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  1. Successful films depend as much on marketing and distribution to a specific audience as they do upon good production practices. To what extent do you agree?

    Independent films usually have low budgets and have complex and meaningful plots. And independent film makers are often more focused on the critical success of a film rather than its financial success. This was much the case with the film attack the block as it was well received critically but actually made a loss at the box office. This is most likely due to the films niche audience (British teenagers) and the subsequent lack of U.S marketing and distribution. The films marketing campaign was almost entirely based online and in some T.V adverts on channels such as E4 that have an audience which is the same as the films target audience.

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  2. Analysis of a scene from 'Casablanca'.

    Rick gets up to go to the strongbox while the Captain follows him and they cross the whole place while Renault explains that they are going to arrest someone that night. Rick climbs the stairs to his office with Renault and we can see only the shadow of Rick taking the money while the Captain is speaking. Having described the scene, let's analyse it. First of all, we have to divide the shot in two parts. The first one is when they are in the Café and they are going to climb the stairs, and the second one is when they come into the office.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • With detailed reference to your findings, discuss your conclusions regarding the relationship between women and film.

    "Overall, the research used to create conclusions of my hypothesis point out that as a whole, Japanese films represent women in a stronger light reflecting the culture of anti-family and an emphasis on success and a highly optimistic view. In addition, many films step away from the patriarchal society created in Japan and challenge stereotyped women's roles within the films as emphasised by Mizoguchi's films. At the same time, the increase of globalisation has led to a cross breeding of genre and increasing influences of Asian genre in some Hollywood action/thriller films as seen through 'Kill Bill'. Yet, the representations of women are still different."

  • Question: Compare how genre and narrative are established in 2 crime films

    "The Bone Collector was more successful in making use of most obvious signifiers and conventions as it clearly conveys them: the crime scene; the police uniform; the murders and so much more. I personally enjoyed Ocean's Eleven because it humoured me and the variety of stars meant that they each had a quality to keep me interested in different ways. The Bone Collector was good but for me personally, I find the suspense daunting and I would rather not watch it!"

  • With reference to the opening sequence of Bram Stoker's Dracula, discuss Coppola's creation.

    "I came to the conclusion that Coppola has achieved his aims to attract modern audience to the vampire genre by adding a prologue to the Dracula story which is not from the Bram Stoker's novel. Coppola got creative with the prologue and added background information about Dracula which was effective to attract the modern audience to go and watch this film. Elements used in the opening scene were very effective to establish the prologue of the movie. The mise en scene builds up the structure of the opening scene but it doesn't clearly attract the modern audience. Cinematography was used effectively and attracted the modern audience because it built a dramatic structure to the movie and it made the audience eager to see what was going to happen after the blood and the cross incident. The other elements of film built the genre of the movie and set the vampire theme of the movie and made the viewers think about what was going to happen next which is what the modern audience want to see in a movie Mohammad Fawad Yousuf 11U Mohammad Yousuf Media Coursework 11U Mohammad Yousuf 1 11U"

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