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Teaching Film and Video production at the High School level

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Initial post: Jul 7, 2010 10:43:28 AM PDT
Share ideas, concepts, texts, projects suitable for teens

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 6:33:19 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2010 6:53:05 AM PDT
camcas5 says:
Moving Images: Making Movies, Understanding Media
This comprehensive textbook is designed for upper high school / intro undergrad courses and integrates movie production with media literacy. It offers projects, writing, and evaluative exercises with each chapter, features a DVD, and is accompanied by a full instructor resources package. There is an intro page at -- Message from author Carl Casinghino

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 6:10:19 PM PDT
JMM says:
When I took a high school film course a couple of years ago, we used this textbook: Understanding Movies 11th Text Only
It was a beginner's textbook, for an introductory-level class.

I think that in a film and video production course it is first important to understand the history and theory of film. Screening two or three classic films is a good idea, but try more obscure titles rather than films most people have already seen. Discussion and critique is key to understanding any art form, including film. Each student will have a unique perspective.

Also, having recently been in this type of course, I know that often resources must be shared. Filmmaking is a collaborative medium, but try to find ways that each student gets their fair share of the time with the equipment. I was disappointed that my instructor did not allocated equipment in a way that I thought was fair.

In my course, we ended with a 6-week video project where we divided into groups of 4-5 and made a short film. During the final week, our short films were screened for the class. But too many students wanted to create a parody of an existing film or do some ridiculous horror movie. Approve ideas for projects (and ask for a script) before the students begin filming.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 3:42:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 4, 2010 6:58:33 PM PDT
Oh, heck, when I was in junior high school I did a clip montage like Mason Adams did on the Smothers Brothers show with the music and paintings. Remember "Classical Gas"? I found an Iron Butterfly record that belonged to my sister and it became the sound track. I learned a little about film making and had fun at the same time. It's better than boring the world with technical practice and textbooks. Wish I saved it, it was lost or stolen a long time ago.
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