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    Latest issue : FEJ 4.1 featuring contributions from Jyoti Mistry (Sweden); Alejandro Bachmann, Christine Kopf and Manuel Zahn (Austria); Justine Atkinson and Firdoze Bulbulia (South Africa, Argentina, the Netherlands, India and Ethiopia); Eirini Arnaouti (Greece); Núria Aidelman Feldman and Laia Colell Aparicio (Catalunya); and Robert Munro and Jonathan Charles (Scotland). Read: HERE. ​ Next deadline for submissions: Friday 18 February 2022 ​ Upcoming events : FEJ Winter Symposium - 25 & 26 November 2021 ​ Free resources for teachers : HERE . ​ Contact : filmeducationjournal@ed.ac.uk

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    Home Teachers Resources Resource: Animation and Education Resource: Cinema en Curs Resource: Donnelly, See You Tomorrow Resource: Mirjana Borčić discussing film Resource: Alves, 16-week film course Resource: Felipe Correa Documentary Resource: Michael Daly Resource: Jamie - UC Resource: Vega - Community Cinema Search Results Exploring the place of animation in Scottish moving image education ​ ​ In this article animator and film practitioner Jonathan Charles and academic Robert Munro discuss the benefits and challenges of using animation through a detailed look at a filmmaking project within a primary school in East Lothian. The article also provides, via Jonathan’s personal experience, an overview of animation practices and how its place in film education has evolved over the past decade. MORE Keywords : #animation #film education #scotland #primary schools Sharing lived experiences through the film education project Cinema en curs ​ This article explores the Catalonian project Cinema en curs, an annual, recurring and now international programme of film education that takes place with students aged 10–18 in schools and colleges. Set up in 2005-6 by Núria Aidelman and Laia Collel from the arts association A Bao a Qu, the project now runs across various regions of Spain and internationally. MORE Keywords : #filmmaking #realism #place-based education Learning from the Understanding Cinema project in Scotland This article provides a detailed, first-hand overview of the filmmaking project Understanding Cinema . Author and filmmaker Jamie Chambers worked as a tutor on the project between 2013 and 2019 and reflects on both its highlights and challenges. For teachers interested in making films, it provides a detailed account of how ‘a well-designed pedagogy’ can ‘allow simple, yet deep access to cinematic aesthetics’. MORE ​ Keywords : #filmmaking; #Scotland; #primary school ; Securing a place for film within a Scottish secondary school Michael Daly and Jacqueline Thomso n are English teachers at John Paul Academy , an inner-city secondary school in Glasgow, Scotland. Working together as probationary teachers, they decided to start an after-school film club. From there, film has gradually become a central part of their teaching strategy, and has moved beyond their own English and Media classrooms to become embedded within John Paul Academy’s broader curriculum. MORE Keywords : #secondary school #Scotland #film club; #English Exploring local heritage through a documentary filmmaking project in Chile Felipe Correa describes the process of a documentary filmmaking project at a secondary school in Chile . Its aim was to encourage students to engage with the places, crafts and community where they live. Over the course of a year, students watched and analysed documentary films from different periods and cultures, whilst performing practical filmmaking inside and outside the school. MORE Keywords : #filmmaking; #Chile #documentary ; #cultural heritage Cinema workshops within marginalised communities in Chile Alicia Vega is a Chilean film scholar, educator and outreach worker who has run a series of cinema workshops within highly disadvantaged communities across Chile, which provided younger children with formative understandings of cinema, for over 30 years This is a rich and intimate account of how film can be used within community learning and outreach programmes. MORE Keywords : #filmmaking #Chile #outreach work; #active viewing Filmmaking about social issues with primary school children in Scotland Read about the experiences of Scottish teachers at Granton Primary School in Edinburgh. This case study of the making of the short film See You Tomorrow is a great first-hand account of some of the benefits and challenges to consider when creating films in a primary-school context . Discover a range of tips and ideas for you to take away and use back in the classroom with your pupils. MORE ​ Keywords : #filmmaking; #racism; #primary school ; #emotional literacy Discussing films in the classroom with children of different ages in Slovenia How can we best approach discussing films in the classroom? Mirjana Borcic is one of the foremost figures within Slovenian film education. Explore a range of her ideas on how film can be used as a means of facilitating discussion in the classroom, and in particular on how to ensure that discussions are pupil-centred and encourage creative thinking. MORE ​ Keywords : #discussing film #Slovenia #student voice; #active viewing A 16 week course of practical filmmaking with secondary school children in Portugal Explore the detailed overview of a filmmaking project from start to finish, which provides a useful model for secondary school teachers interested in making films with their students . This case study of film education in Portugal takes readers through the 16 weeks of a filmmaking course, acting almost as a project diary, describing the weekly tasks and outcomes. MORE ​ Keywords : #filmmaking; #Portugal #secondary school; #collaborative;

  • Resource: Animation and Education | Filmeducationjournal

    Home Call for papers Teachers Resources Resource: Animation and Education Resource: Cinema en Curs Resource: Donnelly, See You Tomorrow Resource: Mirjana Borčić discussing film Resource: Alves, 16-week film course Resource: Felipe Correa Documentary Resource: Michael Daly Resource: Jamie - UC Resource: Vega - Community Cinema Search Results Exploring the place of animation in Scottish moving image education A still from the animation 'Pyro Cat' Exploring the place of animation and the role of the classroom-based film-maker within a wider field of Scottish moving image education ​ Animation is a popular type of moving image education in Scotland and is particularly suited to use in the primary classroom. As schools increasingly digitise learning experiences and mobile devices become an integral part of the classroom, the process of making animated films is a fantastic way of engaging learners of all ages and abilities and can be used across different curriculum areas. In this article animator and film practitioner Jonathan Charles and academic Robert Munro discuss the benefits and challenges of using animation through a detailed look at a filmmaking project within a primary school in East Lothian. The article also provides, via Jonathan’s personal experience, an overview of animation practices and how its place in film education has evolved over the past decade. Download the full article for free from the Film Education Journal Key points to explore For teachers interested in making animated films with their pupils, the article covers a range of useful topics, including: ​ An overview of how animation evolved within different learning environments and within the context of various moving image education programmes and initiatives in Scotland (pp.71-72) The benefits of creating animation in schools over more expensive and challenging live action filmmaking (pp.73-75) A detailed case study of the animation project that took place at Harrysmuir Primary School in East Lothian, where Jonathan Charles worked with pupils and teacher to produce a short animated film on the dangers of smoking (pp.73-81) A discussion on the role of the education practitioner and how their involvement in education projects in the classroom helps to educate and upskill teachers as well as students (pp.77-80) Interview with film education practitioner Jonathan Charles Ideas for the classroom: This free resource produced by Education Scotland gives an overview of some simple approaches that teachers can use when creating animated film with pupils: https://education.gov.scot/improvement/practice-exemplars/animation-in-the-classroom-developing-skills-in-animation/ ​ Moving Image Education also have a list of free guides on animation: https://movingimageeducation.org/create-films/animation ​ Into Film (free but registration required) have a number of helpful resources for animation: Animating Africa ; An Introduction to Stop Motion Animation and Software and Editing for Animation .

  • Resource: Cinema en Curs | Filmeducationjournal

    Home Call for papers Teachers Resources Resource: Animation and Education Resource: Cinema en Curs Resource: Donnelly, See You Tomorrow Resource: Mirjana Borčić discussing film Resource: Alves, 16-week film course Resource: Felipe Correa Documentary Resource: Michael Daly Resource: Jamie - UC Resource: Vega - Community Cinema Search Results Sharing lived experiences through the film education project Cinema en curs Seeing the world from your perspective via Cinema en curs Cinema en curs: Transmission of film as creation and creation as experience ​ This article explores the Catalonian project Cinema en curs, an annual, recurring and now international programme of film education that takes place with students aged 10–18 in schools and colleges. Set up in 2005-6 by Núria Aidelman and Laia Collel from the arts association A Bao a Qu, the project now runs across various regions of Spain and internationally. The project is an experience-based form of education based around spectatorship and creation, where students participate in a programme of screenings and workshop activities before making their own short films. ‘There are no single answers in art. Right or wrong cannot be predetermined. Learning to watch and make films is not about assimilating a grammar made up of A=B formulae, but about learning to look at the world, to explore and enjoy the resources and infinite expressive possibilities of cinema.’ Laia Collel and Núria Aidelman (p.61) Download the full article for free from the Film Education Journal Key points to explore Cinema en curs provides many examples of the enriching learning experiences and outcomes that filmmaking can provide young people, particularly in terms of developing their creative and collaborative skills. The article covers a range of topics including: The rationale and motivation for the project, which is founded on principles of young people discovering different types of film and where ‘a grounding in reality and lived experience is fundamental.’ (p.60) A discussion on the types of films and clips shown to participants. These are made by filmmakers from around the world, chosen to help students understand ‘certain essential aspects of cinematic art’ and develop participants’ ideas and creative choices (pp.62-63) The structure of the workshops, which is based around four major stages, each of which corresponds to a creative practice: the Lumière minute, the photography project or experimental film, the sequence and the final film. (pp.63-67) A detailed section on how students plan and shoot their final films, with a focus on collaborative teamwork and paying close attention to shot types (pp.65-69) An example from Cinema en curs 'shots of the world' Ideas for the classroom: You can explore the wide variety of film content created by participants on the Cinema en curs website: https://www.cinemaencurs.org/ ​ Try your own version of the ‘Shots of the world’ exercise. Inspired by film-makers such as David Perov, Chantal Akerman and James Benning, students film their surroundings, rediscovering the places in which they live and go to school through cinema. Sometimes students choose to accompany their ‘shots of the world’ with short texts on placards or with voice-over. Some of these films can be seen here: https://vimeopro.com/plansdelmon/shotsoftheworld . Read more about Le cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse the international filmmaking project that Cinema en curs was inspired by: https://www.cinematheque.fr/cinema100ansdejeunesse/en/

  • Resource: Donnelly, See You Tomorrow | Filmeducationjournal

    Home Call for papers Teachers Resources Resource: Animation and Education Resource: Cinema en Curs Resource: Donnelly, See You Tomorrow Resource: Mirjana Borčić discussing film Resource: Alves, 16-week film course Resource: Felipe Correa Documentary Resource: Michael Daly Resource: Jamie - UC Resource: Vega - Community Cinema Search Results Filmmaking about social issues with primary school children in Scotland A schoolgirl stands up to playground racism in See You Tomorrow See You Tomorrow: A case study of the Understanding Cinema project at Granton Primary School in Edinburgh ​ ​ This article describes a filmmaking project which took place at an after-school film club at Granton Primary School in Edinburgh from 2016 to 2017. It is written by the teachers and filmmaker who were involved in the project and is a great first-hand account of the benefits and challenges to consider when creating films in a primary classroom context. There are a range of tips and ideas for you to take away and use back in the classroom with your pupils. The final film created by the pupils can be viewed online for free at the link below and provides a template which pupils can use when creating their own. The film could also be a starting point for conversations with your class around the challenging topic of bullying and racism within school life, discussing the difficult issues faced by the character and how they are resolved. “Seeing what seemed to me a bunch of sporadic, random clips all fit together as a film with a hugely powerful message was very moving. Furthermore, the kids who wrote, directed, acted and filmed each and every scene (lots of times!) were speechless watching their hard work back. Seeing it all put together and to see their project turned into a film was something they were very proud of. I remember them saying ‘that’s so good, I can’t believe we made that’” - Aoife Donnelly, Class Teacher (p.74) Download the full article for free from the Film Education Journal Key points to explore The article discusses a range of themes - below are a summary of certain points which you can read about in more detail, with page references so you can find them easily: Setting up a filmmaking project: tips for preparing pupils; taking photographs as a way of expressing emotion visually and learning how to frame shots; how pupils learn to reflect upon and evaluate their work (pp.66-67) The project’s direct links to the Curriculum for Excellence and how filmmaking can develop pupils’ skills in a range of key learning areas as well as their emotional literacy and personal development (p.67, 70) How filmmaking is beneficial in developing pupils’ teamworking abilities and communication skills, particularly for students who struggle with traditional literacy and numeracy (p. 67, pp.69-70) Challenges that teachers and pupils might face (p.67, 69, 72) Watch See You Tomorrow , the film discussed in the article above. Ideas for the classroom: Watch See You Tomorrow at the link above. ​ Discuss the following questions with your class:​ What is the message of the film? When making a film, what do you think are the biggest challenges for the filmmakers? If you had the chance to make this film, what would you do differently? Now rewatch the first minute of the film. Ask your students the following questions:​ How many shots are there in the first 60 seconds? Get pupils to clap every time there is a cut. Discuss the following questions with your pupils. How many shot types can they identify (close-up, medium shot, long shot etc)? Why do the filmmakers use these certain shots? What do they tell us about the characters? Further resources: ​ The UK film education charity Into Film has a free (registration required) step-by-step filmmaking guide, designed for primary schools, which will take you through all the stages of filmmaking: https://www.intofilm.org/resources/23 ​ Moving Image Education also offer a guide to filmmaking with young people: https://movingimageeducation.org/create-films Read more about Le cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse the international filmmaking project that Understanding Cinema is based on: https://www.cinematheque.fr/cinema100ansdejeunesse/en/ Watch Aoife Donnelly and Avril Whelan (teachers, Granton Primary School) and Jamie Chambers (ECA, Film Education Journal) discussing how they used film in the classroom both for See You Tomorrow and beyond, with contributions from some of the children who participated in the process.

  • Resource: Felipe Correa Documentary | Filmeducationjournal

    Home Call for papers Teachers Resources Resource: Animation and Education Resource: Cinema en Curs Resource: Donnelly, See You Tomorrow Resource: Mirjana Borčić discussing film Resource: Alves, 16-week film course Resource: Felipe Correa Documentary Resource: Michael Daly Resource: Jamie - UC Resource: Vega - Community Cinema Search Results Exploring local heritage through a documentary filmmaking project in Chile La Pequeña Historia de un Lobo de Meta (The Little Story of the Metal Wolf) Immaterial heritage and a sense of place in film-based art education: A case study of a documentary film project with secondary school children as part of Cine en curso Chile ​ Felipe Correa’s article describes the process of a documentary filmmaking project at a secondary school in Chile. Run as part of the film education programme Cine en curso , its aim was to encourage students to engage with the places, crafts and community where they live. Over the course of a year, students watched and analysed documentary films from different periods and cultures, whilst performing practical filmmaking inside and outside the school. At the end of the project, their short films (which documented and celebrated traditional local trades) were screened at a local cinema. ​ Watching and making documentary films is a fantastic way for educators to explore different social themes and issues with their pupils, and, as Correa says, ‘can compliment and articulate’ the learning aims and outcomes in many subject areas such as history, science, geography etc. For students who might feel intimidated at the idea of scriptwriting, documentary can be an accessible way of exploring storytelling through film and is an interesting way for them to critically examine and reflect on their own environments and everyday experiences. Download the full article for free from the Film Education Journal Key points to explore Correa’s article offers teachers lots of ideas about how watching and making documentaries can enhance students’ learning. Points of interest include: ​ The particular setting of this project within a school which ‘focuses on reintegration programmes for children and young people with learning disabilities’ as well as the pedagogical methodology behind Cine en curso (p.122-123) A detailed description of how photography is used as a practical exercise to teach students about colour, light, perspective, framing and composition. (p.124-125) How to prepare for the practical side of filmmaking in terms of choosing topics, discussing students’ roles, and interviewing documentary subjects (p.125-134) A reflection on how the project increased students’ overall levels of motivation and engagement. The filmmaking process also developed their skills of observation, participation and critical analysis, as well as empathy with their documentary subjects. (p.134-135) Watch La Pequeña Historia de un Lobo de Meta (The Little Story of the Metal Wolf) , the film discussed in the article above. Ideas for the classroom: You can watch the final documentary, La Pequeña Historia de un Lobo de Meta (The Little Story of the Metal Wolf) made by the students above. ​ Discuss the following questions with your class:​ What is the message of the film? When making a documentary, what do you think are the biggest challenges for the filmmakers? If you had the chance to make this film, what would you do differently? Now encourage discussion of what subjects would make for good documentaries. Ask your students the following questions:​ What topics from their own lives and communities would make for an interesting documentary? What questions would they want to ask the people they would film? What obstacles might there be to making that documentary, and how might they overcome them? ​

  • Resource: Jamie - UC | Filmeducationjournal

    Home Call for papers Teachers Resources Resource: Animation and Education Resource: Cinema en Curs Resource: Donnelly, See You Tomorrow Resource: Mirjana Borčić discussing film Resource: Alves, 16-week film course Resource: Felipe Correa Documentary Resource: Michael Daly Resource: Jamie - UC Resource: Vega - Community Cinema Search Results Learning from the Understanding Cinema project in Scotland Poetic framing in Blue Raspberry Consolidating an experimental pedagogy: Exploring ecologies of film education within France’s Cinéma Cent Ans De Jeunesse and Scotland’s Understanding Cinema project(s) between 2013 and 2019 ​ ​ This article provides readers with a detailed, first-hand overview of the filmmaking project Understanding Cinema. Author and filmmaker Jamie Chambers worked as a tutor on the project between 2013 and 2019 in different schools across Edinburgh and the Lothians. Understanding Cinema is a moving image education project based on the long running international film education scheme, Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse - created by Cinémathèque Française in Paris. Groups of young people between the ages of 6 and 18 across the world to take part in a structured programme of activity, combining practical and theoretical approaches to cinema that are focused around a different topic chosen every year. ​ In this article, Chambers reflects on both the highlights and challenges of the project. For teachers interested in making films, it provides a detailed account of how ‘a well-designed pedagogy’ can ‘allow simple, yet deep access to cinematic aesthetics’, as well as honest reflections on aspects of the project that were challenging to overcome. Download the full article for free from the Film Education Journal Key points to explore The rationale behind the project and challenges of connecting it with the Scottish curriculum and available school resources. (pp. 100-103) Case studies of the topics The Long Take (pp. 104-108), Climate/Weather (pp. 108-114) and Play (pp. 114-116), and their varying levels of success in terms of student engagement and understanding. Feedback from teachers involved in the projects, sharing how they worked alongside the film tutors and how their students benefited from the project. (pp. 107, 109-110, 111, 113) A discussion of the CCAJ methodology and how it can sometimes be challenging to implement on a practical level. (pp. 116-119) Blue Raspberry (Law Primary School, East Lothian) Ideas for the classroom: All of the films referenced in the article are available to watch online (links can be found in the article bibliography), providing a great source of materials for teachers who would like to see examples of films made by young people in schools. Have a look at our recommended films below: ​ Yes Sir (Wester Hailes Education Centre, Edinburgh) ​ Age range: suitable for ages 12+ Themes/subject areas: climate and weather, school setting, secondary school, teenagers, friendship, rebellion, shelter Synopsis: Over the course of one day, we follow a teenage boy and his encounters with teachers and friends. The film was created as a response to the following exercise: Students film a short film based ‘around a love story or a friendship which contains: a shelter. The elements of the weather that you experience when filming should be perceptible to the viewer Watch here Blue Raspberry (Law Primary School, East Lothian) ​​ Age range: suitable for ages 8+ Themes/subject areas: the long take, observational footage, voiceover, poetry, family life Synopsis: A young girl spends her pocket money on sweets, against the wishes of her parents. This film is made up of a choice of shots from 300 minutes of minute-long observational footage. It was created as a response to the following exercise: 'A Troubling Encounter ': at a certain moment a character or characters have an encounter which troubles them. Watch here In My World (Granton Primary School, Edinburgh) ​​ Age range: suitable for ages 8+ Themes/subject areas : play, primary school, friendship, bullying, imagination Synopsis: A young girl who is being bullied about her spelling mistakes runs out of class and hides from her classmates. The film was created as a response to the following exercise: Make a film where the story is interrupted at a certain moment, when a character finds their freedom through playing which allows them to escape from the confines of their everyday reality. Watch here

  • Resource: Mirjana Borčić discussing film | Filmeducationjournal

    Home Call for papers Teachers Resources Resource: Animation and Education Resource: Cinema en Curs Resource: Donnelly, See You Tomorrow Resource: Mirjana Borčić discussing film Resource: Alves, 16-week film course Resource: Felipe Correa Documentary Resource: Michael Daly Resource: Jamie - UC Resource: Vega - Community Cinema Search Results Discussing films in the classroom with children of different ages in Slovenia Unveiling the View with Mirjana Borčić (Maja Weiss, Slovenija/Slovenia, 2017) Triangulating a discussion between film, the viewer and a wider frame of life: reflections on a life in film education ​ ​ ​ ​ Mirjana Borčić is one of the foremost figures within Slovenian film education. This article - a translation of some her writings about her experiences teaching film - contains a range of ideas on how film can be used as a tool to facilitate discussion in the classroom. Mirjana Borčić's emphasis is on making discussion pupil-centred and to encourage creative thinking. Using films to facilitate discussion is a great way for young people to develop their reflective and analytical skills and learn to give and accept feedback from their peers in a thoughtful and sensitive way. For pupils who struggle to engage with more traditional written texts, films are a rich source of material to develop literacy skills, engage with a wide range of topics and themes, and develop their knowledge of different cultures. ‘One has to be aware that every viewer experiences a film in a unique way: a film projected in a cinema with one hundred people will have one hundred interpretations. If we want every individual to enrich their own experience of the film through contact with the experiences of their fellow viewers, a dialogue needs to be established. Discussing a film is not the same as explaining a film: it is a search for meaning that avoids generalisation and encourages creative thinking.’ - Mirjana Borčić Download the full article for free from the Film Education Journal Key points to explore Borčić makes several keys points and suggestions which you can read about it more detail. She emphasises that while film can be used as a text, it is important to recognise that, as a visual medium, it should not be analysed in the same way as written literature. (p.2) In the section 'How to discuss a film' (pp.13-15) Borčić makes a number of suggestions which teachers can keep in mind when planning film discussions: ​ The importance of challenging pupils and asking them ‘slightly more than they are capable of’ to trigger their interest. The value of using short films in the classroom over feature films. Borčić breaks down the discussion process into distinct phases – the introduction, the course of the conversation, and the role of the leader as discussion facilitator. ​ ​ Questioning with film within the classroom ​ Borčić calls for the facilitation of open dialogue with young people around film, what she calls the ‘affective method’. This can be well integrated with young people at different attainment levels, using differing questioning strategies. For example, open dialogue where students raise their hands to answer questions might be complimented by other techniques for those less confident in verbalising their thoughts, such as KWL grids or think, pair and share tasks. As Borčić states, this allows young people to ‘seek and discover the value of the film through shared impressions’. Listen to Mark Reid (BFI, Film Education Journal) talking about Mirjana Borcic and how best to discuss film with learners with Nuria Aidelman (A Bao A Qu, Spain), Alejandro Bachmann (former head of film education, Austrian Film Museum) and Charlotte Giese (Danish Film Institute). Ideas for the classroom and further resources Set up a film club . This is a wonderful way to regularly discuss films with your pupils and introduce them to a wide range of cultures, topics and issues – and it’s a lot of fun too! ​ Scotland on Screen is the online learning resource for the Moving Image Archive. The site includes over 25 hours of footage, a step-by-step guide to moving image education, and instructions for creating your own video essay using archive film. https://scotlandonscreen.org.uk/ ​ The CinEd collection includes 16 European films (fiction, documentaries, feature-length and short films) selected for young audiences (ages 6 to 19). The films are representative of each country in the programme and reflect the diversity and distinctiveness of European cinema. Each film has an accompanying media kit for teachers to download. https://www.cined.eu/en

  • Resource: Alves, 16-week film course | Filmeducationjournal

    Home Call for papers Teachers Resources Resource: Animation and Education Resource: Cinema en Curs Resource: Donnelly, See You Tomorrow Resource: Mirjana Borčić discussing film Resource: Alves, 16-week film course Resource: Felipe Correa Documentary Resource: Michael Daly Resource: Jamie - UC Resource: Vega - Community Cinema Search Results A 16 Week Course of Practical Filmmaking with Secondary School Children in Portugal Realidades Ocultas . Dir. Mariana Sousa. 2019. Short film production in educational contexts: a methodological proposal from the project “Olhar Pela Lente” ​ ​ ​ This article describes a filmmaking project called ‘Olhar pela lente’ (Look Through the Lens) which took place in a state secondary school in northern Portugal in 2018. Over 16 weeks, working with 160 students, project tutors Pedro Alves and Ana Sofia Pereira worked alongside teachers on a structured programme which combined aspects of film theory, film analysis and film practice. The school had successfully applied for funding which enabled them to buy filmmaking equipment and by the end of the project students created 27 short films on a range of different topics. ‘Olhar plea lente' demonstrates that the school is an important meeting place between young people and film. By providing the necessary guidance and resources to create opportunities for practical filmmaking, the school is a catalyst for personal and collective student growth, fostering skills and knowledge that positions students as better informed, integrated and active citizens….it is important to motivate young people to be interested in cinema, to discover what it is, what it means to make films and what we can think, feel, express and live through them.’ - Alves and Pereira Download the full article for free from the Film Education Journal Key points to explore The article provides a clear overview of a filmmaking project from start to finish, providing a useful model for teachers who would like to make films with their students. At the same time the authors do not shy away from describing the challenges involved and provide several key tips for readers to keep in mind. ​ The authors describe: ​ The unique benefits of schools as spaces for young people to encounter film and how ‘filmmaking and film literacy foster students’ motivation, engagement and productivity in terms of their relationship with their school and wider sociocultural environment.’ (pp.2-4) A clear timeline which can be used when planning your own filmmaking project. The article takes readers through the 16 weeks of the filmmaking course, and at points acts almost as a project diary, describing the weekly tasks and outcomes (pp.8-21) An emphasis on the importance of preparation, and also of valuing the filmmaking process as a learning experience just as much as the final result (p.7) Reflections on how the project could have been improved, particularly in terms of managing staff and students’ expectations, overall time management, and the challenges of working with less motivated students (pp.22-25) Listen to Pedro Alves and Ana Sofia Pereira discuss the challenges and opportunities of their high-school filmmaking project with Flip Kulakiewicz, Administrator at the Film Education Journal. Ideas for the classroom ​You don't need expensive cameras to make films with your students - they can be made on school iPads or smartphones! For a great guide to filmmaking with iPads, check out the free resource provided by Into Film (email registration required): https://www.intofilm.org/resources/1146 Further resources and opportunities ​ Four of the 26 films have been uploaded to the Portuguese film education platform Primeiro Plano, and can be accessed through the following link: https://primeiroplano.ciac.pt/projeto/olhar-pela-lente /. The short film Hidden Realities is embedded at the bottom of the page. For teachers based in Scotland who are keen to develop their filmmaking skills, a number of local community film organisations provide filmmaking workshops and courses. Try Screen Education Edinburgh: https://www.screen-ed.org / GMAC Film (Glasgow) https://www.gmacfilm.com / or SHMU - Station House Media Unit (Aberdeen) http://www.shmu.org.uk/ Have you made a film with your class? Consider submitting it to a film festival for young filmmakers https://www.bfi.org.uk/education-research/bfi-film-academy-scheme/film-festivals-young-filmmakers Watch one of the films made as part of the 'Olhar pela lente' project.

  • Film in Scottish Secondary Schools | Filmeducationjournal

    Home Call for papers Teachers Resources Resource: Animation and Education Resource: Cinema en Curs Resource: Donnelly, See You Tomorrow Resource: Mirjana Borčić discussing film Resource: Alves, 16-week film course Resource: Felipe Correa Documentary Resource: Michael Daly Resource: Jamie - UC Resource: Vega - Community Cinema Search Results Securing a place for film within a Scottish secondary school Ready Player One (Warner Bros. Pictures All Rights Reserved) Securing a place for film within the ongoing life of a Scottish state secondary school ​ ​ Michael Daly and Jacqueline Thomson are English teachers at John Paul Academy, an inner-city secondary school in Glasgow, Scotland. Working together as probationary teachers, they decided to start an after-school film club. From there, film has gradually become a central part of their teaching strategy, and has moved beyond their own English and Media classrooms to become embedded within John Paul Academy’s broader curriculum. Film education does not yet form any significant part of Scottish teacher training programmes and, as such, incorporating film into curricular teaching can be a challenge. This article covers a broad array of ways in which teachers can use film as a tool for learning. It details the benefits of setting up a successful film club as an extra-curricular activity and explains how using film in the English classroom can motivate students, teach them to critically analyse texts, and develop their oral and written skills. This article is a rich source of ideas for any teacher looking to learn and take inspiration from their peers. Download the full article for free from the Film Education Journal Key points to explore The article covers a range of topics including: ​ A discussion of the role film plays in the national Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and how it ‘can provide a powerful means through which to begin addressing the attainment gap and engaging with hard-to-reach students in Scottish schools.’ (pp. 137, 149-150) An account of setting up and running a regular after-school film club with the support of film education charity Into Film, and the different reactions and discussions certain films provoked among students (pp.139-141) The role of film reviews and how they provide opportunities for students to express opinions and develop their written literacy (pp.141-144) A detailed case study of how the films Joker and Skyfall were successfully used as optional ‘texts’ as preparation for an SQA English exam (pp.144-149) Watch Michael Daly discuss the work that he and colleague Jaqueline Thomson have done to embed film in the classroom. Ideas for the classroom: Michael has very kindly shared one of his lesson plans that they created to use the film Ready Player One as a 'pathway to literature'. Michael also talks about his lesson plan, and how the film allowed them to think about their own lives. You can download the lesson plans here . ​