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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsSimon Richards: Hello and welcome to Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom. My name's Simon Richards and I'm the Teacher Training Manager here at Into Film. I'll be your lead educator for the course alongside my colleagues Alexia Larkins, Samantha Clarkson, Sophie Burrows and Daniel Smith. Over the next three weeks we're going to be introducing you to a variety of simple but very effective filmmaking and animation tools, which you can use to bring your teaching and learning practice to life. To support you across the course you'll be able to access a range of downloadable tools and frameworks for use in class with the young people you work with.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 secondsIn Week's 1 and 2 you'll be shown simple techniques for creating short films in your classroom, and in Week 3 we'll turn our attention to animation. Looking at how you can create stop motion animations with your pupils. The course will guide you and your pupils through the filmmaking process building confidence and skills as well as ensuring work is closely linked to the curriculum.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 secondsKatie Jones: I've been doing filmmaking project now for about seven years and historically the children involved in that project have always done well in their SATs, they've always, you know across-the-board made very, very good progress.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 secondsRhys Roberts: You've got the planning the creating and the evaluation skills running throughout filmmaking. If they're going to be producing something they need to have the planning skills so that they're able to review what they've seen. They're able to edit quickly and they're able to just change and produce a finished product. It's is also open to many more subject areas as well. So we've used it in Welsh we've used it in science, we've used film in mathematics as well.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 secondsAlan Thomas-Williams: Some pupils it will just inspire them to be more willing to put themselves forward and to give ideas, other pupils, it will give them that opening to actually realizing the ability's there. So it can literally be a different effect on every child but it definitely does affect every child. This week we'll explore simple filmmaking and get to grips with some of the basic equipment needed. We'll introduce you to the shoot and screen process and create a curricular focused short film, which you can share with the course community gaining valuable feedback and ideas.

An introduction to Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom

Hello, and a warm welcome to Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom.

This course is for Primary and Secondary educators working with children and young people aged from 5-19 in both formal and informal settings. Over the next three weeks, we’ll introduce you to a variety of simple but effective filmmaking and animation activities that will help invigorate and enhance your teaching and learning practice. You’ll also be able to access a range of downloadable tools and frameworks for use in your classroom. These appear individually on each relevant step as you progress through the course but are also downloadable as a pack on the first step of each week. Everything you’ll need for Week 1 is downloadable below in both Word and PDF format.

This week, after we get to know the course educators, contributors and each other we’ll be looking at the Shoot and Screen framework used throughout this course. It outlines a four-stage approach to filmmaking in the classroom; Think, Plan, Create and Evaluate. Shoot and Screen is designed to be a fun, creative and engaging way of introducing curricular filmmaking to young people. The approach will help pupils develop a range of transferable skills, it’s equally applicable to Primary or Secondary age pupils and it can be used right across the curriculum.

In Week 1 of our course we’ll show you how simple and easy it is to integrate filmmaking into your teaching through trying out a one-shot film. In Week 2 we’ll look at multi-shot filmmaking through five-shot films and in Week 3 we’ll progress to incorporating animation techniques into our teaching practice. We’ll show you lots of inspirational examples of student and teacher produced films during the course and by Week 3 you’ll be fully up and running with using film and animation for teaching and learning with your pupils.

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Who are Into Film?

Into Film’s UK-wide programme includes free online and face-to-face training for educators, extra-curricular film clubs, teaching resources with embedded film clips, a cinema-based film festival and an annual awards ceremony celebrating youth-made short films.

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