Importance of filmmaking in real world
Film can be a powerful educational tool, especially for children with disabilities and from deprived backgrounds. The power of film to make an emotional connection and how best to enable people to experience this power through education was the theme of a roundtable discussion hosted earlier this month by the Guardian in association with Filmclub, part of the new charity Film Nation UK, which aims to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and cultural experience.
Many cited examples of how skills and teaching techniques employed in film clubs had spilled over into the curriculum, whether it was getting students to produce animation storyboards in literacy lessons or using films to introduce a lesson topic.
This is something the new merged charity plans to develop further, along with training teachers, face-to-face and online, to help them make better use of the film resources available to them.
But the roundtable agreed it was about more than education. Popcorn was important as a way of creating a real cinema experience and enticing children to engage, agreed those who ran film clubs, as was giving pupils some kind of ownership of the club, which often meant allowing them to help decide what to watch. But it was also valuable to encourage them to try films they were not automatically drawn to – and feel free to be critical or won-over.
Film is a leveller – children can relate to it no matter what their family background or learning abilities. The UK film industry is booming but it needs to be open as a career to a more diverse group of young people. Teachers may not have the time or confidence to use film effectively in lessons so training and support are important. Film can be a gateway to exploring complex ideas and open children’s eyes to other ways of looking at the world.
Young people are increasingly visually literate and the curriculum needs to reflect this. When we are in the process of making a documentary for an artistic project we have to think what kind of lens to use according to how much we want to display, so for example when we are working on an interactive installation that includes many objects working together and interacting with other elements in the same space we need a camera with wide angle lens to show how everything works as a whole.
The world is changing now faster than you and I change our socks! It’s constantly changing, and that constantly changing world is going to induce more movie-making. If you go on YouTube, you can see the most talented young people all over the world who take a camera and start to film ideas they have and put them online. They’re going to be the future of the industry. The internet has connected the world together so a person in Vietnam can put a movie on the internet which can be instantly seen all around the world, you simply couldn’t have done that before. Movies have become a worldwide feature. Film has a uniquely powerful ubiquity within human culture. The convergent nature of film creates consumption across a number of channels.
The above article has discussed the importance of cinematography in the making of a project documentary and what methods are important to follow for the best aesthetic result. Cinematography and its basic methods can contribute to creating an eye catching and artistic result of what happened through the period of building up and presenting an interactive installation, even if it didn’t flow according to plan in real time, because filmmaking has the advantage of planning in advance what will be shown to the audience and gives the ability to the creator to test and take care of the weak points.
Credits: Vaibhav Goel