Film Studies Coursework Assessment Criteria for the Extended Step Outline

If you would like another paper copy of the mark scheme or this handout please see me, or you are welcome to download this from the blog (www.heathenmedia.co.uk/asfilmstudies).

Your Step Outline shouldn’t be any more than 1000 words, that’s 175-200 words per scene. The only words that are counted in this are the words in your scene description.

This should give you some of the information on the marks scheme in simpler terms and give you something to work towards when writing your own Step Outline.

An ‘E’ Grade Extended Step Outline:-

• Shows a basic understanding of micro features and how to use them to make meaning

• Has some elements that successfully visualise the scene, showing some understanding of cinematic conventions

• Shows a basic ability to use appropriate language

A ‘C’ Grade Extended Step Outline:-

• Shows understanding of micro features and makes appropriate use of them in the sequence.

• Shows a reasonable understanding of cinematic conventions and creates a piece of work which allows the reader to visualise the scene fairly clearly

• Shows a reasonably good ability to use appropriate language

An ‘A’ Grade Extended Step Outline:-

• Demonstrates an excellent understanding of how micro features make meanings for the audience and makes excellent creative use of them

• Demonstrates a high degree of understanding of cinematic conventions and creates an extremely visual piece of writing

• Is excellent organised and shows a high level of accurate use of appropriate language

Top level work:-

• Uses a range of micro elements effectively

• Uses technical language accurately

• Has a clear sense of continuity – leads us carefully through the scene

• Delivers your narrative visually

Notes on the Reflective Analysis

Think of this as a task similar to your analytical essay, you need to reflect on your own scene descriptions and evaluate how effective you think the techniques you have used are in communicating meaning to an audience.

You need to write about how your extended step outline has used micro cinematic features (like sound and editing) to make meanings for the audience.

The best answers:-

cover a number of different micro elements

• make detailed accurate references to your extended step outline

• use technical language accurately and effectively

• analyse how your work might make different meanings in different ways

• make reference to other films which you have drawn on for your ideas

Your whole Reflective Analysis shouldn’t be more than 750 words.

• Be precise

• Be analytical

• Make points

• Back them up with evidence

• Don’t waffle


Film Studies Coursework Assessment Criteria for the Reflective Analysis

If you would like another paper copy of the mark scheme or this handout please see me, or you are welcome to download this from the blog (www.heathenmedia.co.uk/asfilmstudies).

Your reflective analysis should be no more than 750 words and should analyse how you have used micro features to create meaning.

This should give you some of the information on the marks scheme in simpler terms and give you something to work towards when writing your own Step Outline.

An ‘E’ Grade Reflective Analysis:-

• Shows a basic ability to show how the extended step outline uses micro features to make meanings

• Makes a basic attempt to use appropriate language.

A ‘C’ Grade Reflective Analysis:-

• Makes a good attempt to show how the extended step outline uses micro features to make meanings

• Is well organised and makes reasonably good use of appropriate language

An ‘A’ Grade Reflective Analysis:-

• Is an excellent comprehensive and very thorough analysis of how the extended step outline uses micro features to make meaning for the audience

• Is extremely well organised and makes excellent and accurate use of appropriate language

Top level work:-

Sticks to the point

• Uses technical language effectively and accurately

• Analyses how your extract uses micro features to make meanings for the audience