Reading Film

Welcome to the Labragirl Film Project’s weekly film literacy discussion. Every Monday morning Labragirl provides a resource, activity, or methodological discussion to help incorporate film analysis into your classroom.

Last time a guest blogger from the film production company, Labragirl Picturesour sister companytook a critical look at historical fiction movies.

This week we will talk about a resource that teaches us how to read film and other forms of media images.

What do you think about film reading? Do you use film analysis and film reading in your classroom?

Please comment below or discuss with us on .



Classroom Resource Suggestion:

How to Read a Film: Movies Media and Beyond by James Monaco

A Labragirl suggested text for learning how to analyze and read film. {Click on image for source info.}

Third edition. {Click on image for source info.}

About How to Read a FilmOriginally published in 1997, How to Read a Film is now in its fourth edition. This work takes a look at how to read films and other forms of media.

Why How to Read a Film?  

Being able to interact and think critically about film and visual images is an important and necessary skill—especially as our society becomes more saturated with media images. One of the first steps to acquiring these skills is learning about the technical aspects of visual images. How to Read a Film takes a detailed look at how to read visual images within a framework of creating conversation about how we communicate visually.

Suggestions for use:

Because of the detailed nature of the work we would suggest using the text in the following ways:

  • As an assigned text in college classes
  • Assign parts of the text in high school classes
  • The concepts and ideas can be used at many additional grade-levels. To use this work in K-Middle School we recommend that the teacher read the text and then use information and ideas from the text to create grade-appropriate exercises.

Do you teach film reading and film analysis?

What are some exercises you use?

Have you used How to Read a Film in your classroom?

We’d love to hear from you.

Please comment below or discuss with us on .

*Disclaimer: All movie clips are suggestions for class use, only. All instructors should screen clips to determine if they are appropriate to use in their classrooms. 


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Previous Blog Entries

Fictional Projections of History

Think Globally Using Film

Our Relationship with Movies

Moving Past Historical Accuracy

Images Telling Stories

Film Shaping History

Think Film Images


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