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iTraining | Teaching Film Production

nicoleponsford | Wednesday November 16, 2011

Categories: GCSE, A Level, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Moving Image Production


At Edusites, we believe that we can help to teach the different elements you need for teaching your subject. This is the first in a range of iTraining Guides for teaching the practical side of the subject. As the WJEC Film Studies course requires you to also be able to teach Print and Photography, we will be following these mediums too.

FilmEdu already has teaching material on the following, which you will find helpful to go alongside this guide. Here are some links to get you started:

  • Micro Analysis
  • Film Opening Analysis
  • Film Analysis ~ Meaning in Film
  • Screening Notes
  • Shot Analysis
  • Understanding Storyboarding
  • Video Production Part 1 This is helpful to those who need to get kit and some starter activities for using camcorders in lessons.
  • Video Production Part 2 This explains storyboarding - also see the link above - interviewing and gives some activities based on the Western genre. There is also an interesting glossary of terms.

NB. Don’t forget to browse our Film Studies Case Studies. They include lots of examples of how to write about a film’s production.

Teaching film in lessons means either teaching students how to analyse a film (see iTraining Reading a Moving Image Text) or teaching students how to make a film. Although students may have used camcorders in other subjects, we need to teach them how to craft a film; to become film makers. This is very different to being able to turn a camera on and press record.

This can therefore cause issues with some students - they get frustrated as they know how to make a film. What they don’t know is - for the majority - how to make a film which will get a high grade by the exam board. Once you show them an A grade exemplar (these are accessible and promoted by all the exam boards), they may think again. There are several elements which need managing when teaching students to become film makers.

Don’t expect them to know how to do it. They need to be taught, and have evidence...

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