This 29-page photocopiable Video PDF unit includes the full 4-minute film, For the Love of..., a poignant letter home from father to son, plus a video interview with the director. Classroom materials engage and challenge students in analysing the film in the context of written and practical creative work.
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This compilation will be welcomed by both the growing number of enthusiasts who now regularly use short-fiilms in their teaching and those wishing to enrich their practice by introducing short films for the first time....The films are notable for their diversity and often challenging content...Primarily for teachers of English and Media, many of these films would also successfully enhance schmes within Citizenship or PSHE. Gravity, for example, one of the most powerful films in the collection, examines notions of responsibility and consequence through a narrative featuring teenage boys and guns. It is difficult to imagine a group of studnets who would not be engaged by the film's strong topical appeal and direct visual impact. Another subject currently part of the zeitgeist – the experience of becoming a refugee – is explored in two documentaries...The printed resources offer ways of using these films to look in a senstive and balanced way behind the emotive headlines that surround the topic.
It is often difficult to find short films suitable for meaningful comparison, but ... this compilation affords many opportunities for comparing, cross-referencing and contrasting.
Teachers approaching practical film-making with their students will no doubt find the 8 student films included on the DVD of particular value.
These films provide excellent preparation for practical work in that they are collectively impressive without begin overwhelming. Equally helpful are the interviews with directors that are provided, which give useful insights into the creative and practical processes that produce successful shorts.
Paul Clayton, Nate Classroom