Monday, 5 April 2010
YOU MUST USE THIS AMAZING BLOG THAT IS CRAMMED WITH FANTASTIC FM2 RESOURCES AND LOADS OF OTHER SUPER-DUPER FILM GOODIES FOR THE DEDICATED FILM STUDENT. HERE ARE A FEW GREAT BITS TO GET YOU STARTED:
Eddie Izzard on British V Hollywood Film:
An Introduction to the Hollywood Film Industry:
Here is a fantastic link focused on the British Film Industry:
Exemplar Exam Questions
How important are film reviews in determining whether or not people choose to see a film?
What different kinds of attraction are offered to audiences by ‘home cinema’ compared with seeing a film at the cinema?
What is the significance of a large film company like Warner Bros being part of an even larger media empire (stimulus – chart)
How important is it for the British film industry to have internationally recognised stars? (The stimulus were film posters of Kiera Knightley)
What is the importance for audiences of the images used in movie posters and dvd covers? (posters)
What do you find interesting in the pattern of cinema-going by age group in the UK today? (British cinema ) (stimulus – chart)
What is the value to the film industry of having stories about the private lives of stars presented in the media? (Stimulus – articles)
Do you think it is a good idea to require UK television companies to put money into the financing of UK films? (Stimulus – articles) British Films
How are audiences attracted to different kinds of films? (stimulus – film posters)
How far does your experience of watching films depend upon the technology used to view them? (stimulus – user reviews of blue ray disc of “Black Hawk Down”)
(How far does the power of stars influence which films are made in Hollywood? (stimulus – comments on George Clooney and Tom Cruise on how George managed to get his films made and how Tom chose his films.)
What strategies do you think can be used to create a successful British Film Industry?
Stars and Hollywood Returns
This is a useful link for fairly recent figures on Hollywood stars and how much their films earn for every dollar spent on them. This could be helpful for star case studies, etc.
Hollywood's most expensive stars- they returned poor box office per dollar earned by them.
In pictures, with relevant information
British Films in Production
Here's a useful website for finding and tracking the production of a new film from the processes of production. You can then follow the film for its marketing and distribution and exhibition. This is great for FM2 case studies.
Financing Film in Hollywood
This blog has some excellent interviews with producers about Film Financing
ORANGE - Film Sponsorship and Product Endorsement
What do the terms “high brow” and “low brow” mean?
Would you say that in your experience going to the cinema is a “high brow” or “low brow” pastime?
What type or class of people do you believe go to the cinema? Does this vary according to the film, and/or depending on the particular cinema in question?
Think about your own cinema-going patterns.
Do you ever go on your own?
Do you tend to go with the same people to the same sorts of films?
How does the experience differ depending on whether you are on our own or with particular friends?
How do you decide what you are going to see and who you are going to go with?
Do you simply go to watch the film at a set time or do combine this with some other activity (or activities) such as shopping or eating out?
When did you first go to the cinema? What did you go to see? Who took you? What do you remember about the experience (not just the film but the event of going to the cinema as a whole)?
Questioning the importance of film gathering as 'entertainment'.
What kinds of entertainment did audiences gather to see in the past? What was the nature of the audiences’ experiences from other types of entertainment? (Who, what, why, when and how?) (Who, what, why, when and how?) Find out about a how crowds experienced narratives and stories in magic lantern shows, early theatre, ampitheatres, early music hall, etc.
Why have storytelling and performance always seemed to be important during such gatherings?
What do audiences gain from listening to stories and watching performance?
How did society or the community benefit from allowing the activities to take place?
Why should communities gather to see films and how are their experiences different from the experiences of audiences from previous forms of entertainment?