We were honoured to be invited to the Easthampstead Park Conference Centre for a training day which acted as a finale to The Bracknell Forest Moving Image Media Literacy Project 07-09.
Bracknell Forest have been running the project to inspire creative use of Media/ Film and ICT with a view to raising standards in writing in the region.
Having completed an impact report for the first 18mths – results are very encouraging.
The final year of the project is focussed on Schools moving from ‘Reading Film’ into making films. The aim is continue to promote creative media use and multi-modal Literacy.
Today, the key aims were:
To explore how Multimodal Literacy forms (including virtual worlds) can be used to engage and inspire pupils.
To review practical approaches to making and using the moving image and consider how it can be used to raise standards.
We explored practical approaches to visual literacy and multimodal text production and, most importantly, how to apply it all back in school.
Thank you to Wendy Jenkins, and her colleagues for an excellent day.
Oscar is the best guy to get in if schools want to develop their film making skills. Try his new website HERE
Photostory is, of course, a simple and “cool” way of creating movies from still images. Try creating a film of the school trip, mixing sounds, text and photos effectively. And it’s FREE.
Computer Clubs For Girls (Primary and Secondary) has free resources and fun modules encouraging film making. Registration is free. You also receive a wealth of free software and “cool” (again, these are the words of the children who use these things!) rucksacks!
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.
Film fun for all!
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