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Classroom Film Projects

Introduction to Narrative Projects

Introduction to Narrative Projects

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Narrative filmmaking projects are often the most appealing projects to students and educators alike, as the majority of films that we see are fiction. Additionally, narrative filmmaking allows for st...

Introduction to Documentary Projects

Introduction to Documentary Projects

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Documentary projects are appealing to educators teaching media making to young artists, in that they allow the focus to be on the core elements of the medium and often allow for easy curricular align...

Introduction to Animation Projects

Introduction to Animation Projects

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As an alternative to a live-action project, students may collaborate to produce an animated short film, using either stop-motion techniques or computer animation software. As animation of any kind is...

Cumulative Exercises

Cumulative Exercises

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Classroom filmmaking projects vary widely, and there are a number of factors to consider when planning your cumulative project, ranging from the time allotted, the number of final projects your class...

Formative Exercises

Formative Exercises

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Since classroom film projects will vary from class to class, the formative exercises you employ will also vary. Below are a number of short-term projects that will allow students to hone different sk...

Guidelines for Small Group Work

Guidelines for Small Group Work

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When students are working with a camera, the sweet spot for breaking them into groups tends to be four students. Students can have distinct jobs (director, camera, sound, and on-camera talent) while ...

Student Roles in a Film Production

Student Roles in a Film Production

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Depending on the project, students can be grouped in various ways, but here are some basic ways you might want to configure your class. Students should not remain static throughout the program durati...

Using the Equipment You Have

Using the Equipment You Have

Posted by: San Francisco Film Society

One of the most important things to remember when making films in the classroom is to use what you have! There are so many affordable (and flexible) options that can be used in the classroom now. You...

Equipment in the Classroom

Equipment in the Classroom

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Working with Equipment Bringing moviemaking equipment into your classroom is a great way to get students excited about the lesson, but it can also be a recipe for chaos. Establish a protocol for acce...

Working With Limited Resources

Working With Limited Resources

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Don’t let a lack of equipment prevent you from developing your media making program. While you might not have the materials at hand to make the next Hollywood blockbuster, it is more than likel...

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