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Narrative Filmmaking in the Elementary School Promoting visual literacy through film

THE WORKSHOP

  • Visual literacy through film
  • Framing and composition
  • Production: Establishing identity and purpose - roles on a film set.
  • The master shot technique
  • Postproduction - The magic of the edit

Add recommendations for abobe’s white paper on visual literacy

Getting started with film

MENTOR TEXTS: Take opportunity to expose students to films from different cultures or times. Films that will challenge perspectives. You don’t need to be an expert!

"Shot at a time" sessions. Anybody could call out "stop!" and discuss what we were looking at, or whatever had just occurred to them.

USE STUDENT MADE FILMS AS MENTOR TEXTS

AAYFF SHORTLISTED FINALISTS

Add films from second edition emphasis on storytelling and narrative form

5 MINUTE FILM SCHOOL

The most basic visual unit of cinema is not the scene but the shot...

ACTIVITY: using phone/iPad use a subject and take a range on shots. Always looking at the story.

Look at light, check the corners of the frame, remove extraneous information - check background. Move around subject

ADD SCREENSHOT OF CHILDREN OF HEAVEN first shot

ADD SCREENSHOT OF boy in the striped Pajamas

Screenshot of BAIT sequence national film and television school

Add questions from adobe white paper on visual literacy. Break down according to context of lesson eg pastoral or language arts etc

CASE STUDY: CHILDREN OF HEAVEN Directed by Majid Majidi, Iran (1997)

ACTIVITIES TO INTRODUCE THE GRAMMAR OF FILM

GETTING STARTED WITH PRODUCTION

Interpreting a screenplay: school of rock

Filmmaking is the ultimate team sport. Michael Keaton

What does film production look like?

Behind the scenes: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) on location in New Zealand

Directed by Andrew Adamson

Behind the scenes: Romeo and Juliet (2017) production at Tanglin Trust School

Directed by Evie from Year 6

School of Rock - Richard Linklater

Case study - using Hollywood example to show that production 

Download screenplay and include link to original scene. Go through and analyse scene - visual and sound. Directors decisions.

Task watch screen, screenshot storyboard, cast, rehearse, choose location and shoot using master shot technique and coverage.

Running the scene

  • Blocking a scene and rehearsal
  • Differences between theatre and screen acting
  • Film set etiquette and protocol
  • Getting the shots

THE CUTTING EDGE -THE MAGIC OF MOVIE EDITING

The history of cutting

Evolution of editing

Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1896) - Lumiere brothers

Life of an American Fireman (1903) Edwin S Porter

The lonely Villa (1909) D W Griffith

Post-production: Editing in iMovie

Editing is all about finding magic you never knew was there.

Activity : provide background to scene and clips to edit. Get final edited version of NFTS final cut for comparisons

Across Asia Youth Film Festival 2018

References

Adobe white paper on visual literacy

Walter Murch - magic of movie editing

Intofilm resources - filmmaking in primary school

Range of websites

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