1st Edition

Essential Revision for A Level Film Studies

By Mark Dixon Copyright 2022
    348 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive revision guide contains everything students need to know to succeed on their A Level Film Studies course.

    Essential Revision for A Level Film Studies features engaging and accessible chapters to help learners develop a deeper understanding of the key elements of film form, including cinematography, mise en scène, performance, lighting, editing and sound. The book offers detailed explanations of the specialist study areas required for the A Level course, including auteur theory, spectatorship, genre, key critical debates, narrative and ideology, as well as overviews of key film movements like French New Wave cinema, German Expressionism and Soviet Montage. Also included are practical exercises designed to help students apply essential concepts to film set texts, sample exam responses for both Eduqas and OCR exam boards, and challenge activities designed to help students secure premium grades.

    With its practical approach and comprehensive scope, Essential Revision for A Level Film Studies is the ideal resource for students and teachers.

    The book also features a companion website at EssentialFilmRevision.com, which includes a wide range of supporting resources including revision flashcards and worksheets, a bank of film set text applications for exam questions for all film specifications, and classroom-ready worksheets that teachers can use alongside the book to help students master A Level Film exam content.

    Part One: Film Forms

    1 Cinematography

    2 Mise en scene and performance

    3 Editing

    4 Sound

    5 Lighting

    Part Two: Film Theories

    6 Theories of narrative

    7 Auteur bases approaches

    8 Ideology

    9 Spectatorship

    Part Three: Contexts and forms

    10 Silent cinema

    11 Classical Hollywood 1930-60

    12 Experimental film

    13 New Hollywood 1961-90 

    14 Contemporary British cinema since 1995

    15 Documentary film

    16 Contemporary American cinema since 2005




    Mark Dixon works as a principal examiner for Eduqas and is the head of Media and Film at Durham Sixth Form Centre. He is also the author of Essential Theory for Media A Level (also published by Routledge) as well as having written for the Guardian, Media Magazine, TES magazine and Wired.

    "This is an invaluable resource for anyone studying Film A level. The book is split into three accessible and logical sections; Film Forms, Theories and Context and Forms and is well supported throughout by relevant and interesting examples. Written with the student in mind, the revision activities and exemplars ought to help pupils achieve at a high level in their A level exams. The ‘experimental film’ and ‘lighting’ chapters are great examples of how to break down complex topics into digestible and fathomable content, allowing access across all ability ranges. This text is equally useful for 1st year undergraduate students who are bridging into a film related course."- Leigh Adams, British Film Institute: Director of Education and Skills


    "Essential in more than just name! With written examples relating to exam set texts and chapters on technical aspects of film, theories and contexts, Mark Dixon’s Essential Revision for A Level Film is the perfect companion for any student embarking on an A level Film Studies course, or any teacher who wants to secure their subject knowledge." - Claire Pollard, Editor of EMC MediaMagazine