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Entry requirements: Hautlieu sixth form entry requirements.

Film Studies is a powerful and stimulating art form and practice. The DP film course aims to develop students as proficient interpreters and makers of film texts. Through the study and analysis of film texts, and through practical exercises in film production, the film course develops students’ critical abilities and their appreciation of artistic, cultural, historical and global perspectives in film. Students examine film concepts, theories, practices and ideas from multiple perspectives, challenging their own viewpoints and biases in order to understand and value those of others.

DP film students experiment with film and multimedia technology, acquiring the skills and creative competencies required to successfully communicate through the language of the medium. They develop an artistic voice and learn how to express personal perspectives through film. The film course emphasizes the importance of working collaboratively. It focuses on the international and intercultural dynamic that triggers and sustains contemporary film, while fostering in students an appreciation of the development of film across time, space and culture. DP film students are challenged to understand alternative views, to respect and appreciate the diverse cultures that exist within film, and to have open and critical minds.

DP film students require courage, passion and curiosity.

  • Courage—to experiment and create, to explore ideas through action and to harness imagination.
  • Passion—to communicate and to act communally, and to research and formulate ideas, communicating discoveries in a variety of forms.
  • Curiosity—about themselves and others and the world around them, and about the limitless possibilities of human expression through film.

At the core of the DP film course lies the need for creative exploration and innovation. Students are challenged to acquire and develop critical thinking, reflective analysis and the imaginative synthesis that is achieved through practical engagement in the art, craft and study of film. (source IB film Guide)

Textual analysis
External 20%
Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of how meaning is constructed in film. They do this through a written analysis of a prescribed film text based on a chosen extract (lasting no more than five minutes) from that film. Students consider the cultural context of the film and a variety of film elements. Students submit the following. A textual analysis (1,750 words maximum) and a list of all sources used.
Comparative study
External 20%
Students carry out research into a chosen area of film focus, identifying and comparing two films from within that area and presenting their discoveries as a recorded multimedia comparative study. Students submit the following. A recorded multimedia comparative study (10 minutes maximum). A list of all sources used.

Film portfolio Internal 25%

Students undertake a variety of film-making exercises in three film production roles, led by clearly defined filmmaker intentions. They acquire and develop practical skills and techniques through participation in film exercises, experiments and the creation of at least one completed film.

Students submit the following.

  1. Portfolio pages (9 pages maximum: 3 pages maximum per film production role) and a list of all sources used.

A film reel (9 minutes maximum: 3 minutes maximum per film production role, including one completed film).

Collaborative film project (HL only) Externall 35%

Bringing together all they have encountered during the film course, students in year 2 work collaboratively in a core production team to plan and create an original completed film.

Students submit the following.

  1. A completed film (7 minutes maximum).

A project report (2,000 words maximum) and a list of all sources used.

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