More than ever, teachers are using film in the classroom. This web
site is designed to help educators better integrate film into
instruction and help their students learn the "languages of film."
Analyzing Oscar: Deconstructing the Academy Awards
"To read or write the language of media and
understand how it creates meaning within particular contexts,
one needs some understanding of frame composition,
color palette, editing techniques, and sound-image relations
as well as the context of signs and images, sound as a conveyor of
meaning, and the effects of typography...Such principles as screen
direction, the placement of objects in the frame, color choices,
morphing, cuts and dissolves all do much more than make a screen
communication aesthetically pleasing.
They are as critical to the creation of meaning as adverbs, adjectives,
paragraphs, periods, analogies and metaphors are to text.
Dean Elizabeth Daley, USC School of Cinematic Arts (from, Expanding
the Concept of Literacy)
"If video is how we are
communicating and persuading in this new century, why aren't more
students writing screenplays as part of their schoolwork?" Heidi
Hayes Jacobs, education consultant
"If people aren't
taught the language of sound and images, shouldn't they be considered as
illiterate as if they left college without being able to read or write?"
George Lucas, interview for
"Of all art forms, film
is the one that gives the greatest illusion of authenticity...of
truth...A motion picture takes a viewer inside where real people are
supposedly doing real things...We assume there is a certain
verisimilitude, a certain authenticity, but there is always some degree
Annette Insdorf, film historian
(author of Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust) quoted in the
documentary "Imaginary Witness:
Hollywood and the Holocaust"
"Movies are a door to knowledge--about society, about prejudice, about
history, about art --and teachers are eager for someone to help them
make the link between education and film."
Margaret Bodde, The Story of Movies/The Film Foundation (Source)
Read my exclusive
Steve Werblun, the storyboard artist from the Walden Media production of "Because
of Winn-Dixie;" plus see some of his original storyboard drawings
Weekly Reader's WRITING magazine (February-March
2007) themed issue
Reeling with Words:
Screenplays, home movies,
and film reviews--we show students what it takes to write for and about the
HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD
you believe that the earliest movies cost only a
nickel and that the first movie stars were silent?
In the January 2007 issue, discover how the first,
soundless motion pictures developed into "talkies"
and then full-color films. Learn why the film
industry moved from the East Coast to a dry,
sparsely populated town in California, and discover
what light bulb inventor Thomas Edison had to do
with it. Learn how Hollywood remakes old classics,
works to preserve original films, and uses
computer-generated technology to thrill viewers
today. Meet the visionary men behind the earliest
studios and movies, like producer Samuel Goldwyn and
animator Walt Disney. Join COBBLESTONE ® as we
explore America's love affair with motion pictures
by looking back to when it all began.
Media Literacy Film Resources:
Teacher resources for media literacy films to show in the
Focus On Film: Learning It Through The Movies,
Middle Ground Journal, NMSA, October 2006
*LIGHTS, CAMERA, EDUCATION!,
AFI curriculum available via Discovery's UnitedStreaming
release; link to
Movies (profile of the Story of Movies Project)
AND VIDEOS MISUSED IN THE CLASSROOM
link to full study
Viewing the Films: Not Whether or Not, but How?
Using Film to Increase Literacy Skills
English Journal, Vol. 93, No. 3, January 2004
How to Organize a Film as a Literature
Using Film, Video, TV In The Classroom
Film and the Composition Classroom:
Using Visual Media to Motivate First-Year Writers