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What do we do in IB Film?

4 assessments (at Higher Level)

  • Film Portfolio

  • Comparative Study

  • Textual Analysis

  • Collaborative Film (Higher Level only)

Film Portfolio

A nine-minute film portfolio showing your expertise in three areas of filmmaking (directing, editing, cinematography, screenplay writing, sound design.) We start with this, probably by doing some reverse engineering. This year, we started with Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960.)

Comparative Study

A comparison of two films from different cultures. Presented as a video essay. Here's a (non-comparative) example from Psycho.

Textual Analysis

An essay, analysing a 5 minute extract (you choose which extract) taken from one of four or so films sent by the IB (you choose exactly which film.) Films can be from any time, genre, style or place, just about. In the past, chosen films (and television shows) have included Toy Story, The Graduate,  Breaking Bad, Space Odyssey, Casablanca, The Godfather, Moonrise Kingdom, A Separation, La Haine... We do this right at the end of Year 13.

Collaborative Film

A 7 minute film, made in groups of at least 2 and up to 4 students, each assessed in one role. We do this at the start of Year 13.

Your turn

Let's go back to that Film Portfolio task - the Reverse Engineering. It is designed to highlight the qualities we want in Film students - creativity, problem-solving ability, attention to detail, organisational and collaborative ability. (This list holds good for practically every Group 6 subject and a lot of the others, by the way!) Let's try the same, but with still images, and we might as well stick with Psycho. You will choose or be assigned between one and three of these images. Go and recreate them as best you can.

norman fin
birds eye
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