Making Images I

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 week we introduced students to three different types of shots commonly used in film and television.  

This week we build on Taking Film I’s content by adding in basic film production skills.

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Making Images I


Classroom Discussion/Activity Synopsis: 

This week’s Moving Images-Moving Forward conversation builds upon last week’s discussion about three film shots commonly used in film. This week we are going to add in basic film production skills to helps students explore the similarities and differences between the Medium, Close Up, and Extreme Close Up shots further. This week’s exercise will give students hands on experience creating and discussing their own shots.

Grade Level: Middle School & High School

Educational Goals:

  • Introduce students to film analysis & reading
  • Introduce students to basis film production skills
  • Incorporate film analysis into classroom discussions
  • Provide students with an understanding of different film shots
  • Enable students to participate in discussions about film analysis & film production
  • Encourage students to navigate critical thinking discussions about moving images
Exercise Philosophy:

The goals behind this exercise are to:

  • equip students with the necessary language to engage in film analysis discussions
  • introduce students to film production

Providing students with film production knowledge and experience will help them participate in film reading and film analysis discussions. Film production experience will also help them navigate the complexity of creating moving images, enabling them to have a more comprehensive understanding of the medium of film.

Exercise Activity & Process:

Last week we introduced students to three different types of shots commonly used in film and television:

  • Medium Shot
  • Close Up Shot
  • Extreme Close Up Shot

This week students will create these three different types of shots on their own.

If you have a video camera that’s great, but it’s not necessary. Any smartphone with a video camera will work just fine.

1) Review your discussion from Talking Film I.

2) Break students into groups of three to four people.

3) Have students take turns in the “cinematographer” role. Instruct each student to:

  •    Create a Medium, Close Up, and Extreme Close Up shot of a person 
  •    Create a Medium, Close Up, and Extreme Close Up shot of an inanimate object 

4) Discuss the experience and the images the students create. Some possible discussion questions include:

What did you think about the process? 
How do your images compare to the ones we discussed in Talking Film I?
What did you think about when you were creating the three different types of shots? What things did you have to consider? 
How could you put the shots you took together to create a story? How does the different framing help tell the story?

Did you use this exercise in class? How did it go?

We’d love to hear from you.

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


UP NEXT 4/15: Guest blog by Media Literacy professional Greg Williams at The Relevant Classroom.

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