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Sustainability Through Film

Engage and empower your students when teaching sustainability, using film analysis and basic filmmaking principles.

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Sustainability Through Film

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  • 2 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Use film and filmmaking to provide meaningful lessons in sustainability

Film is an engaging way to reach young people on any topic or subject, bringing important topics to life and adding context to learning.

With that in mind, Into Film presents this two-week course showing you how to teach learners aged 5 to 19 about sustainable practices using short films.

Besides using film for instruction, you’ll be guided on teaching the art of filmmaking itself, developing your skills to help students use their own voices on sustainability or anything else that’s important to them.

You’ll get full access to the films, clips, and student-made shorts used in this course, which all highlight sustainability topics.

Introducing film analysis gives you an effective place to start discussing these topics with your students. You’ll also be given practical exercises on different aspects of sustainability to complete throughout the course.

Discover and teach sustainable filmmaking

It’s important to give young people an active and creative opportunity to consolidate their learning.

On this course, you’ll learn basic filmmaking skills for simple but sustainable film productions. You’ll also hear from professional filmmakers using sustainable approaches on their sets.

Then, you’ll try your hand at simple filmmaking tasks, equipping you to work with your learners to create films for their future projects.

Learn from Into Film’s teaching experts

As the UK’s leading charity for film in education, Into Film is the perfect place for you to learn more about teaching sustainability in and through filmmaking.

This course features contributions from directors of sustainable films as well as international organisation Eco-Schools, making this unique, hands-on experience even more beneficial.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Sustainability
  • Film watching/analysis
  • (Simple) Filmmaking
  • Education
  • Sustainability in the film industry

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Interpret film excerpts and stills to understand key messages and infer meaning
  • Develop simple and sustainable filmmaking techniques
  • Experiment with and discuss teaching and learning activities
  • Explore the resourceful ways film directors are integrating sustainable approaches onto the heart of their sets

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for educators who wish to explore sustainability with learners aged from 5 to 19, using film and filmmaking in their teaching.

Filmmakers looking to make their productions more sustainable will also find aspects of the course beneficial.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course, it would be beneficial to have a tablet or other recording device.

Who will you learn with?

Alexia worked as a primary school teacher and enjoyed leading a successful film club. She is now the Training Manager at Into Film.

Chevonne taught English and Film Studies in UK secondary schools for nearly a decade and is now a Senior Learning Coordinator at Into Film.

Dan is a Film Studies teacher and Into Film ambassador. He is also on the editorial team for Film Stories, a UK-based film magazine.

Who developed the course?

Into Film

Into Film is a UK-wide film and education charity, which puts film at the heart of children and young people’s learning, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development.

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$89/one-off payment

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