Genre Study


In your group you will create a lesson of about 10 minutes for your class about your selected Genre of film. You will first do some in depth research about your Genre.

As well as books from the class room and the library here are some online references to help you:

ISM Film Custom Search

The FIlm Site

Strictly Film School

The Guardian

The Criterion Collection

Senses of Cinema


To see a detailed outline of assessments for this unit including assessment rubrics click here


Choose one of the clips below from the genres we have learned about in class. You will complete a formal analysis of the clip using the criteria which can be found here.


Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese. 1980)


Rocky ( John G. Avlisden. 1976)


Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood. 2014)

[youtube][/youtube]The Big Sleep

(Howard Hawks. 1946)


Chinatown ( Roman Polanski. 1974)









Photo Story

What is Mise en Scene  and how can it help you to create richer more meaningful films?


How is Mise en Scene used in this scene? How does it work to build a sense of character? How is sound used in support?


Look at this beautiful video. Again, cinematography and sound work hand in hand to tell a story.


Film History

Man with a movie Camera








Why Study Film History? 

As an art form that has only developed in the last 120 years, film is relatively new. Why then do film makers, film writers and historians find it important to study Film History?


You will be given a decade of cinema history to investigate. Through research,  you must explore key developments in the film during your decade.

a) What were the important films of the decade? Why – were they critically acclaimed for their style, acting, editing, sound track, special effects? Did they challenge conventions of film making or epitomize a particular film movement or genre? Who were the dominant directors and actors?

b) What technological advances dominated your decade? E.g. coming of sound, colour, 3D etc. How did these impact on individual films? Use examples from later films that show this impact.

c)    Investigate the commercial and industrial context of the films in your decade. E.g. were films being made within the studio system or independent of it? Was it a decade of blockbusters? Was the film industry financially threatened by other entertainment industries e.g. television,  VHS recorders, DVD, internet. How did the film industry respond?

d)   Historical, social and political trends. What were the key events happening outside of the industry e.g. Vietnam War, rise in feminism, AIDS, revolutions, peace movements, 9/11 attack, space exploration. How were these reflected in films of the time?

Things to consider:

  • You must go beyond Hollywood. Explore at least three national cinemas e.g. UK, France, Germany, Russia, Korea, China, India.
  • You must use at least 3 different text book sources and 3 internet sources (from reliable sights.)
  • Produce a documentary using visuals and voice over. This will be viewed by the rest of the class to help them to understand each decade of film history.  It will also be shared via Google docs.
  • Your research and your production will be graded (See Rubrics for Knowledge and Understanding and for Transfer of Learning in film history folder) You must cite all of your sources for images and information.

Some suggestions for internet searches:

Customized ISM Film Search Engine

BFI – British Film Industry Webpage


University of Minnesota


IB Snap Shot ‘Juno’







Juno Lesson Slides – Analysis – Expectations, Form, Narrative Structure and Meaning.

Blake Snyder Story types

Feminist Analysis: What is Feminist Theory?

Read this Interview with Ellen Page

Consider what you think the film is saying about women in this film. Share ideas with your group, use specific examples from the film. Read these articles which react to Juno

Feminist Spectator

Mens Movie Guide

Eagle Forum

  • How does the approach of each of the authors differ? Provide supporting evidence.
  • What relationship do each of the articles have to a feminist film perspective?
  • If you had to chose one review to support which would it be? Why? Why would you reject them others? Give specific examples from the text.

In class you will research some key issues and contributors to Feminist Film Theory. Here are some resources to help you:

Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema (Laura Mulvey 1975)  –  One of the most widely cited and anthologised (though certainly not one of the most accessible) articles in the whole of contemporary film theory.

Notes on the Gaze – Daniel Chandler’s Summary of Gaze Theory

Filmic Examples of Feminist Film Theory. 

Molly Haskel on Representation

Post Mulvey – Sofia Ford Coppola Marie Antoinette.

Under Representation of Women in Movies 


Writing about Film

In order to write your Feminism in Film and your Oral Presentation you will need to research your chosen film. Here are some links to places you may find information.

DVD ‘Extras’ ie – directors commentary

Production Company Website


IMBD External  Reviews section

Film Education Study Guide

International Movie Script Database

Newspaper Articles

Do not forget to cite your Sources using MLA Format.

Film Production

In groups of three you will create a film with the theme of of waiting.


Welcome to IB Film!

It is going to be an an amazing two year journey and I am very excited to be in on it with you.

Here are some resources to get you started and I will post the general information and resources here in the future.

First Day Information Letter

Student Glossary Semester 1

1st Day Activity:

In pairs you will be asked to create a 1 minute Film.

2. The subject matter of the film will be in the form of a single word picked

from a hat

3. You will plan, film, edit and add a suitable soundtrack.

4. You will have just 3 lessons to complete the film. You will not be required

to do any homework

5. It will not be graded, but  you will have to complete a self assessment on your learning habits ( See Rubric) and your film will be shown to the rest of the class . You

will be asked to complete a very short reflection and evaluation. You will

also start to fill in an individual skills checklist that will help you and the

teacher monitor your current level of skills and keep track of how these

develop during the course.

(Please don’t worry if you have no previous

experience of film making, but be aware that some students have already

completed the Film Intro course. They will be able to help you)

6. The film and your evaluation should be embedded in your google site

Here is an example: