B.F.I., Southbank, London

| November 14, 2008 | 1 Comment 
A return trip to present at the British Film Institute.
BFI has partnered with UK Literacy Association (UKLA) for a national conference for educators interested in the relationship between moving image media and literacy. The two day conference, called Reframing Literacy,was for a mixed audence of advisors, teachers, and people in cinema education.  It was hosted at BFI Southbank.

I was honoured to be asked to giving the closing keynote presentation entitled “Literacy Moves On: reading, writing, playing on screen”.

Are you a fan of old time silent films? When actors were actors, and bartenders were… um, bartenders? Or are you a fan of the new special effects and eye candy delivered by George Lucas era cinematography?

Mr Lucas has had an incredible impact on the film industry for the last 30 years.


Maybe he was going before that if we can judge by the evidence in this “silent movie” version of Star Wars!

Are you like me however, and “never seen Star Wars”?

Being a Bristol boy, and living not far from the home of Aardman Animations, I love stop frame animation. Have a look at this excellent animated film from the PES site about cooking, cleverly titled “Western Spaghetti

A very creative stop motion video using some interesting household items. Must have taken forever!

Everyday objects stand in for the food, such as rubber bands for spaghetti, post-it notes for butter, bubble wrap for boiling water.

I have always been fascinated by the idea of slow motion photography, the photographic technique that enables us to visualize and analyze motion, especially motions that are too fast for the human eye or conventional cameras to perceive.

There are films HERE of so many fascinating images: the moment of snuffing out a candle, striking a match, a cliff diver plummeting in to the waters below, a tumbling gymnast, a helicopter in flight, a dog drying itself off, a ladybird about to “fly away home”,  a horse with all four legs off the ground …and so much more.

Analyzing and picking apart visual image has a big impact on the films that children make.

Camera angles, and so much more. Have a look at the film to the left for some creative images.

It was good to meet up with Oscar Stringer during the day, and a few other folk we have been, or will be working with.

Film fun for all!

Thank you to Mark Reid and his colleagues for a superb event.

Category: 1) Events and Training days, 4) Well Done!

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  1. Michelle van Ebo says:

    Hello Tim,

    I really enjoyed the session at the BFI last friday, in many ways the most useful session I had at the conference. I am an English Teacher in secondary currently taking a year out to do an MA at KCL while trying to get my three small kids and dog on an even keel! There was a resonance in what you had to say for me as a teacher, parent and researcher so thank you.

    One thing though was that the pitch and pace was fantastically entertaining but as I come to think about all the things you said I find I’ve not quite remembered all of the message abd ideas. The essence is there, and indeed the spiriit, but the practical stuff has gone. I will of course apply my own ideas, and feel inspired to do so, but I wonder whether a handout of websites and the functional stuff might be useful at other short sessions.

    Thank you for a great hour – wish I could say that to all the men I’ve met!


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