criticisms of the way people are represented in this genre include Stereotypical and negative representation of foreigners Villains are sometimes English! Women are there for their looks and to be rescued
15. Action heroes are typically Male White But dont forget the martial arts hero! Hard bodied and muscular Young(ish) Heterosexual macho
16. Foreigners /non wasps are Villains Sometimes helpers but not as bright as the main hero Sometimes part of a buddy partnership
17. Case study: Will Smith in Men in Black Wills character is the physical, slightly crazy undisciplined one compare to Tommy Lee Jones who is the mature, intellectual one Tommy Lee Jones character is in charge and has to teach the ropes to Will Smiths.
18. However, This is changing, Morgan Freeman was the president in Independence Day Who will play Obama when we get a film about the hunt for Bin Laden?
19. women Laura Mulvey said the women are used in mainstream media for their looked at ness Eye candy! It is true that we do get female action heroes But they are also objectified as sexual beings too
20. female protagonist or eye candy?
21. female protagonist or eye candy?
22. female protagonist or eye candy?
23. female protagonist or eye candy?
24. Marion Ravenswood in Raiders To start with she seems like a feisty, tough girl but soon in the narrative she has to be rescued and before long the story has her in a white girly dress and quite helpless...
25. Also to consider Representation by absence
26. Also consider Representation of: Places Eras/times Ideas
27. Task 2 A This is your turn to start thinking about your film ideas Will you follow all the old rules and conventions even if theyre predictable and stereotypical or will you try need ideas or will you use a combination of old and new ideas?
28. You should: Refer to film theory about narrative Discuss how you intend to represent people, things, places, times, ideas Where will the ideas come from? Where will they go? Books, videogames Synergy one idea over two or more media i.e. : Pokmon: The Movie 2000